English Grammar Blog
How to Persuade Your Readers
1. Make it clear to your readers what your feelings are. If you do not like something, it should be stated in a way that leaves no room for doubt, no matter how they looked at it. How can you hope for anybody to take you – and, along with this, what you write – seriously if they do not think you truly are convinced about what you are saying? This can be accomplished by the words you use; obviously, happy language when you are actually trying to portray something negatively will not do the job. Look everything over carefully before making your paper official and letting others read it.
2. Keeping the above habit in mind, it is also important to acknowledge criticism against your belief. While it is all well and good to feel strongly about something, you need to show the readers that you are a not blind. You need to show them that you are aware of what other people think, and that you are not simply holding on to your thoughts with no regard for the other side. Come up with things that people might say to debate against your claims, and work to refute them as best you can.
3. Listings the possible arguments against your personal opinion are not enough. You also have to present facts. In other words, make the work appear more legitimate by stating official, proven knowledge. If you are trying to say that a certain car model is not safe, talk about how many accidents occur during the course of a year that involves the specific car. Anybody who wants to argue with you will have to realize that it is hard to deny the facts. Finding the information you need might not be an easy task, but with some work you are bound to get results.
4. Do not insult your reader; do not tell them they would be stupid if they did not see it your way. In fact, it would be better to tell the reader how taking your side on the matter benefits them. If you want the reader to stop watching too much television, tell them they will have more free time. Let them know that less television means they can take up hobbies such as painting or bird watching. When the reader can see how things can change for the better, they will be more likely to share your opinion in the end.