Persuasive Diplomat: How to Always Win People Over to Your Side

Being a persuasive diplomat means you have the ability to win people over to your way of thinking.

You can build stronger relationships with friends, family, and coworkers when you can convince people of your points of view and effectively convey them. Gaining the ability to comprehend diverse viewpoints and communicate effectively can help you grow personally. This in turn boosts your flexibility, empathy, and critical thinking.

Winning people over to your side also has its professional benefits.

You can contribute to a more collaborative and productive work environment by effectively conveying your ideas and resolving conflicts constructively. The ability to influence others is also crucial for leadership positions. By effectively presenting your ideas and persuading colleagues and superiors, you can increase your chances of getting promoted and taking on more responsibility.

Here are the principles you can apply to become a persuasive diplomat:

Win People Over

Win People Over

Principle 1: Avoid arguments.

Do you think arguing is the best way to convince someone?

Arguing often creates tension and defensiveness, making it harder to reach an agreement.

Avoid arguments altogether to maintain a positive atmosphere and open communication.

Principle 2: Respect others’ opinions.

Do you find it helpful to be told you’re wrong?

People are more receptive to ideas when they feel respected and listened to.

Acknowledge others’ opinions, even if you disagree, to foster trust and understanding.

Principle 3: Admit mistakes quickly and honestly.

Do you find it easier to admit your mistakes or defend them?

Taking responsibility for your errors shows humility and encourages others to do the same.

By admitting mistakes quickly, you can clear the air and work towards a solution.

Principle 4: Begin with a friendly approach.

How does someone’s tone affect your receptiveness to their ideas?

A friendly and positive approach creates a more open and receptive environment for communication.

Starting with kindness sets a positive tone and encourages collaboration.

Principle 5: Get agreement initially.

Do you find it easier to agree with someone who acknowledges your points?

Finding common ground builds trust and lays the foundation for further discussion.

Seek initial agreement on shared goals or values to establish a sense of collaboration.

By getting others to say ‘yes,’ you build momentum and align their mindset with yours, facilitating smoother communication.


That’s not all the principles of winning people over to your side. Here are 7 more techniques in becoming a persuasive diplomat:

Principle 6: Let others talk and listen actively.

Do you learn more by talking or listening?

By actively listening and allowing others to express themselves, you gain valuable insights and build rapport.

Encourage others to share their perspectives to gain a deeper understanding and foster trust.

Principle 7: Let others feel ownership of ideas.

Do you feel more invested in ideas you discover yourself?

People are more likely to adopt and implement ideas they feel they have ownership of.

Present suggestions as collaborative opportunities, allowing others to contribute and feel involved in the solution.

Principle 8: See things from others’ perspectives.

How would you feel if someone saw things from your point of view?

Understanding another person’s perspective fosters empathy and allows for more effective communication.

By trying to see things from their perspective, you can better understand their motivations and concerns.

Principle 9: Be sympathetic to others’ desires.

Do you appreciate people acknowledging your feelings and concerns?

Showing genuine empathy and understanding creates a sense of connection and encourages cooperation.

Acknowledge and validate others’ feelings to build trust and rapport.

Principle 10: Appeal to noble motives.

Do you respond better to positive reinforcement or criticism?

Appealing to people’s sense of fairness, integrity, and desire to do good can motivate them to act positively.

Frame your requests in a way that resonates with their values and aspirations.

Principle 11: Dramatize your ideas.

Do you remember information presented in a compelling way better than dry facts?

Using storytelling, examples, and vivid language makes your ideas more engaging and memorable.

Present your ideas in a captivating way to capture attention and spark interest.

Principle 12: Challenge and inspire.

Are you more motivated by a challenge or simply being told what to do?

Presenting a challenge can ignite people’s desire to excel and achieve, fostering engagement and ownership.

Frame your requests as opportunities for growth and self-improvement to motivate and inspire action.

These principles are not guaranteed to work in every situation, but by applying them thoughtfully, you can increase your chances of winning people to your way of thinking through respectful communication, collaboration, and understanding. Remember, the key is to build trust, rapport, and a shared sense of purpose.

