How to Introduce Your Friends Into the Bitcoin world.
Is it so hard for us to get our friends to become even mildly as enthusiastic as we are? Most of us who have ever listened to a bitcoin talk delivered by Andreas Antonopolous come away with renewed clarity as to the “obviousness” of bitcoin being the best thing since ever. This short article aims to cover the five topics to master when bringing people into the bitcoin/ crypto revolution.
Keep It Simple: You might think that dropping jargon like “decentralisation”, “block rewards”, “satoshis” and “the Federal Reserve” in your first few sentences when describing bitcoin sounds awesome but your mate doesn’t. When making a point and introducing new words… keep it simple! Phrases like “Does that make sense?”, Do you agree? Are you with me?” cannot be used often enough. Make sure your audience is with you every step of the way.
Be Patient: Most of us didn’t “get it” the first time we heard about bitcoin. Learning this stuff is difficult not only because of new words and technology but also because this subject challenges beliefs people have had all their lives. Help them navigate this minefield by giving them people to follow on youtube like Andreas. In a way, us earlier adopters had it much easier because back then most of the information out there on the net was actually useful. Now a newbie has to sort through the ocean of rubbish, click bait and scams online to hopefully get correct information.
Know When to Drop It: It is easy for us bitcoin believers to get a bit over enthusiastic when sharing our wisdom and try to push the issue when others don’t seem to grasp the concept. Before being persuasive in anything you need to understand how you are perceived by your audience. Do people come to you for worldly advice? Are you the guy who always has a crazy idea? Understanding how you are seen before during and after your chat will help you design your approach. Some people just won’t see you as an authority on this subject. That is fine. The important thing to realize here is that maybe they want a conversation and you may have turned it into a lesson
Never Argue: Us bitcoiners have all the answers. We have heard every argument against bitcoin 100 times before, and we waste no time correcting our mistaken comrades. Even though we feel that we are doing a fantastic thing by showing our mates the reality of the world, more often than not the other person feels like we are attacking their views. Start by finding common ground instead of going head to head. Whether your audience is left wing or right wing, interested in business, charity, history or the arts, there are limitless bitcoin and blockchain examples you can use to show how a situation they care about can be improved.
Give Them Bitcoin: All the philosophizing, videos and preaching in the world will have little effect compared to getting your friend to EXPERIENCE bitcoin. Once your buddy has shown any interest at all, do the following:
- Help them download a wallet and send them bitcoin!
- Get them to send i back
SExplain that you just sent money to them like an email and help them understand that you can send it anywhere in the world 24/7 and that it can be 2 cents or 20 million dollars.
Sometimes it can seem crazy that people don’t see how awesome bitcoin is like we do. In 20 years though, convincing people that bitcoin is a great thing for the world will seem as necessary as convincing people that the world is round today.
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