When I write, I can put the jumbled thoughts that are
swirling through my mind into written words that can make sense, even if only
to me. Because I must focus to move my fingers on the keyboard, I can take my
time and just let the words flow in a more selected way, and then change the
thoughts into more organized patterns.
The intent is to imagine these patterns as pieces of a
puzzle, and then begin putting them together to form the complete picture. That
is the magic of writing.
When I write non-fiction, the pictures often represent the
emotions in my heart. But they also represent knowledge learned, which came
through seeing, hearing, and doing, my life’s experiences.
One of the books I am working on now came from the experiences I’ve endured on my journey to becoming an author, and I’d like to share a brief excerpt here today. (Though my book is being written primarily for authors, much of it applies to any business or industry.)
From the business end of it, you are promoting yourself as
an author (not your books, but you as
Another aspect of the business is based on the idea that an
author can be thought of as a leader. You are leading the minds of your readers
with your words.
The following excerpt is about building your reputation as a leader with integrity:
Skills: 4 Keys to Becoming a Person of Influence
During a recent study group session regarding leadership
skills, the question was asked, “Who are your primary influencers & Why and
how do they influence you?” Our answers were varied on “who”, but there was a
general pattern in the “why and how”.
What makes a leader stand out from the crowd? It is their
ability to be effective in their influence on others, in thought or action, combined
In any form of leadership, it is important to connect with
those you are leading. Otherwise they won’t follow you for very long. Here are 4
keys to becoming a person of influence, and building connections that have a powerful
1. BE TRUSTWORTHY
People will not listen to you if they don’t trust you. Trust
is earned when you demonstrate:
Honesty – ALWAYS be honest…at home…at work…at
play. We build reputations based on what other people see firsthand, and it
doesn’t take long for word to get around.
Fairness – When we gain a reputation for being
fair, people are assured they can rely on us in finding agreeable solutions.
Dependability – ALWAYS do what you say you will!
If you can’t be counted on to keep your word, people will not trust you.
2. BE CONSISTENT
Let’s face it, there is nothing outstanding or extraordinary
about a McDonald’s hamburger. Yet they have become a known and successful
fast-food chain. Why? Because they are consistent. People know they can rely on
getting the same food item each time they order it, and they get it quickly
Being consistent means:
Doing things in a reliable and predictable
manner each time.
Getting effective results.
* This ties in with #1 – when you demonstrate consistency,
you build on your reputation of being trustworthy.
3. BE KNOWLEDGEABLE
No one is going to listen to you if you can’t demonstrate a
real knowledge of what you’re talking about.
Do your research. Study everything you can find
on your field or subject.
Gain first-hand experience whenever possible.
Invest in yourself, invest in your knowledge.
Never stop learning.
Remember, nobody likes a “know-it-all”, so be humble. They
also don’t like false information, so make sure it’s accurate.
And again, BE HONEST! Don’t be afraid to say that you don’t
know the answer or have the information if you don’t. Then offer to research it
and share it, and make sure to follow through on it. This reinforces confidence
in your ability and wisdom, as well as your honesty.
4. BE EMPATHETIC
I’m not talking about some kind of supernatural psychic
skills here. To be empathetic means, “to be aware; having knowledge of, and
comprehending the needs, feelings, problems, and views of others”.
Learn to be a good listener.
Make an effort to understand.
Create an atmosphere of unity and sincere
concern for others.
Ask people what they need or want
The difference between being a “boss” and a “leader” is that
a boss is concerned primarily with
his own needs and wants, whereas a leader
is concerned with the needs and well-being of those he/she is responsible for.
No one is going to willingly follow or support someone if they don’t believe
that person cares about them.
People want to feel a real connection with their leaders,
and they want to know their needs are understood.
Each one of these skills by itself is a good asset to anyone
in leadership. But when you combine all 4 together, you become a powerful
influencer, and that is the gateway to changing the world.
And don’t forget…lead by example, in life as well as business. Be the kind of person you would want to follow. – end
I’d like to take a moment in closing today to say THANK YOU to all of my followers here! I truly appreciate your support. It is my hope that you will find encouragement, along with useful information, and a little entertainment as well on the site, and perhaps share it with your friends.
One of the most valuable insights I have gained in my years of writing is the AWESOME generosity of independent authors when it comes to promoting each other. This applies to blogs as well as books, articles, and other works.
So, in the spirit of sharing, if you are interested in having your work promoted here, or a suggestion for someone’s work that you admire, please share a link and a brief description in the reply section. (The only requirement is that it must be free from obscenity and vulgarity. Anything of this nature will be deleted.)
Have a Happy Wednesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow! – Amber
“Live a life worth living, a life of integrity. Be real, kind, helpful and wise, always with an attitude of gratitude. And whatever it is you do, give 110% effort to it, even in the little things”. – Amber