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Video Transcript

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welcome. I’m Alan Stafford, your humble communication guide, and I’m here to help guide you into what it takes to be a persuasive speaker. Have you ever wondered why some speeches move you to tears while others compel you to take action like those late night infomercial purchases you make? You know who you are. I see you trying to hide out there.

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Or perhaps you have been moved by a presentation only to have its message linger in your mind long after the speech. We’re talking days after the speech. Think about it often. Well, that answer lies in the art of persuasive speaking at anyone? Yes, anyone. Including you can learn it.

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You see throughout history, the most impactful leaders from martin luther King Jr to Steve Jobs have harness the power of persuasion to inspire change and drive action.

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In this video, we’re going to examine the heartbeat. Yes, the heartbeat of persuasive speaking, exploring three pillars that form its foundation. Tacos, tamales and tortillas. What? Hey, who wrote this script? Okay, we’re going to be exploring the real three pillars that form the foundation of persuasive speaking ethos, pathos and logos. Whether you’re aiming to captivate an audience, negotiate a deal, or simply win an argument, understanding these elements can be your game changer.

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So if you’re ready to elevate your speaking skills and leave a lasting impression, stay with me as I unravel the secrets behind the art of persuasion.

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Think of a person you deeply respect and trust. What is it about them that commands your confidence? Often it’s not just what they say, but the authority and integrity they carry.

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This is where Ethos, the first pillar of persuasion, comes into play. Ethos is the Greek word for character and in the context of persuasive speaking, it refers to the credibility and trustworthiness of that speaker.

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Establishing an ethos means showcasing your expertise, demonstrating moral character, and forming a genuine connection with your audience. It’s about proving that you’re not only knowledgeable, but also have their best interest at heart.

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Consider this example statement. Having spent 20 years researching this topic, I can confidently say and then you fill in the blank. This statement isn’t just sharing information, it’s underlying the asset. The speaker’s extensive experience which bolsters their credibility, or in other words, ethos

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And credibility is further reinforced when you pose a rhetorical question like, Wouldn’t you trust someone who has dedicated their life to understanding this issue?

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It prompts the audience to acknowledge the speaker’s commitment and expertise.

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Building ethos isn’t an overnight task. It’s a commitment to your subject, your audience, and the ethical stance you take in your communication. It’s what makes your audience sit up and listen, knowing that your words are backed by a solid foundation of truth and reliability.

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Now there are moments in life that touch our hearts, that stir emotions deep within us. It’s this emotional connection that makes certain messages unforgettable.

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This brings us to our second pillar of persuasion pathos, derived from the Greek word for experience or suffering. Pathos is all about appealing to the emotions of your audience, such as pity, grief or sympathy.

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whether it’s through a heartfelt story, a poignant anecdote, or a vivid imagery, evoking emotion can be a powerful tool and persuasive speaking.

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For instance, let’s consider this statement. Imagine a world where every child, regardless of their background, has a warm bed, food to eat, and surrounded by peace and love. The imagery, the hope, the call for equality. It all tugs at our heartstrings.

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But it’s not just about making your audience feel. It’s about making them care.

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And when they care, they’re more likely to be persuaded to act or to support your cause.

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And then there’s the power of rhetorical questions like, Don’t we all want a world where our children can thrive without barriers? Such questions make the audience reflect, relate and resonate

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with the message.

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Pathos is about more than just emotion. It’s about forming a bond, a connection with your audience. And when that connection is forged, your message becomes all the more impactful.

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Now, in a world driven by data and facts, a well-reasoned argument can be the most persuasive tool in your arsenal. This is the realm of logos. The third pillar of persuasion.

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Logos comes from the Greek word for word for the original. But in the context of rhetoric, it refers to logic and reason. It’s about structuring your argument in a way that’s not just convincing, but also irrefutable.

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To harness the power of logos, you’ll need more than just opinions. You’ll need concrete evidence, facts, and a clear line of reasoning. It’s about presenting a case that stands up to scrutiny and leaves little room for doubt.

