In her book You Have More Influence Than You Think, Vanessa Bohns reveals that all of us underestimate our influence on others. Have you ever wanted to compliment a stranger or express gratitude to someone? But you didn’t because you thought your words wouldn’t have any impact. Have you ever stood up in front of a group of people, those of you who have been teachers know about this, having poured your heart and soul into what you’re going to say, only to wonder if you’re having any impact at all?
If you’ve ever felt ineffective, invisible, or inarticulate, there’s a good chance you weren’t any of those things. Those feelings may instead have been the result of a lack of awareness we all seem to have for how our words, actions, and even mere existence affect other people.
This is not a book about how to show you how to gain the influence you don’t have. Rather, this book is to make you more aware of the influence you already DO have but don’t realize.