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How Frequently You Should Post on Social Media According to the Pros

Learning how to use social media can sometimes feel like trying to understand a teenager with different emotional states. You cannot apply what you do on one platform to another, and you need different tactics to adjust to different places. Most organizations try to be social media butterflies to strengthen their online branding strategy, but this can backfire as many turn themselves into those annoying braggers or serial sharers that everyone hates. So the great ...

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Compliments Are the First Step toward Changing Minds

In an article for Harvard Business Review, Christopher Graves explains how paying someone a compliment can be a crucial first step in trying to change that person’s mind on something. The reason why is that people’s beliefs typically reflect back on their own self-identity, and challenging their beliefs thus feels like an attack on their sense of self. But paying a compliment before challenging a belief can affirm the other party’s sense of self, making ...

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Can You Change Someone’s Mind over Social Media?

To generalize, the answer to the above question is—heck no. Go get a better hobby; arguing over the Internet is fruitless. But if you are the craziest level of optimist and want to try anyway, Joanne O’Connell shares some tips for the Guardian. She presents a four-step strategy: Position: Start by acknowledging common ground between the two of you before you jump into your counterargument. If the person responds by shifting to a “different pillar ...

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SPICE: The Con Man Approach to Changing Minds

In an article for Psychology Today, Dr. Susan K. Perry shares a mildly manipulative approach used to change people’s minds. It is up to you to use this knowledge either to protect yourself or to make wicked gains. It is the “SPICE” method: Simplicity: The more concise you can make your argument, the more effective it will be. Perceived self-interest: Talk about why changing one’s mind will create a positive life benefit for that person. ...

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Explanatory Coherence: The Long Game in Changing Perspective

Realistically, changing someone’s mind on a big issue in one fell swoop happens only extremely rarely. In an article for Fast Company, Art Markman describes how an aggressive long-term campaign is your best shot at changing a person’s perspective. It has to do with “explanatory coherence,” the idea that “strongly held beliefs form a network of consistent concepts.” Thus, if you want to change someone’s mind on one subject, you are not just trying to ...

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Science & Reddit Teach You How to Change Minds

In an article for the Washington Post, Ana Swanson reports on Cornell University research that uses the r/ChangeMyView sub-Reddit to unlock some science behind how minds are changed. ChangeMyView is a forum in which posters present an elaborate viewpoint and invite others to challenge that view. In the rare case that someone does actually change someone else’s mind, that person is given a delta symbol (being the Greek letter used to express change in math). ...

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4 Tips to Change Someone’s Mind

Jake has decided on solution A for the project, but you know in your bones that solution B is the way to go. Now what? In an article for Inc., Geoffrey James offers four simple tips that may be applied quickly: Sympathize with Jake’s position, agreeing with as much of his perspective as you possibly can. Reframe the problem in such a way that your two perspectives stop directly conflicting. Introduce a new solution to ...

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The Most Practical Ways to Learn about Coworkers

The most natural way to get to know people is to just let it happen organically. In an article at Business Insider, Lauren Dunn outlines some ways that you can build relationships without trying too hard. For instance, small talk will go a long way. Just asking people about their weekend (etc.) on a regular basis will lead to learning a lot about each other over time. Avoid gossip and being overly negative, because such ...

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Almost Creepy Questions to Build Tighter Work Relationships

In an article for Inc., Shelley Prevost shares a long list of questions you can ask your coworkers in order to get to know them better. She describes the questions as “revealing,” and that might be an understatement. Some of these questions, like, “If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are living right now?” sound like something a stalker would ask. So tread ...

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Little Strategies to Get to Know People

Work goes by quicker and easier when people know and trust each other. Linda Ray shares some little strategies to learn about each other in an article for Chron. For instance, there is always the method of just asking colleagues random silly questions and seeing what happens. Another thing you can do is invite everyone out to lunch on a regular basis; Ray suggests weekly, but I think monthly may be more practical. (But then ...

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