There are several strategies you can implement that influence others. Finding a copy of the mission statement or value statement would be a good start.

Use facts and data to make logical and rational presentations of ideas. Solid reasoning is persuasive.

Use flattery, create goodwill, act humbly, and be friendly long before you make a request. Friendliness is appreciated and welcomed.

Coordinate support for others’ ideas that align with the organization’s values and priorities. Be an active participant in discussions.

Develop negotiation skills and express the willingness to exchange benefits or favors. Flexibility is a key component for reaching consensus or inspiring compromise.

Build relationships with and gain support from people in the organization that have higher authority. Management and leadership backing can bolster influence.

Be assertive in your communication style and openly discuss compliance concerns and issue reminders that keep projects on track. Stay on top of activities.

Assess your position in the organization and consider what rewards and punishments are at your disposal. Be realistic about what you can promise or take away. A little can go a long way.

There are many strategies we can use to influence others. Sometimes we just need a list we can trust and the confidence to put ideas into practice. The art of influence does involve a certain amount of soft skills. And these soft skills can amount to quite a bit of influence.

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