Want to win friends and influence people? How about just the influence people part?
GMN Communications Manager Nikki Powell recently shared thought leadership strategies for GMN members. She defined thought leaders as informed and trusted sources of innovative ideas and expertise who can inspire others. A tall order. Nikki outlined three key elements that when combined can support thought leadership development: experiences, passions, and credentials. In addition to ideas, thought leadership requires a real desire to influence and share insight; a willingness to commit time, energy and resources to the process; persistence; and the confidence to put yourself out there (think blogs, Twitter, and/or public speaking).
Do you have the guts to say something that is new and different? Do you have solutions to industry challenges? Will your ideas resonate with your audience? The resources below will help you start thinking about the thought leadership path. Contact Nikki at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to know more about being a part of the grants management thought leadership movement.
- “Create a Following for Your Ideas: Become a Thought Leader,” Recruiter, March 23, 2015.
- “3 Ways to Create Thought Leadership,” Groove Digital Marketing, January 16, 2015.
- “Developing a Thought Leadership Strategy with Charlene Li,” Women in Consulting, March 4, 2016.
- “Blog Basics: Five Tips for Starting a Successful Thought Leadership Blog,” Communication Matters, March 9, 2015.
- “A Helpful Guide of Public Speaking Tips” [infographic], HubSpot, March 31, 2015.
- “The Allure of Social Media: Influence and Engagement,” GMNsight, December 16, 2013.
- “How to Create a Killer LinkedIn Profile That Will Get You Noticed,” LinkedIn Pulse, June 2, 2015.
- Book: Ready to Be a Thought Leader: How to Increase Your Influence, Impact, and Success (2014) by Denise Brosseau.
- Resource: Toastmasters International