Video Worksheet Teacher's Notes
In this video, John is trying to persuade his boss Amanda to let him have Saturday off work as he has an important family commitment. He is supposed to be launching a new social media campaign at work on Saturday, and Amanda is reluctant to give him the day off, due to the important timing of the launch. John and Amanda role play two scenarios: one where John is not only unsuccessful in getting his day off, but also manages to offend his boss at the same time. Following commentary from the life coach in the second scene, John approaches the discussion differently and is much more successful. He also leaves Amanda feeling assured that the social media launch will take place without problems in his absence.
Tips for improving your influencing and persuading skills
- Use positive and open body language that is assertive without being aggressive
- Be clear, concise and to the point
- Offer solutions to ensure that your request doesn’t cause problems for anybody else
- Be honest about your reasons
- Be willing to negotiate