To become more persuasive consider these three questions:
- How does the other person see the world? This question addresses the other person’s value system.
- How can I frame my argument in terms my opposite understands? Relate your values to the others. When you scratch the surface many people can agree on what is good for others – love, security, opportunity and integrity.
- How can we find common ground? Know what you know about the other person you have a foundation upon which to build your argument. Focus on the values the other person holds and relate them to values you hold.
--Adapted from npr.org