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Influencers Aren't Born, They're Built‚ Here's How

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Co-founder of Women 2.0, founder of Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners, and VP of Strategic Partnerships for Hackbright Academy Angie Chang reflects on decisions that helped her become a persuasive and powerful voice.

Convince Yourself First

  • Construct your confidence because everyone else is figuring it out, too.
  • Deconstruct your networking events by counting conversations, pairing your arrival time with a purpose, channeling your inner peacock, and approaching groups of two when in doubt.
  • Always default to yes to grow your network and connections but also prioritize time for yourself and other tasks.
  • Banish blind introductions because reputations and introductions can make or break your credibility and influence within your network.

Affix Your Personal Brand to Something Greater

  • Write to become ubiquitous by formulating your body of work and increasing your audience.
  • Pick a very ambitious yet niche mission to be more thorough, effective, and impactful.
  • Commit for the long haul because enduring influence and credibility take time to build.

You’re Only as Good as Your Ability to Rally People

  • Make a direct ask of support and incorporate just asking into your culture.
  • Get people to take it personally, so they will give public support.
  • Keep it coming full circle by boasting and boasting, rephrasing and repeating, and elevating your alumni.
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