If you want to be a rock star you need to act and do like rock stars do. Well, maybe not everything they do. 🙂 Okay, maybe using a rock star as an example was a poor choice. How about becoming rich or becoming a successful leader? If you want to be rich then do what the rich people do. If you want to be a great leader then do what great leaders do.
Regardless of what you aspire to do you'll need to exercise persuasion as some point. I love lists and Inc.com has put together a nice short list of things that really persuasive people do.