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How to influence your colleagues with your ideas at workplaceBY: Deena David | Category: Self Improvement | Post Date: 2009-07-08
The workplace is as important as your house. Many of our lives are a constant balancing act between the time spent at home and the time spent at work. At home, all of us have a certain influence over the decisions that are made in our everyday activities. At work, though, most of us have little or no influence on the decisions being made. This article tells a few simple ways in which you can influence your colleagues and even your boss with your ideas.
Good Rapport: If you have to have influence on other people, there should be a good rapport between you and your colleagues. People listen to those who have the dynamic qualities that creates a rapport between themselves and others. Without rapport, people may be influenced once or twice, but if a good rapport is present, then it will be a long-term influence.
Understand others: If you want to be influential, you should take the time to understand the problems of others and listen to them. If possible, give some advise on how to deal with the problems. Without listening to others, you cannot expect them to listen to your ideas.
Be confident: If you should have an influence over others and make them listen to your ideas, you should be confident of yourself. You should also be able to explain your ideas in a clear and lucid manner. Unless you are confident yourself, others will not have confidence on you and your ideas. So, be confident at your workplace.
Improve your skills: If some one has to have an influence on others, then the person should have good communication skills. These skills will help the person to convince others with their communication abilities. The person should also be assertive and have the ability to persuade others to listen.
Understand your role: If you need to play an influential role in your work place, you have to understand your role in your workplace. Make sure that you involve yourself in the activities that are being done. Unless you are involved and committed to the work you are doing, your colleagues will not be influenced by your thoughts.
When you are able to strike a balance between all the above things, you will be able to start getting your ideas noticed and there will be a change in the attitude of your colleagues towards you and your ideas. The trust and mutual understanding will create a strong bond between you and your colleagues at your workplace. This will make them listen to your ideas.
When there is a good working relationship between the individuals, the organization is also bound to benefit.
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