What different persuasive approaches would you use on the following audiences: a boss, a peer, a challenging person, or an open-minded person? Why would your approach differ? When trying to persuade my boss I believe it is important before you say anything, make sure you have valid facts and information you are going to present to be persuaded. You have to make sure you know exactly what you are talking about and be prepared to answer any questions the boss you will have. This makes it easier to “sell” yourself.

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When I’m trying to persuade a peer I use a combination of facts and emotions. I initially sell myself with the facts just like the boss, know what I’m talking about and then I follow with emotion. I use the emotion to remind them of something in the past, retell a story, or use their personality traits to the best of my advantage. When dealing with a challenging person, by far the most important part is to make sure you know what you are talking about. It is also important to use techniques to help grab their attention such as self interest or a good sales point.

This way you can break down the facts and use their emotions at the same time. The best kind of person to persuade is an open-minded person; you can go outside the box, expand your thoughts, your ideas and be creative. With an open-minded person the sky is the limit, you can always come up with ideas to share and persuade them easier. My approach would differ because there are many different personality types all which think differently; therefore one must use different approaches to persuade based on the personality type.

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