Whether in blogging or in real life, the desire to get others to listen to our opinions is what motivates us to write and speak. We talk because we expect others to listen to us, and we write because we expect others to read us.
For bloggers, the importance of engaging their readers in a discussion by getting their attention can not be overemphasized. Bloggers are official speakers. Unlike an average Joe who would talk out of necessity whether he gets heard or not, bloggers speak to influence opinions and spark discussions. This can only be done if you, as a blogger, know how to get others to listen to you.
In real life, we talk to a lot of people everyday, yet we hardly leave an impression on a single person. This is because others do not listen to us, they don’t care what we say, and they pretend to listen because they don’t want to offend us. They know we are going to repeat what they have already heard hundreds of times. The only way to change this attitude is to convince them that what we have to say can have a positive affect on their lives.
In blogging, there is even less of an audience for us that is willing to give us a chance. People here are more savvy and take little heed of weak voices.
Here are a few tested and tried ways to make others give you their undivided attention, and become keen listeners.
People like to be told what to do, they like to follow instructions, and they listen attentively to authority. Speak with authority, and don’t be afraid of being in charge. You’ll be amazed to see how people respond to strong opinions.
Although, my points were all aimed at bloggers, you can easily apply the same techniques to real life and see how easily you build an audience!