Want to be more persuasive? You need to start with a great idea. Here’s how to develop one.
We think of ideas as coming in a flash of inspiration … but when you’re talking about the “big idea” that informs persuasive communication, it pays to actually develop your idea systematically.
Brian Clark thinks a lot about what makes for a great copywriting premise — that big idea that attracts an audience and makes them want to hear more.
In this 21-minute episode, I
steal borrow some ideas from Brian’s ebook to talk about:
- The four elements of a great premise, and how to develop them
- Some ways to develop a premise that’s fresh and interesting
- The necessary (and sometimes difficult) work of finding simplicity
- The key difference between good storytelling and just telling lies
- Why the truth can sometimes feel like hype … and what to do about it
The Show Notes
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