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But, but… they don’t agree!

Hey Writer, Scribe, Influencer!

I’m back from Chicago and it was grand.

The trip out? Yeah. Not super. We got demoted to the back of the plane. I have no idea why. Dang Delta not only seated us next to the rear bathrooms, they also absconded our carry-ons and placed them in the storage hold. :/

I was about to pen a disgruntled email when, on our return flight, we got spontaneously upgraded to first class! I’ll take it. It was amusing to sit in splendor, sipping Diet Coke while watching my usual crowd pass by, worried eyes scanning the overhead bins.

Will I fly First Class again? Who knows. A girl can hope, eh?

Talk later!

Beth 🙂

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But… but… they don’t agree!

I’ve heard tell that our nation is a tad polarized these days. Online, one side is ticked off at the other, each side lobbing verbal bombs, crafting extreme caricatures, engaging in name calling, and dispensing not always accurate information.

If you enjoy engaging in that conversion, have at it. Some people enjoy a good spar. However, if you feel your input will sway anyone’s opinion, engaging isn’t without potential risks.

So, with that in mind, let’s discuss Persuasion 101.

First, this is fairly important information because if you’re growing your writing biz, the last thing you want is to alienate a big chunk of your potential client base. If you decide to engage, do so in a respectful way. Remember the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.

Second, remember every moment you spend stressing (obsessing?) over an online conversation is precious time you’re not writing, marketing, and creating the future you desire.

Third, recognize you will never, ever change someone’s mind during an unpleasant online discussion. I’ve, not once, ever heard of a person who, when embroiled in an ugly discussion said, “Oh. You’re right. I’m wrong. I shall change my view.”

Fourth, if your goal is to create a change of some kind, your best bet is to sharpen your writing skills, perfect your persuasion tactics, and create writing that properly expresses your well researched opinions. Then, get it published.

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