Who were the key influencing people in your life?

Reveal your influences: tell us about the most influencing people in your life

When I was five years old my mother took me into New York City to see Robert Preston in “The Music Man”. Live on stage.

The character of “The Music Man” had the energy and charisma to galvanize a jaded community (in River City, Iowa) around music. His vision was bringing communities to life with music.

From him I learned how sheer enthusiasm can be so contagious.

Revealing Yourself

I was hooked. I wanted to be the Music Man.

It was probably one of the most shaping influences of my life. We had the soundtrack at home and I used to put the record on and march around the living room singing “Seventysix Trombones in the Big Parade…!” at the top of my lungs.

You have your own story like this.

There’s a fabulous scene, in the video above, about influences in the movie “The Commitments” – a film about a young man who wants to form a soul band in Dublin (of all places). And when the he auditions new band members, he asks only one question: Who are your influences?

What is so revealing about your influences?

The scene is a set of jump cuts. The front door is opened to each new person who gives just one answer – and yet we get an instant impression of who they are – what they’re personality is like, how they look at the world – (in addition to the certainty that they’re totally wrong for a soul band).

You need to reveal yourself in your video, so ask yourself the same question.

But don’t settle for a one-word answer. Share the details about the influencing people in your life. Tell the whole narrative of how your life has been affected by them.

You have a story of something profound that shaped who you are and revealing yourself means sharing that story.

Tell that story and the world will see you apart from the others.

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Where’s the bleeding Twitter conversation?

I got some advice recently (from Tara Gentile) about how to engage online – which I thought was pretty good advice.


Take the time to listen in on the conversations that are going on among the people you most want to engage with and learn what their concerns are (and their problems and worries and struggles). Do this and you’ll know what they’re looking for and then when you offer them something you’ll know that it’s what they’re looking for.

The new social wisdom is that it’s never been easier to do this what with all the conversations happening on social media sites – like Twitter.

Searching for the Twitter conversation

So, I was like, “Cool, let’s jump on Twitter! I have a Twitter account and over a thousand followers. How hard could it be, right?”

Well, it turns out that most everyone on Twitter is doing pretty much the same thing: They’re broadcasting stuff. They’re tweeting and re-tweeting things they think other folks will like – so they’ll get more followers. And the most common conversation-like comments I can find are, “Hey, thanks for following me.”

But still, I figure there had to be some regular folks (who aren’t just into pitching their thing) so I went a bit deeper by creating lists – of people who fit some criteria of who I might want to converse with. And I pretty much found the same thing.

All talk. No (real) exchange.

Some people on the lists I made are so prolific in their tweets that I had to take them off because they completely took over the list feed.

I did find a couple of exceptions. For instance, people at an event will exchange about what’s going on. And people taking a class or seminar will give feedback and answer structured questions – so I guess you could facilitate an event or seminar and then ask questions and get answers that way…

And it appears that as soon as you establish a level of Twitter celebrity status, then lot’s of people start listening to you and you can ask questions and folks will answer. One artist who does this well is the musician Amanda Palmer. She talks with her fans constantly. And, she has over 1 million Twitter followers.

But finding a real conversation among the common folk that you can listen in on and learn what’s on their minds? On Twitter? Where is it? Am I missing something?

(I hope I am – so if you know where, please tell me).

Want to have a real Twitter conversation? Especially about what your struggling with? Hit me up on @bradpowellvideo – or join my StandOutBiz group on Facebook.

I promise, I’ll be a good listener…