Unleash Your Persuasive Self: Build Confidence THIS Weekend
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Make great first impressions. Sharpen your writing, speaking, and body language into formidable career tools.
3.9 (4 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,853 students enrolled
Created by Ashton Burchfield
Last updated 1/2015
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Make great first impressions with speaking and writing.
  • Express themselves clearly and concisely.
  • Communicate in and out of business situations more smoothly and effectively.
  • Realize that confidence, happiness, charm, and success are all linked.
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  • Basic English skills.
  • A willingness to change and a desire to improve.
  • A sense of humor. :)

This is NOT the same canned, useless business jargon you've heard before.

Learn real, tested body language; tap into human psychology for the MOST effective persuasion skills; sharpen your communication with professional editing tips. Stop treading water in your career and dive into the real-life, immediate changes that will propel you and your career.

This comprehensive course is built for people of all career types and language abilities.

With over 3 Hours of content, and for a Launch Special price of only $39, this course is packed with information you can apply NOW. Peel back the curtain of what makes successful, confident businessmen so magnetic and learn to do it yourself, from the inside out!

HOWEVER, if you're looking for ways to trick or manipulate others so you seem persuasive, this course is not for you. The goal of this course is to change your life from the inside out.

Being persuasive isn't something you're born with. It's a skill that can be learned and mastered like any other!

In this course, we'll go through specific lessons and tactics, changing the way you approach social situations and making big changes in your life to bring out the most persuasive you!

After this course, you will know the secrets of what makes powerful communicators persuasive and be able to use them in your own life.

Never miss another opportunity to make a great impression with your speaking and writing. Whether English is your first (or third) language, learn to make powerful, lasting impressions and sell yourself, your product, or your business in thirty seconds.

The simple, value-based concepts in this course are explained and illustrated in great detail. The goal of this course is to not only help you succeed in social situations, but to help you understand why and how certain tactics and certain people are successful. Take the value-based journey towards more success in your business and social life!

By the end of this course, you will be more confident and capable in your communication, be it business-oriented or otherwise. Efficiently and effectively write and speak with clear, persuasive purpose.

Prepare yourself for success, learn to present yourself like a boss, and become the person you know you can be.

This course covers:

Persuasion: What it is and HOW to do it.

Graphical Communication: Tips and guidelines for crisp, effective graphics and presentations.

Body Language: Building your confidence and staying relaxed. Making great impressions. Showing power.

Powerful Lifestyle Changes: The psychology of why and how positive emotions are so persuasive. Making you more persuasive from the inside out.

Sharpening Your English: Active and Passive Voice, Commonly-Used Idioms and Expressions, etc.

Social Empathy: How it works and how to use it.

The Elevator Speech: Every aspect is covered in detail in this course, from planning, to conception, to polish, to presentation.

Who is the target audience?
  • Take this course if you think sharpening your skills in writing and speaking will improve your life.
  • The comprehensive, value-based approach of this course is for those who want to make positive change in the way they view and react to business and social situations.
  • This course is built for non-Native speakers and Native speakers.
  • If you are looking for tactics to trick others or use dishonesty for personal gain, this course is not for you.
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Curriculum For This Course
39 Lectures
Persuasion Basics and an Introduction to The Pitch
11 Lectures 37:51

An introduction to the course: Value based concepts in becoming socially powerful.

Preview 02:35

The Basics, the Golden Rules, Etiquette, and Introduction to the Elevator Pitch.

Section 1 Introduction

What persuasion is. How it works. The Golden Rule of Persuasion.

The Basics

Let's get your journey to mastery started!

Persuasion Introduction

Be Magnetic! The nature of schmoozing. How to be genuine.

Work Etiquette

Review the core concepts and get ready.

Persuasion Wrap-Up

An Elevator What...?

The Pitch Introduction

Discovering a tool you never knew you had.

I want you to Imagine...

What is an Elevator Pitch? How this course is going to tackle it a little differently...

The Pitch Snyopsis

What are idioms? Meaning, uses, and history of common business idioms. Here's the first section. Get your learning on!

"Break a leg, Pulling your leg,

Slap on the wrist, Bend over backwards,

A chip on your shoulder, Bite your tongue,

Tongue in cheek."

