Today I'm going to give you eight tips on professional networking, so here we go. There are three main sections. I'm going to talk to you about how to prepare beforehand, how to act while you're there, and then how to follow up appropriately.
Tip number one, fresh breath. As you're preparing to go to this event, make sure you brush your teeth or have some gum. If you're coming straight from work, do some mouthwash. Do a Listerine strip. Do some gum. Whatever you gotta do. You don't want to be the person with death breath, that's the worst thing. You know what I'm talking about? It's like they were sleeping all night with their mouth open and haven't brushed their teeth in a month. You smell that person's breath and you avoid them at all costs. Don't be that person.
Tip number two. If you're a guy be sure you shave and comb your hair or freshly buzz it if you're me. Make sure you're looking good. If you're a woman that probably means brushing your hair and if you do makeup, then do...
Strategic planning. What is it? In this blog, I'm going to share with you a simple definition of what strategic planning is and how it affects your life, your business, and ultimately your influence in the workplace.
Strategic planning is big-picture planning. If we zoom out of the current situation you find yourself in and look at the big picture, the overarching theme, the major outcome that you want to have from your life -- that would be the strategic planning initiative or the "big idea" as I like to call it.
We are all going to lean toward one way or the other. We are either going to be strategic, big-picture thinkers, or we are going to be more tactical, detail-oriented people. Few can do both at a high level very effectively. I myself am more of a big-picture thinker. I can see the big plan, the big idea, and so that means I have to surround myself with people that are detail-oriented, can really see the details and work on the details. Now let's be super practical with this...
Presentation skills. How do you put together a killer presentation? In this blog, I'm going to share with you just how to do that, so here we go.
When you're advancing your career, many times you're going to have to present, whether it's a proposal or an idea that you want to share with the organization. Whatever it is, you have to uplevel your presenting skills. I've spent thousands of hours working on my own communication, whether it's observing great communicators, reading books on communication, creating content myself, writing my presentations, or delivering my presentations. I've had to learn the hard way how to do some of the things that I'm sharing with you today.
These 10 tips come from a fantastic resource titled, "Well Said," by Darlene Price. I just connected with Darlene on LinkedIn, so hopefully, we can interview her on Influence Trainer in the near future. Darlene interviewed a number of executives and asked them, "What are your pet peeves? What are the things that...
How can you be positive in a negative work environment? In this interview, Nathan Cook answers that question. Nathan is an international business coach and one of the most positive people I know so you don't want to miss this.
Drew: I am interviewing Nathan Cook today and we are going to be talking about a positive attitude. Nathan is a coach, international speaker and trainer, and a new father. That is fantastic, lots of great stuff, lots of positive things happening in your life. But you really represent a positive attitude and you bring the positive attitude everywhere you go. I don't know if that's something that you had to learn, something you were born with, something you've really developed or focused in on, but we're going to find out here in a minute. So I have a couple of questions for you. And the first one is this: People want to know how you can be positive at work if it is a negative environment?
Nathan: Oh man, that is such a difficult question to answer because the...
Reasons why networking is important – Seven benefits of networking in less than 60 seconds
In this blog, I'm going to rank President Donald Trump and share with you the results of putting him through my influence assessment. All throughout my career I've studied the activities, actions, and qualities of highly influential people. And I believe that if you have something to say, something to sell, or something significant to do, you've got to increase your influence. And that's the purpose of this blog. At the end of this post, I will make my influence assessment available for you. It's the same exact assessment that I ran Donald Trump through. How does Donald Trump (President Donald Trump at the time of this post) rank in his influence?
That's the question I had, so I decided to run him through my influence assessment. My assessment has 53 qualities of an influential person. You don't have to have all 53 of those qualities; in fact, there's no way to embody all 53 qualities, but there are some essentials. First, I want to share Trump's overall ranking as I rate him on a...
In this blog, I will share with you research that proves the power of positive affirmations.
I have a video on positive affirmations where I share research that shows how positive affirmations increase your ability to problem-solve. Below you will find a link to that video.
Today I want to share with you some research that shows how you can actually change your brain through positive affirmations.
In the book “Words Can Change Your Brain,” the authors share how certain words can actually modify your brain. Specifically, they mention the following:
“Certain positive words like "peace" or "love" may actually have the power to alter the expression of genes throughout the brain and body, turning them on and off in ways that lower the amount of physical and emotional stress we normally experience in a day.
There is mounting evidence that strongly negative terms can interrupt the normal expression of genes that regulate one of the most...
Interpersonal communication in the workplace -- what is it and what are some tips to get better at it? In this blog, I am going to give you a super simple definition of interpersonal communication and also give you three tips to hone your skills.
Let me first define interpersonal communication: All communication with other people is interpersonal. Interpersonal simply means existing or occurring between persons. In other words, communication between people.
Anyone who has had an argument with a significant other has probably heard this or said this themselves, “It wasn’t what you said, it was how you said it.”
This is absolutely true, which is why clarity can get lost in texting, and why we use emojis to help clarify what we are seeking to communicate.
The most famous study done on interpersonal communication was by Albert Mehrabian, a professor at UCLA.
Albert Mehrabian is currently Professor Emeritus of Psychology, UCLA....
What is charisma? In this interview international coach, speaker, and trainer, Misael Diaz answers that question. Misael really embodies what it means to be charismatic.
Drew: Misael you are the founder of Advanced Leadership Consulting, a company that focuses on helping individuals and businesses activate their potential. That's powerful. I like that you came up with that yourself.
Misael Diaz: Yeah, we came up with that.
Drew: I love it, that's great. Misael, you have charisma, you bring that to the table. And we know that if you want to increase your influence, one of the qualities of an influential person is charisma. So the question is, "What is charisma?"
Misael: Drew, first of all, let me thank you for giving me an opportunity to join you in your space. And I want to thank your readers for following through and learning from you. Let me tell you this: Every time I get an opportunity to speak on somebody's program, radio, TV channel, whatever it is, I thank that person because...
Quick question: On a scale from 1-10 how would you rank yourself in your ability to influence others?
Many times, networking events involve meeting people for the first time and spending the entire event seated next to them. Is it possible to influence someone you have just met?
Here is a 5-step process that you can use in those situations to increase your influence:
Ask questions – For example: What do you do? How long have you been doing it? What do you love most about your job?
He who asks the question leads the conversation.
Listen – If you break focus or eye contact after you have asked a question you will communicate that they are not interesting and not worth your time or attention. What are you listening for? You are listening to what motivates them, what is important to them.
Relate – Work to relate to something they have mentioned. If they say that they love to go fishing you could...