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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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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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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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Storytelling as an effective communication tool

In Branding, Communication, Creative, Effectiveness, Inspire, Language, Leadership, Personal Branding, Philosophy on March 19, 2015 at 3:23 am

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Once upon a time, author Rudyard Kipling said: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”

How very true.

Remember when we were younger and we would look forward to that time of the day when we would be read to sleep?

And have you ever been at an event and there was that one person who absolutely stole the show? And they weren’t even the guest speaker?

What did these moments have in common? Storytelling.

I’ve written before about storytelling and how it connects the speaker or writer to the audience.

Why is that?

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