Be Heard Politically
Each individual feels strongly about their own personal political views. This makes it quite difficult to get your point of view across without causing an argument. If you can actually find a way to communicate with others in a more productive manner, you just may be able to sway them to your side.
Set Aside Your Feelings
The most common mistake made when trying to persuade others to join your political side is to use an argument that worked on you. The person you are speaking to is not you. Staying focused on your own personal feelings rather than considering the feelings of those you talk to doesn’t accomplish anything. Talk about the issues that touch their life instead.
Don’t Try to Change the Other Person
Realize that one conversation is not going to change the basic character of another individual. Rather than try to change a person’s values, try to make connections between their values and your own. If you can soften their views, you may be able to reach a middle ground on the issues being discussed.
Most people will respond to an emotional appeal. Often the people who have negative views on any given issue simply do not have any personal experience with that particular problem. Connect with them on a common ground such as ethnic background, religion, or family situation. Once a connection has been made, you can jump into your beliefs on a certain issue while explaining how you achieved your point of view.
The Quiet Supporter
Political arguments are not everyone’s cup of tea. There are also many situations where it is inappropriate to discuss political issues. This doesn’t mean that you can’t share your opinions. The trick is to be subtle. Make use of campaign materials. Wearing a button from your local campaign headquarters, posting a sign in your yard, or using political bumper stickers you have made from sites like militariapress.com will get your opinion heard. This can often open up conversations with others.
Use these tips the next time you find yourself in a situation where you would like the other person to see things from your point of view. You just may find that they are more open to listening to your political opinion if you can do it without being rude or argumentative.