Supervisors often need to use finesse at the workplace to get their point across.
While dealing with your own employees may simply require instructions to be given, because they must listen to you, dealing with other colleagues, your own boss, or clients, may not be that easy.
These individuals are not paid to follow your lead, so if you want to persuade them on a certain point, you need to utilise the strategies below to get your point across.
Know Your Audience – In order convince someone of something, you first need to strategise on what you know about that person. In order to ask for agreement, you need to create a mutual understanding. For example, if you are approaching your boss about offering flexible schedules for your department, first think of ways to get him or her to sympathise. For example, if your boss has a family, start the conversation with how much work can interfere with family time, and see if he or she agrees. Then, you can bring up your idea for promoting a work/life balance by offering employees a flexible schedule.
Negotiate – It would be great if after a persuasive speech, the person you are trying to convince goes along with your plan exactly. However, that is not always the case; which is why you need to be prepared to negotiate a bit to get your point across. If you are trying to persuade your client to try a risque marketing strategy, and he is hesitant to do so, try offering him a month free, for example, to sample results before finally committing.
Prepare – A third tip for getting your way at the workplace is to prepare in advance. For example, if you want to convince your boss to hire another employee for your team, you should strengthen your request with valuable reasons for why spending more money on an extra salary would actually benefit your employer and the entire organisation. Present facts as to how much more efficient and productive your team would be with an extra person. Outline all the extra work that the new hire can contribute to the department, and that show how this individual would actually generate more revenue for the business in the long run. Presenting facts that outline benefits to the party you are trying to persuade will go a long way in getting your point across.
When you want to persuade someone to see your point of view, or want to change someone’s mind, use the suggestions in this article to help you in your quest.