January 18, 2016

7 Ways To Express Yourself And Influence A Large Group Of People

You are an amazing person. You have some unique thoughts, perceptions, and ways of doing things, and you can teach and influence other people with the unique knowledge that you have. But, you have to actively get out there and find ways to do that. While leading by example is a great way to showcase your unique ways of interacting with life and have a huge impact on others, you simply can’t do it when you are not getting yourself in front of people.

If inspiring others is your goal, then there are plenty of ways to express yourself to a large group of people. Many of them include getting online, and since you are online right now, I know you won’t have a problem doing that. Some of them include you doing things offline, which means you will have to make some room in your day for them, but it will be worth it.

As Henry Adams said, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” Teaching other people what you know could have an unbelievable influence on the world.

Online Ways To Express Yourself To A Large Group Of People

Getting online is probably the easiest way to reach the most amount of people quickly. It can help you get known, and while you may receive some hate for being who you are (there are always people who are going to not like you), you will also influence a lot of people in a positive way. How can you express yourself online?

1. Blogging

Blogging allows you to the freedom to do what you want and say what you want, while connecting with an audience. You can tell stories, share ideas, write about what you know, and even post pictures about your life. You can pretty much do anything you want on a blog, and it can be read by anyone in the world, which is why it is a great way to express yourself to a large group of people.

The thing to remember is that there are millions of blogs online. The last statistic I saw was over 152 million in 2013. Don’t let that stop you though. A good percentage of those blogs will never be seen because they are not actively reaching out to people that would love to hear what they have to say. Instead, they publish content and hope that people will come to their blog instead of one of the other million out there.

The best way to express yourself through a blog – and actually reach people, is to publish content daily and connect with like-minded people through social media, forums, or online groups. On social media and in forums, you can put a link back to your blog in your profile and let people come and explore what you have to say on their own. You can also share your posts on social media to get them in front of other people. But whatever you do, make sure you stay active off your blog in order to keep your name in front of other people and encourage them to come visit your blog.

2. YouTube

If you are not camera shy, then YouTube is the best way to get in front of interested people quickly. If you create a video expressing yourself about anything, it has the potential to go viral, gain you subscribers, and get you in front of a lot of people.

It doesn’t matter what you are passionate about, YouTube is one of the best ways to express yourself and to influence a lot of people. Even if you are just quirky and don’t really have a specific message, but you want to help other people embrace their quirkiness or uniqueness too, then you can create a channel that is focused on your daily life and how you approach it. The chances are good the YouTube community will tell you what they like about you, and you can embrace their message by showcasing more of the aspects they enjoy seeing.

Again, if you interact with other people, you have more chance of being seen. This means getting on social media to attract interested viewers, as well as reaching out to other YouTubers to do collabs and commenting on other YouTubers channels. You can simply express yourself, but you have a much higher chance of being noticed if you connect with other people.

The most popular YouTubers are the ones that are the most unique and express themselves freely. In other words, people on YouTube value people who express themselves and stay true to who they are, which makes it one of the top ways to express yourself to a huge group of people.

3. Instagram Or Pinterest

A friend of mine was talking the other day about how she can’t stand Facebook anymore. Everyone’s message on there is too negative or fake, and she has decided to remove herself from Facebook altogether. But, she loves Instagram. Why? Because there are a lot of people on there sharing the things they love rather than the things they hate. With hundreds of millions of people using Instagram every day, I think she’s on to something!

Instagram gives you the ability to express yourself through pictures and videos. It is a great way to get your message out there, get in front of other people, and be who you want to be. As they say, a picture tells a thousand words, and your Instagram account can literally tell the story of who you are and what you are doing with your life.

Instagram is great if you enjoy taking pictures. Expressing yourself through unique and powerful pictures is a great way to get out who you are and how you feel for other people to see.

Another one of the other great ways to express yourself without having to write or talk to other people is Pinterest. As of September 2015, there were 100 million active users according to statistics. What makes Pinterest so great for expressing yourself is that you can create a bunch of different boards that showcase what you are interested in around the Internet, and help you spread the word about what matters most to you. I guarantee that a ton of people will see your Pinterest account since boards on Pinterest are now even showing up in the search engine results.

