In your initial post, think about a time in your life where you tried to persuade someone to do something. Keep in mind that this doesn’t have to be a situation that was a full-blown argument—it can be something as simple as convincing a friend to go to a specific restaurant for lunch—and it doesn’t have to be a situation where you “won” the other person over either.
When you’ve come up with the moment, write two fully developed paragraphs explaining it to your classmates. In the first paragraph, describe the moment of persuasion so that your instructor and peers can “see” it. In the second paragraph, explain why you felt like that moment of persuasion was either successful or unsuccessful. What strategies or techniques did you use to try to get the person to side with you?
When you’ve finished, read over your peers’ posts below and respond to at least two of them with at least one fully developed paragraph. What is your reaction to their moment of persuasion? Would you have done the same thing, or would you have approached the situation differently? Why or why not? Remember, your approach can be completely different from your peer’s approach, as you can bring your own unique perspectives and life experiences to the situation.
I recently just bought a brand new car, here is the story on how I convinced my significant other to let me buy a new car. I approached my significant other and I had asked him if I could go finance a new car. His initial reaction was “most definitely not” and his reasoning behind it was the concern of whether or not we could afford to finance a new car. I told him we could afford it, I sat down with him and reviewed our budgeting between both our incomes and proved to him we could financially afford a new car. Another point I made to him would be that he would have his own car. That tipped the odd tremendously in my favor. My significant other has always wanted his own car because I have always been the one to drive him around everywhere. He then agreed to let me get a brand new car.
I believe my argument was very successful, in the end the outcome was in my favor. At first my idea was shot down right away because financial concerns arose. Then towards the middle the odds were fifty fifty, either I was going to be able to buy a new car or I was not going to be able to. Towards the end of the argument, I ended up getting a yes to buy a new car. A technique I used was appealing to my significant others needs and wants. By doing that as long as he gets something out of the situations, he was more likely to comply with the idea of getting a new car. Lastly another technique I used was providing proof to support the statement that we could financially afford a second car. By showing my significant other our combined incomes and where our expenses go to he was able to believe that we could financially support two cars and all our other bills.
Almost four years ago I was living in Florida and was approached by a former work colleague and friend about a job opportunity in Pennsylvania. My son’s father recently passed away so the only person I really needed to persuade to move was my son. He was born in Florida and was in his last year of high school so I thought this would be a hard deal to close. I wanted to understand and appeal to what he wanted, so I first approached him and asked if he ever thought about living anywhere else. Surprisingly he said “yes, it would be nice to go somewhere besides my birth state”. I then told him about this job opportunity which he was excited about and he supported me 100%!
The act of persuading my son to move was something I approached consciously, but it was not as difficult as I had imagined and it was totally successful. I explained that this opportunity would provide a more substantial income, and it would provide more opportunities for him as well once he graduated from high school (which he completed in Florida before we moved). I also appealed to his desire to see a different landscape and his want to experience the seasons. My son was ready for a change and it was a great decision. He is doing very well and loves where we live now. Truthfully I think I had to also persuade myself, as I was afraid of the unknown, but I believe it has made me a stronger more confident person.
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