Influence is the power and the ability to personally affect others’ actions, decisions, opinions or thinking. It allows you to get things done and achieve desired outcomes thus making it an extremely important skill to possess. After all, you can do far more with the help of others than you can ever accomplish alone! Luckily, the ability to influence others isn’t just an innate ability that you are born with; it is a skill that you can learn. Here are a few easy tips to increase your influence on others
1. Enhance your communication skills.
Influential people have great communication skills. Become better at addressing large groups, small groups and individuals. Learn how to get your point across and how to captivate others. Remember to communicate using both non-verbal and verbal cues. Listen carefully to what others have to say, and over-communicate in new ways to ensure the content of the conversation sticks with the person in front of you.
2. Be more passionate.
Most people are just dragging along, hoping to survive another day. Passionate people can change the world. They have a big advantage when it comes to influencing others. Live your life doing things that you’re passionate about
3. Be more confident.
Those who lack confidence have a hard time convincing anyone of anything. If you want to influence others, it’s important to be confident. There are plenty of books and free advice on how to enhance your self-confidence. Invest in your personal growth and increase your confidence.
4. Build your charisma.
It may seem like some people are born likeable, but everyone is capable of developing charisma. No matter your personality, there are certain traits you can practise and apply to your own behaviour that can possibly make you seem more magnetic, trustworthy and influential. Charisma is all about being present and genuinely interested in the person in front of you. Your subconscious, social cues, physical expression, and the way you treat others all play a part in developing your charisma.
5. Build your social network.
Influencers know many people. And it’s not just how many people you know, it’s the kind of people you know. Seek out the important people in your desired field and make contact. Social media has made it increasingly easy to connect with industry influencers. Get in touch with them, comment on their posts and blogs. Build a personal connection with them.
Nidhika Bahl is a Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker with The John Maxwell Team, Master SPIRIT Life Coach, Theta Healing® Practitioner and NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner and Transformation Coach. She is the author of The Queen of the Comeback (Amazon.in) and the Official Life Coach of Miss World 2017 Manushi Chillar.