Great Speakers are Great Persuaders.
Posted by Presentation Skills on February 3, 2008
If you have to persuade anyone, you will need this!
When a great speaker stand to speak, they have a whole arsenal of tools that they can use to persuade you to their message. One that we can all use is the “Push and Pull” method.
Put simply, the “Push and Pull” refers to how you structure the features and benefits in your message. (Understanding the difference between features and benefits is a basic sales technique. For example, the feature of the car is that it has an air-conditioner; the benefit is that you can travel in cool comfort on hot days. People will always buy the benefits over the features)
You can use the Push and Pull to deliver your benefits in different ways:
The Push – The air-conditioner is great because you can travel in comfort.
The Pull – The air-conditioner is great because you don’t want to be hot and sticky when you arrive at your destination.
Both the Push and Pull give the benefits of having an air-conditioner but they are worded differently. The Push a positive approach while the Pull has a negative approach.
You can use these two techniques individually or together. If you were to use them together you could say something like, “The air-conditioner is great because you can travel in comfort. After all, who wants to arrive all hot and sticky?”
So how does this apply to today’s work place? When structuring your message, look at how you can use the positive and negatively worded benefits in your message. This can apply to anything from change management, the need to increase sales or even in training sessions. Simply focus on your message and how it benefits your audience and use the “Push and Pull” to get your message across.
‘Til next time.