Published: 06th August 2018
Why do you need to be persuasive? To build power and achieve greater positive results
Being persuasive indicates that your leadership quality is best on display. Take the opportunity to demonstrate your leadership skills
Persuasion is a vital factor that leads to personal power for individuals, more importantly for the youth who are on the threshold of career and professional development. It is the ability to convince oneself or a group that anything desired in life can be achieved with personal effort directed towards it. It is the influence that works on the belief, attitude and behaviour which creates a positive result or impact. The skill of persuasion empowers an individual with demonstrable ability to influence people and the environment, which in turn creates a rippling effect. It is a trait that all successful persons possess and exhibit in varied circumstances and stages of their life.
One must wonder as to what the importance of persuasion in one’s life is. The answer is simple: persuasion builds power and helps them achieve greater positive results. Every organisation is a small community of a group of people interfacing with systems, protocols, machinery, technology, professional standards and the customers of the activities of an organisation. It is imperative that one must be highly persuasive to get group targets and milestones achieved with excellence.
Whenever I meet young graduates for various personality development programmes, I witness that not many have the skill of persuasion within them. They have a certain amount of inhibition which prevents them from unleashing their hidden power to become persuasive individuals.
I would suggest the following steps that the youth can take to develop the skill of being
-Being persuasive indicates that your leadership quality is best on display. Take the opportunity to demonstrate your leadership skills.
-Develop expertise in a particular area that you are going to work in or shape your career in.
-Communicate with clarity by making a clear sensitisation as to what needs to be done, how it should be done and when it should be done.
-One should know how to respond to questions and issues related to a particular task that you are engaged in with a group of people.
-Never feel self-defeated when things are not going your way. Learn to be patient and stay focused.
-Visualise the larger picture of the tangible and intangible benefits of accomplishing tasks and translate that vision into group action.
-Be ready to lead up front and take the initiative to get things on the ground with actions appropriate to the situation.
-Finally, remember persuasion is an art and it can only be better with constant efforts towards developing a proficiency in it.