Yitzi Weiner, Editor of Authority Magazine and CEO of Thought Leader Incubator, recently wrote an article for Thrive Global titled, 75 Prominent Influencers Share Their Top Advice on How to Become an Influencer, which I was thrilled to be included in. While much of the advice was similar, there were standouts from many of the contributors that resonated with me. I was excited to learn about all of them, but for you, I thought a simple listing of the best advice and support would be helpful.

I loved being part of this discussion. I think it is great to give people recognition of their efforts and abilities to lead teams and to influence industries, ideas, and followers.

My best advice to becoming an influencer is to stop trying to be named as such. Most people who do develop the type of following that would garner the phrase are more interested in changing an industry, disrupting an idea, or leading a cause. Once you know your goals and reason or Why, focusing on that, by delivering interesting, driving content, and speaking passionately about your topic on social media, at events, and in other digital contexts, will increase your chance of being viewed as an influencer, being that the nexus of next and chance is what creates influencers. And for getting to that intersection, there is rarely a roadmap. Most every influencer is striving to be something else — a leader, a coach, a champion, a change agent. The big work that you are doing is what drives the steps and choices that create influence along the way.

The contributors are super smart. I wouldn’t go so far as to say we are mythical, but these experts offer proven ways to use your expertise on a topic to inform and likely influence others. With over 375 tips and suggestions submitted, it was hard to narrow down the best advice.

Below are the top 99 suggestions from Influencers on how to be an influencer:

  1. Always go with your gut. Conversely, when in doubt, don’t do it.
  2. Ask better questions more consistently.
  3. Be a friend; your followers want to feel like they are part of your life.
  4. Be a guest on podcasts, radio shows, TV shows and YouTube shows or get quoted in news articles.
  5. Be a voracious reader.
  6. Be active during big events like the Oscars or the Super Bowl.
  7. Be as specific as possible.
  8. Be authentic and showcase some value in all your posts
  9. Be bold.
  10. Be Consistent. Honor a daily practice of influence no matter how small or big — from an Instagram post to a television appearance.
  11. Be Different.
  12. Be driven to leave a legacy.
  13. Be genuine and don’t worry how others perceive you.
  14. Be Human — the human side of business ALWAYS wins and ALWAYS makes a lasting impression
  15. Be passionate about what you are sharing
  16. Be patient. Building a truly loyal fan base takes time.
  17. Be persistent. Be personal and be interesting.
  18. Be prepared to be the boss and your own secretary simultaneously.
  19. Be resilient.
  20. Be smartly ubiquitous.
  21. Be yourself.
  22. Build a personal brand with trust. Lead with a strong first impression.
  23. Choose a subject about which you are passionate and well-informed.
  24. Choose your area of influence and stick with it.
  25. Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate!
  26. Comparison is your worst enemy.
  27. Connect, connect, connect.
  28. Consistency. Consistency is king. Consistency matters
  29. Credit your photographers.
  30. Curate offline relationships.
  31. Curiosity is important.
  32. Develop a global mindset around your topic.
  33. Disrupt: Influencers don’t get attention by agreeing with everyone else.
  34. Do More than One Thing — Take advantage of all avenues of content marketing, including blogging, vlogging, podcasting, and eBooks.
  35. Do Not Buy Followers!
  36. Do not compare yourself to others. Everyone has their own story.
  37. Do your very best to remain positive on social media.
  38. Don’t be afraid of the new.
  39. Don’t be afraid to show your face or get in front of the camera.
  40. Don’t Be Fake!
  41. Embrace the concept of micro-influence. Engage one-on-one with every single follower. Yes, every single follower. It takes a ton of work and eventually you cannot respond to everyone but, in the beginning, it helps to manage a community.
  42. Establish your own voice.
  43. Find a Squad. Look to platforms like Twitch that possess skyrocketing viewership with a relatively few influencers competing for those eyeballs.
  44. Focus on live and in person. Social media is great, but nothing replaces real-life presence.
  45. Focus on why you want to influence others.
  46. Focus on your niche. Think about a niche within a niche.
  47. Follow through with any campaigns that you agree to.
  48. Forget about being perfect. Get comfortable being uncomfortable.
  49. Get permanent attention. Nothing, I repeat, nothing is a safer long-term investment than building your audience through an email list. [As a PR expert, I love this one!]
  50. Get uncomfortable. Get out of your comfort zone! Learn to hear No a lot!
  51. Give something they won’t be able to find elsewhere.
  52. Give your time — If someone reaches out, comments, or asks a question — honor their time by giving them your time.
  53. Go where they are. No matter how badly people need something, there’s a limit to how hard they’ll work to get it.
  54. Have a unique and recognizable style.
  55. Have expertise and credibility.
  56. Have fun!
  57. Have high-quality content.
  58. Have other creators and influencers tag you in their tweets
  59. Help people without expecting a return. And be prepared to give a lot of valuable information for free.
  60. Hire an outside consultant or agency to build out a plan to create visibility for you and your topic. [As a PR expert, I love this one!]
  61. Honor the Ripple Effect. When you inspire one, ask them to share your inspiration with another. That will ripple into a large network of influence.
  62. Identify top blogs in your industry with an active community, make sure to leave lengthy comments under the posts sharing your own point of view.
  63. If it’s broke, fix it!
  64. Increase visibility. Brands are looking to increase exposure to an audience they don’t have access to.
  65. Inject your personality into your posts.
  66. Innovate or die.
  67. Intention — write it down or dream board the influence you want to create.
  68. It matters, to show people that they matter.
  69. It’s always about them. Give your followers what they want or need.
  70. It’s okay if you have a million things you love and want to share.
  71. Just Click Yes! You can’t compare your chapter one to someone else’s chapter 25
  72. Keep it simple.
  73. Keep on learning so others can learn from you. Listen to others.
  74. Know what you want.
  75. Know your brand.
  76. Know your purpose.
  77. Know your strengths.
  78. Learn to manage your time.
  79. Make data-driven decisions.
  80. Make good friends and be a good friend!
  81. Network! Network! Network!
  82. One thing that always works is communicating on a personal level. Everyone likes to feel special.
  83. Passion — live and dream what you speak and show others. If you promote and inspire a healthy lifestyle, live it and love it yourself!
  84. Pay attention to who is influencing you. Learn from the people you admire.
  85. Pick one social channel and focus your efforts there.
  86. Pitch podcasts and video blogs that relate to your topic on bringing you in as an interview.
  87. Position your company blog as an industry resource.
  88. Proofread your work! The last thing readers want to see are grammar and spelling errors. Your work is a self-portrait, so paint it well.
  89. Reach out to an influencer marketing company to handle brand collaborations. [As a PR expert, I love this one!]
  90. Remember local audiences.
  91. Remember what the goal is: Get your story right.
  92. Set a budget for promotion. [As a PR expert, I love this one!]
  93. Show gratitude.
  94. Spend time engaging with influencers who think and believe differently than you.
  95. Start recording videos. Choose a platform that is comfortable for you and applies to your strengths.
  96. Stay in your lane. Stay up to date.
  97. Toot Your Own Horn — Take advantage of every opportunity to promote yourself and your business. [As a PR expert, I love this one!]
  98. Video or audio record yourself frequently. Influence requires us to make sure the best of us shows up every time. The only way we can develop our influence skills is when we can observe what everyone else around us experiences when they interact with us.
  99. Vulnerability. Walk it like you talk it. Watch your self-talk.

And my least favorite advice in any category, in any situation: Think outside the box. That doesn’t even mean anything anymore, so my last bit of advice: stop using catchphrase and techie lingo.