I have heard that people who have a knack for swaying the opinions of their peers generally become successful in business, politics, and even life.
The word persuasion often brings a negative connotation to my mind-images of wily, devious entrepreneurs making underhanded deals to get ahead. Although today many use persuasion for evil, this skill is not mendacious when used in a sincere manner.
Some of the most renowned leaders of our time have mastered the art of persuasion. A few trustworthy politicians actually inspire crowds to join their cause. Pastors, men usually regarded as holy, use this skill in every sermon when trying to win converts.
Being able to manipulate people is a useful skill, but one that should be carefully controlled. In persuading others to join a group, do a favor, or see a different point of view, one must never force his or her opinions upon them, but rather, present and support a point in a way that allows the audience to make the best-educated decision for them.