400) Tickle Someone

Tickle Someone

The most effect way of tickling someone is to sneak up on them and do it without them knowing it’s coming. While I don’t advocate doing this to a stranger, you likely have a loved one in your life where this is useful advice.

Just like tickling someone else, your acts of altruism are most effective when you sneak up on the person to present it.

Your spouse or significant other is romantically moved when you shower them with cards and flowers when they least expect them.

Your compliments have a special meaning when you give them without any sort of solicitation.

And, the referrals you give, the information you share, and the business contacts you create for others go from ordinary gestures to extraordinary acts of altruism when you do them without any sort of prompting. So, don’t wait to be asked to do anything. Just sneak up and do it without them knowing it’s coming.


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399) Influence Through Consensus

Influence Through Consensus

As Brian Ahearn shares in his book Influence People, “When people are unsure how to act in certain situations, they tend to look to others to see how they should respond.”

With this insight, if you’re trying to influence people in your network, you can nudge them in your direction simply by reminding them that there are other people who are already doing what you’re asking of them.

In fact, you can accentuate your influence by telling people that those who are already doing what you’re asking are just like them. As Ahearn shares, “We are especially motivated to move with the crowd when that crowd is just like us. We feel more confident following along.”

What Ahearn implies is don’t ask someone to do something you wouldn’t. Rather, you’re better off asking them to do something that others just like them are already doing.


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398) Ending The Drought

Ending The Drought

In 2011, with virtually no time remaining on the game clock, Ryan Elmquist, the all-time leading scorer for the California Institute of Technology men’s basketball program, made two free throws. In so doing, he broke a tie with the Occidental College Tigers and ensured a victory. More importantly, Elmquist ended a 310-game, 26-year winning drought for the Cal Tech Beavers.

Chances are you’ve never gone two and a half decades without a win, whether in sports, business or life. No doubt, however, you been involved in a drought. You know, that patch where nothing seems to go right. Where none of your ideas are accepted. Where promotion after promotion seem to pass you by. Where you can’t seem to catch a break on anything.

Just as no one can expect to win every encounter, you should know that no matter how things have been going, your day is coming. Whatever the circumstance, keep after it. Eventually, you will break through.


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397) Conversation Starters

Conversation Starters

Big things come from small talk. There is little argument with that. The almost non-sensical conversation that occupies the first few minutes of any encounter sets the tone for how the rest of the interaction will go.

Knowing this, it’s important that you’re ready with a handful of conversation starters. These are comments and inquiries intended to get others sharing and nothing more. Some examples could include:

“I’m not familiar with your business. What can you tell me about it?”

Or, “Based on your accent, you’re not from here. Where are you from and how did you end up here?”

Or, “This weather is something else. How does it impact your operations?”

Sure, these are a series of everyday comments followed by a related question. But that’s the point. Getting a conversation started doesn’t have to be a science. It just has to invite a chat.

By the way, “Did you happen to see the game last night?”


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396) Open And Accepting

Open And Accepting

In her book The Connector’s Advantage, consultant Michelle Lederman reveals seven mindsets that will lead to having a more impactful and influential network. The first mindset she encourages is being ‘open and accepting.’

She shares “To be open and accepting means you recognize and accept the good and bad aspects about yourself and, just as importantly, you accept the good and bad sides of others.”

As Lederman implies, to be best networked, you only need be yourself. That persona will serve you well long term. Being someone else only leaves you continually on edge as you try to keep up the ruse.

At the same time, allow others the comfort of knowing, they can be themselves. No matter what rung of success they’re on, it doesn’t really matter. All that is important is offering help to get them to the next.

Remember, through an open and accepting mindset, bad can be turned to good. And the good become better.


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Billionaire Networking (EPS 436)

Matt “Handshake” Holmes, SEO expert, shares about claiming the record for the world’s longest handshake and interviewing billionaires about how they used relationships. Learn more at https://www.handshaking.com

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Brand To A Better Network & Network To a Better Brand (EPS 435)

Author, speaker and branding expert Rich Kozak shares keys to building an effective brand, which is useful in creating a presence in networking. To learn more about Rich and his programs go to https://richbrands.org/

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Don’t Dismiss An Ass (EPS 434)

Frank Agin shares an insight from Brian Ahearn’s Influence PEOPLE LinkedIn Newsletter reminding you to not push away the criticism of others simply because you don’t like them. Subscribe to the work of @BrianAhearn at https://www.influencepeople.biz/blog

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Network Like A Warrior (EPS 433)

Zachary Green, author of Warrior Entrepreneur, shares how relationships serviced him in the Marines, as a firefighter and entrepreneur. Learn more at https://www.warriorentrepreneurbook.com/ and get 50% off his book using code PODCAST2021

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