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Jump-Start Your Networking TodayLife Reimagined for Work

Jump-Start Your Networking TodayLife Reimagined for Work | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it
Is your networking on autopilot? Are you taking full advantage of expanding your reach? Here are 3 overlooked opportunities to jumpstart your networking.
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A fantastic article aimed towards later career people but very useful for younger too.  I love the idea of a networking buddy.  

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Reflections on social media power and influence

Reflections on social media power and influence | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it
Most critics of Klout have created their own Echo Chamber of dissent, repeating the same inane criticisms. Let's apply critical thinking to the topic.
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Influencing has drastically changed in the last decade...the last couple of years even.  If you are serious about influence, then you should be serious about the role social media will play in your influencing "career." 

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Embrace, Extend, Empower | Community-Driven Content Marketing

Embrace, Extend, Empower | Community-Driven Content Marketing | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it
Content is all around every day. The key is to be part of the conversation on your business. Make the 3 Es of community-driven content marketing work for you.
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A bit off topic but a great article about how to get people engaged with who you are and what you do.  Love this!

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U-M Human Resource Development's curator insight, January 8, 2013 12:54 PM

A bit off topic but a great article about how to get people engaged with who you are and what you do.  Love this!

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My Rule #2 for Motivating People and Organizations

My Rule #2 for Motivating People and Organizations | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it
In my last post I talked about the first of 10 Rules I’ve Learned and Live By to Motivate People and Organizations. Always stay positive, honest and open, especially when things get challenging
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This is so difficult.  One thing you might think about trying it set aside one day to practice not multitasking...every Monday for a month. If you can manage that, then add Tuesdays, etc. Good luck!

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U-M Human Resource Development's curator insight, December 12, 2012 10:29 AM
Deborah Orlowski, Ph.D.'s insight:This is so difficult.  One thing you might think about trying it set aside one day to practice not multitasking...every Monday for a month. If you can manage that, then add Tuesdays, etc. Good luck!
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20 cities' novel ideas to improve government make cut in NYC mayor ... - Washington Post

20 cities' novel ideas to improve government make cut in NYC mayor ... - Washington Post | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it

Think about your own sphere of influence. Do you have the right people to make your idea work? Could you, as some of these cities did, go to the ground floor and include people the most directly affected by the problem, in helping to come up with the solution? You may be surprised who comes up with the best ideas.  

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Preparing for Those Tough Conversations | CoSozo

Preparing for Those Tough Conversations | CoSozo | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it

Even though some conversations will never be easy, there are things you can do to make them less stressful.  

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10 Questions to Inspire Innovation

10 Questions to Inspire Innovation | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it
10 Questions to Inspire Breakthroughs - from the #Leapfrogging Blog http://t.co/qT88ayle...

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Thanks for the ideas.
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35 Fast Tips to Make This Your Best Year Yet | Robin Sharma's Blog

35 Fast Tips to Make This Your Best Year Yet | Robin Sharma's Blog | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it

It may not be the new year, but today is the first day of the year that starts today.  Some of these tips are worthwhile, some are down right profound. All are worth reading.  

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5 Simple Ways to Build Your Leadership Charisma | CommsMasters

5 Simple Ways to Build Your Leadership Charisma | CommsMasters | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it
To build your leadership charisma, listen to people before you start trying to lead them >> http://t.co/4Gn95eFN...
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Creative Leadership and Sense Making

Creative Leadership and Sense Making | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it

Interesting interview with Chuck Palus co-author of The Leaders Edge. The book describes leadership as the art of making shared sense of complexity, and talks about six creative leadership competencies that can help when striving to lead innovation initiatives, developing creative organizational cultures or just to get better at being an empowering collaborative leader. 


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4 Networking Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making - Forbes

4 Networking Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making - Forbes | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it

Many networking newbies have tendencies that inhibit building real relationships with their new contacts. The good news: it’s not that hard to fix. Here’s what you might not even realize you’re doing wrong—and what to do about it.

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How to Pitch Anything in 15 Seconds [video] - Forbes

How to Pitch Anything in 15 Seconds [video] - Forbes | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it

"Create a message map in three easy steps: This tool generates a visual display of ideas to used to frame a conversation or pitch." I can see this method being used for ANY time a person wants to convince someone that their idea or concept is worthy of noticing.

