Category Archive: Influence

Give Presentations Like a Pro Even When You Hate Public Speaking

You might not enjoy it, but leading includes public speaking. Speaking skills matter when you lead meetings for teams, boards, or the entire company. You can’t lead without speaking in public. How to… Continue reading

The Danger of Public Criticism and the Power of Social Confirmation

I was greeting audience members before a presentation when one asked, “What makes you qualified to give this presentation?” “Thanks for asking,” is my typical response when I need a second to think.… Continue reading

How Identity is Influence

The extent and limit of influence is identity. Identity is impact. You can’t inspire confidence when you’re timid and doubtful. Become what you expect. Do you expect optimism? Become optimistic. Optimism is response… Continue reading

The Surprising Discovery of my Waving Experiment

I’m doing a waving experiment while I walk and have made a surprising discovery. We live in the country. Sometimes I don’t see any cars. But during “rush hour,” I wave several times.… Continue reading

What Remarkable Leaders Do that Average Leaders Don’t

Rosa Parks wasn’t the first black woman to stand up for herself in Montgomery, Alabama. On March 2, 1955, nine months before Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus, a… Continue reading

The Anatomy of Encouragement for Leaders

Everyone needs encouragement, eventually. Encouragement feels like someone sat beside you and grabbed an oar. #1. Encouragement thrives with connection. Encouragement from a distance is better than no encouragement. But the most powerful… Continue reading