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Influencing with impact

In Collaboration, Communication, Development, Effectiveness, influencing, Leadership, Networking on April 27, 2017 at 6:09 am

Consider someone you know who is an influencer or who has, what you believe to be, effective influencing skills. What is it about them that gets you interested, motivated, or even inspired? Are they passionate and dynamic? Perhaps. Confident? Most definitely. Knowledgeable? Certainly.

Are they a leader?

Not necessarily.

According to John Maxwell, in his book, ‘The 360-Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization’,

“leadership is a choice you make, not a place you sit. Anyone can choose to become a leader wherever he is. You can make a difference no matter where you are… You may be able to grant someone a position, but you cannot grant him real leadership. Influence must be earned.”

So how do you acquire those admirable influencing traits?

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The human side of negotiation

In Communication, Development, Effectiveness, Inspire, Language, Leadership, Networking, Personal Branding, Philosophy, Strategy on March 6, 2017 at 11:02 pm

How often do you think you use negotiation skills? We may not realize it but negotiation is a big part of our daily life. We negotiate various factors in our roles at work, from project timelines to resources, to parameters for our performance indicators or salaries, and even in our personal lives, with conflicting opinions, or even something as simple as where to dine.

Negotiation is about reaching an agreement where both parties walk away with mutually acceptable terms. The ability to get what we want is only enhanced by our ability to negotiate effectively.

The word ‘negotiation’ has copped a bad reputation. Oftentimes, we associate the act with competition or confrontation or believe that only an all-or-nothing approach can win; the word ‘win’ supporting the act of competing.

But what if we take the notion of competing out of the equation and approach a negotiation in a more fair way?

After all, the reason you’re getting into a negotiation in the first place is either because one party wants something from another, or that both parties want something from each other. Once you each establish what is important and unimportant to each, the negotiations can begin. The questions that each person needs to ask is ‘What do I want from you?’ and ‘What can I give you in return?’

But how to do this? How exactly do you start asking those questions without sounding contentious?

Let’s explore.

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Dysfunctional habits that can damage your communication style and personal brand

In Branding, Communication, Inspire, Language, Leadership, Networking, Personal Branding on July 6, 2016 at 3:06 am

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Have you ever been in a conversation where no matter what you did, you struggled to engage with the other person?

What was it that they did? Or didn’t do? Having a conversation should not be a difficult thing to do. After all, we all do it every day. We have multiple conversations with various people in several settings, using a variety of mediums. The thing is, you could be the most charismatic, articulate speaker or communicator, but there are some common conversational habits that would absolutely kill your chances at engaging with the other party.

So what are they? Let’s consider six habits that can damage your communication style and personal brand, and what you can do to avoid them.

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A winning triad to be an influential speaker

In Branding, Communication, Content, Development, Inspire, Leadership, Networking, Personal Branding on January 26, 2016 at 11:25 pm

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If you’ve ever watched Barack Obama’s Presidential Acceptance Speech of November 2008, you’ll understand how the power of emotions, combined with a good script and the art of executing the delivery work in tandem to engage and rapture the audience so that they hang onto the speaker’s every word.

When giving an influential speech, it’s a winning triad of elements that work beautifully together.

So let’s look at each.

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Networking for leadership enterprise

In Branding, Collaboration, Development, Networking, Personal Branding on December 13, 2015 at 10:52 pm

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Enterprise leadership is the art of encouraging leaders to focus on organizational outcomes and working on behalf of the firm as a whole, as opposed to placing a focus only on their own team. This holistic approach compels consideration at a more strategic level. In other words, working for the greater good.

So as a leader, when you’re invited to events, it’s a good idea to bear this in mind and consider how to leverage from these events to make potential new connections, build on existing relationships and even open up opportunities for the business you represent. It’s not simply about being present at these events, but about strategic networking. So let’s look at some strategies.

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Seven networking strategies even a wallflower can master

In Branding, Collaboration, Communication, Inspire, Marketing, Networking, Personal Branding on December 8, 2015 at 5:02 am

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For anyone who’s done the DiSC® personal assessment tool, I’ve been diagnosed as a high I for Influencer. This means that I am a person who places emphasis on influencing or persuading others, on openness, and on relationships. It also means that I never shy away from a good party, social, or networking event.

But socializing and partying aside, it’s important also to know how to make the most of such events. We’re coming to the end of another year and as we approach the last quarter, it’s about this time that we send out and receive the invitations to Christmas and other end-of-year social parties and events. So as we start to wind down and celebrate the year gone, and think about the fun we can have and the outfit to wear to some of those potentially themed parties, we should also consider the strategic aspect to attending these events.

Indeed, we should think about how to leverage from these events to make potential new connections, build on existing relationships, and even open up opportunities for the New Year.

It’s not enough simply to attend these events, but about strategic networking.

So let’s look at some strategies that should work even if you’re a wallflower.

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