Make me an offer I can’t refuse.

Hi all!

I hope you had a great weekend and have returned refreshed and excited for a whole new week of edification and illumination.

This week we’re going to be focusing on something we touched on last term: persuasive writing. As we will see, this takes a few different forms and we will be discussing the different ways in which you could potentially be examined. For now, I want you all to think about how you go about persuading someone about something? For instance, how would you persuade your parents to increase your pocket money, or buy you a new phone? Or how would you persuade the School to have free wifi for the students? For boarders, how would you persuade Servcor that we should have hot chocolate with marshmallows at break? What tactics would you employ? What kind of tone would be appropriate in order to succeed?

Let me know in the comments below!

See you tomorrow,

Ms Roberts

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  1. I do believe that to persuade someone, you must engage them first. You could do this by including facts about what you are wanting, for example; You could include all the new bug fixes on the new cell phone you want and how you could call them even faster if an emergancy comes up. Including facts could easily pull the reader (or the person you are trying to persuade) into the right direction. Also, you must aslo try to make what you are wanting to be persuaded realistic! For example, if your parents are giving you $5 a week, it will be mearly impossible to persuade them to raise it up to $60 a week! Overall, when you are trying to persuade an audience, you must be very topical. Meaning that you talk about the topic a lot and what good will come out to you getting it, and also, what good will come out of them getting it! Persuasive writing take care and precision to master.

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  2. It is important to state what you are going to persuade them to do. Including facts is important as they it will make your argument more convincing and “backed up” but scientific facts. Another good way to convince someone of your argument is to mention well known or famous names of people, companies .etc. This helps your argument by relating it to someone or something that people look up to. You could also compare, and evoke pathos to lure the person to your side of the argument.

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  3. For you to persuade someone, you have to use an ironic tone and a very confident voice. To persuade servcor to have marshmallows at break time, you could compare with other schools such as Eveline High School because its a government school so obviously Girls College would want to up their game. Also using facts could help in a certain way because they are of a true value.

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  4. To be able to persuade someone, it is rather important to have a tone that sounds confident and certainty of what you are saying. If a tone does not sound convincing, the person you are trying to engage will not be interested and definitely won’t be persuaded. Stating your argument also shows the audience that you know what you are doing and talking about. Naming big people can help persuade someone. Nowadays, famous people like Barack Obama are influential and well- respected and are role models, so if you were to mention them then people could eventually be persuaded for example, Barack Obama believes that drinking 2litres of water daily is healthy. People would believe that because it is quite a reasonable fact.

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  5. To persuade Servcor about the marshmellow hot chocolate at breaktime, I would use statistics as well as personal anecdotes so as to push my argument. Also, I’d give Health reasons as too why hot chocolate is good for high school students, especially at breaktime.

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  6. To persuade my parents to get me a new phone I would probably tell them about how it has a lot of space for me to download and read my school books because this is something that they would really love to hear.

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  7. When your trying to persuade someone you really have think outside of the box. You do not want the person that your trying to persuade to realize that your trying to pull them over to your side. You have to be subtle about and not really direct. for example persuading Servcor to give us hot chocolate at break, you would list the benefits and tell them that it would raise their company name higher if they did

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  8. I would use a more calm, quite tone and try get then to feel sympathy for me. Tell them about the disadvantages if I don’t get what I’m asking for (more pocket money or hot chocolate at break). After telling them how awful life is without it I would make it seem so much better if I did get what I was negotiating for. For example would make a comparison between what it’s like with less money and what it would be like if I got given more. Also, how it would benefit them.

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