A former FBI agent’s surprising techniques for “persuading” – SCN Encourager

Would you like to be a better persuader?

Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 9.04.24 PMI learned from one of the best.

Barney Fife.

He had a unique faux know-it-all confidence.

He knew just when to tilt his head.

When to unholster his gun.

And when to take the bullet out of his shirt pocket.

Wearing his oh-so-tidy uniform and a deputy’s badge which represented the good people of Mayberry, Barney was always ready to perform a little “gentle persuading.”

Then, of course, he’d botch up the situation – whatever it was – and Sheriff Andy Taylor would have do the real persuading and straighten everything out.

I learned a lot from Barney’s mistakes.

But not as much as I have from my own.

There have been so many more of them.

Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 11.35.03 AMSo you can imagine my heightened interest when I saw this article in INC that featured a former FBI agent describing his five secrets for enhancing your persuasion skills.

I couldn’t help speculating what his secrets might involve.

Better equipment and training?

Faster cars? (with awesome sounding sirens and maybe even wi-fi?)

A reality show TV on the Investigation Discovery channel?

Some 21st century truth-seeking tech gizmo?

Dang, I was way off.

This former FBI agent’s observations are both thought-provoking and do-able!

You might want to check them out.

They’re a far cry from the strategies Barney Fife embodied.

And while this may be good news for you – it sure doesn’t help me any!







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