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Our task is not only to realize humor’s profound influence but also to develop the necessary skills to use it powerfully and ethically. As you become more and more skilled at incorporating humor into your presentations, you will discover that humor almost always has a place.

Humor puts your audience in a good frame of mind. Your audience is in a good disposition and less likely to disagree with you. When you develop rapport with your audience, they will like you more. Humor also increases trust.

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The skill of using humor can be learned and mastered, but only with consistent practice. Sometimes you may fail but keep at it until you have harnessed the power to make others laugh. Then others will always feel good when they are in your presence. They will also take what you have to say more seriously. Humor will give you the power to motivate and influence others in a productive, positive way.

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What else is used to persuade below the radar?  What are companies doing to their slightly deceptive products that you are not even aware of?  How do JND and Shrinkflation sway your thoughts and opinions?  Join me for this week’s podcast on JND, Shrinkflation, Advertising - Brilliant Deception?  You will discover how to persuade below the radar.

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Most people don’t address why it is taking so long to achieve their goals or find their success.  The first step is always self-discipline. When we hear the word self-discipline or willpower, we tend to get a little tense, tune out or think about something else.  We think of all our bad habits, things we don’t want to do, or all the times we tried to exercise willpower and failed.  It is something we are constantly working on and can never neglect. 

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What can you do to strengthen your willpower and your self-discipline?  It is easier than you think.  You already have the desire, and you already know you are capable of more.  You know you want more success in your life.

This is a critical life skill.  Are you ready for the next steps?  Join me for this week’s podcast on how to Reprogram Your Brain For Success And Wealth.  You will discover wealth is an open book test, and now it is time for you to have all the answers.

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Optimistic persuaders outpersuade pessimistic persuaders every time. Not only is optimism essential to influencing others, but is also a critical for success in life. Optimism is more than a positive mental attitude. It is not constantly saying positive things to yourself and then hoping they will come true. Rather, true optimism is a state of mind that dictates how you look at the world. An optimistic view of life and the world around you can inspire hope and courage in others. We all want to feel inspired and encouraged. When a persuader can deliver this type of message, we want to follow that person. This tendency is how optimism helps you in influencing others.

Pessimism on the other hand is always taking the negative view. Others will consider a pessimist as irritable and always looking for the negative in every situation. Pessimists are the ones who will be the first to complain and tell everyone else that nothing goes right. As a result, they never get the success or recognition they deserve.

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Countless studies have shown that optimists do better in school, persuade better, have more friends, perform better in their careers, and live longer than pessimists. Pessimists, on the other hand, frequently battle depression, have fewer friends, find it difficult to persuade, and give up faster and more easily. To illustrate this point, in one study, those who sold insurance were monitored on their optimistic or pessimistic outlook in relation to setbacks. The optimistic persuaders sold more policies and were half as likely to quit.

Great persuaders have what we call “influential optimism.” This means that they see the positive in all situations. Rather than focusing on disappointment, cynicism, or negative feelings, they look for ways to move forward. People want to be persuaded by individuals who have a positive view on life. As an optimist, you see the world as a series of exciting challenges. You inspire positive feelings about everything you stand for. People want to be around you because they live in a very pessimistic world. The optimistic mindset is contagious and helps to empower other people to believe in you and in themselves. As an optimist, you help others see failure or setback as temporary. You have no doubt that success will happen.

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How did you learn what you know about money? You likely picked it up, a piece here, a tip there. 

You absorbed attitudes from your parents and from the media. You absorbed the examples of friends. You proceeded through trial and error—the school of hard knocks. 

You learned haphazard, mostly wrong, and certainly out of context. 

Money is one of the most important subjects to study in your entire life. Some of life’s greatest enjoyments and most of life’s greatest disappointments stem from your money decisions.

Wealth is an open book test, and the answers are obvious.  What small results can you add to your life that can bring you large financial results?  How much do you know about the wealth formula?  Join me for this week’s podcast on Wealth Formula Secrets - Tom Painter Interview.

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