Get People To Listen To You At Work 

Influence is about being able to affect other people, either their thoughts or actions. The ability to change the direction of others’ ideas and conduct is an important quality to develop, both personally and professionally. Influence is also concerned with self-confidence. If you are a confident person, you may believe that others will want to listen to you. However, a lack of self-confidence can restrict your ability to connect with others, never mind influence them.

If you can influence people, you can help them improve or to see a different perspective better. We can use influence to get what we want and not have to rely on striking a deal, our physical appearance, or being in a position of power and control.

You can develop certain traits and habits that will encourage others to believe in you and want to hear what you have to say. From that point, it is a short step to become influential and have a more direct and meaningful impact at work.

How To Become More Influential:

Personality

Get to know the people you work with and build relationships at work. Have a positive look on your face and reflect a happy, positive frame of mind. Always display good manners to others, be polite and approachable. A consistent public image will inspire trust and respect, and if people trust and respect you, they will listen. People are drawn to friendly, outgoing people and are more likely to respond to you.

Respectful

Respect is a two-way street. Allow others space and time to get on with their work but engage them in conversation at the appropriate times. Learn and remember names. Ask questions about themselves and their work and show an interest in them. Listen when they speak and remember what they say so you can return to the conversation later. Respect their opinion and remember not to dismiss others (even if you completely disagree with them). They will feel valued, and if you show genuine interest in someone else, this is an excellent way to develop relationships and build your network. Make it clear to your colleagues that you value their opinions.

Participate

 Be active and take part in both friendly conversations and business discussions. Do your homework and prepare for formal meetings in advance so you can make a noticeable contribution. Have a relevant idea ready for the “any other business” part as noted in the minutes and actioned for the next meeting. Be aware of your body language and tone of voice in meetings as you will be sending out a message. Sit/stand straight with shoulders back and head up. Don’t cross your arms as this implies you are closed off from others and their opinions. When you talk, do not speak too loudly or quickly, but with consideration for others.

Knowledge

If you are good at something or an expert on a particular work-related subject, let others know by demonstrating your level rather than boasting about it. There is no advantage in appearing like a know-it-all as people will be reluctant to come to you for help. However, if others know you are knowledgeable in a particular area, let them know they can come to you. Plan to continuously develop your skills, knowledge, and expertise by attending conferences or taking on a leadership role in a professional organization.

Consistency

Always work diligently and strive to do your best. You will be recognized for this effort and, in turn, respected. Self-motivated people are valued in the workplace. The combination of being valued and respected will naturally lead to being trusted. From that position, you will be listened to and exert more significant influence on those around you.