Margaret’s Persuasion Coach Blog

Axios’ Take on Dealing with Others

Axios’ Take on Dealing with Others

Axios recently launched a new e-newsletter, Finish Line, that focuses on upbeat stories. A recent issue summarizes how Axios trains its employees to deal with one another. You know, I train people to deal with one another in more productive ways, and I found this issue of Finish Line worth sharing and commenting upon.

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The Power of Listening

The Power of Listening

Many of the principles of persuasion and consensus building are counterintuitive, perhaps none more so than the value of listening. When we disagree with someone, our knee-jerk reaction is to go into defense mode, don our mental boxing gloves and prepare our arguments. In fact, however, the most persuasive people listen more than they speak. When they do speak, they ask questions more than they make statements. The key to reaching a meeting of the minds is

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This Lady Had Personality!

This Lady Had Personality!

Understanding personality, or temperament, plays a significant role in the skills I teach. Although scholars have recognized different human temperament types as far back as ancient Greece, it was Isobel Briggs Meyers, with the help of her mother and spouse, who fully fleshed out the concept.

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Dealing with Difficult People

Dealing with Difficult People

A recent Facebook post by KUHT called to mind a book I have used with and recommend to a number of individual clients, Working with Difficult People by Amy Cooper Hakim and Muriel Solomon. This is not the kind of book you need to read from cover to cover. Rather…

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Charlie and the Silver Rule of Consensus, Part I

Charlie and the Silver Rule of Consensus, Part I

Pretty much every religion had some leader or sage who pronounced a Golden Rule—we should treat others as we ourselves would like to be treated…So sometimes people wonder why those in their congregations and charitable organizations who believe in the Golden Rule still offend or hurt one another…One reason is that not everybody wants to be treated the same way in any given situation, so even when we treat others as we would like to be treated, we may still offend them.

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New Years Wishes for You

New Years Wishes for You

I found it difficult to come up with a topic for my 2021 New Year's post. Sometimes it seems like we are living in a different world, one we never would have imagined. Sometimes it seems like the world changes faster than we can keep up with it. Focus on the Positive...

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Thanksgiving Tidbits

Thanksgiving Tidbits

Where is the thanks in thanksgiving for you? Many people offer thanks for the good things in their lives to some higher power. Many pay it forward by making donations of money or time to charities that help people who do not enjoy our advantages. I certainly try to do...

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Another Sneak Peek —Discussing Interests

Another Sneak Peek —Discussing Interests

I’m so encouraged by the interest people are showing in my book in progress Women Can Renew the World IF…and So Can You. I previously posted a sneak preview excerpt to my blog, and got favorable reactions. So here’s another sneak peek for you. This is one of the exercises at the ends of chapters. It features one of my favorite books/movies, The Lord of the Rings–The Two Towers.

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