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Writing Persuasive Messages

Persuasion is an art. Fortunately, it is an art that can be learned. When making a request or presenting an argument, your best bet is to understand your reader’s concerns about the subject and answer the following questions for him or her.

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  • What do you want? Don’t hesitate about getting to the point when asking for something. Present your topic in the first paragraph, and be sure your position is clear. Be specific, letting the reader know precisely what it is you are stating or asking.

  • Why is this important? Supply plenty of details supporting your position. Use facts, statistics, and examples to show why your request is relevant and significant.

  • What do you expect me to do? Let your reader know exactly what you want from her or him, and include any deadlines for a response or action.

  • What’s in it for me? Probably the best persuasive technique you can use is to show how your reader will benefit from your ideas. If you can make your ideas personally important to your reader, you will surely achieve your goal.

Answer the above questions and your message is likely to be positively received, seriously considered, and effectively acted upon.


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Writers Forum Topic for May

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What type of writing task do you find most difficult? What is your best hint for coping with that task?

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May Is a Good Month to . . .

  • Consider upgrading your company’s phone or intranet service.

  • List and prioritize physical plant repairs to be made.

  • Review or revise job travel procedures with coworkers.


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