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15 Powerful Habits of Remarkably Persuasive People

15 Powerful Habits of Remarkably Persuasive People

1. They Make Their Conversation Well Worth It

This goes hand in hand with making the topics they bring up clear and interesting.

2. They Make Sense

Additionally, these people talk a lot, but in the spectrum of things, they also make a lot of sense. They know what they are talking about, off their head, and they are good at conversing and explaining in a way that is easy for you to understand.

  3. They Make You Think

Not only do these people make you think, but they make you think differently than before. This is the uniqueness of persuasive people that you too should pursue. The world is a better place when you have more than one source of input- but a variety makes the world much more enriching and lively indeed. That is for sure – so next time, let your mind wander into their world.

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4. They Make It Interesting

We all know having to deal with the awfully boring conversation don’t we? But persuasive people have this uncanny and brilliant ability to make what they are saying more interesting to the human ear. They will give you examples and details that will make for a more interesting conversation for not only them, but you too.

5. They Know What They Want

These people also know exactly what they want, hence, them trying to convince you to understand what they are talking about. If you know what you want, there isn’t anything you can’t handle right?

6. They Like Challenges

They accept the challenge of you not being able to fully understand them beforehand, so they enjoy the challenge of trying to win you over. That is the exciting part of it all. They bring themselves to the challenge of making you come over to their side – and try their fullest to win you over. For them it like an addiction or a need.

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7. They Won’t Stop Unless They Win You Over

They will keep trying to win you over- that is them in a nutshell. If you know that you aren’t budging, they will try something different, in order for you to see the picture. These people will not rest until you are over on their side…it is a good thing because they give their total focus to you.

8. They Give Their Full Attention

This one is a no-brainer. Not only do they give you complete attention, they make sure that you fully comprehend what they are saying. Their undivided attention is all towards you – they are great listeners.

9. They are Motivated Individuals

Persuasive people also are self-motivated and resilient. They inspire and strive to be better every single day- in order to convince others for what they believe in. They are determined to fight – walk the talk in other words.

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10. They Know When to Change Paths

If they know something is not going a certain way, they will change direction quickly in order to not waste time, and proceed with caution. If they know you don’t like that much loud noise, they will start speaking more softly, for example.

11. They Show Confidence

Instead of being a nervous wreck, they are confident in themselves to get the task done. They know they have the tools, ideas, and innovation, that is needed to get the job done in a way that is beneficial to themselves and those around them.

12. They Are Determined

They know they will overcome adversity and negativity when it hits them. They are prepared beforehand to reach the sky…and fight till it lasts.

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13. They Pay Attention

They give you full attention at all times. They like listening and being listened to at the same time.

14. They are Remarkable Individuals

They are remarkable in the way they talk, act, and listen. Try to act that way yourself. You will see a pronounced difference in the way people start interacting with you.

15. They Probably Won’t Accept Your “No”   

As much as we all hate the word “no,” they hate it more than us. So, if you tell them no, be prepared for a battle. They know what they want and they will persuade you of it despite yourself!

Featured photo credit: BJ FOGG, Guest Speaker 25-09-2009 @ via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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