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Oct 12, 2022

Influencing Skills for Project Managers

One of the constant challenges for those of us who lead teams and projects is influencing people around us. Whether it’s a boss, our team, clients, or other stakeholders, we’re often in situations where we’re trying to influence an outcome, yet running into a brick wall while doing so.

In this episode, we continue a series of discussions we’ve had over the years on the topic of influence. We’re joined by Rene Rodriguez, author of a new book entitled Amplify Your Influence: Transform How You Communicate and Lead.

In this episode, Rene discusses what we often don’t get right about influence. He shares a simple way to learn more about influence just by paying attention to the people around us. You'll get an understanding of how the brain can help us be more effective at persuading or others--and how ignoring it can get in the way. And relates ideas from his AMPLIFII process to give us a taste of how we can communicate more effectively while persuading those around us. I’m looking forward to sharing this discussion with you!

Learn more about Rene and his book at

For more insights related to this episode, check out:

  • Episode 157 for my conversation with Dr. Robert Cialdini about his books on influence
  • Episode 194 for my conversation with Tim David about his book on influence
  • Episode 347 for my conversation with Zoe Chance about her book Influence is Your Superpower


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Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast!

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