Tell us about a time when you tried to influence or persuade others and failed
Tell us about a time when you tried to influence or persuade others and failed. Which audience appeals did you use or not use? What would you do differently today?
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There was an instance when I tried to convince my then-girlfriend to come to a “guy” event, a boxing match. I explained to her that the event was a couple event, other guys would have their girlfriends there. I told her that we would only stay for a short period of time and find something else nearby, preferably something that she wanted to do. She had not meet my close friends yet and I knew what would really make her want to show up. As the day approached, she had second thoughts about coming to the event. I overheard her on the phone to go meet up with her girlfriends. In intervened by completely ignored her phone call and complimented her so much and how excited I was to show her off. She came with me to to the event and felt uncomfortable because it was really a “guy” event. We spent some time talking to one another until I left to play a beer game. She sat on her phone for the day and nodded every once and awhile. We did not last much longer after.
I appealed to her emotions by making her feel extremely important and special. I knew she would be more encouraged to grant my request if I made it worthy. If I had the opportunity to use this strategy again, I definitely would. I would be more wiser in choosing the event.