How to Persuade Others to Believe in You
Presence. Some people have it, and others do not. We define presence as the ability to persuade others to believe in you. It’s about having the charisma to captivate a room and inspire others. Leaders have presence. Like a magnet, they attract others to their cause and steer a team to success. Are you in the market for leadership skills? Scroll through to learn how to get others to believe in you.
Being able to identify your emotions as well as the emotions of others defines whether or not you are a people person. If you’re a people person, you probably don’t have trouble making friends, getting others to believe in your ideas, and motivating people to do what you want them to. If you figure out how to empathize with others, embrace change, balance work and play, and accept that perfectionism is a myth, then you will greatly increase your emotional intelligence.
Never stop reading. As we’ve learned, all the best leaders remain in perpetual beta mode, meaning they are always learning. In order to persuade others to believe in you, you need to master your industry, your product, and your company. People respond strongly to those who are well informed, especially to intelligent people whose thirst for knowledge only heightens as they age. Read absolutely everything you can get your hands on, and never be afraid to ask questions.
It’s only human to have setbacks. But never be a sore loser. You want to remain humble throughout all of your successes and struggles, but especially composed when setbacks happen. Even if you are nervous about the fate of your company or anxious about your career path, exude confidence and a brave face. You never want to let on how much you are worrying. People can smell fear and believe in confidence, so even if you’re stumbling, let others know that you’re confident you will get where you need to go no matter what.
If you want people to believe in you, don’t just tell them what you plan to do; tell them how you plan to accomplish your goals. Having a plan illustrates that you have spent time considering the challenges and potential outcomes of your goals. It shows that you’ve thought about how to navigate the difficult times and have a plan B and plan C for when things don’t go as expected.
Whether you’re asking for business funding, a promotion at work, or a job at a new company, it’s imperative that you get people to believe in you. But rather than tell them they should believe, show them why with your words. Create a story with a beginning, middle, and end that conveys just how intriguing you or your idea is. You want to captivate your audience and win them over your with your passion and your story arc.
A great speaker entertains as much as she informs. If you are charismatic enough to get someone’s attention, reward them with something interesting or funny. That said, don’t waste anyone’s time. Convey your point and deliver your ask, provide some entertainment, and always leave room for questions. The better you are at speaking about your project or yourself, the more questions you will inspire. This is a great way to generate a dialogue and get people to believe in your message and help you bring it to fruition.
When you’re trying to get others to believe in you, confidence is key. After all, if you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else? A good way to boost your confidence is to take stock of everything you are good at. Whether it’s keeping your kitchen clean or exceeding your sales goals, whatever you’re good at, write it down. Keep this list close by so you never forget to take pride in yourself. Your genuine self-confidence will encourage others to do what you ask.
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