1. Choose a field where you want influence (trends in the field, go where the puck is going to be)
2. Do something extraordinary (start by reading up on past great things in the field)
3. Develop world-class expertise on an interesting topic (a “Subject Matter Expert, become a "linchpin")
4. Express prescient insights (i.e. have accurate knowledge of what is going to happen in future)
5. Become indispensable in helping others accomplish their ambitions (selfless acts - letting others know that their success is your success)
6. Be in for the long haul (baby steps - they have a compounding effect, assess your skills, pioritize, focus on our strengths)
7. Connect with many people (especially people who matter in your field)
8. Remember people's names and what you talked about.
9. Follow up: Find reasons to talk to people and appear genuine about it.
10. Meet often: Don't think of interactions with people as a one shot deal. You will meet that person again some day.
11. Learn to communicate well (listen well, talk well, argue well - Succinctly distill complicated concepts into pithy expressions)
12. Be likeable to those who matter (and avoid being an asshole even if other people are)
13. Reinvent yourself constantly
14. Publicize yourself, your ideas, and your work (every way you can - print, online, social media...)
15. Read 'The 48 laws of power' and 'Influence: Science and Practice'.
From Robert Cialdini's 'Influence: Science and practice':
THE SIX PRINCIPLES OF PERSUASION
1. The Principle of Liking
People like those who like them- uncover real similarities and offer genuine praise.
2. The Principle of Reciprocity
People repay in kind – give what you want to receive.
3. The Principle Of Social Proof
People follow the lead of similar others – use peer power whenever it is available.
4. The Principle of Consistency
People align with clear commitments – make people’s commitments active, public and voluntary.
5. The Principle Of Authority
People defer to experts – expose your expertise; don’t assume it’s self-evident. Often, people mistakenly assume that others recognize & appreciate their experience.
6. The Principle of Scarcity
People want more of what they can have less of – highlight unique benefits and exclusive importance.
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