Speak Up and Influence People


Speak Up and Influence People

 – 89% of executives admit to daydreaming during important meetings and conversations.

 – 75% of people say they believe they would gain greater respect for their knowledge and expertise if they were better communicators.

 – and sadly only 28% of people say the most recent meeting they went to moved them to action, 72% went back to their desk and changed nothing….

Do these numbers sound right to you? Most of us experience this every day, especially when we are communicating virtually.


We persuade every day...

Every day we are faced with opportunities to influence the people around us. Some occasions, such as a formal presentation or sales negotiation are obvious opportunities to persuade. Other opportunities are less obvious, for example unplanned meetings, impromptu presentations, an informal conversation, a chance encounter via social media with a possible referrer, a professional development webinar that you have decided to log in to at the last minute. Our persuasiveness is limited by our communication style and often we don’t take full advantage of the opportunities that present.


Now you can assess your persuasiveness at work

Some years back now I developed an exciting psychometric tool called the PRSI. It stands for Persuasive Relative Strengths Indicator and it identifies your persuasive strengths and weaknesses at work. Complete the brief online survey and you will see how persuasion is made up of a set of competencies that can be acquired by modelling specific behaviours that are achievable for everyone.


I want you to know more about yourself and the people you hang out with!

Yes! I have made this ground-breaking psychometric indicator available for you to complete for FREE. And guess what? There’s no collection of your data, and we won’t be in touch to hassle you to sign up to anything else! LOL! It’s just a gift so you know yourself better. In fact, after I did all my research I collaborated with a team of statisticians and psychologists in the UK who now administer the psych tool for us. As I’m not a psychologist I am ethically not allowed to see your results. When we are not n lockdown I usually use the PRSI as a diagnostic tool before I work with conference groups to help them better understand their persuasive strengths and weaknesses before I present my Speak Up and Influence People keynote presentation. As we are all in lock-down and there are no keynotes for a while, I’ve decided to send the link to you today as my gift to you, just in case it makes your social isolation easier. I figure if you understand yourself and others, maybe it makes it easier to understand people and get on better.

To complete the PRSI please click on the following link: 

If you decide to try it out, and you follow the instructions clearly and answer as your WORK SELF, you’ll gain better understanding of the skills, techniques and approaches that you currently use to persuade the people around you.

Is this just for you? Can anyone else complete the Persuasion Reality Check?

Yes, by all means, you are welcome to pass the link to family and friends who may also like to learn more about their persuasiveness at work – just make sure YOU compete the indicator first!

I hope you enjoy your new-found insights! Maybe you’d like me to run a fun-filled lunch & learn session for you and your team where we delve into the specifics of persuasion and influence? 

Happy Presenting! Mx

© Michelle Bowden 2020.  Michelle Bowden is an authority on presentation & persuasion in business. Michelle is a CSP (the highest designation for speakers in the world), co-creator of the PRSI (a world-first psychometric indicator that tests your persuasiveness at work), best-selling internationally published author (Wiley), and a regular commentator in print, radio and online media.

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