How to Influence People

I’ve been thinking about influential people, especially those who have influenced me throughout my career. What was it about them that made such an impact in my life? 

The answer to this question is “stories.” A story is the best way to influence people. Watch this video to hear why.

What are your thoughts? Thanks for sharing your comments below.

3 thoughts on “How to Influence People

  1. I think the best communicators are the ones that inspire me most. I witnessed a beach wedding and the officiant sounded like GOD. At my daughters wedding in Las Vegas, the same voice (WOW). And another a couple more come to mind… Ronald Reagan and Casey Kasem.

  2. There’s always something astonishing in every story I hear.

    In the stories on my blog/newsletter, I like to make connections between things that aren’t obviously related. In doing so, I often find a connection between a story about one of my personal experiences and the greater theme of the blog post. Most of my newsletters I write to be amusing as well as educational and informational. They’re all about tidbits that capture my interest, so I explore them.

    Most of the time, my intent is to encourage my readers to write their own stories. I want them to know that no matter how good or poor your education was, how comfortable you are with the English language, whether or not you’ve written one thing before – YOU have the AUTHOR-ity to write your own stories. You are not obligated to listen to those who will (and do) say, “You can’t write that!” or “You don’t know anything!” or “That doesn’t follow the rules!” I say, the only one you have to answer to is yourself. If you’re driven to write a story, write it. Maybe it’s all buried in a mess of grammatical garbage, but there’s a gem in there, waiting to be unearthed and polished – otherwise you wouldn’t be writing the thing in the first place. The technical parts – rules and standards of grammar and all that – can be addressed later, once you have something down.

    Only YOU can write your story (or stories). Own your story; own your words.

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