It’s difficult to be that person who controls a room with their presence, knowledge, or charisma. Individuals with that kind of power are often referred to as influencers. With a few words, bold moves, or calm demeanor, influencers have the ability to exert control over a situation. If you want to be a more active participant in social groups or professional circles, you should follow these seven clever tactics to mold yourself into an influencer.
Make it Their Idea
You don’t have to use brute force to become an influencer. Sometimes all it takes is a little nurturing for the ideas of others. If a coworker expresses an idea you find intriguing and believe will work, you can support that idea by supporting the other individual’s pursuit of that concept. It may not yield immediate results for you, especially if the credit goes to your coworker, but the experience will give you the belief that you can influence bigger ideas in the future.
Show Genuine Interest in Others
The best way to build a team of believers is to show faith and interest in others. You are more likely to get people on board with your ideas if you show genuine interest. Express interest in their professional pursuits, and ask them about their personal life as well. If you appear interested in their life, they see you in a better light and are willing to follow you.
Use Names in Conversations
Nobody wants to follow someone who doesn’t even know their name. If you are going to become an influencer and mingle with your team members on a daily basis, you need to use their names in conversation to cement the fact in their mind that you recognize them and understand their role in the team.
Put on a Show
Drama doesn’t draw people in for the right reasons. However, a little bit of showmanship at the right time can go a long way. If you are trying to get people on your team to fall in line and get with the program, throw in some flair to make your speeches more memorable and your presentations worth staying awake through.
Toss Out the Criticism
Like it or not, there are time when criticism is necessary. There is a big difference between criticism and constructive communication. Rather than giving someone a hard time or tossing criticism in their face the minute something goes wrong, seek to figure out what is causing an error in their work.
Start with “YES” Questions
If you lead conversations with questions to which you know the answer will be “yes,” you are more likely to lead someone to answer “yes” to the request you really want a positive reaction to.
Posture is Power
Body language says a lot about your power and confidence. If you walk into meetings or stroll through the halls with your shoulders slumped, you don’t exude confidence. Stand up tall, keep your shoulders straight, and make yourself appear larger. As a result, you’ll appear more confident and powerful.
Follow these tips, and you’ll find that you have greater sway in conversations, meetings, and presentations within your professional life, and maybe even greater control over your social circles.