My # 1 Tip: Promise a lot, deliver more.
Ever know for sure that you are being persuasive?
If you have harnessed your confidence, then know your current level of influence and begin to reach for new heights of success.
Understanding your capacity to cause a person or group to act, is knowing your influence.
It’s time you grasp the influence you have on others and begin to reach for new heights of success.
Your Voice — Understand it
I arrived at a meeting a few minutes early and began talking with some colleagues. Another group chatted away, not too far from me. A short while later, one person from that other group leans over and asks me, “Where are you from?” Pauses, then adds, “Originally?” To myself, I thought, well, I can poke some fun at her and tell her where I was coming from at the beginning of the day. I decided to test the waters and said, “I live in Maryland.” She replied, with a “tell-me-more” hopefulness in her tone, “But, you have an accent.” Then I told her where I was born. In truth, I already knew that my voice, its pitch, its accent and its inflection, have all sorts of subtle effects on how I am perceived by other people. You, too, may know if your voice is distinctive. Recognize the impact your voice has on others and be comfortable with the knowledge of your influence. …
This is not totally off the wall.
What are the basics of Medium combined with Twitter? They may be simpler than you think. Are you one of the unconverted? As I’m discovering, if you implement the basics consistently, they quickly become second nature. Knowing the proven strategies, making them part of your writing discipline and be fast and furiously evolving as technology advances is a major step in the right direction towards success. Don’t just take my word for it. Do what I did; I decided to find out for myself what all the rave is all about.
My new found freedom all began with a little digging. …
Immediacy is key to pulling some real weight and raise your clout-level.
Let’s not kid ourselves, we all long for our voice to be heard, our words to be quoted and walk away from a conversation exceedingly well-liked on Facebook. Basically, we want to leave a prominent mark; be the expert. A spell? No.
I’ll call it “social influence” on Facebook.
So yes, it’s widely studied. How do we grow our clout when the creation and circulation of Facebook posts is fast and furiously broadcasted? How can we persuade a Facebook user to take that first step; to filter through, focus on yours, opt-in or choose to act when there’s so much information out there anyway often free? …
From this point forward your success is your choice — that’s right, it’s a choice — you chose your decisions and leadership style.
Mark Twain wrote, “The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t.” I couldn’t agree more after I read 1000 CEOs — published in 2009 by DK Publishing it had been sitting, un-read, on my bookshelf for 6 years ’til I pulled it off the shelf this week. It’s full of secrets.
I stay hungry for real-time information and love “on-demand” environments. Routinely, I consume a broad diet of traditional and social media, various topics and developments; I’m a passionate consumer of media with a particular interest in the news. The proven, winning strategies and compelling leadership anecdotes in 1000 CEOs are for anyone interested in developing their leadership influence. Reading biographies may not be your thing, but the mini-stories in this book are incredible. As a friend from Zimbabwe, Kenneth Mtetwa [a Geologist with +20 years’ experience in Mineral Exploration and Development in South, Central and East Africa] reminded me on social media recently, “The cream always rises to the top” — these great secrets will certainly boost your influence. …
If when talking to you people don’t say, “Wow — you know everyone!” Read on.
Like it or not, there are influencers who are at the “top-of-the-food-chain” — they create word of mouth buzz.
Word of mouth publicity is what connectors have — it’s significant, it’s free and it’s invaluable.
Connectors are in demand.
Who wouldn’t want their product, service or business talked about when it will bring an influx of sales? We all want more leads, more conversions, more profits, more awareness and even more people talking about it. Yes, the list could go on.
If you have pulled the data on your marketing campaigns, you will know that in today’s super-connected digital world, it’s no longer simply about your customers’ family, your customers’ friends or your customers’ workmates. It’s now about understanding how your customers are connected to other people and more importantly, how you can leverage this connection to create increased engagement around your brand, product and service to add value to your business. …
Let’s try to rack that up your influence
So you’re the one that’s hung in there — Blogging away?
Besides money, comments, recommendations and shares are the coin of the realm for bloggers. A fundamental element to being a successful leader is having influence. It’s far more powerful than any title, any position or any role. How can you harness and increase it best with blog comments? I have a few thoughts.
The idea of a blog comment box is to create a safe space below the blog post to open discussion on the original title, leave opinions and get fresh ideas as a result. …
“Nice” is what you call the good guy with a smile and no charm, the pleasant to-have-around gal, the neat and quiet manager. Do you speak like a Kardashian? The fact is, good guys don’t automatically have clout. How you speak, like many other subjects, can be measured — it’s a metric of your authority and credibility. Speak badly and it can hinder your success and close doors or opportunities. Look back on your life and see what talks and conversations have stayed with you to this day.
Imagine it’s that big phone call or meeting happening half an hour from now. Now you’re a basket case, nervously hovering or pacing wondering if you will sound great. Will they like you? Buy from you? Hire you? Heck, you’re just hoping you’ll make that important connection. …
Pause for applause
Arguably the most powerful speaking tool is silence. Every time you walk into a room and talk on the phone you’re on stage. How you appear affects your credibility.
In order to succeed, it’s important to be tuned in to your own non-verbal cues. We know that a face acutely expresses countless emotions without saying a word. Many expressions are universal. All your posture, stance and subtle movements send plenty of information to the rest of the world. So it’s a good idea to take time to be still. The all important question is: what’s your story? Why should anyone care? …
Gone are the days when most communication was by the regular postal system. Today’s digital world has changed greatly that corporations, organizations and even job hunters’ brands must be promoted. This means promoting, pitching and pushing your image is imperative — it’s all about speaking.
It surprises me that influencing does not appear more in training programs yet we use persuasion throughout the day to influence others.
The ability to influence someone’s behavior in your favor is a powerful skill. The question is ‘How do you get them to at least consider your position?’ It’s challenging. …
Let me get right to it!
We are always communicating.
Invest your time into figuring out how to merge your image so that it leaves no doubt that it is aligned to your company or brand image. Your brand is your medium of expression that speaks to who you are. Take a minute to evaluate how you dress and the meaning of your signature color in your brand image. A key hallmark of a strong brand is that it delivers the same quality experience time after time, thus reinforcing its “brand promise.” …