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Take, for instance, this statement. Studies have shown that companies with diverse leadership are 35% more likely to outperform their peers. Here, we’re not just making a claim, we’re backing it up with solid statistics that underscore the argument.

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And when you follow up with a rhetorical question, like if the data indicates higher profits with diverse leadership, why wouldn’t companies prioritize it?

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You’re inviting your audience to come to the logical conclusion themselves.

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So Logos is about appealing to the intellectual side of your audience. It’s about crafting your message in a way that’s not just emotionally appealing or credible, but also logically sound. When you combined logos with ethos and pathos, you create a persuasive force that can move mountains. Well, it might not move mountains, but it might move people’s emotions and persuade them.

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Now let’s take a moment to reflect on what we’ve uncovered in this video.

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We’ve explored the credibility and trustworthiness of ethos, the emotional connection of pathos, and the logical appeal of logos. Each one plays a pivotal role in not just what we communicate, but how effectively our message is received and embraced by our audience.

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The power of persuasive speaking lies in its ability to influence opinions, inspire change and drive action. It’s a tool that, when wielded with skill and balance, can open doors and minds. Well, we hope everybody spines that see. I encourage you, no matter where you are in your communication journey, to practice integrating these elements into your daily interactions, whether you’re giving a presentation, negotiate a deal, or simply sharing the story with friends.

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Remember the impact of ethos, pathos and logos.

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Now, I would love to hear from you in the comments below. Sarah A sentence or question you’ve crafted that employs ethos, pathos, or logos, or if you have any general questions about persuasive speaking, let’s learn from each other and grow together. Well, let’s not grow together, but grow as a group together.

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Together, let’s elevate our communication. A one word, one sentence, one powerful message at a time. I want to thank you for watching and remember your voice has the power to persuade, so use it wisely.

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Now go out and elevate your voice and ignite your message. Communicate with confidence.



Video Transcript

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Do you find yourself constantly apologizing, even when there’s no apparent reason? Or perhaps, you know, someone who was always unnecessarily apologizing? You don’t have to be sorry. Just don’t do it again. I’m sorry. You don’t want to say that. Oops. I just said I’m sorry.

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Hey there. Welcome back. I’m Alln Stafford, your go-to guy for mastering the art of communication, where I help you elevate your message and amplify your voice. Impress upon.

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In this episode, we’re unraveling the mystery behind a word you’ve definitely said more times than you can count. A word so common, yet so often misused that it’s lost its impact. It’s the simple five letter word. Wait for it.

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Yo, yo, yo, yo.

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You may think saying sorry is simple, but it’s often more complicated. Have you ever said it just to dodge an awkward moment or apologize for being a little late? Or are things beyond your control? It happens a lot. In fact, studies show that on average we say sorry about 8 to 10 times per day. That’s about 3000 times per year.

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Think about it. That’s a lot to be sorry for.

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But before we dive into our sorry discussion on sorry, we didn’t sound right. Before we get into our discussion of why you should not say sorry so often and what to say instead. Make sure you hit that subscribe button and turn on notifications if you have not done so yet. This way you get to stay updated on all of my empowering content.

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Yeah, it’s pretty exciting. Go ahead. I’ll wait to hit that button. I got time.

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All right, folks, let’s dive deeper into what I like to call the sorry. It’s that automatic response you have almost like a well reflex. It’s like a reflex. Situations where you feel discomfort, slight tension, or even nothing at all. But why do we do this? Why do we apologize? Even when there’s no need for it? Well, it’s a cocktail of psychological and social influences.

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Like a cocktail? You’ve got a little split personality in that sip.

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From a psychological standpoint, saying sorry can be a mechanism for conflict avoidance. We’re often programed to perceive tension as a threat and apologizing is like a social lubricant that we believe can minimize friction and maintain harmony. It’s our way of preserving social bonds. Additionally, over apologizing may stem from anxiety, according to research. People with higher levels of anxiety and insecurity often apologize more frequently as they’re more attuned for the thoughts and emotions of others.