Offline Ways To Express Yourself To A Large Group Of People

Offline, expressing yourself is easy. Just be yourself in your day to day actions and don’t fear how other people are going to react to the real you. Talk and behave according to your own beliefs and views in life. Alright, I know that is easier said than done, but if you can do it, your life will be so much more rewarding!

But, if inspiring others is your goal, then you are probably pretty comfortable with the idea of being yourself, you just want to find a way to reach more people in your day to day life so that you can influence other people to be themselves or embrace the things you love. Following are a few ways to do that.

1. Work In A Job That Matches You

Some of the people who have influenced me the most have been people I’ve worked with. Not the people who complain or hate their job, but the people who taught me how to appreciate the job I was doing and taught me more about myself in the process.

If you want to express yourself to a large group of people, do not work at a job that does not match who you are. If you have to be someone you are not, then you are going to hold back from influencing other people in any way, shape, or form.

Statistics show that you spend about 35% of your life at work during a 50-year working life. In other words, you are at work a lot, and it is one of the top places to express yourself to a large group of people because you come into contact with people – whether they be co-workers or customers – on an almost daily basis.

It’s important to be able to talk about things that matter to you, behave in a way that matters to you, or create something conveys what matters to you. For instance, become a salesperson for a company that means something to you. Teach dancing, cooking, or life skills. Or, work somewhere that you can create some sort of art or product that matters to you and allows you to express what you believe in.

2. Dress According To Your Personality

It’s amazing how many people you can affect simply by choosing your wardrobe to match your personality. The great thing is that you pass hundreds of people a day, and through your dress, and what it conveys, you can affect them in some way. As John Malkovich said, “Fashion is chaotic, and it can be an aggravation, too, but it is at its best when it allows you to express yourself.”

If you have never heard of Dressing Your Truth by Carol Tuttle, I highly recommend you check it out. While she focuses on women, because she believes not enough women are dressing their truth, she also has information devoted solely to men.

I know one woman who is 65-years-old and has just started dressing her truth, and it has given me a whole new idea of who she is and what she is all about. And it’s not just the dress that has changed my view of her. Ever since she started dressing her truth, she has started openly expressing more of herself, which is a by-product of feeling so good in the clothes that she is wearing.

In short, dressing in a way that matches you will help you influence people silently. You will influence other people to be themselves. You will also influence other people to embrace a new culture or an idea, and you won’t have to say a word.

3. Participate In Extracurricular Activities

When I was in school, it was mandatory to participate in some extracurricular activities. But as an adult, if there is a choice, many of us won’t do it, which is too bad because it is one of the greatest ways to express yourself to a large group of people. There are so many different activities to choose from, and they all have the potential to give you an outlet to express yourself and influence others in a big way. Just a short list includes:

– Volunteering at a place that is in line with who you are.
– Getting involved in a sport that allows you to express your personality and passion.
– Helping out with variety shows (or participating) is a great way to express yourself and influence a large group of people.
– Learn something new that allows you to express yourself more, such as dancing, painting, or pottery.

All of these things will not only boost your confidence in yourself, but they will contribute to who you are as a person and allow you to influence other people during the activity and after in a big way.

4. Make Friendship A Priority In Life

Friends get you up and out of the house. The more friends you have, the more places you have to go and the more influence you have over other people.

If you really want to express yourself to a lot of people and influence them in some way, then you have to get out of the house more. This may feel uncomfortable if you love being at home, but it gets addicting after a while. It becomes a way of life and you won’t be able to imagine living any other way.

The great thing about friends is not just that you get to spend time in a variety of places, but you can express yourself to them and affect them positively. And where your influence goes from there is unstoppable. They may talk about you to other people or they may copy your example and influence other people. You really don’t know the extent that expressing yourself to your friends has.

Is your social circle not very big right now? Making friends that like you for who you are is easy. As you meet new people, ask questions that express yourself. Ask questions that relate to your interests or passions in life, and you will find that you will meet a lot of people who you can relate to and want to get to know better. Once you start sharing common passions and likes, you will find that your friendship takes on a life of its own and becomes easy to form and maintain.

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