Can One Word Turn Nonsense into Powerful Persuasion?

Some words have an unusual power over us, disarming defenses and letting us be persuaded more easily. One of these words is “because.” I was reminded of some fascinating research conducted decades ago by Pubcon keynoter and persuasion legend Robert Cialdini. The study was done decades ago by Ellen Langer, then at Harvard.

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How the World’s Leading Persuasion Expert Gets Your Business Card

If you attend conferences, you’ll encounter lots of people doing things to get your business card. Walk the aisles of an exhibit hall, and you’ll see fishbowls for iPad raffles, booth babes handing out t-shirts… all for the price of a mere business card. Keynote speakers wouldn’t attempt anything so crass, of course, but how [...]

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7 Ways To Be the Most Interesting Person in Any Room, and More – Roger’s Picks

Consider this a double-dose of Roger’s Picks since we missed last week’s wrap-up… And, if YOU found a compelling article or blog post this week, add it in a comment!

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Best of Neuromarketing – 2013

It’s time for our annual roundup of the top 12 posts here at Neuromarketing. The main criteria for selection is the amount of reader sharing and overall views. I find that the discerning readers here are great at identifying the most useful content, so a “crowdsourced” approach makes sense. If I missed your favorite, leave [...]

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Four Words That Double Persuasion

Want to double your success in persuading people to do as you ask? Four simple words, and even other phrases with the same meaning, have been shown to double the success rate in dozens of studies worldwide.

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The Persuasion Slide: An Introduction

The Persuasion Slide is a deceptively simple new model for the process of persuasion that accommodates both traditional conscious factors as well as the often more significant and powerful non-conscious factors.

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Make a Crazy Request, Close the Deal

When salespeople hope to close a deal, they may try doing favors for the client. In fact, scientists who study human behavior know that the opposite strategy can work: if you can get someone to do YOU a small favor, they are much more likely to grant a bigger one. This has been shown to [...]

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Six Characteristics of Highly Persuasive Stories

One of the toughest persuasion tasks is convincing a jury in a courtroom. Car salespeople have it easy by comparison – they control the environment and have the undivided attention of the customer. Imagine if you were in a Lexus showroom listening to why you should buy one of their vehicles, and at your elbow [...]

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What DARPA Knows About Persuasive Copy

I’m sure many of my readers here at Neuromarketing also subscribe to Brian Clark’s great Copyblogger blog (if not, you should!), but in case you missed it, I did a rare (for me) guest post there yesterday. It’s How to Write Weapons-Grade Copy, and explains why the super-secret research arm of the U.S. military, DARPA, [...]

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Lunch: Your Secret Weapon

Top salespeople have often used lunch as a way to help bond with a customer and close a deal. Getting the customer out of the office allows for relaxed conversation and freedom from ringing phones and similar interruptions. Going beyond those obvious benefits, though, there’s research that shows messages are more persuasive when accompanied by [...]

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