Thought leaders must regularly develop their expertise in a variety of arenas. What skills would you like to develop in the coming year?
expand your network
- Join the board of a trade association or non-profit in your niche.
- Update your LinkedIn page so others can learn about you.
- Sign up for a weekly update of events in your niche (check www.Meetup.com) and attend a few every month.
- Host a teleseminar or webinar on a topic you are an expert in and invite others to attend. Try a tool like GoToWebinar or Zoom to host your webinar.
- Start a monthly breakfast group with others you want to meet.
- Use Google Alerts to stay informed about people in your network.
build followers for your ideas
- Get training in writing an Op-Ed – www.theopedproject.org.
- Write an article for a specialized publication in your field.
- Guest blog on a popular blog – Try Alltop to find the top blogs by topic area.
- Reach out to a podcast host in your subject matter to see if you can be a guest. Here is the iTunes list of popular podcasts.
- Start an e-newsletter and send it to people in your industry/niche. Use an email marketing tool like iContact, MailChimp or Constant Contact.
- Convene a group of people with the same title/job across your industry for quarterly calls or meetings.
improve your strategy-setting & visioning skills
- Read Herminia Ibarra’s excellent case study on Women and the Vision Thing.
- Read Jim Collins’ articles on strategy.
- Take a strategy class at a local college.
- Hire a strategy consultant to teach you everything they know and actively participate in strategy sessions at your company.
- Use the templates from The Grove to set your organization, team, or group’s strategy & vision.
- Join a LinkedIn Group of people in your niche or volunteer to moderate an existing group.
- Read this article on Integrating Intentional Influence into Your Strategy by Sara Brenner and Amy Celep.
BEGIN TO DEVELOP YOUR PLATFORM
- Search SlideShare to see what other experts in your niche have created to support their platform.
- Find thought leaders in your niche and follow their activities. Look for hashtags related to your topic on Twitter and see who’s Tweeting about them.
- Build your professional influencer profile at influence.co.
- Speak on a panel at a leadership conference.
- Comment on the blog(s) of others who are thought leaders in your niche, industry, organization.
use these tools to track your progress
- Monitor your brand online with Brand Yourself.
- Check out your social graph with the ‘super-actionable visualizations’ at Followerwonk.
- Scoop.it! helps you share your ideas with the right audiences so you increase your visibility online.
- Try Meet Edgar, Hootsuite, or ViralTag — great tools that let you customize your social media content, easily schedule it and track your impact.
more thought leadership resources
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