Matt Radiance
Matt Radiance answered Zack - Mr. GenXer's question

Of course not. Nobody can make "everyone" to believe in one united factor. Look at history, look at now, "belief" is the most varied title within people. Everyone believing differently.

But charisma is the key. You can impact thousands or millions but yet not "all" after all, with the right charisma, communication skill and confidence … Read more

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Matt Radiance thanked DDX Project's answer

Bill O'Riely fans, Alex Jones fans, Donald Trump fans, Glenn Beck fans, etc... Etc.

I always get the notion that Bill O'riely and some of these guys don't even believe the majority of the things they say. But they're good at it, and it makes them feel powerful. And weak underdeveloped minds seem to gobble … Read more

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Matt Radiance thanked Sven Verhaeghe's answer

Being smart is not really related to being able to persuade people. You can learn persuasion, because after all it is the reptilian brain who takes the decisions and not the neocortex.

A very good book around this subject is Influence of Cialdini.

I would advice you to watch this youtube video:
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Matt Radiance thanked The Z.'s answer

The power of persuasion is more about charisma than intelligence. Persistently tell someone the most fanciful lie, with conviction; engaging others to corroborate, present elaborate symbology and throw shade on (or --Gasp!-- invent a crime for) having opposing views, and you can control masses of people. 

Facts are not necessary, in fact, they often are the … Read more

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Matt Radiance thanked Didge Doo's answer

There's a truism that you can fool all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.

But you can fool enough people enough of the time!

Consider the demagogues who have persuaded populations to vote for them; … Read more

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Matt Radiance thanked Didge Doo's answer

I liked Monopoly when I was a kid and still enjoy Scrabble. And I like card games. But my game of choice is chess. There's nothing to compare with the look of dismay on your opponent's face in the moment he realises you've got him by the cajones.

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Matt Radiance thanked Kioyre S.'s answer

I love board games, but never get to play with others because my mother doesn't have time when I do and most of my friends don't like them anymore! I play Checkers, Scrabble (with all four stands), and Chess (my personal favourite) by myself most of the time.