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What Makes a Person Influential?

Barry Feldman: October 26, 2014 | Blogging, Influencer marketing, Personal branding | Comments
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Influence fascinates me. What about you?

If you read my blog, you may have picked up on the fact that I’ve been reading, learning and writing about many topics related to influence: personal branding and influence marketing, the power of expertise, authority and thought leadership.

I read (and saved) an extremely popular Forbes post by Mark Fidelman, 25 Things Influential People Do Better than Anyone Else in which Mark attempts to answer:

“How do people become truly influential in the social age?”

Clearly, Mark and I admire many of the same people. His article is full of examples where he showcases leaders in new media marketing and speaks to their qualities.

Monsters of Influence

The Forbes article inspired me to create my take on the qualities of a person of influence. It became a slide deck with a fun Halloween-themed twist and earned a spot as SlideShare of the Day.

I hope you enjoy it, share it, and comment below with your feedback and any ideas you have about the qualities of influential people.

Monsters of Influence from Barry Feldman

Transcript to
Amazing Monsters of Influence and the Qualities They Possess

Passion
Influencers love their work and it shows.

Focus
Influencers keep their eye on the prize.

Interesting points of view
Influencers possess a strong belief system and have the courage to present a strong point of view.

Speaking skills
Influencers have the abiliy to engage and inspire an audience.

Conversational skills
Influencers know how to listen and make you feel special.

Positivity
Influencers take the good and the bad and find the upside.

The power of persuasion
Influencers have a deep appreciation for the principles of persuasion:
Reciprocity • Commitment Social proof • Liking Authority • Scarcity

Authenticity
Influencers build trust by being themselves.

Confidence
Influencers are unafraid to take risks. They’re confident they’ll succeed (or learn from their failures).

Energy
Influencers get people excited. They have contagious energy.

Planning
Influencers set objectves and develop plans to accomplish them.

Networking Skills
Influencers are all about building relatonships.

Timing
Influencers have a special knack for knowing when to act (or not).

Generosity
Influencers are givers.

Charisma
Influencers have charisma that inspires us to listen to them.

Technology
Influencers embrace new tools that can help increase productivity.

Responsibility
Influencers are ethical and strive to be helpful.

Integrity
Influencers mean and do what they say.

Ambition
Influencers vow to be great and achieve positive outcomes.

Open minds
Influencers don’t pretend to have all the answers.

 

Barry Feldman
Barry Feldman, founder of Feldman Creative, is a prolific writer with 25 years of experience bringing his clients' online presence to the next level through copywriting and content marketing creation and consulting. He writes and educates clients on online marketing on The Point and on many other sites across the web. Connect with Barry on Google+.
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  • Jeff Domansky PR

    Barry, thanks for a thoughtful and very creative look at influencers. Your visuals were particularly tasty. Kudos to you and your designer.

    • http://www.feldmancreative.com/ Barry Feldman

      Thanks Jeff. Design by yours truly, with an assist from a nice set of vectors.