Margaret’s Persuasion Coach Blog

Turning Straw into Gold–or  Bad Ideas into Good

Turning Straw into Gold–or Bad Ideas into Good

Don’t censor the bad ideas. They can inspire good ones. If we temporarily ignore the problems with a bad idea and look for what’s good about it, we can often modify the idea so it retains the good part without the problem. But if you leave the bad idea out of your notes, you might lose sight of it forever.

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Helping Children Build Consensus

Helping Children Build Consensus

Those of you who have followed this blog from its early days, might remember my posting, several years ago, of a real life success story: Consensus Success in a Volunteer Group. Gracie, the lady who shared the story with me, has now reported another success, one in which she helped three children, ranging in age from ten to six years of age, practice consensus building.

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Book Excerpt: The Persuasion Power of Paraphrasing

Book Excerpt: The Persuasion Power of Paraphrasing

You might imagine that, when I teach a 1.5 hour mini-workshop on persuasion, I would cover the most basic element of my persuasion/consensus building system–uncovering and talking about what’s behind the things people say they want, their ultimate interests. But we require more than 1.5 hr. to assimilate that skill…So for a short persuasion workshop, I focus on one of the persuasion skills I personally use most, such as paraphrasing. Trainees can learn enough from a short session to practice paraphrasing on their own.

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Springing Into Fall

Springing Into Fall

Fall weather energizes us to do what we’ve been putting off. Our first cool fronts of the Fall blew through last week. In October on the Gulf Coast, “cool” can mean daily highs in the low 80s or upper 70s (as opposed to 90s). But the second front gave us a low in the 50s. A spurt of energy to catch up on things I’ve been putting off arrived with the front.

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Don’t Shrink Your Brain!

Don’t Shrink Your Brain!

I’m sure no one deliberately sets out to shrink their brain. If anything, most of us want to grow mentally–learn new things, open our minds to different points of view. But did you know that complaining could shrink and rewire your brain, harm your health, and attract more of the very things you complain about into your life?

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Book Excerpt: What’s the Twist

Book Excerpt: What’s the Twist

My book Love on the Rocks with a Twist – Delightful Fiction with Lessons on Dealing with Others begins with an introductory essay, followed by study notes introducing the most basic of the consensus building skills demonstrated by the characters in the remaining stories. Here is an excerpt from that intro, “What’s the Twist”

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People Say….

While reading “Bridges to Consensus”, I volunteered to organize a project with my quilt bee, 15 professional, talented, and strongly-opinionated w…
Gracie KilloughAustin Area Quilt Guild

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