One of the best ways to learn is to watch others; see what works, what falls flat, what suits your style and what doesn’t.

Learning how best to communicate and influence others is no different. Don’t we all hope to influence others in some way? Whether it is to market our business, persuade a client or vendor, motivate an audience or capture the attention of potential employers, influence is important.

Seizing the opportunity to learn from people and brands who successfully build an audience (and those who miss the mark) allows us to develop our own set of best practices. Gaining traction as an influencer is no simple task. Adding “Become an influencer” task to our calendar for next Monday morning will not accomplish anything, at least not with genuine, long-term results.

To further muddy the waters, not only do we have different ideas how to become an influencer, we don’t all agree on what it means to influence others.

Is being an influencer something we do

or, is it something we are?

Think about individuals and brands that influence your thinking, decisions or actions. Who are they and, more importantly, what is it about them that connects you so strongly to them?

Your Turn: Comments and Free Books!

Courtesy of Dale Carnegie Training to celebrate the release of their new iPhone app, I have 10 free copies of ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People‘ to give away as follows: Five will go to the first 5 people who add relevant comments. The remaining 5 will go to those with the best comments (to be selected by members of the AlmostSavvy fan page on Facebook). And, no, you can’t win 2 books! 🙂  Comments posted by April 13 will be considered. Winners will be contacted on April 15, making tax day just a little brighter.

Please share! I can’t wait to learn from your experiences.