Last week’s Thought for the Week was about “Hearing What Isn’t Said“. This was about how our interactions can be deeply enriched by hearing what is NOT being said and I invited you notice this over the week.
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Do you ever wish you could have more impact and influence in meetings with clients, colleagues, prospects etc?
How do we know how much impact / influence we have had?
We will know if a new client signs up, or we get a new contract, project or whatever. But what about other times when we have no way of knowing because it’s quite intangible isn’t it!
How would you define, discover, understand or leverage it?
I can assure you that you have more impact than you realise. We all do.
“Sociologists tell us the most introverted of people will influence 10,000 others in an average lifetime.”
[Founder and CEO of Growing Leaders]
Imagine how many people you have knowingly and unknowingly influenced in your life so far. Every person you come in contact with is impacted in some way.
For example, if you hold the door open for someone, that has an impact.
Whether or not they say “thank you” impacts you.
You may feel satisfaction if they acknowledge you and disgruntlement if they don’t!
If you compliment a co-worker on their performance, you have had an impact on that person.
If you criticise another person, you have also impacted them.
As you can see, impact can go in two different directions: negative or positive.
What is Impact?
To have a strong effect on someone or something. Synonyms: affect, influence, have an effect on, make an impression on, hit, touch, change, alter, modify, transform, shape.
We typically go about our daily routines without considering our impact. We don’t consider whether we are making a positive difference or a negative impression.
How aware do you think most of us are on how we affect others in our daily lives? And the ripple effect of that, positive or negative?
When we realise that we have more impact than we think, we also have a choice: Will we have a positive impact or a negative impact?
Each of us has a great deal of power over our environment and our influence in this World and we don’t need to be famous or wealthy or write a book to be influential. We have family, friends, co-workers, peers, clients and random people we come into contact with all the time.
We also have freedom of choice.
We can choose what our impact is on others. We can choose our legacy on this Earth.
I learned in life that we get what we give and our impact equals our legacy and I told you about a Manager I had years ago who had an incredible impact on my life, and she doesn’t even realise it.
If we are intentional about our influence and impact, our influence will matter a great deal.
“Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap.”
– Zig Ziglar
As always, I will leave you with that thought.
I also invite you to book a Complimentary Consultation with me where we can explore this further.
With best wishes for your success.
P.S. Ask me about the next Communication Code Group Programme