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Sometimes even overestimating negative impressions.

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And let’s talk about self-esteem. Those who struggle with low self-esteem often apologize for more than simple mistakes for them. Sorry might be a way of seeking reassurance and validation.

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But here’s the thing Excessive apologizing, while well-intentioned, may dilute the value of our words, making sorry sound insincere when we actually mean it. It’s like the boy who cried wolf. If we say it too often, it loses its impact. Boy, you don’t want that wolf feature.

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The reality is chronic apologies are often perceived in ways that may not reflect their true intentions or capabilities. Excessive apologizing may lead others to view you as submissive or lacking in confidence and assertiveness. You’re seen as someone who easily takes the blame, even when it’s undeserved, and it doesn’t end there. Over apologizing doesn’t just affect how you’re seen.

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It also bears substantial social consequences.

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One major fallout is the dilution of sincerity. If you’re always saying sorry, it becomes your default response. The gravity and sincerity of a genuine apology get watered down, making a heartfelt apology less impactful and sometimes even questionable.

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This habit also has the potential to strain relationships. Be it personal or professional, people may begin to harbor feelings of frustration or even resentment over time. Feeling that over apologizes are not taking responsibility, or they are always blame the victim.

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Transforming. Sorry isn’t about avoiding accountability. It’s about enhancing communication. Instead of leading with an apology, which can be a negative admission, we lead with gratitude or assertiveness, which fosters positivity.

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Now let’s talk about the profound psychological impact the small tweak can have. Positive language reinforces confidence in ourselves and how others feel around us. It shifts the focus from guilt and blame often associated with sorry, the one of appreciation and solution oriented thinking.

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When you replace I’m sorry I’m late with Thank you for waiting for me. You’re not just alleviating the burden of guilt on yourself, but acknowledging the other person’s patients. It validates their kindness, making the interaction more balanced and respectful.

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And here’s a social superpower. This approach changes dynamics. Imagine you’re in a work setting discussing the delayed project. Like that has never happened before. No. And you’re saying I appreciate your understanding as we resolve this instead of repeatedly apologizing. This doesn’t mean you never apologize. That’s right. Oh, no. Genuine apologies are powerful. This is about not diluting that power.

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It’s about ensuring that when you do apologize, it’s meaningful, sincere and warranted.

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The beauty of positive communication lies in its ripple effect. It starts with our words, affects our thoughts, influences our feelings, and finally shapes our reality. And who doesn’t want a reality punctuated with positivity, confidence and meaningful connections?

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So are you ready to transform your sari into strength? Let’s see how we do that next.

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Okay, Scenario one, You’re late. It happens to everyone, with the exception of me. Try expressing gratitude instead of leading with Sorry, which focuses on the negative. Thank you for waiting for me. This acknowledges the other person’s patients and it’s a positive approach that sets a constructive tone for the rest of the interaction.

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Moving on to a scenario where you’re sympathizing someone shares a problem with you in your instinct is to say, hmm, I’m sorry to hear that. Instead, validate their feelings with that sounds really difficult. That shows empathy and understanding without assuming unnecessary, responsible for their distress.

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Now for those minor slip ups where sorry seems to slip out all too easily, amongst other things. Oh, that’s gross. Let’s say you make a small mistake. Maybe a spilled something instead of going, Oh, sorry, try. Let me fix that. Action over apology shows your solution oriented, which is often more appreciated than a simple apology.

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Now here’s the golden touch. It’s not just about the words you use. It’s how you say them. Your tone and body language are key in making these alternatives work. Confidence and sincerity are your best friends here. Maintain eye contact, keep your tone sincere, and use affirmative nods. It’s about communicate. I’m present and engaged in this interaction rather than I’m a burden.

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These subtle, yet powerful switches in your communication aren’t just vocabulary replacements. Their perspective shifts by focusing on each interactions positive affirming aspect, you’re fostering a more constructive, empathetic and confident communication style.

