Apart from the mystery that is psychology, the subject also helps in understanding how our behaviour can persuade a response in others. Want things to work your way? Use these psychological tips we got from a Quora thread, to get what you want.
1. Tired and exhausted people tend to be more persuaded and convinced by commercials.
2. Images of people eating food at your restaurant, rather than just images of food, is more likely to increase sales.
3. Reversing percentages can work to change perceptions.
For example “90% fat free” sounds way more positive than “10% fat”.
4. Pamphlets written in paragraphs in bold, red or blue fonts are more likely to catch attention.
5. If you want to sell something, create a psychological scarcity by some method.
For example, the entire concept of “limited edition”.
6. The first and the last people facing an interviewer are remembered most, of all candidates applying for a job.
7. You can make someone very uncomfortable by staring at their hairline while they talk.
8. If you know someone is mad at you, sit next to him or her at a meeting or social event.
This will reduce their animosity towards you.
9. Subtly nodding your head while asking a question will make the person you’re talking to more inclined to agree with you.
As an example, asking, “Don’t you think I’m right?” while subtly nodding, will cause more people to agree with you.
10. Foot-in-the-door, as a technique, is a sophisticated persuasion and sales technique.
The principle goes as such. Start by asking someone for something small. If they comply with your first small request, they will be more likely to respond to your next and bigger request, positively.
11. Notice the unique words people use, and use those words when talking with them.
It will make them feel closer to you.
12. Keep moving and making gestures with your hands while delivering presentations instead of standing at one place.
This will present you as a confident and impressive one and conceal your nervousness.
13. If you want to get attention from a highly attractive or popular person, stay around them but don’t pay any attention.
Talk with the people around them while ignoring them. He/she will then notice you and try to initiate a conversation with you.
14. If you want someone to accept what you just said, be silent.
This will induce the person to acknowledge what you have just said in order to break the awkward silence.
15. Try the door-in-the-face (DITF) technique.
This is a compliance method commonly studied in social psychology. The persuader attempts to convince the respondent to comply by making a large request that the respondent will most likely turn down, much like a metaphorical slamming of a door in the persuader’s face. The respondent is then more likely to agree to a second, more reasonable request, compared to the same reasonable request made in isolation.