1) Consider multiple ways to make an impact and specifically tailor your approach. Remember that some people are impacted by logic and numbers, others by a personal relationship, and still others by positive energy and enthusiasm.
2) Do your homework so you know what’s important to the audience or person you are trying to influence. Refer to this analysis in preparing your interactions. Be able to answer, “What’s in it for me?” from their perspective; develop solutions that can positively impact everyone.
3) Ask for feedback on your communications and leadership skills. Build check-in loops to ensure people are getting what they need; ask what does/does not work for them.
4) Expand your techniques, for example by reading the Situational Leadership Model to learn about enhancing your versatility when empowering, influencing, delegating, and communicating.