How to Influence Others

September 27th, 2016

Influence is an important skill to have, especially if you are working in a job that requires constant communication or heavy interpersonal skills. Knowing how to influence others in a respectful way is a useful skill to have to be able to achieve your goals. Here are some tips to help you grow as an influencer.

Start with a Compliment.

Anytime you’re trying to influence another person; you need to start your interaction with a compliment. Doing this serves two purposes: it will help you to bond with the other individual; it will also help them to get out of a defensive mode and into a receptive mode. Of course, your complement must be genuine – false flattery is a quick way to lose influence.

Make Your Goals Clear.

Be transparent about your goals, make it easy to follow what you’re trying to say or do. For example, if you’re trying to influence your colleague to listen to your business proposal, then state that you’d like them to listen to the business proposal. This will ensure that your colleague doesn’t have any misunderstanding before you start talking about the reasons why they’ll benefit.

Explain How They Will Benefit.

To effectively close the conversation and influence someone else, you need to explain how they will benefit from the situation or idea you are proposing. At the end of the day, people need to know that they’re being heard, appreciated, and understood, so if you can fit a benefit or two into those needs, you will be in a great position.

If you found you have mastered the art of influence and would like to put it into practice for your job, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job in which you will be able to use the art of persuasion and influence to help you succeed with your goals and grow professionally.

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