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Remember, it’s a journey. You don’t have to get it perfect from the get go. The goal is to become more mindful of our language and to practice positivity. As we wrap up, I challenge you to try these out today. You’ll be surprised how a simple switch can flip the script on your interactions. Hey, and I’d like to hear about your progress or thoughts in the comments below.

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And don’t forget to hit that subscribe button for more engaging communication videos that help you elevate your message and amplify your voice. Until next time, communicate with confidence.


Listen to the Audio Version — 11:22


The use of email has steadily increased since 1971 when the first email was sent. According to estimates, there will be over 347 billion emails sent and received daily in 2023. Today, email has become a crucial tool for communication in the fast-paced business world. With inboxes overflowing with messages, making your emails stand out is more important than ever. One key element to achieving this is crafting a clear and concise email subject lines. 

A well-written subject line not only helps your recipients quickly understand the purpose of your email but also increases the likelihood of your message being opened and read. In this article, we’ll discuss the importance of good subject lines in business writing, supported by research, best practices, and some examples to help you up your email game.

The Importance of Good Subject Lines

Research has shown that the average office worker receives over 120 emails daily. With this staggering volume, it’s no surprise that a significant percentage of emails go unopened. Research compiled by Campaign Monitor identifies no definitive pattern between subject line length and open rates. However, they recommend keeping email subject lines short and descriptive to ensure recipients quickly understand the email’s purpose and avoid having the subject line cut off in the email client’s preview.

Best Practices

  1. image of laptop with email subject line.Keep it short and sweet: Most email clients display only the first 50-60 characters of a subject line. Aim to keep your subject lines within this range to ensure they are fully visible. Use even shorter email subject lines if your majority audience reads email on their mobile devices since iPhone shows 35-38 characters in portrait mode and Galaxy phones show about 33 characters in portrait mode.
  2. Be specific and clear: Clearly state the purpose of your email, avoiding vague or generic phrases. This helps your recipient understand the email’s content and prioritize their response.
  3. Use action-oriented language: Encourage your recipient to take action by using verbs that convey a sense of urgency or importance.
  4. Personalize where appropriate: Using the recipient’s name or mentioning a previous conversation can make your email more personal and more likely to be opened.
  5. Avoid spam triggers: Steer clear of ALL CAPS, excessive punctuation, or words like “free” and “urgent” that may trigger spam filters.

Ideal Length

While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, research has shown that subject lines with 6-10 words tend to have the highest open rates. However, the key is to ensure that your subject line is informative and relevant, regardless of length. Remember, the goal is to convey the purpose of your email clearly and concisely.

Examples of Effective Business Subject Lines

  1. “Meeting Agenda: Q3 Sales Strategy – July 15th”
  2. “Request for Approval: 2023 Marketing Budget Proposal”
  3. “Feedback Needed: New Product Launch Presentation”
  4. “Invitation: Networking Event – August 10th at 6 pm”
  5. “Reminder: Performance Review Submission Deadline – June 30th”

Examples of Effective Subject Lines Between Romantic Partners

These types of interpersonal communication are designed to capture the recipient’s attention, evoke emotion, and convey the purpose of the email in a personal, engaging manner. Notice the emojis at the end of the subject lines. Emojis add a unique, playful touch to your email. Even brands that use emojis in their email subject lines see a 56% increase in unique open rates.

  1. “Date Night: Let’s Plan Something Special 🥂💕”
  2. “Our Weekend Getaway: Exciting Ideas to Consider 🚗🏞️”
  3. “Remembering Our First Date: A Walk Down Memory Lane 🥰”
  4. “Sharing Our Bucket List: Dreams and Adventures Awaiting Us 🌍✈️”
  5. “Surprise Inside: A Little Something to Brighten Your Day 🎁😊”

Final Thoughts

A well-crafted subject line can make all the difference in ensuring your emails are opened and read by your recipients. By following the best practices outlined in this article and keeping your subject lines clear, concise, and relevant, you’ll increase the effectiveness of your email communications and enhance your professional reputation. So, the next time you hit “send” on that important email, take a moment to consider your subject line – it could be the key to getting your message across.