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10 Tips to Increase your Charismatic Power

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 1/8/18 8:00 AM


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Have you heard that within seconds of meeting someone we decide whether we like them? More importantly, that first impression is almost impossible to reverse and sets the tone for the relationship that follows.

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Tags: influencing skills

4 Ways to Positively Influence People and Events

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 1/9/17 8:00 AM



I’m sure you’re aware of the saying “It’s not just what you know, but, who you know!” In todays’ business environment, this saying resonates with high volume. It can be challenging in the workplace to ensure all voices are heard, especially with so many employees working remotely, globally, and with such a variety of ways to communicate.

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Tags: influencing skills

Women and Office Politics – 10 Ways to Increase Your Power

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 9/12/16 8:00 AM



About 7 years ago, I wrote a blog entitled, “The Game of Office Politics – Do you know how to play?" In it, I referenced a book by Dr. Lois Frankel called, “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers.” In her book, Dr. Frankel suggests that women work too hard but don’t get promoted, purely because of that hard work. What else are we guilty of? We make our offices too girly and we don’t capitalize on work relationships. After all this time, I wondered, “Has anything changed?” Do women hold more leadership positions than before? Are we really breaking that glass ceiling and getting the corner office? 

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Tags: influencing skills, job performance

5 “Powers” You May Not Know You Have

Posted by Langevin Team on 1/25/16 3:00 AM

High-level positions often come with responsibilities, stress, and accountability. But, they also come with power and authority given through the position in the organization. This “given” power is crucial in negotiations, decision making, and influencing people and events.

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How Trainers Can Ensure Training Success

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 3/23/15 4:00 AM



In an earlier blog, I talked about three groups of people needed for training success in your organization. These groups are managers, trainers, and employees. In this blog I will look at how we, as trainers, can ensure training success where we work. This can be extremely challenging because not only do we need to learn and apply professional best practices ourselves, but we also must educate and influence those around us to allow us to implement those best practices!

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Tags: training transfer, influencing skills

How to Influence Others

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 3/2/15 3:00 AM

So, you need a favor from me. What’s the best way to ask for it? Do you present me with facts and numbers? Do you use the model, “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine?” How about trying to charm me into saying, “yes?” Or do you get me excited about the idea? What if you have no authority or power? With so many options, what’s the best answer?

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Tags: influencing skills

5 Simple Steps to Resolve Conflicts

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 4/3/14 4:00 AM

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times...” Who knew that I’d be living the first line from Charles Dickens’ classic, A Tale of Two Cities? How could something so joyful be so stressful at the same time? Why do people fall apart instead of coming together? And how was I going to fix everything?

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Tags: influencing skills, tips-for-trainers

How to Use Influencing Skills

Posted by Langevin Team on 2/13/14 3:00 AM

In business (and in your personal life) you may have the opportunity to use influencing skills to impact a decision that will help you accomplish a goal or objective. In these situations you need to influence the decision-maker and create an influencing strategy. Before you speak to the person you need to influence you may need to interact with several other people. Sometimes this process can seem like the “Who’s on First” routine by Abbot and Costello. Below are some items to consider when identifying who should come first in the influencing interactions.

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Tags: influencing skills

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