Character Quality of the Month
September 2018

(vs. Contentiousness)

Effectively communicating with others so they can better understand

To practice Persuasiveness I will:

Persuasiveness sounds like a character trait for used car salesman rather than the general population but when you examine the definition and the “I will” statements you’ll see lots of areas on which we all can work.  Another way to look at the definition is Understanding others so that I can better communicate with them. This can be likened to Steven Covey’s 5th Habit - Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood. Understanding others requires empathetic listening skills.  When you look at the opposite this month, Contentiousness or being argumentative, you can teach about peaceful conflict resolution.  The “I Will” of pointing others in the right direction is a good example of positive peer pressure.

"One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears - by listening to them. " - Dean Rusk

"Persuade him with kindly gifts and gentle words. " - Homer


In My School

Educator Bulletin on Persuasiveness

Robin's Reading List

The Character Council also offers faith-based resources for use in religious schools, church groups and families.

Persuasiveness page