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How to Persuade Your Audience without Being Corny, Pushy, or Inauthentic

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Nov 9, 2016 7:30:00 AM


 Whether you asked your boss for more resources in an email or tried to convince your significant other via text message that sushi is the best choice for dinner, at some point, you have written something intended to persuade another party to do something.

After you hit the “send” button, you discovered what we all inevitably discover: persuading someone to do something through writing is a difficult art to master. However, by practicing helpful tips like the three below, it doesn’t have to be.

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Topics: writing tips, persuade, cliches

Convince vs. Persuade

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Mar 8, 2011 5:30:00 AM

These two verbs are too often confused, even by experienced writers. Perhaps the confusion stems from the acceptable use of either in certain contexts. We either convince or persuade someone of the value of a proposition or of the goodness of a certain action. But the two verbs part ways when we try to make them lead into complementary infinitives with works with persuade but does not with convince.

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Topics: verbs, complementary infinitives, convince, persuade

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