Rapport and Influence Part 2: RASCLS

Last week in Part 1 we talked about the need for rapport, and how crucial it is to foster it and use it to create influence networks that we can leverage to get things done, collect intelligence, or simply to have people available who can help you when you need it..  The next logical question is “How, exactly, do I influence others?” That’s what we’ll be talking about today.  There are six tools—weapons of influence, as they’re known—that you can use to build influence in your relationships with other patriots, in your groups, and even with sources and assets.

Many of you may be familiar with Dr. Robert Cialdini and his principles of influence. If you are, then this will be a great refresher tailored to the individual patriot. If you’ve never heard of any of this, that’s even better–we’ll give you a fantastic overview. The CIA calls it RASCLS, and that’s the context we’ll be studying it in. Keep in mind that this is literally just an overview.  We’ll get into each of the skills individually and how you can use them in later parts of this series.

(Note: I’ll use the word “target” in this article, but it’s not a negative connotation. In tis context, it’s simply meant to denote whoever you’re using it on.)

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From Apathy to Effectiveness: Defeating Our Own Worst Enemy – Part I

Complaining about the seeming inexorable march of tyranny from the comfort of our easy chair while surfing Facebook on our laptop is all too easy. I know, I find myself there all too often. But the idea that it is inexorable is really a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we always answer the question “what can I do?” with “nothing” . . . that’s exactly what we’ll do: nothing. When we do nothing, we ensure tyranny wins by default. It often looks overwhelming, and leaves us feeling like we need to become superheros to have any real impact. The reality, however, is much different. The reality is that we do not act alone, and acting together, we can give tyranny the “death by a thousand cuts” it so justly deserves. I feel the need here to be abundantly clear: I am NOT speaking of acts of violence taken against the human agents of tyranny. In fact, our aim should be to dismantle the tyranny we face using every peaceful means possible. When we realize we act together, we realize this is not only possible, but inevitable.

Every example of overthrown tyranny, requires someone, somewhere, to take action. From the courageous warriors that fought for the founding of our nation, to the peaceful efforts of the Velvet Revolution of 1989, to the cultural tyranny Martin Luther King fought against. No battle was ever won, no great change in culture ever accomplished, without people actually taking action. The cause of liberty is not advanced from the comfort of our collective sofas.

This brings us to the question: how, practically, can we take that action, and go from apathy to effectiveness? What can we actually do, now, to fight for liberty? Stay tuned. In the next three segments of this series we’ll be discussing what I see as the most important and effective types of action we patriots can take.

Rapport and Influence Part 1: Why Do We Need It?

In an ongoing movement that has resistance and non-compliance as two of its most basic facets, often the skill of rapport-building falls by the wayside. Far too many see rapport-building as “sucking up” or “compromising,” when in reality it’s an incredibly necessary skill for the overall mission—both long-term for the greater cause and short-term for whatever situation you’re currently in or working on. Rapport is a necessary social currency. Those who choose not to carry it or earn it end up finding out that they are dead broke in other areas—like information, supplies, or even trustworthy personnel—when it matters most.

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