The Launch Of The Influence Expert

The Launch Of The Influence Expert

Guest post by Alex Swallow

Thanks to Nisha for the opportunity to write here.

The Influence Expert, my new business- has just launched and I thought the readers of Nisha’s blog would be interested.

So, what is the business about?

The Influence Expert is a site that will help show you how to grow your influence to increase your impact.

The Launch Of The Influence Expert

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority

– Ken Blanchard

Are there things in your life, or in the world that you wish you could have an impact on?

How about things like:

  • getting a promotion at work
  • feeling that the message you want to share with the world is being heard by the right people
  • making a difference to a cause that really matters to you
  • being respected by your peers
  • being a thought leader in your field
  • having the opportunity to make speeches in front of hundreds of people
  • or many other areas that might be important to you?

If you look around you at powerful people, what they share is influence. Some will have influence simply because they are rich or because they hold a certain high public office, but those people are few and far between.

Most influential people are influential because they have built their brand over time, others know what they stand for and they go after their goals with a laser focus.

In the modern world we all have the opportunity- greater than ever before in human history- to connect with other people and share our message. This is partly because of the amazing online world. But it is also because of the opportunities we have to travel, to trade and to learn from people from all the corners of the globe.

This new environment should be a great leveller.

Often it isn’t, because people don’t know how to grow their influence. So, a few people still get most of the opportunities.

If you want to grow your influence, I am going to show you how to do it- and help you build your influence to increase your impact.

I want you to know that I haven’t always had influence myself, or understood the topic very well.

A few years ago my career wasn’t going in the direction I wanted it to and I wasn’t making the progress I craved. I was ambitious but I felt like I was wasting my time and that I couldn’t take the right steps forward.

I’m sure that you have felt that too sometimes.

Perhaps you have been passed over when the senior role came up that you really wanted? Or maybe you feel that with a bit of guidance and added impetus, you could just achieve a whole lot more?

What stopped me from quitting when things weren’t working out for me, was that I had caught glimpses, at different times in my life, of the magic that happened when I focused my efforts in the right areas. I began to think more strategically about how to grow my own influence.

Putting my theories into practice, I went from being in a junior role at one charity to becoming the Chief Executive of another. I went from not even being invited to networking events to being invited to make keynote speeches, judge national awards and run high-level masterclass training. As I met more and more people at a senior level I began to recognize some of the traits and habits that made the best of the best stand out from the rest. They all involved being able to understand, grow and use influence effectively.

Now, I want to share some of these secrets with you and I have devoted myself to increasing my knowledge of the subject of influence.

The core to my work is a model I’ve put together, which is exclusive to The Influence Expert.

It is called the LEAPS model:

L- Likeability

E- Expertise

A- Authenticity

P- Personal Brand

S- Synthesis

If you sign up to my website, (there is a free contest for the first 100 people!) I look forward to telling you much more about the model in the coming months and to sharing many other tips and insights that will help you.

He who influences the thought of his times influences the times that follow
– Elbert Hubbard

If you go to the About page of my new site, you can learn much more about who I am and what I am trying to achieve.

As well as being an influencer I am inspired by many influencers myself. This article introduces you to some of them, they are all well worth looking up.

If you would like support to grow your own influence in greater depth I offer consultancy and am putting together a range of products which I am sure will help you.

Why we need to share Rotary’s good news

A guest post I wrote for the Rotary blog 🙂

Rotary Voices

Nisha Kotecha Nisha Kotecha

By Nisha Kotecha, president of the Rotaract Club of Hampstead, Hendon and Golders Green, England

I know a Rotary Club that has changed the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of young people over the years. I know this because I have attended some of their meetings. And because I am one of the lives they have changed.

The Rotary club I am referring to is one of the largest in London, so they don’t need to generate publicity around their activities. Or do they?

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Recycling old shoes to protect the environment

What a great project! Does anyone know of a similar organisation based in the UK?

Rotary Voices

Shoes collected during the drive. Shoes collected during the drive.

