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Tips on How to Gain Influence in the Workplace

You need to develop competence and trustworthiness in order to have influence in the workplace. The secret to being influential in the workplace is in your reliability and when people feel confident working with you.

The are two extremes to avoid if you want to achieve this goal of having an influence in the workplace. One is being too aggressive, and the other is being too quiet. With these two extremes people will never, ever see your true value.

So what then is the middle ground. What you need is confidence, connection, and consistency. With these traits you will have influence in the workplace and you will receive the credit that you deserve.

The tips below will show you how to cultivate influence in the workplace which can help advance your career.

Body language is very important in influencing people. Everyone is looking at your body language even if you may not know it. The proper body language that will gain influence with others is to try putting your shoulders back, your head and chin up, and your hands to your side. With this posture you show that you are confident and friendly. This posture will also help you feel more confident about yourself.

Nice people have a hard time saying no. Saying yes all the time is not always good because there are times when no is the reality. You say yes if it is for the more important goals. Saying yes is good if you have plenty of time in your hands. However, there are times when we say yes to everyone and get behind on very important projects. If you are frequently saying yes to people, you lose your goals in mind. Make sure to focus on your goals so you will know when to say yes and when to say no.

You can become a trusted person if you learn to listen to others. Listen without distraction. If you learn to build up your coworkers then you will become a trusted person. Give compliments and praise that are genuine and related to their positive skills and traits in the workplace. Read more here to learn about workplace trust building.

If you produce consistent results then you can gain the trust of your superiors, colleagues and yourself. Results do matter in the workplace which is a competitive, goal-driven environment. Your good behavior will not matter if the work that you do is subpar.

Make sure you enhance your skill set. You can widen your knowledge of your field by reading, watching videos, and doing research. Seek a good mentor for yourself.

You can help yourself grow if you gain influence in the workplace. This takes cultivating a positive place to work.

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