Idioms: The Body, Part 1

"Lose your head, Brainstorm,

No-brainer, Bite off more than you can chew,

Cut-throat, Turn a blind eye,

Hands are tied."

Idioms: The Body, Part 2
Graphics, Body Language, and Growth
11 Lectures 01:11:39

Graphical Communication, Body Language, Active and Passive Voice, and the Full-Life Changes.

Section 2 Introduction

Making killer graphics. How to present like a boss.

Graphical Communication

The Secret Weapon.

Body Language: Real-Life Magic

Body Language: You're always doing it, whether you mean to or not. Building habits. Giving off an aura of power.

Body Language: Winning Them Over

Let's wrap it up. Bringing it into your life.

Preview 07:38

What are Active and Passive Voice; Why They Matter.

Let's Get Active

Your turn... !

Staying Active

It's contagious. Feel like a boss, be a boss.

Staying Grounded: Growth

Real life changes to looking, acting, and feeling like a boss.

Staying Grounded: Winning them Over

"Head above water, Beat around the bush,

The early bird gets the worm, Bark up the wrong tree,

All bark and no bite, The devil is in the details,

Devil's advocate, High and mighty."

Preview 09:25

"Call it a day, Spill the beans,

Cry over spilt milk, Drink like a fish,

Hold your horses, In a nutshell,

Ballpark, Groundbreaking."

Idioms: Nature, Part 2
Empathy, Bending the Rules, and the Pitch
17 Lectures 01:09:19

Knowing Your Audience, Empathy, Bending the Rules, Proofing, Sentence Balance, Nailing the Elevator Pitch.

Section 3 Introduction

The way we're built...

Empathy Part 1: Learning A Superpower

Using empathy to change lives: Starting with yours. An example from adventures in China.

Empathy Part 2: Learning A Superpower

Every rule has a time to be bent.

Bending the Rules, Part 1: A Grain of Salt

One guy who keeps it real and why it matters.

Preview 04:47

Keeping it real. Know yourself, and the rest is easy.

Bending the Rules, Part 3: Keeping it Real

Something we all know, but in the moment is so hard to do... Hear it from an editor.

The Double-Take

Keeping it interesting. Mastering sentence flow.


Let's get persuasive! An assignment for pulling it all together.

The Pitch: You

Being a social, business magnet starts with a little understanding and a lot of practice.

The Pitch: Them

How to FAIL it; How to NAIL it.

The Pitch: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Some examples: Failing it, Nailing it.

The Pitch: Examples

Six little points for big changes.

Checklist for Nailing It

Wrapping up the Pitch and the Course. Thank you guys!!

The Wrap-Up

"Bank on it, On the same page,

Sell yourself short, Pinpoint,

Grey area, Loophole,

No strings attached, Rockstar."

Idioms: Misc, Part 1

"Piece of cake, About time,

24/7, Cut to the chase,

Root cause, State of the art,

Big picture, At stake,

Beg to differ, Taste of your own medicine."

Idioms: Misc, Part 2

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About the Instructor
Ashton Burchfield
3.9 Average rating
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1,853 Students
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Critical Thinking, Charisma, and English Coach. Editor.

Ashton Burchfield is an award winning professional Editor and English Coach. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, he has taught English in Italy, China, and the U.S.A. and is a published writer and poet.

Ashton graduated from Vanderbilt University with majors in English and Philosophy and a minor in Italian. He also studied public speaking, entrepreneurship, and history. At Vanderbilt, he received the C. Maxwell Lancaster Award for excellence in Italian. There, he was co-founder and President of Vanderbilt Parkour and participated in multiple acting and arts presentations. Beyond his studies and work in the United States, he has lived and taught in Siena, Italy and Chengdu, China.

He has worked as a cultural instructor and social coach, a contract book editor, business communications editor, an online University course editor, a college counselor, an English teacher of many levels, an American History teacher, and a commercial actor.

He has years of community service experience and an active passion for self-improvement. His favorite skills to teach are critical thinking and charisma.

He is a firm believer that all hard work now changes and prepares you for success later.

Much of life culminates in moments of great challenge and reward. Prepare now, so when these opportunities come calling, you can navigate them with mastery and ease.