I’ve recently discovered, to my utter shock, that I can make people do things. I’ve only just figured this out, so I don’t know if it’s a new thing, or just something I never noticed before, but it’s like suddenly finding out you have a super power, to be honest. Here’s the evidence I’ve built up around my theory:
- Exhibit A: In under five minutes I convinced four other people to join me in a team where we’d ride stationary bikes to raise money for juvenile diabetes.
- Exhibit B: You know that cake class I took? I roped two other girls from work into it too.
- Exhibit C: After joining the gym, I convinced two other people to join the gym.
- Exhibit D: I convinced three other people to sign up for yoga when I did. Actually, there were five, but two weren’t organized enough and they missed the deal.
Still. As a fairly unassuming person, I am astounded by this realization. Don’t worry though. I promise to use it for good and not evil. Like getting everyone to start bringing their own cups to the coffee shop instead of getting those non-recyclable, non-compostable waxed cups. I’ll let you know how that goes.
So, how did I become such a mistress of persuasion, you ask? Well, you take two parts well-spoken-ness, one part timing, and three parts adorable smile and boom! Magic!
Just kidding. Actually, this is what I really think you need to do if you want to get people to do stuff: have an idea. That’s pretty much it.
Because here’s my theory – most people want to do stuff. Most people are in a bit of a rut of one kind or another and would like to do something new or a bit different. They are hampered, however by a) not having ideas about what stuff to do, and b) not having other people to do the stuff with, or at least to give them momentum to sign up for the stuff. So suddenly you come in with an idea that sounds interesting or fun and that isn’t too expensive or hard and there you go. People will join you.
Maybe it doesn’t quite qualify as a super power, but since I don’t have another one, I’ll take it.