what is personal impact?
Personal impact is the understanding of how your actions are perceived by and impact others. By taking control of your body, voice and breathing you can influence your confidence and presentation skills, whilst coming across more effectively to your peers.
why do you need to develop personal impact?
We’re not all born with fantastic personal impact skills. We’re not all the experts at what we do. However, there is a need for both soft and hard skills within the workplace. We can’t perform to our best without understanding the importance of soft skills and more importantly our personal impact at work. Acquiring/enhancing this skill can be the contributing factor to promotions, more responsibility and more influence within a workplace.
personal impact builds relationships
Depending on whether you stand out too much, or not at all, developing relationships at work can be hard. To make the workplace as fun and engaging as possible working relationships really matter. From a social perspective, having a community of colleagues that you can relate to, trust and socialise with is important for morale and engagement. Additionally, by creating these relationships we gain support and respect for our work. This helps when influencing others around you. For example, a colleague who you have a strong relationship may refer us to a senior member of the team for a task or promotion.
Conversely, we can use our enhanced personal impact to build relationships with key stakeholders within the business. When we combine our individual work ethic and talents with enhanced impact skills, senior members of the business take notice. This is key for personal development and climbing up the career ladder.
interacting more effectively with others
Communication is an important factor when considering personal impact. Our working lives are shaped by our communication skills, and so it is imperative to maximise them where possible.
For some, this may mean building on assertiveness. Perhaps we allow ourselves to be taken for granted or roll over when asked to do tasks. Time is a valuable currency, so it’s OK to say no sometimes. Additionally, putting ideas forward in a clear and assertive manner can be the difference between what gets given the go-ahead and what’s ignored. Be too assertive, and you’re considered aggressive and our ideas may not be considered. Be too passive, and you won’t be heard or taken seriously.
Clarity is also important when considering effective communication. When we are as clear as possible, no stone is unturned, we know what’s needed to be done and can achieve deadlines far more efficiently. We love working with clear objectives that allow us to focus and not worry about ‘what if’.
influencing the workplace
Influence is one of the most effective ways to get our point across, valued and listened to. But it takes time. Building influence is one of the hardest parts of developing our personal impact. It requires the confidence you need for effective communication, matched with knowledge within our field and the ability to understand business goals, restraints and processes before blending this with our own opinion. We shouldn’t take this skill lightly!
To build influence, we need to be confident. We can build confidence from knowing as much about our work as possible, and how it relates back to the wider business. Research will help – learning what we can about the business and how our work contributes helps drastically to improve our confidence. We understand our purpose and how we can make that important impact that we crave.
Being reliable helps us to build our influence too. When those around us know they can rely on us to deliver, well, and on time, they are confident in our ability. Additionally, reliability within your field of expertise builds influence. Our colleagues know who to come to for advice when matters arise that we can help/deal with.
improving your personal impact
We can improve our personal impact from now. With personal impact being a culmination of a variety of skills we can look to improve ourselves immediately by working on one skill at a time.
Additionally, there are plenty of ways to enhance our personal impact skills too.
measuring your personal impact
You can actually measure your personal impact, by creating a table of impact factors and asking colleagues/friends to score you based on a number value. However, don’t do this if you lack confidence. If you’re not sure on how you’ll take the score, don’t set this table up – you may not like the results.
researching personal impact
The World Wide Web exists to answer your questions. With this, there is ample opportunity to research more about personal impact and how you can improve yours, by reading articles on improving the individual skills and using the feedback when you’re at work.
applying your learning’s at work
When you’re confident on how you need to improve certain skills, try them out at work. Can you be more assertive in business meetings? Are you being clear enough about company goals? Are you confident enough to present in front of others, or assertively put your ideas forward?
developing your personal impact training
Developing your personal impact is one of the most popular training courses out there, especially for new managers or leaders. If you’re not confident to improve your impact with your colleagues just yet, utilising face-to-face training is the way to go to develop your impact within your workplace. These sessions are designed to help you build productive relationships by assessing how you interact with others, whilst building a strategy to develop more effective ways to improve your impact at work.