The Power of Persuasion

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The Power of Persuasion Thesis Statement: To inform my audience about the science and the power of persuasion. Introduction I. “If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.” These are wise words spoken by Benjamin Franklin, whom we all know for his roles in American History as a writer, scientist and politician. II. In this quote, Benjamin Franklin speaks of how to persuade. But why would it be important to know how to persuade? III. I always have to ask my child to pick up his toys after he done playing with them and my husband to take out the trash. Of course, they never want to do it so I must persuade them into doing so. At some point in life, we all have to persuade someone into doing…show more content…
h. Peer pressure can be dangerous when the only goal is to be socially accepted; in this case most individuals would do “whatever it takes” to be accepted. Conclusion I. Persuasion is a powerful tool that can be used to motivate individuals to do good things for society and for themselves, but it can also be used to do harm. Based on the tendencies upon which people act and make decisions, it is up to the individual to determine when and how they allow themselves to be persuaded, because as strong and powerful as persuasion can be, there is also another powerful tool that individuals tend to lean on when they have to make a decision and that is intuition. Some quotes on persuasion. ''For your own good'' is a persuasive argument that will eventually make a man agree to his own destruction. Janet Frame (1924-2004) New Zealand writer. “Let one who wants to move and convince others, first be convinced and moved themselves. If a person speaks with genuine earnestness the thoughts, the emotion and the actual condition of their own heart, others will listen because we all are knit together by the tie of sympathy.” Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist. “Oral delivery aims at persuasion and making the listener believe they are converted. Few persons are
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