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11 Secrets of Highly Persuasive Speakers

11 Secrets of Highly Persuasive Speakers

A highly persuasive speaker targets to steer the audience to accomplish an explicit action or convert the audience to adopt the assumption or opinion of the speaker.

As a tycoon, understanding the art of persuasion could be a treasured talent. Whether you are giving a sales presentation, or in the boardroom, or in a conference or in a company meeting, winning the audience could be a feeling of triumph.

After a great examination and research here are few doctrines that appear to be evident in a highly persuasive speaker, whether in a public speaking conference, workshops or seminars.

1. They appear confident.

Seeming confident is one of the most imperative parts of being persuasive. If the speaker is not sure, then why should the audience be sure? Highly persuasive speakers always look confident, make eye contact, smile, and keep their voice smooth and passionate.

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2. Reinforce who they are

At most conferences, the way a persuasive speaker is introduced that make the audience look forward to hearing his story. One or two sentences introducing the speaker, that makes a speaker the perfect person to share what he is about to say.

3. Their Strong Body Language

The most important tool for maximizing interface between the speaker and the audience is the body language of the speaker or the presenter. To comprehend why this is important, scrutinize how strongly visual our culture has become. IPads, tablets, smart television, movies, video games, smart phones —the list is long of visual inducements that rule commons responsiveness spans.

Persuasive and influential speakers perpetually look decent as well as convey significant information. To be a great speaker, you should not forget to ponder the major communication tool—your body.

4. They Make Eye Contact

Since our college days, we have been told that eye contact is indispensable for a successful presentation in front of the audience. People usually expect the speaker to look at them when they talk; that results in building more trust between the speaker and the audience.

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5. They Use an Emotional Punch

Highly persuasive speakers start their presentation or speech with an emotional punch or by using a grabber. Opening of the presentation attention with a declaration, symbol, visual image, figure or other tool immediately “clutches” an audience’s attention.

Highly persuasive speakers use emotions not only to gain the audience’s attention but also produce a positive response from the audience, and melodramatically aid preservation of the speaker’s message.

6. They always provide answers to “Why?”

Many highly persuasive speaker are not apprehensive about starting the topic with a grabber. Rather, to get people interested in the topic, great speakers always start with providing answers to “why” — why is it essential to discuss this at this instant?

Providing answers is another way to demonstrate strong, effective communication skills. Preeminently persuasive speakers use this strategic tool for persuasion and influence.

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7. They always find Passion with the topic

To be a persuasive speaker you must have such a belief on your topic that whatever you are going to say or tell can change the lives of audience members by leaving a sense of obligation to accept it for their own good.

8. They Talk Conversationally Instead of Giving a Speech

Great speakers effectively combine their honest voice with the presentation by staying conversational. Talk conversationally with the audience instead of giving a speech, and that will create an honest and trustworthy perception in the mind of the people about the presenter.

9. They build a Sense of Truth among the audience

To establish belief and create a sense of truth in the mind of the people, actors are completely involved physically, mentally, and emotionally in the role they are playing or the words they speak.

In the boardroom or in a conference, the speaker’s state is alike to the actor’s. The more naturally the speaker believes and delivers the message as truth, the more the audience believes it.

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10. They don’t hesitate to repeat

To make sure the audience is paying attention to everything you say; highly persuasive speakers always try to recap the discussion a few times. At the end of the talk, going over different points covered in the discussion will result in greater engagement of the audience.

11. They share their personal experiences

To finish, a good and highly persuasive speaker will share personal involvement, experiences and perspectives as they work through the presentation material. Bring it to life, make it pleasant and to win the minds and hearts of the audience.

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on August 6, 2020

Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

Bristol is the most congested city in England. Whenever I have to work at the office, I ride there, like most of us do. Furthermore, I always make sure to go at off hours; otherwise, the roads are jam-packed with cars, buses, bikes, even pedestrians. Why is that? Because everyone is working a traditional 9 to 5 work day.

Where did the “9 to 5” Come From?

It all started back in 1946. The United States government implemented the 40 hour work week for all federal employees, and all companies adopted the practice afterwards. That’s 67 years with the same schedule. Let’s think about all the things that have changed in the 67 years:

  • We went to the moon, and astronauts now live in space on the ISS.

  • Computers used to take up entire rooms and took hours to make a single calculation. Now we have more powerful computers in our purses and back pockets with our smartphones.

  • Lots of employees can now telecommute to the office from hundreds, and even thousands of miles away.

In 1946 a 9-5 job made sense because we had time after 5pm for a social life, a family life. Now we’re constantly connected to other people and the office, with the Internet, email on our smartphones, and hashtags in our movies and television shows. There is no downtime anymore.

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Different Folks, Different Strokes

Enjoying your downtime is an important part of life. It recharges your batteries and lets you be more productive. Allowing people to balance life and work can provide them with much needed perspective and motivation to see the bigger picture of what they are trying to achieve.

Some people are just more productive when they’re working at their optimal time of day, after feeling well rested and personally fulfilled.  For some that can be  from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m; for others, it could be  2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

People have their own rhythms and routines. It would be great if we could sync our work schedule to match. Simply put, the imposed 8-hour work day can be a creativity and morale killer for the average person in today’s world.

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Productivity and Trust Killer

Fostering creativity among employees is not always an easy endeavor, but perhaps a good place to start is by simply not tying their tasks and goals to a fixed time period. Let them work on their to-do list at their own pace, and chances are, you’ll get the best out of your employee who feels empowered instead of babysat.

That’s not to say that you should  allow your team to run wild and do whatever they want, but restricting them to a 9 to 5 time frame can quickly demoralize people. Set parameters and deadlines, and let them work at their own creative best with the understanding that their work is crucial to the functioning of the entire team.

Margaret Heffernan, an entrepreneur who previously worked in broadcasting, noted to Inc that from her experience, “treating employees like grown-ups made it more likely that they would behave the same way.” The principle here is to have your employees work to get things done, not to just follow the hands on the clock.

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A Flexible Remote Working Policy

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer famously recalled all her remote workers, saying she wanted to improve innovation and collaboration, but was that the right decision? We’ve all said that we’re often more productive in a half day working from home than a full day working in the office, right? So why not let your employees work remotely from home?

There are definitely varying schools of thought on remote working. Some believe that innovation and collaboration can only happen in a boardroom with markers, whiteboards and post-it notes and of course, this can be true for some. But do a few great brainstorms trump a team that feels a little less stressed and a little more free?

Those who champion remote working often note that these employees are not counting the clock, worried about getting home, cooking dinner or rushing through errands post-work. No one works their 9-5 straight without breaks here and there.  Allowing some time for remote working means employees can handle some non-work related tasks and feel more accomplished throughout the day. Also, sometimes we all need to have a taste of working in our pajamas, right?

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It’ll be interesting to see how many traditional companies and industries start giving their employees more freedom with their work schedule. And how many end up rescinding their policies like Yahoo did.

What are your thoughts of the traditional 9-5 schedule and what are you doing to help foster your team’s productivity and creativity? Hit the comments and let us know.

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