Influencer vs. Manipulator

The line between an influencer and a manipulator can sometimes wear a little thin. It’s important to know that there is a difference between the two, and that the feeling in your gut isn’t the only way to determine that difference.

So, what is the difference between a manipulator and an influencer? How can we be one and not the other?

Consider this:

Those who manipulate consider only the strengths of their position on a topic.

Those who influence spotlight and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of their position on a topic.

Those who manipulate are only in it for themselves.

Those who influence recognize mutual benefits.

Those who manipulate passionately point out the repercussions of not acting on their suggestions.

Those who influence listen with grace and empathy to another individual explain the impact of failing to act on a solution to a current problem.

Those who manipulate tell others about what they assume their problems are.

Those who influence invite others to tell them about their problems,

Those who manipulate view an opening as a way to hoodwink someone into a conversation.

Those who influence view an opening as a way to figure out if there are mutual interests in beginning a conversation.

– Jenni

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