Sex sells- but so does passion

When trying to influence another human being- it is the passion and emotion you lend to your message that people respond to- not the words. These days we are so overwhelmed with information that the words just come across as blah, blah, blah- kind of like the school teacher in Charlie Brown.

Well, "I don't sell things or manipulate people," you might say. But I would argue you do influence people on a regular basis. You are teaching your children and getting through to your employees. You are making a point to your spouse and convincing your boss. You are promoting your business. You are being a role-model for your child or grand-child. You are leading by example to the people in your charge. These are positive and essential forms of influencing others. They are the ways you make a difference.

The difference between manipulating and positively influencing comes down to your intent. Manipulation has the willful intent of getting another to do something for your own best interest. Whereas, influencing someone has the intent of uplifting another or mutually benefiting another and yourself (win-win).

So when you do set out to influence other human beings, it is most effective to be passionate about it. Find something about your message that you can get fired up about- something that you care about. Then take a risk and let your passion out. Even anger carefully directed with correct intent can affect people positively. Passion allows people to feel your message. It adds music and life to the monotony of your words. It gets attention and ignites interest. It engages people.

So next time you are trying to make a point, drop down inside of you and find some passion to connect to it- and then let it rip. People might look at you funny- but at least they will hear you.

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