Expressing Persuasion (Formally and Informally)


Expressing Persuasion (Formally and Informally) – Responding to transactional meaning (to get things done) as well as formal and continuous interpersonal conversations accurately, fluently and acceptably using various spoken expressions including some peaking functions: expressing persuasion (formally and informally).


In this lesson, you will learn how to persuade people. In daily lives, we often face conditions where people do not agree to us, or they have their own opinions on something. Sometimes, we need to say some words to get them agree with us or at least, agree to accept our opinions towards something. Getting common understanding is basically the reason why persuasion takes place. What is persuasion actually? Is it hard to do?

Expressing Persuasion (Formally and Informally)

Persuading people means you are making people to believe in something/ doing something.In order to do that, we often give reason or fact to support our idea. We do this in expressing both formal as well as informal persuasion . We call the supporting ideas as ‘reasons’. What makes formal and informal reasons different is:

* Informal persuasion is somehow ‘illogical’; people tend to persuade using emotional attachment or based on feelings.

* Formal persuasion that takes place in a more formal setting and also in written forms is always based on ‘data/ facts/ empirical information’ or logical reasons that have strong evidence as the base of reasons. Furthermore, we can add an opinion when expressing informal persuasion even though it is optional.

Below are the examples Look at the following table. It shows the examples of some common expressions of persuasion that we can use both in formal and informal conversations or settings. They may differ under various situation but the basic expressions are the same.

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Expressing Persuasion (Formally and Informally)

Do you understand?

Here are some examples of persuasion in formal and informal ways


Formal Persuasion: It is true that consuming honey is very useful to maintain our health.
Informal Persuasion: Drink honey, it’s good for you.
Explanation:It is undeniable that honey is good for our health. You try to make others are willing to drink honey to keep their health.

Formal Persuasion: I notice that people are easily to get sick on rainy season because the weather is cold.
Informal Persuasion: Don’t you think the weather can get you sick?
Explanation: You observed that most people cannot stand to stay fit during rainy season.

Formal Persuasion: Let me assure you that this water heater is the best water heater ever. It is adapting the newest technology on solar cell.
Informal Persuasion: You can try this water heater. I think it is good.
Explanation: You try to convince other people that the water heater is the best.

Formal Persuasion: It’s proven by research that banana helps gaining energy.
Informal Persuasion: Do you know that eating banana is good for gaining your energy?
Explanation: Here you try to convince that banana is a good fruit for our body.

Key points

Here are things you need to remember.
* Persuading is trying to convince people to what we believe.
* In giving persuasion, we need to give reasons or actual facts.

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