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How To Spread a Rumor

Watch more How to Improve Your Communication Skills videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to spread a rumor, for fun or profit! Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Keep it simple. Research shows that rumors are more likely to spread if they are uncomplicated. Tip Keep the cruelty in check. Remember that rumors have the potential to ruin reputations. Step 2: Include a vivid detail that is easy to envision, which helps plant the story in people's minds, as well as making it easier to believe. Step 3: Make sure the story is difficult to disprove, so a little fact checking doesn't stop it in its tracks. Step 4: Make it shocking, but feasible. Rumors that spread quickly are bizarre enough to be titillating, but not so outlandish as to be unbelievable. Tip A rumor that preys on a specific fear is more likely to be passed on. Step 5: Give it a "testable credential" -- a detail that can be proven, even if it doesn't prove the story itself. Step 6: Get the ball rolling by telling it to someone gullible. Extra points if they also have a big mouth. Step 7: Keep the story alive by repeating it often. Research shows that the more we hear a rumor, the more we'll believe it -- even if we're being told it's false! Did You Know? Researchers have found that workplace rumors are about 95 percent accurate.
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