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The Right Way to Lead

Check out the leadership traits....excellent additions to the same 'ole same 'ole. And DO NOT miss the Simon Simek video. 

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Six Powerful Ways to Stand Out at Work

Six Powerful Ways to Stand Out at Work | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it
Great employees spend the majority of their time helping other people succeed: Their company, their employees, their customers and vendors and suppliers... the list goes on and on.Great employees
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I especially like his comments about how to best use your time before work and after hours.  

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"Five Ways to Build Public Speaking into Your Marketing Plan" - The Millionaire Mindset

"Five Ways to Build Public Speaking into Your Marketing Plan" - The Millionaire Mindset | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it
 
By: Rachel Meranus
 
No news to buzz about? Speaking engagements to generate publicity. Here's how to make the most of your efforts.
 
Sometimes companies f…
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Although this article talks about organizational issues driving public speaking gigs, it's also very relevant for individuals who are trying to build a reputation or sphere of influence.  

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Why Smartphone-Obsessed Generation Y Can't Put Down Their Phones

Why Smartphone-Obsessed Generation Y Can't Put Down Their Phones | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it
The smartphone: man's new best friend -- at least for Generation Y.
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You gotta go where they are to influence them. So take it to the smart devices!

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Gratitude & Leadership: Why Enlightened Leaders Know To Be Grateful « JD Strategist

Gratitude & Leadership: Why Enlightened Leaders Know To Be Grateful « JD Strategist | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it

You can't influence if you're not grateful for the people around you. 

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Saying no to the boss: Why it's essential - Fortune Management

Saying no to the boss: Why it's essential - Fortune Management | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it
Sometimes, it’s impossible to push against powerful people. But employees often have resources to empower themselves that they may not recognize.
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Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves.

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Improve Yourself By Embracing Your Dissenters - Millennial CEO | Millennial CEO

Improve Yourself By Embracing Your Dissenters - Millennial CEO | Millennial CEO | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it
To grow means to realize your weaknesses. Here are some ways to improve by making the best of critical feedback from your dissenters.
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Social environments: what you bring, you take with you

Social environments: what you bring, you take with you | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it

"Jorge Barba  on the potential of social media to curb criticial thinking:

 

'Critical thinking: the ability to evaluate options, weigh alternatives, and make informed decisions.

 

How? Here are three tips:

 

* Question assumptions.
* Adopt different perspectives.
* See potential.

 

Don’t follow the same road as everyone else, have a point of view.

 

[AS: Jorge's 'the hive mind is the death of creativity' gambit is the pessimistic alternative to the 'crowdsourcing is the crucible of creativity' proposition.

 

Without wishing to be unnecessarily conciliatory (never a default position with me ;)), I think there are elements of truth in both perspectives.

 

Why?

 

What we get out of the social web is inevitably determined by what we bring to it.

 

If we are innately creative, critical, and conversational in our disposition offline, this is how we are most likely to conduct ourselves in online environments, too.

 

If we are predisposed to consume, accept, and keep what opinions we are in possession of to ourselves, we are most likely to reproduce those behaviours within online environments.

 

Over time, however, data are suggesting that the former behaviours are encouraged by the plethora of opportunities the social web offers to create and converse, whilst the latter are in decline. That has to be a good thing, right?]"

 

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Why Thinking of Others Improves Our Creativity

Why Thinking of Others Improves Our Creativity | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it
Research indicates we're better at solving problems and being creative when we're thinking of others instead of ourselves.
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What David Simon’s Pitch for “The Wire” Can Teach Us About How to Sell An Original Idea » Blog » Good in a Room – Stephanie Palmer

What David Simon’s Pitch for “The Wire” Can Teach Us About How to Sell An Original Idea » Blog » Good in a Room – Stephanie Palmer | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it

"The Wire is terrific storytelling and great TV.  It’s also an example of how ambitious, original material can get produced—if pitched effectively." Although not directly about influencing, the tips in this article are extremely useful for anyone who is trying to influence someone to act upon or consider an innovation or creative change.  

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Leading from Within Means Learning to Manage Your Ego and Emotions - Knowledge@Wharton

Leading from Within Means Learning to Manage Your Ego and Emotions - Knowledge@Wharton | Practical Influencing | Scoop.it

"Leading from Within Means Learning to Manage Your Ego and Emotions by Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School." This has some interesting insights from people in leadership in a variety of organizations about how great leaders also know to contain themselves. 

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