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Becoming an Influencer

Becoming an Influencer

“If we are focused on how a person listens rather than on being upset that the person isn’t listening, we can build more influence.”

Christina Harbridge, the author of Swayed, shared key points to become a better influencer at the January Holdsworth session.  

The key to influence is to study the other person and notice:

  • What makes a person listen? Do more of that.
  • What makes a person check out? Do less of that.

To ensure that you’re being an effective influencer, give the audience a WHY to which people can connect. As educators, we are always working to influence others: staff, peers, students, parents, and community members.

Here are two ways you can grow in your influence ability.

  1. Talk the way others listenPeople often speak in their own language instead of translating the message into the what the audience prefers to listen to.
  2. Invest in two basic needs that drive influencePeople have two basic needs: the need to feel understood and how people feel about themselves.  

I encourage you to try implementing one of Christina’s ideas to help grow your influence.

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