Persuade with Power!

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By Mike Del Rosario

My Dearest...

Friday, May 2, 2014


LAST Saturday, April 26, 2014, a Speechcraft with the theme, “Igniting the Passion for Excellence”, was spearheaded by Toastmaster’s Division G Governor Merci Mecos and Area 61 Governor Beng Garcia, at the YMCA building.

I was privileged to be on the same stage with great and effective speakers from Toastmasters International. Avelina Visaya, the 2013 Humorous Speech National Champion, spoke on “Using Humour Effectively in Talks”. Daryl Ponard, the 2012 National Impromptu Speech 1st runner up, gave an eloquent speech on “Delivering Impromptu Powerfully”. Reuben Aslor, this year’s Division G Champion in Impromptu Speaking, spoke on “Job Interview Success”. Jay Yogawin, my idol, mentor and coach, and now a Preacher in Blue Jeans in the Catholic Charismatic Community of Bo Sanchez, spoke about “Purpose–Driven Excellence”.

Over 200 people, mainly college students and young professionals, loudly applauded the various speakers.

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Admittedly, it was “one of those days” for me. I was not at my best. I could have, and should have done better in my speech content and in my delivery.

I should have let the Holy Spirit take over, rather than attempt to do it on my own. As Doc Rene Manalo always reminds me by quoting Matthew 10:20, “ for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking thru you.”

Another lesson learned was “There can be no regrets, only when you have done your best, and prayed.”

That day, I was tasked to speak on the topic, “Persuade with Power”.
Allow me to share:

Persuasion is the art of getting others to see your viewpoint, or agree with your vision, goals, plans, and decisions, and to get them to act accordingly.

Persuasion is useful and is applied by almost everyone in various situations. Effective persuasion gets ideas across and gets things done quickly.

Children persuade parents, and vice versa. Employers and employees do the same. Job applicants, speaking and acting appropriately, try to convince the interviewer to hire them. Sales people persuade prospects to buy their products or services. The situations are endless, and mastering the art of persuasion saves time and effort, and when done with the right purpose, benefits everyone.

3 H’s of Persuading With Power is a convenient guide.
Use your Heart, Head, and Hands in Persuading!

1. Heart –Speak from the heart. Appeal to the emotions. Be Credible, Sincere and Passionate. Create scenarios where you can touch the heart, and make the other party “feel” what you feel. It starts from believing in the idea, the product, or the services you are discussing or offering.

It is not right and it is extremely difficult to persuade when you do not believe! First believe, before you persuade.

Care! “People do not care what you know, unless they know that you care” is an adage worth remembering.

2. Head – State facts. Use logic. Appeal to reason. Prepare and Present. Simplify the complex and make issues or procedures understandable, doable, and even “duplicatable”, when applicable.

3. Hands – The word “hands” is used literally and figuratively. It is a call to action. It involves getting a response from the other person. It could be an agreement, a commitment to do something, or an action desired.

My Dearest Friends,

In December of 2011, I attended a three week Christian Leadership Seminar at the Haggai Institute in Maui, Hawaii. We had awesome world-class speakers, truly inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Each of them used the 3 H’s as they reminded us of one of our major purposes in life: Evangelize!

They repeatedly quoted Matthew 28:19-20, which says, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Spread the Gospel. Live the Gospel!

And “Living It” is the best form of persuasion.

Let us all strive to Persuade with Power! By the power of the Holy Spirit!
P.S. Please pray for me and all the other contestants in the annual national Toastmasters competition this weekend in Clark, Pampanga. May we all deliver our messages with power, from above! Representing Division G, which includes Baguio, Bulacan and Northern Luzon are: Reuben Aslor for Impromptu Speech. Jamielyn Yaneza for Evaluation Speech. Patrick Mabaggu for Humorous Speech, and myself for International Speech.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 03, 2014.

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