Persuasive vs Directive Writing
First, imagine that your company headquarters has initiated a Casual Friday rule at your workplace. The rule works fine in most departments, but in your department you have two problems. First, unlike most departments, you deal with the public often and unexpectedly; a customer can come by anytime. Second,
your staff tends to overdo. They wear sandals, shorts and ¦well, let’s say you avert your eyes often .
Imagine you have authority to order your staff to do what you want them to do. Formulate an email in directive mode.
Now imagine that you do *not* have authority over this group. It’s a headquarters policy. However, you want to persuade them to dress differently on Casual Fridays. Formulate another email message, this time in persuasive mode.
Do not offer a bribe or reward. (œIf you do this, you will get time off.) Motivate your reader by appealing to his or her interests, needs and desires. Use logic and reasoning.
Do not make threats. You can’t say, œFailure to comply will result in dismissal. Remember, you don’t have the authority to do anything. You are relying totally on your persuasive powers.
Think of 2 or more reasons to persuade the other person to do what you want. Consider the other person’s perspective. What would motivate him, her or them to act this way? For example, œWhen you come to work on time, you will work more efficiently the rest of the day and you’ll feel more relaxed.
Explain the difference between persuasive and directive writing in Part 1 and Part 2.