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This is a good exercise for practising influencing and negotiating. Participants will also get an insight into their influencing style. Participants work in pairs and take turns to be the ?influencer?. You also need an audio recorder for each pair.|
The influencers should choose something that they believe the other person should do. It could be an activity such as:
After 5 minutes, the exercise should stop and the participants should reverse roles. Again, record the exercise for 5 minutes.
After exercise the participants should listen to the recordings and note how many times the influencer made a statement (gave information) and how many times they asked a question (sought information).
If the influencer gave information more than 5 times as seeking information, the influencer has a strong ?push? style. A ratio of between 3?5 to 1 indicates a moderate push style, and a ratio of between 1?3 to 1 is an average level.
If the influencer sought information more times than giving information, then the influencer is said to have a ?pull? style.
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