If I asked your friends about your degree of influence, what might they say? And how would they (and you) assess that level of influence? If you …More
Being able to influence others to our agenda takes elegant skill. It requires preparation, sophisticated language, diplomacy, the ability to read the other, to establish and understand what they want and what's important to them and then to relate that to winning them over to wanting to support our agenda.
That's at an individual level using all our "soft skills" that we groom our clients on.
However, we also use or exert our influence in many other situations in our work where we need to consider budgets, spin, posturing, meetings, negotiations, performance reviews, political tactics and many other subtle forms of driving our agenda.
Many of these aspects are covered in the blogs in this category.
However, having a coach in your corner will give you even greater confidence in mastering these very learnable skills to help in driving your outcomes.
Stakeholders - those I need to influence or whose influence I rely on for my success. How can I influence and manage their expectations if I don't …More
Guilty of "jumping in" too quickly? Do you know how much asking: "What's One More Thing" can help enhance your patience and communication? If you …More
If gossip is "social chit-chat", how is it affecting your team? Undermining your energy and direction or can you use it to your benefit? If you …More
Having overcome that fear of the interview, are you ready for "blitzing" successful interviews? You know, confidently winning them …More
Why are we so afraid or nervous of that interview? What's at play here and how do you better stack the odds in your favour? You can you know? If …More
How long do you think you have to make first impressions? Minutes? Seconds? You'll be surprised how quickly we all "jump to conclusions"! If you …More
How do you keep your outcomes free of nasty surprises? And how well can you plan a surprise to really drive an uncommon outcome? A Great …More
How versatile is your influencing and communication? How many different techniques including drip feeding are you willing to try to achieve better …More
How would you like to strongly leverage the benefits of using silence into most of your interactions, presentations and negotiations? Shhh, it’s no …More
When are you driven or willing enough to let “the mongrel in you” come out? What needs to happen for that to eventuate? Is it when you are confronted? …More
Is your selling made easy enough for them to want to buy from you? Or are you so busy selling that you get in the way of your client being able to …More
Are you genuinely connecting with those you are speaking with? How strongly can they feel your interest, empathy and engagement? And how you make them …More
Does your What’s In It For Me (WIIFM) reflect only what matters to you or can you also see others WIIFM? Are you aware of its power as an influencing …More
Are you interested or interesting or boring? What makes us “interesting” to others? Could being interested in others have something to do with …More
How well can you “feel yourself into the other person’s shoes” with empathy in your communication skills? You know, eyes off yourself and on to them …More
If you don’t have a budget, how do you know what you are shooting for and how well you are tracking? And if they don't have a budget, how can they …More
The power of summarizing. How good are you at one of the oldest and most powerful influencing techniques in the world of business? If you aren’t, do …More
Are you also sick of all the never ending “spin” and propaganda around us? However, when you (selectively) need to use it yourself, how good are you …More
Wondering how using metaphors and speaking in pictures might create a telling story for you and your superior influencing skills? A picture …More