How you can be more influential

Over the weekend, I hosted the brunch mixer on the topic of “Meaningful Work & Influence”. We were a diverse group of professionals from all over the world, spread across diverse industries and passions. No matter how accomplished we all are, at some point each and every one of us felt like they were off purpose and had to / have to re-calibrate.

Extremely proud of the openness, generosity and wisdom of our participants, I want to share the stories with the biggest ‘Aha’ moments:           

See yourself as an influencer

One of the participants was thinking of influence as this huge concept, meaning that you have to be 10x more successful and done it all before you can influence anybody. Meanwhile they had been successful in a client facing role for the past 10 years, but never made the connection that they are actually influencing people on a day to day basis. 

  • My tip: Break down big concepts like influence into small day to day actions and achievements, so you are able to see how well you’re already doing. 

Build a diverse board of advisors 

Another participant has been strongly influenced by the people closest to them: what to do, what not to do, what career to pursue etc. They feel like they lost themselves and forgot what makes them happy. Whilst sharing their vision of combining two different professions, they lightened up and got a lot of encouragement from the group to keep pursuing their dream. 

  • My tip: Build your own diverse board of advisors to support and challenge your ideas and expand your influence. Be mindful that people closest to you (like your partner, family, best friends) don’t necessarily want you to change. Independent coaches and mentors like myself are great to add to your board, because we want your success more than anybody! 

Create a vision for yourself

Another participant didn’t believe in having a long-term plan for himself. Their purpose and success are not defined by their work, but other areas of their life. They came up with the idea of taking a trip to a sacred place to gain clarity for their future, which evidenced their commitment to intentionally shape their legacy. 

  • My tip: Develop a vision for yourself on what you want your personal and professional life to look like, so that you have a clear direction to steer your rocketship in and can bring others on board.

We ended the brunch with tips on how to be more influential and practical ways how we can all support each other. Mission accomplished again: We arrived as strangers and left as role models for each other. 

My challenge for you: Break down big concepts like influence into small activities you can do and track your progress against

Keep rocketing your life! 
Sabina 

Want to talk about being more influential in life & business? Simply drop me a line! 

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