"It is impossible to escape persuasive speaking, and persuasion has consequences. Change can
occur when persuasion takes place. Persuasion is the process that occurs when a communicator (sender) influences the values, beliefs, attitudes, or behaviors of another person (receiver). . . .To fully
understand persuasion, we need to understand influence and motivation." Hybels & Weaver, Communicating Effectively, p. 458)
Application: See how logical
you are with this test (click
here). After completing the test, consider: How logical do you think you are in persuasive
situations? Is your persuasiveness more effective in your close relationships? Work relationships? Other contexts?
"Informative speeches generally
concentrate on explaining--telling how something works, what
something means, or how to do something. A speaker who gives an
informative speech usually tries to give his or her audience
information without taking sides." (Hybels & Weaver,
Communicating Effectively, p. 293)
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