The Key to Influencing People

We all want to influence others in a positive way. Whether it’s something you want from someone or for someone, the only way to legitimately reach that goal or desire is people

If you can influence someone, it probably means you are a leader.

Great leaders are men and women who want something for someone.  They make people, organizations and things better.

You can be a leader in your family, friendships or career.  

The challenge comes when you have a great vision in mind and it takes people to get there.  What if the people won’t go that direction?

You need to ask yourself two questions.

1)  Is it the vision?


2)  Is it ME?

John Maxwell said, “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.”


If it’s the vision, then it may be time to tweak it or change course.  It may be the way your are communicating it.  Is it clear and simple enough for everyone to understand?  Is it being cast in an engaging way that paints a picture of how this will benefit them and/or the organization?

If the problem is not the vision, then maybe it’s the vision caster.

The key to influencing people is learning to make yourself someone others enjoy connecting with and want to follow.

In sales, if you are selling a product or service, people are 10x more likely to buy your service or product if they like you.

It’s your charisma.  In other words, the “like-ability” factor.

Are you a person of character?  Do you show you care about them and not just about yourself?   Do you have their best interest at heart?

You can instantly improve your like-ability by showing others you genuinely care about them.

And when people know you care about them, they will care about you.

Because again, as John Maxwell says, “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.”

Improve “you” and you will improve your influence.

Would you agree with John Maxwell’s quote?


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