In today’s fast-paced world, you have to get your message across at lightning speed. However, this often means that it can be hard to get your point across in a way that convinces the other person of your argument. The techniques below will help you convince your audience of your point, no matter how brief and rushed your communication is. These techniques are so effective because they work with our natural instincts and world view. They also put forward an argument that is so logical and intuitive that we cannot help but agree with it. Using these techniques will not only make you a more persuasive writer but also improve the effectiveness of any persuasive essay you write in the future!
Outlining Is Key
A great deal of what we perceive is subjective. This means that depending on our life experiences, we can view the same thing and come to wildly different conclusions about it. Consider the classic “room of nails” thought experiment: if you stand in a room full of nails and walk around in it, you’re likely to step on a few. However, if you were to put a board over the room and walk on that, you’d likely never step on a single nail. This demonstrates just how subjective our world view is. Because an essay is a condensed version of an argument, you need to create a clear structure of your argument from the very start to avoid any misinterpretation. When writing, outline your essay and note down any points you plan to make. Then, when you come to make your argument, you can simply go back to your outline and remind yourself of each point. This will help your reader follow your line of reasoning, as well as make it easier for you to make your points.
Use The “Foot In The Door” Technique
The foot in the door technique is a form of compliance gaining in which you “open the door” by asking for something small, and then follow up with a larger request. This tactic has been tested in multiple experiments, and researchers have found that it is highly successful. In fact, it’s been shown to be more successful than direct requests. The way to use the foot in the door technique in an essay is to start with an easy-to-agree-with claim. For example, you could start your essay on gun rights by saying that more stringent gun laws will not reduce gun crime. This is something that most people already agree with, so it is an easy way to “open the door” and get your reader on your side. Then, you can follow up with your actual argument: you might say that stricter gun laws will actually increase gun crime as criminals will use homemade weapons instead. You can use the foot in the door technique to increase your reader’s likelihood of agreement with your larger argument.
Make Your Point With A Presupposition
A presupposition is a point made in a sentence that is not explicitly stated. It’s something that your reader will infer from the rest of the sentence. In an argumentative essay, you can use a presupposition to make an unwavering point that your reader won’t be able to deny. When you make a claim with a presupposition, it’s virtually impossible for your reader to disagree with it. For example, if you write that “criminals are people who make bad choices,” your reader will automatically agree with you, even though you don’t make the claim explicit. Because you’re writing to the reader’s initial intuitions, you can use a presupposition to emphasize your point. This will make it clear to your reader that you’re right and make it more likely that they will agree with your argument.
Begging The Question
Begging the question is a fallacy that occurs when a conclusion is assumed in the premises (i.e. when the premises include the conclusion). For example, if you say that “cats are better than dogs,” and one of your premises is that cats are better than dogs because they are cleaner, you are begging the question. Cleanliness isn’t a valid reason to say that something is better; it’s just one person’s opinion. In order to avoid begging the question, you have to make sure that every premise is valid. When you’re writing an argumentative essay, you need to make sure that your premises are unassailable (i.e. that no one can disagree with them). If you want your reader to agree with your conclusion, you need to make sure that all your premises are valid. If you don’t, you’re likely to fall victim to begging the question, and your reader won’t be able to agree with your argument.
Use Rhetorical Questions To Show You Know Your Stuff
Rhetorical questions are questions that are not meant to be answered; they’re simply a way of making a point. You can use rhetorical questions to demonstrate your knowledge and make your argument more convincing. Rhetorical questions are especially useful when you want to compare two opposing arguments. For example, you could write an argument about whether people should take more vacations. If you want to compare the two sides and show that you’re on the correct side, you can use rhetorical questions to make your point. You could say: “Should people take more vacations? Absolutely! Should people be required to take more vacations? Certainly not!” By using rhetorical questions, you’re able to show your reader that you’re an authority on the subject, and you can make your point even clearer.
Use Vivid Language To Paint A Picture
We’re all natural storytellers, and one of the best ways to make your point across is to use vivid language to paint a picture. When you write, try to use words that evoke a sense of imagery. For example, you can use words such as “grey” or “dull” to paint a picture of a dull and dreary day. Or you can use words such as “bright” or “vivid” to describe a day that is vivid and full of color. You can use words such as “screaming” or “loud” to describe a person’s voice that is screaming or loud. You can also use metaphors to create a mental image in your reader’s mind. For example, you could write that “Politics is a blood sport.” This phrase paints a vivid image in people’s minds about what politics is like and will make it easier for your reader to understand your point.
Offer Proof For Your Claim
Proof is a vital part of any argument, and it’s essential that you offer some if you want your essay to be convincing. When you’re writing an essay, you’re making a claim (i.e. that you should be allowed an extended vacation or that gun laws aren’t effective). In order to make your point, you need to offer proof to back up your claim. For example, you could write an essay in favor of extended vacations and say that people should have more vacation time. In order to prove your point, you could cite studies that show that people become more productive when they have more vacation time. You could also name-drop people who have benefited from having more vacation time (such as Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg).
Use Logical Sequencing
Logical sequencing is when you make your argument in the order that makes the most sense. When you make an argument, you usually want to present the points that back up your claim in the most logical order. This will make your argument easier to follow and ensure that your reader fully understands your point. If you don’t present your points in the most logical order, it’s likely that your reader will become confused. They might miss some of your points or disagree with your conclusion even if they agree with your premises. If you’re writing an argumentative essay about the best computer programming languages, you could start by listing the reasons why you think computer programming is a good career. Then, you could move on to the reasons why certain programming