How to get people to follow your lead

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If you want to be a leader it is important to be able to get people to follow you. With that said, when I first started my charity I had a hard time getting people to believe in my vision. That is why sometimes I had to deploy persuasion tricks to help me. 

This one time I met with a prospective donor; he was clearly skeptical about my vision. That is why I started off with complementing them and giving them honest appreciation. This helped me create a collaborative and friendly environment for the both of us. 

It also helped my project confidence into the donor. He felt like I had confidence in him and his support for a great vision. Which led him to be persuaded into supporting my charity. That day I learned the power of appreciation and sincerely complimenting people. 

When others feel important and appreciated when they are with you, they will be more inclined to help you out and collaborate. If you begin like a classic salesperson trying to sell a vision and proceed to have an artificial conversation, your chances of persuading them will be lowered. 

So the next time you want to persuade someone, begin with praise and honest appreciation. This helps begin the conversation in a friendly way and establish collaboration. Whenever you first compliment someone and show them you have confidence in them, which means they will be more likely to follow your lead and be more collaborative. 

Authors Note

We wish our readers don’t just simply read this story but rather also reflect on the lessons mentioned. See if you can implement any of the lessons taught in your life.

Book: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (Purchase book on Amazon)

Lesson(s)

  • Begin with praise and honest appreciation.

Begin with praise and honest appreciation, whenever you first compliment someone and show them you have confidence in them. They will be more likely to follow your lead and be more collaborative.

Notice: All of the content above is fictional. 

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