Persuasion Articles of the Week

Image "What's Down There?" by James, Flickr, CC-By-2.0
Image “What’s Down There?” by James, Flickr, CC-By-2.0

#parenting #freewill #simplicity #bodylanguage #haloeffect

Sabotage, Judgment, and Subjective Truth

We believe we understand the motivations of others. In fact, we rarely understand our own motivations.


Children’s own genetic traits play a role in the parenting they receive

Parents influence children via parenting… but children and their genetics also influence the parenting they receive.


Does free will exist in the universe? (That would be a no.)

The universe is a complex set of cause-and-effect, down to the chemical reactions in  your own brain. I’ve written about this before, in my Sam Harris write-up.


So You Want to Persuade Users? Make Things Simple!

It’s hard to argue against simplicity. Any friction that you add to an interaction, such as a sales process, gives the other person one more reason to lose interest.


Tips for Mastering Body Language and Confidence (Podcast)

Your body language says far more than your words. You express confidence and interest with your body language. What message are you communicating?


Men’s Summer Shoe Guide

You’re more persuasive and influential when you look like you take yourself seriously. Via the Halo Effect, people will trust that you take other things seriously, like their own interests. Dress well my friends.


Underestimating the power of gratitude – recipients of thank-you letters are more touched than we expect

Thank people with specific examples of their actions and the benefits it brought you.