This topic is some thing I struggle with from moment to moment.
When You are trying to ‘Convince’ some one, it is basically You are trying to get them to see Your point of view, and/or Belief. By which You are trying to get them to conform to what You Believe.
When You ‘Suggest’ some thing to some one, You are basically trying to get some one to see what You Believe in and let them make the Choice based on their own Beliefs.
I personally like suggesting, because it is less intrusive on Peoples Beliefs. This all stems back to Your ‘Freedom of Choice’ or ‘Free Will’ really. For example My website for instance. Scenario 1) Lets say I come up to You on the street and hand You a magnet with My website logo on it and tell You this website will change Your Life, and I go on how it is the Best thing since sliced bread. You mostly likely will walk away from Me, and Simply never look at My site. Scenario 2) Now lets say I come up to You on the street and ask You if You were interested in Learning some thing new. If You say “Yes”, then I will hand You one of My magnets and Simply say “Check this website out, You may Enjoy the Info on it, or You may not”, and then I walk away saying “Thank You”. Now if the Person said “No”, I would have just Simply said “Thank You”, and walk away.
As You may already noticed by the two scenarios, that the second one is less intrusive and more inviting to Your Choice. This is what I have been struggling with in getting My Ideas to the masses. I Am a passive individual, and Do not wish to impose on any ones Beliefs. But some times I get the sudden urge to tell all about what I have to Share, and think it is Better than their Beliefs. Again this conflicts with ‘Free Will’. I Believe when You try an ‘Convince’ some one that is Simply Your EGO saying “Hey You got some thing for that Person that is Better than what they know”, and as You may know the EGO is very competitive and only sees things ‘Your way!’. This way of thinking is very destructive, and usually scares People away.
So I ‘Suggest’ You “Suggest’ things to Others rather than try to ‘Convince’ 🙂