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Need to persuade or convince someone of your opinion? Here\'s how you can without appearing manipulative. These tips might help writing an essay.
The skill of convincing speech is an essential one. Whether you need to convince a co-worker, friend, or significant other of your opinion, make a sales pitch. or even try your hand at public speaking, it is important to first know the basics of persuasive speech. Learning persuasive speech can improve all aspects of your life, as it will improve your communication skills. By becoming a better communicator you will begin to see benefits in your relationships as well as your work life.

What Is Persuasive Speaking?

The art of using language persuasively or convincingly is called rhetoric. Rhetoric has been around for thousands of years, dating back to Aristotle and the Sophists. According to Aristotle, there are three main facets to public speaking: ethos, pathos, and logos. Once you fully understand these three appeals, you will be able to form a convincing argument using your words. Still, think "I need help writing an essay for free"? Keep reading.


Ethos is your appeal of credibility to your audience. Before you can convince them of anything, they need to believe that you are a reliable and trustworthy source of information. If your audience does not believe that you have good intentions, an expert on the topic you are explaining, and a trustworthy person, they are much less likely to listen to anything you have to say.


Pathos is your appeal to the audience\'s emotions. The best way to stir the emotions of your audience is through stories. Do you want to make them hate someone else? Or perhaps think back on past happy moments? These effects and more can be achieved through using narratives to trigger the audience\'s emotional responses.


Logos is your appeal to the logic of the audience. If your argument appeals to not only their common sense, but is backed up by factual evidence, they will be much more likely to be affected by what you are saying.

How to Use These Three Techniques

Using any of these three arguments on their own will not result in successfully persuading someone. Have you ever heard a dull scientist speak who knows all the facts, but has no connection with their audience? Or a child who has emotionally connecting stories, but is not credible because of their youth and inexperience? In order to effectively persuade your audience, your moral character, appeal to emotions, and logical arguments must be used in tandem to create an overall compelling argument. Be careful with your word choice, stories, and manner of speaking and you will soon be an incredibly convincing speaker.

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