Whether you are leading a project team, engaging your stakeholders, or building your reputation, finding ways to inspire the people around you will raise your profile and boost your charisma. Here are my top 10 ways to inspire your stakeholders and team.
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Step one should be obvious – give your idea some “Wow! factor”. Wonder, novelty, and excellence are principal sources of wow factor – they not only inspire us, but they draw us in compelling us to listen, watch and learn more.
Being brilliant is not always enough, though. When the things that captivate our interest are also meaningful to us, we come to value them. This can motivate us powerfully. Show me how your goals, dreams, and intentions can deliver something that has real meaning and significance to me.
A startling level of ambition that will take us beyond where we have been before, to accomplish something spectacular and audacious is another source of inspiration. Never settle for the mundane: always aim that little bit higher, better, more innovative if you want to captivate my attention.
Dreams and fantasies do not inspire alone: what inspires us is when you can show us how to make them real. Give me blueprints and models to visualize your ideas and plans I can trust to make them come true.
Do you articulate your vision with an enthusiasm and passion that tell me it really inspires you? If you aren’t getting inspired by it, how can I? Show me that you are inspired and maybe I will catch some of your enthusiasm from you.
How can you describe your ideas in a way that is compelling, persuasive, and powerful? The answer lies in the three principal techniques that great speakers use: tell a story with a logical flow, to compel me to listen. Make it persuasive with well-chosen examples, illustrations, and evidence. Give it power by the language you choose and the rhetorical flair you deploy.
Your behavior and demeanor can amplify or diminish the passion of your message, so choose it well. Calm authority when discussing your plans or handling setbacks is essential to balance out enthusiasm and exuberance when discussing your dream. Passion without authority will mark you out as a fantasist. Calm without enthusiasm will signal worrying nonchalance.
Radical, novel, inspiring ideas will inevitably excite resistance from some – perhaps many. How you handle that resistance will say a lot about you and differentiate between inspirational and fearful. Engage actively with resistance and respect the people who resist. If your ideas cannot stand up to resistance then either they or you are too weak to make them succeed. My “The Handling Resistance Pocketbook“ is filled with tips and techniques to help you.
Fight the fights that are worth fighting and fight the fights that you can win. A fantasy is not inspirational, so if you really believe in your ideas and you know how you can make them come to fruition, then show me you care by straining every sinew to make them happen.
If you want my help and support, that’s fine, but trivia doesn’t inspire; it frustrates. Get it out of my way and get it out of yours too. If for one moment you start to fixate on it, all will be lost ad what was inspiring will become mired in a swamp of petty obstructions.
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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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