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How to Adapt an Influencer State of Mind

Excerpt of my interview with Bonnie Marcus on the topic of influence -- and how to establish yourself as an influencer

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How to Adapt an Influencer State of Mind

  1. How  to  Adapt  an   Influencer  State  of  Mind   Linda  Descano,  CFA   September  2015  
  2. My  friend,  Henna  Inam,  an  execuCve-­‐turned-­‐execuCve   coach  once  said,  “We  each  do  have  the  magic  wand  of   influence.  It  lies  in  influencing  our  own  mindset  and   behaviors.”       So,  what  does  it  take  to  adapt  an  influencer  state  of   mind?  What  follows  is  an  excerpt  of  my  January  23,   2015  interview  with  Bonnie  Marcus  on  this  very  topic.        
  3. #1  Radiate  the  right  clues.  Lead  by  example,  so  walk  the   walk  and  talk  the  talk.  Model  the  "we"  not  the  "me"  to   teach  others  how  to  collaborate.  
  4. #2  Establish  yourself  as  a  subject  maWer  expert.   Knowledge  is  a  powerful  asset.   Photo  courtesy  of  Sprinklr  
  5. #3  Raise  your  visibility  through  professional  development   programs,  professional  associaCons,  speaking  at  events,   blogging,  and/or  sharing  your  perspecCve  on  social  media   plaZorms  relevant  to  your  field.  -­‐  Stacy  Lauren  Musi     Photo  courtesy  of  Stacy  Lauren  Musi  (far  right)  and  Financial  Women’s  Associa?on  of  New  York  
  6. #4  Make  every  day  a  “photo  opportunity,”  with  a  polished   appearance,  perfect  posture  and  body  language,  and  personal   style  statement  (color,  jewelry,  or  accessory).  –  Raleigh  Mayer       Photo  courtesy  of  Raleigh  Mayer    
  7. #5  PracCce  ABP  –  assume  posiCve  intent.  A  negaCve   aatude  will  never  yield  a  posiCve  outcome.  Look  at  change   as  an  opportunity  not  as  an  obstacle.       .  
  8. #6  In  meeCngs,  act  as  a  parCcipant  and  not  as  a  visitor.   Show  up  and  speak  up.  –  Cathie  Black       Photo  courtesy  of    New  York  Women  in  Communica?ons  and  Jan  Goldstoff  
  9. #7  Adopt  the  language  of  leadership:  be  precise,   clear,  crisp  and  direct.  Make  your  gestures  powerful   and  deliberate,  not  tentaCve.  
  10. #8  Speak  the  way  you  want  others  to  speak  to  you.  
  11. #9  Find  a  sponsor  and  culCvate  advocates  inside  and   outside  your  organizaCon  to  expand  your  network,  promote   your  work,  and  build  your  social  reputaCon.  
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