People Magnet: Four Quick Ways to be Liked by Others

To be a people magnet is to acknowledge that your happiness and success at work can be strongly influenced by how well-liked you are by others.

People that are likable are regularly better at influencing others—whether it’s convincing coworkers, winning over ideas, or boosting team spirit. Stronger, deeper connections with others can also be nurtured by your likability, and this results in sustaining friendships and partnerships.

Be a People Magnet

Be a People Magnet

Here are the four quick ways to make people like you:

1. Smile to make a great first impression

First impression matters.

And the quickest way to make a great first impression is to give a wide smile. Smiling makes you look friendly and approachable.

A smile says to the other person, ‘I am glad to see you. You make me happy. I always enjoy your company.”

The clothes you wear is not nearly as important as the expression on your face.


Force yourself to smile when you are first alone. Act as if you are already happy, and this will make you happy as well. You are only happy when you choose to be happy.

Then smile afterwards. Your smile is a way of expressing your kindness. Everyone who sees your smile will feel happier around you too.

2. Remember people’s names to make them feel important.

Do you know the average person is more interested in his or her own name than all other names combined?

Former U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt confirms that remembering names is one of the easiest, most evident, and most significant ways to win people over. When you remember that name and call it easily, you have paid a subtle and impactful compliment to that person.

The ability to recall names is nearly as crucial in social and professional interactions as it is in politics.


If you are hearing a person’s name clearly for the first time, ask – “I am sorry, I did not hear your name clearly, can you say it again?”  If the name is not common, ask the person to spell it out. Then write the name on your phone or a piece of paper.

Make the effort to repeat the name multiple times during the conversation and try to mentally connect it to the person’s features, expression, and overall look. This technique was successfully used by Napoleon the Third.

And it works till now!


The person’s name distinguishes them from others and makes them special.

This means that when we address situations with the person’s name, the information we are providing or the request we are making assumes a special significance. It puts you at a sharp advantage for them to like you. This is what makes you a people magnet.

Recognize the power of a name and understand that the only owner of this particular asset is the person we are interacting with. No one else.

3. Listen deeply and encourage people to talk about themselves.

This is a simple method to improve your conversation skills.

Many people don’t listen deeply, which prevents them from leaving a positive impression. They don’t keep their ears open because they are too worried about what they will say next. Studies show that the most influential people value attentive listeners more than talkers. However, listening skills appear to be more uncommon than nearly any other positive quality.

It is essential that you give the person speaking to you your whole attention. Nothing else is so pleasing as that.

A person’s toothache means more to that person than a famine in China which kills a million people. A boil on one’s neck interests one more than forty earthquakes in Africa. Think of that the next time you start a conversation – Dale Carnegie


Be a focused listener if you want to be a good conversationalist. Be interested to be interesting.

Ask questions that other persons will enjoy answering. Invite them to share about their experiences and achievements.

Even the most violent critic will often become gentler and quiet when they are around a patient, understanding listener.

4. Develop a sincere interest in other people.

By showing genuine interest in other people, you can make more friends in one month than you can by trying to pique their interest in you over the course of a year.

If you want to make friends, you must put yourself out there to do things for other people – things that require time: energy, unselfishness, and thoughtfulness. Being genuinely interested in other people not only makes you friends but also fosters a sense of loyalty if you run a business or building a professional career.

This is also the only means for the other ways to work fine for you in the long run.


Speaking with someone about the things they value most is the best way to winning their heart.

Mention the interests of the other person when you speak. Look for things you both have in common, like hobbies or life experiences.  Ask follow-up questions, nod in agreement, and express enthusiasm in the topics they are talking about.

Always bring the focus of the conversation back to the other person.

Talk to people about themselves and they will listen for hours.” – Benjamin Disraeli.

Greet people with enthusiasm and energy as well.

Also use the same mentality when someone calls you on the phone. Say “Hello” in a tone that conveys your happiness that they have called.

This is a fantastic way to build rapport, make them feel valued, and create a more engaging conversation.