By Anit Thapaliya, president of the Rotaract Club of Pashupati Kathmandu, Nepal

We collected more than 1,100 pairs of used shoes to be recycled and reused as part of our project “Yes Dear, You Change Before the Climate.” It proved that we can teach others to change their behaviors before our climate changes, for the worse.

We set out with the help of Working Hands, a local nongovernmental organization, to convince people to give us their old shoes
instead of throwing them away. Shoes take

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An Award for Effie ….

Life with the Ex-Batts

We are immensely proud to announce that Miss Effie Chicken of Rosewarne has been awarded The Amazing Animal of the Month Award by Good News Shared. She was nominated by the lovely people at Compassion in World Farming, who after reading Effie’s tale fell in love with her. And who wouldn’t!

Effie is an amazing ambassador for ex-battery hens and her story has inspired many lovely people to rehome their own ex-batts. She has shown what big hearts and huge personalities hens have and every person that realises this and has their own hens or stops eating chicken or only uses free range eggs is a victory in the battle against intensive farming.

This award means her story will reach a whole new audience so I would ask you to share the following link as far and wide as you can, so that Effie’s work to help her caged sisters…

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Why we can’t afford to ignore social media

Couldn’t agree more!

Rotary Voices

Interactors during a photo break at the Rotary Convention in Sydney, Australia. Interactors during a photo break at the Rotary Convention in Sydney, Australia.

By Marilyn Axler, a member of the E-Club of South Jersey, and Rotary Global History Fellowship board member

I have been using social media to promote Rotary for three years now, posting on Linked In and other platforms to connect with others and share Rotary’s message. From time to time, I hear from members who are uncomfortable with social media. They say they feel it is invasive and they bring up concerns for privacy and safety.

Could it be that they are also afraid to embrace change? I agree the telephone is still the best way to communicate sometimes. But social media is clearly where it is at for younger people. Can we really afford to ignore the “new age of communications?”

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Join The Aspire Foundation As A Mentor

Are you a women with a corporate or small business background? Would you like the opportunity to give something back by mentoring an aspiring woman from the non-profit sector?

The Aspire Foundation are looking for mentors!

Last year I was mentored by a woman called Sarah via the Aspire Foundation. I had never had an official mentor before, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. The Aspire Foundation were fantastic in matching Sarah and I together, and they provided free online seminars to help us both get the most out of the experience.

I gained a lot from the mentoring programme, and would recommend the Aspire Foundation to anyone. The programme is only open to women as the Aspire Foundation believe ‘if more women gain business, social and economic freedom, the world will become a more equal, ethical and balanced place’.

Some of the mentors and mentees in the programme share their experiences and thoughts in the video below:

To become an Aspire Foundation mentor you will need to complete a short form on their website:  www.aspirewomen.co.uk/foundation/index.php/mentoring.

The Cancer Research UK ‘Enemy’ Advert

I recently saw Cancer Research UK’s ‘Enemy’ advert for the first time. They launched the campaign back in December 2012 but somehow it’s passed me by until now.

The advert conveys a powerful, thought-provoking message. It positions research as the enemy of cancer and aims to show people that beating cancer is an achievable goal.

“Research has beaten polio. Research has beaten smallpox. Research is beating HIV. One day, research will beat cancer. The more research we do, the sooner that day will come”. 

I struggle to watch the entire advert, as the first line makes me really angry! “Research has beaten polio”. It sounds so final, like the problem has been solved. It makes the viewer think that polio is no longer a problem in society. This is not the case.

The advert is not factually incorrect. Research has given us a way to end polio. However the disease still exists. Polio remains endemic in three countries – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Until polio is eradicated completely all countries remain at risk.

I joined Rotaract last year after hearing about the work Rotary and Rotaract do to help the End Polio Now campaign.  Since joining Rotaract I have learnt more about polio, and I can’t wait until we have finally eradicated the disease.

Polio mainly affects children under five years old. The virus is transmitted through contaminated food and water, and multiplies in the intestine. It can then invade the nervous system, causing paralysis in one in every 200 infections. It is capable of causing death within hours.

While I hope the Cancer Research UK advert has helped them increase the level of support they receive, I also hope people watching it do not think polio is no longer a problem in the world.

What do you think of the ‘Enemy’ advert?