Who Influences You? (Plus, get a free book)

Who Influences You? (Plus, get a free book)

influencer 300x247 - Who Influences You? (Plus, get a free book)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

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or, is it something we are?

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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.


  1. myriam April 6, 2010 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    As my mother, I do not let anyone influence me.

    • Irene Koehler April 6, 2010 at 4:05 pm - Reply

      Really? Well, you influence me, Myriam. I just saw you recommend a new app a few minutes ago and, since I know you to be one smart and savvy woman, I am going to check it out.

      • myriam April 6, 2010 at 4:15 pm - Reply

        (Not that easy to discuss it in english)

        I was joking to explain that when we think not be influenced, we can not escape the influence sometimes without realizing it.

        Every decision is a more or less stable balance between the influences that we accept and those we suffer more or less consciously.

        Meaning, I do as my mother does, I do not let anyone influence me 🙂

        • Irene Koehler April 6, 2010 at 4:21 pm - Reply

          As I thought. I was hoping that you’d say that a certain blonde American influences you, but that might have been hoping for too much. 🙂

      • myriam April 6, 2010 at 4:38 pm - Reply

        Oh by the way, am not influenced enough by you to come and comment, and again ^^

  2. Christine April 6, 2010 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    I’m around a lot of influencers 🙂 The people who influence me most are the ones who have a unique point of view, take the time to develop their thoughts, and most importantly, share their ideas.

    • Irene Koehler April 6, 2010 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      Well said, Christine. You are in the unique position of being around so many key people whom others look to for guidance. Sort of an influence-apalooza!

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  4. Chet Lewis April 7, 2010 at 7:06 am - Reply

    I look towards spiritual leaders (local and international) as well as those who give back and lead without a title as influencers.

    Another influencer are friends that I trust and whose opinions I value.
    .-= Chet Lewis´s last blog ..Jammer “Better Than” remix from Lorn =-.

    • Irene Koehler April 7, 2010 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      I like your comment about those who lead without being labeled as an influencer. Thanks!

  5. Matches Malone April 7, 2010 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Well, lately, it’s been others in social media, like yourself, Chris Brogan, And Chris Voss. That’s all I can think of for now, however, I have outside influences related to filmmaking, however, I tend to lead in that regard 🙂
    .-= Matches Malone´s last blog ..The Making of Black Friday =-.

  6. Joy Montgomery April 7, 2010 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Veterans and the people who hire them inspire me.

  7. Crystal C. Yan April 8, 2010 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Influencers are those who can convince you something that was their idea was actually yours. You know, like when a mom secretly wants to get her kid to play music and the kid ends up playing piano thinking it was his idea, not hers? At least that’s what my mom says…HEY! <–Just kidding… 😀
    .-= Crystal C. Yan´s last blog ..Students for Startup Visa: Write Your Congressperson! =-.

    • Irene Koehler April 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm - Reply

      Crystal, what a great answer! Not one I expected, but I completely understand your point. It is amazing the techniques we moms will employ to get our kids to *want* to do the right things. 🙂

  8. Harl Delos April 8, 2010 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    Mark Twain pointed out that it’s clothes that make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

    They have an influence on *me*, though. Thoreau said to “Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes” and I beware also of people engaging in enterprises that require new clothes, as they obviously have shown poor judgment in that matter.

    And nekkid wimmen, I’ve found, can be powerfully persuasive.
    .-= Harl Delos´s last blog ..Poor Choice Of Headline =-.

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  10. Char April 14, 2010 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    The people who influence me the most are those who are authentic, “walk their talk,” and are passionate about what they do.

    People influence me with an amalgamation of their actions, written words, spoken words, body language, how they treat others, their associations (people, groups and activities) and how they spend their time. Someone can have an amazing package on the outside, but if they put others down or supersize their importance and impact, I don’t pay them much attention at all.

  11. Daniel Venditelli April 20, 2010 at 10:15 am - Reply

    I have met far too many people who “know” how things are and should be and they have less influence than anyone I have met who is willing to accept that they may be wrong and listen to the alternate view.

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