Are you able to inspire people? This means after listening to you, they will feel motivated to think, feel or do something you both value or feel is important.
Inspiring people is part of motivation and requires good Emotional Intelligence in the area of Relationship Management. Not only do you need to have good self-awareness, you also need to be aware of how you are perceived by others as you guide and motivate them with a compelling vision.
Relationships become more important in your life as you assume more responsibility. This is true in your personal and professional life. One of the necessary skills in managing your relationships is being able to influence others.
Inspiration often begins with a time of quiet reflection about nagging questions. You may even have some feelings of anxiety and confusion. If this happens, you want to address the questions and feelings because they can block access to your passion. For inspiration to truly happen, you need to be able to get in touch with feelings of passion. When you feel passionate about something, it is easier for you to spell out your vision to others in a compelling way by including important values and benefits.
In addition, people who are inspiring:
- Are trusted and respected
- Involve others to look at the reality as well as the ideal vision to determine what needs to happen in the gap
- Are good listeners and draw on the collective wisdom of others
- Connect with people’s emotional centers as well as intellectually
- Speak with conviction and passion
- Are willing to take risks that are wise
Think about whom you want to inspire. In your personal life, it might be your spouse, your children, or a family member. At work, it may be individuals you supervise or colleagues. Practice using some of the above tips. They can help you inspire others to “buy into” your ideas or plan. Remember to listen and respond honestly to their questions. If you don’t know the answer to the question, let them know you will find the answer and get back to them. To be believable, be sure your actions match your words.
Choose one or more of these tips the next time you want to be inspiring.
Comment on how this worked for you? What other tips help you be inspiring?
Until next time,