In order to make progress in life, be it your professional or personal endeavours, you will need to get things done. In order to do this, you will need the help of other people. Some of these people will be very busy. Others may not know you that well. To get people to support you, you will need to influence them to take certain likes of action.

Below are tips are on how you can build influence:

Help others when they ask

Always have an attitude of being willing to help people. When people request help and you’re in a position to do so, help them. When you do something for someone or do them a favour, the other person will naturally feel like wanting to reciprocate.

When your time comes and you want to do something, you can call upon people you have helped previously to assist you, as they will be more willing to do so.

Be likable

When you’re friendly and cheerful, you’re happy. When you’re happy it helps spread happiness to people you’re interacting with. It rubs off on them. If people like you and enjoy being around you because of the positive vibes you give off, they will be more willing to help you when you need assistance.

Actively listen to people

We were given two ears and one mouth for a reason. However, we can forget this at times. Active listening means genuinely listening to other people when they talk with you. This means allowing them to finish first before speaking and asking them questions, which shows interest and concern in what they’re saying.

Compliment people when they have earned it

People like to hear good things about themselves. When people have done something you admire, give them a genuine compliment telling them so. What’s important is you also tell the person, what in particular you liked about what they did. This type of compliment will carry more meaning.

Build connections

The greater your network of contacts, the bigger your influence, as you have a wide number of people you can call upon. Once you begin to network, you need to work on developing these relationships, through making effort to get to know them, meeting up with them and helping them out.

Ask for help

A good way to create influence is to ask for help when you need it from those who are in authority and already have influence themselves. People in general like to help and by asking those in authority, it will help to reinforce their sense of their own authority and power while giving you what you need in the process.

Borrow influence of others

You can also partner yourself up with people who are already in influential positions. By doing this, your perceived influence in the eyes of others will increase and your leeway to carry out certain actions will increase.

Build trust

All the points previously in this post contribute to making you someone other people can trust, which is the most important factor when it comes to creating influence. If people trust you, then they will be more willing to help you.

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