2 Ways to Increase Your Influence

Burchard bookYou Can Have Greater Influence on Others

Brendon Burchard, in his excellent new book, High Performance Habits, shares some excellent tips on how to increase your influence.

  1. Teach people how to think. When you are working with others, whether in a team, on a committee, or your employees, ask compelling questions which make others think.  Some might include:
    “What do you think about…?”
    “What would happen if we tried…?”
    “How should we approach?”
    “What ideas do you have about..?”
    Get others thinking and contributing. Listen to their feedback and don’t shut them down. You influence them by thanking them and considering what they have said.  Do this more and more often at every meeting.  Let them know you expect new ideas and creative thinking from them.

2.  Challenge others to grow. Let them know you hold them to a higher standard.  Whether it’s your employees, family members or friends, ask them what their next steps are, how they can get better at what they’re doing, how they can treat others better, how they can improve.  Let them know you believe in them and that their excellence inspires them.

You have an impact on others.  You have the opportunity to influence others more than you know  By encouraging their thinking, their growth and their ideas, you influence and empower others.

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Communication Tip for Winning Teams

Check In Weekly Face to Face

team communication is the key to successIf you have employees or co-workers, one of the most important things you can do to keep your team communication on track is to check in weekly.  Take a half-hour in an non-threatening, informal setting and sit down over coffee and chat.  Ask how they think things are going, ask them if they have any questions, issues or concerns.  Share your issues and concerns. Clear the air over any misunderstandings or communication breakdowns.

Let them know you value them and that they are important to you.  Praise them for work well done and coach them on areas for improvement. People are so hungry for positive feedback.

This will go a long way towards strengthening your working relationship and keeping a positive tone at work.

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