How To Have A Positive Impact On People

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How To Have A Positive Impact On People

Making a difference

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

language icon Language - English

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architecture icon Personal Development,Leadership


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Course Description

When we come into contact with other people, whether face to face, online or in writing, we encounter ‘the Difference Moment’. What I mean by this is that how we respond to one or more other people can be positive or negative. Our part in the interaction can contribute positively to enriching and empowering the other person(s) and ourselves, but it can also contribute negatively to the other person(s) by disempowering and diminishing them, while diminishing ourselves in the process. This is the ‘Difference Moment’, the critical moment at which our reaction has positive or negative consequences.   

This course provides a basic introduction to the importance of ‘influencing skills’, the skills we can use to try and make sure that the difference we make is a positive one. After a short video introduction the course offers four video-based lessons:  

  1. What are influencing skills? This lesson clarifies what is meant by influencing skills and gives some examples of them in action. It gives a flavour of how and why influencing skills are so important when it comes to making a difference.  

  2. Tools for making a positive difference (Parts I to III) Skills are a good starting point, but practical tools also have an essential part to play. These three lessons therefore use the ‘Getting CLOSER’ framework to outline some of the useful tools that can be drawn upon.   

    There is also a module companion workbook that you will need to print out before you start the course. It contains space for notes plus an exercise relating to each of the three lessons. This is an important resource for you, as it will help to extend and consolidate your understanding and provide you with a set of notes to act as a reference source for future development.  

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who wants to learn about how to use influencing skills and methods to their advantage


What will you learn in this course:

  • You will learn about the importance of influencing skills

  • You will learn about steps that can be taken to make a good impression

  • You will be introduced to a range of practical tools for making a positive impact

  • You will be better equipped to have a positive influence on the situations you find yourself involved in, whether at work or in your private life


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • The only prerequisite for this course is that you are serious about wanting to make a positive difference

How To Have A Positive Impact On People


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

8 Lectures
  • play icon Promo 01:59 01:59
  • play icon Introduction 02:51 02:51
  • play icon Module Companion E-Workbook
  • play icon Lesson 1 What are influencing skills? 10:04 10:04
  • play icon Lesson 2: Tools for making a positive difference I 09:47 09:47
  • play icon Lesson 3: Tools for making a positive difference II 08:25 08:25
  • play icon Lesson 4: Tools for making a positive difference III 07:46 07:46
  • play icon Conclusion 01:38 01:38

Instructor Details

Anna Thompson

Anna Thompson

Dr Neil Thompson is a highly experienced tutor and trainer. He is highly respected for his ability to explain complex ideas clearly and effectively. His gentle voice and unhurried approach are widely appreciated by online learners as will as attendees at his conferences and workshops. 

He is an independent writer, educator and adviser based in Wales. He is also a visiting professor at the Open University in the UK.. He is a well-published author with over 200 publications to his name, including over 40 books, several of which are bestsellers. He has been a speaker at conferences in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Norway, the Netherlands, Greece, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Hong Kong, India, the United States, Canada and Australia. 

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