Prosocial: How Everyone Should Optimize Their Relationships

I went from shy, socially anxious to a self-assured prosocial person after reading one of Dale Carnegie’s books.

The book’s name was “How To Win Friends and Influence People.”  Over 30 million copies have been sold worldwide, and even recommended by Warren Buffet. Carnegie’s book is full of timeless wisdom and insights that you can use to bring out the best in your relationships.

In the first section of the book, Carnegie shared the fundamental techniques in handling people. He also narrates stories of people who achieved extraordinary progress in their businesses, politics, and career. Because they applied these methods to bring out the best in their relationships.

I will tell you the main techniques, so you don’t have to spend hours studying his book. Or tens of other relationship books.

Prosocial: What Everyone Ought to Know to Bring Out The Best in their Relationships

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Technique 1:  Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain.

Do you like to be embarrassed or ridiculed publicly for anything no matter how wrong it was?

It is the same for other people. We are all creatures of emotion, abound with dignity and self-esteem. If you don’t like to be criticized in the open, why do you want to do the same thing to others? Whether in a group or with someone else.

Besides, criticisms are like boomerangs. They always return. It’s the wrong way to be prosocial

So, resist the urge to strongly criticize or rebuke your friends, colleagues, or people above you. It will always end in futility.

Speak ill of no man but speak all the good you know of everybody – Benjamin Franklin

Understand people first to be prosocial

Instead of condemning people, try to understand them.

Try to figure out why they do what they do. Listen to others and find out their positive attributes before you assume the worst of them. This is a lot more profitable and intriguing than complaining and criticism.

This will also breed patience, and kindness in your relationship with them.

TECHNIQUE 2: Give sincere and honest appreciation

There is a big secret of dealing with people.

Do you know that the only way I can get you to do anything is by giving you what you want? This is the secret. Companies use this secret to offer rewards to motivate their employees to achieve specific goals, enhancing their overall productivity and performance at work. Businesses also use this secret negatively, by using bribery to influence decision-makers and secure deals.

There is a quote by William James that resonates quite well with this technique.

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. This is a gnawing and unfaltering human hunger, and the rare individual who honestly satisfies this heart hunger will hold people in the palm of his hand.

To bring out the best of your relationships, always remember that you are dealing with human beings who hunger for appreciation.

Be careful of flattery when being prosocial

In a bid to appreciate others, please be careful of using flattery in your words and actions.

Flattery is shallow, selfish, and insincere. It’s like those wealthy and well-connected friends who keep calling you “Chief, Boss, Chairman” at every instance but disappear when you ask for their advice. Don’t act like them please.

In the long run, flattery will do you more harm than good if you want to be prosocial.

Instead, give lots of praise and heartfelt approval in your dealings with people, and they might remember what you said for the rest of their lives. And they can even bring it up years after you’ve forgotten it.

TECHNIQUE 3: Inspire the other person to feel a strong desire.

A way to influence other people is to talk about what they want and show them how to get it.

To do this, you must first inspire the other person to feel a strong desire. For instance, successful salespeople do this by showing us how their services and products solves our problems. After all, customers like to feel that they are buying – not being sold.

Dale Carnegie affirms this by saying that if you can learn this technique, you will have the whole world with you.

“People who can put themselves in the place of other people, who can understand the workings of their minds, need never worry about what the future has in store for them.” – Owen D.Young.

Put yourself in their shoes.

If there is any one secret of success, it will be Empathy.

It lies in your ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own. The next time you want to persuade someone to do something – pause and ask yourself: How can I make this person want to do it?

Constantly asking and answering this question will bring out the best of your relationships.

The world is full of people who are grabbing and self-seeking. So the rare individual who unselfishly tries to serve others has an enormous advantage. He has little competition.


Here is the checklist to navigating the journey of life with stronger relationships and building more meaningful connections:

  • Technique 1: Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain.
  • Understand people first.
  • Technique 2: Give honest and sincere appreciation.
  • Be careful of Flattery.
  • Technique 3: Inspire the other person to feel a strong desire.
  • Put yourself in their shoes.

That’s it. You just learned everything you need in maximizing your relationships. You are welcome.