By David Geller   |   June 17, 2013

I want to be an empowering influence on the people whose lives I touch.  Wanting to help people is nothing new for me, but I have gained some wisdom over the years about how to empower others more effectively.

Before you can be an empowering influence, you must be a compassionate and nonjudgmental listener.  The first key to helping someone else is to listen without judgment.  Why? Because we all self-discover as we self-disclose, and we won’t self disclose if we feel like we are being judged.  If you can listen to someone without judgment and with compassion, you give them the space to open up, to be vulnerable, and to get in touch with the core of their issue.

Second, help them see themselves as the powerful people they really are.  Shine a light on their Signature Talents and their virtues for example:  integrity, persistence, resilience, kindness and determination.  Then open their eyes to the multitude of possibilities around them.  Helping people is not about telling them what to do; it is all about helping them see their choices so they can make the right decision for themselves.

About the Author

CEO David Geller co-founded the firm in 1991 and led the creation of Behavioral Wealth Management. Recognized on numerous prestigious "top financial advisor" lists, David is an in-demand speaker for professional groups and JOYN workshops. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post.

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