When we talk about influence and persuasion, we often talk about marketing and sales. However, we influence in many ways and with great frequency. If you want a raise, sometimes you need to persuade your boss. If you want to convince your team to adopt a change, help your staff make choices, or choose the best place for lunch, there is often influencing taking place. This workshop will help participants learn how to influence and persuade in a variety of areas.
You will spend the first part of the day getting to know participants and discussing what will take place during the workshop. Students will also have an opportunity to identify their personal learning objectives.
To begin, participants will explore the differences between persuasion, influence, and manipulation. They will also review the answers to the pre-assignment.
Next, participants will learn how to customize their approach to persuasion. Topics include pushing versus pulling, communicating with confidence, planning the conversation, and suspending their frame of reference.
In this session, students will learn about some techniques (such as building rapport, matching, mirroring, pacing, and leading) that can help them speak persuasively.
This session will give participants a framework for building a persuasive presentation of any length. They will also get some hands-on practice in speaking persuasively.
This session will give participants some ways to make the most of humanity’s social nature and love for stories. They will also have an opportunity to practice storytelling.
The final portion of this course will introduce students to the art of neuro-linguistic programming. They will also have an opportunity to explore how it can benefit their influencing toolkit.
At the end of the course, students will have an opportunity to ask questions and fill out an action plan.