For the past many years, I have received similar questions again and again. Finally, I decided to write simple notes (hand-drawn and with the help of some multimedia tool) regarding IoT.
This can be used for lecture notes or as a simple way to understand IoT. Initially, I made this a paid version, but finally, I decided to make it free for all.
Here’s the link to download – https://bit.ly/3p0gR5K
Note: Don’t forget to download the second eBook entitled “Your IoT Journey” which is also available for free.
And I am in the process of writing the third eBook called “IoT Adventure”. Soon to be published if I have enough energy or encouragement to complete. Thanks, guys, for the support!
The fifth session of the World Digital Economy and Technology Summit 2022 (28-29 June 2022) was centered on creating smart nations, smart cities, and smart industries with an eye on sustainability.
Goh Seok Mei, Executive Director, United Cities, Malaysia
Tirupathi Karthik, Chief Executive Officer, Napier Healthcare Solutions Pte Ltd., Singapore
Mark Thomas, Founder & Managing Director, Serviceworks Group Ltd, New Zealand
Prof. M. Nazri Muhd, Founder & Chairman for the AI World Summit / Founder & Group CEO, MyFinB Group, Singapore
Dr. Guo Wanda, Executive Vice President, China Development Institute (CDI), People’s Republic of China
The session is moderated by Dr. Mazlan Abbas, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of FAVORIOT Sdn Bhd, Malaysia.
IoT Adventure Book will delve deeper into the business of IoT. It will also share the experience of being an IoT entrepreneur. Some of the topics have been written in the IoT World Blog. Check out the contents below:
- 6 Benefits That Can Transform Your Supply Chain Using IoT
- What Exactly is Smart Poultry
- What Exactly is Metaverse?
- Automatic Plant Monitoring System
- What Exactly is IoT Analytics?
- What Exactly is Smart Mobility?
- 10 Benefits of IoT That Transform Smart Agriculture
- Flood Forecasting and Warning System (FFWS) IR 4.0
- 8 Immediate Benefits of Smart Manufacturing
- How Smart Buildings Could Save Energy and Money
- How to Use Drones to Monitor Floods
- Why Smart Flood Monitoring System is Essential For Everyone
- Everything You Need To Know About The Benefits Of Fleet Management Using IoT
- How Digital Transform Agriculture
- What is Exactly Parking 4.0?
- What is Exactly Construction 4.0?
- IoT Detect Potholes
- Fleet Management Using IoT
- Developing Smart Garbage Collection Solution Using Internet of Things (IoT)
- Smart Construction in Era of Internet of Things (IoT)
- Which Era is Our Parking System?
- Why Do We Monitor Our Cats Using IoT?
- Can We Really Use Drones to Carry Parcels?
- Seven (7) Key Lessons for Smart Parking Deployment
- How IOT Transforms the Connected Car Industry
- How to Select the Best IoT Platform
- How To Explain IoT in the Simplest Manner
- How-To Make Industry-University Collaboration A Successful Venture
- How-To Create Your First IoT Application Using Arduino and FAVORIOT
- How IoT Can Solve the Problems of Seven (7) M’s of a Business
- How To Create Highly Demand IoT Talents By Becoming a Producer Based Nation
- How To Develop Smart Agriculture Solutions
- How-To Develop Smart Flood Monitoring System
- How-To Develop Smart River Monitoring
- How-To Develop a Smart Garbage Collection
- How-To Build Smart Cities Using Minimum Viable City (MVC) Approach
- How to Embark on IoT Business
- Smart Cities & IoT – The Opportunities and Challenges Ahead
- What Will You Discover in IOT and Smart Cities – “Gold Mines” or “Time Bombs”?
- Four (4) New Tips for Successful Smart Cities Implementation
- Guide How-To Build Your Smart City
- How-To Build Smart Cities Using Minimum Viable City Approach
- What Are Your Smart Cities Priorities?
- Using IOT to Determine the Health of Your City
- Build Smart Cities With These 3 Key Elements
- Guide to Monetize Your Smart City’s Data
- Who Owns the IoT and Smart City’s Data?
- Checking the Pulse of the City
- Better City Better World – You Act We React
- How to Get the Right Business Model for Smart Cities
- Better Citizen Engagement To Build Smarter Cities
- What Budget 2017 Meant for Malaysia’s IOT and Smart Cities
- Citizen Engagement Can Make a Difference for Your Cities
- Tips for City Authorities – How to Avoid Citizen Engagement Pitfalls
- Six (6) Tips to Build Successful Smart Cities [Infographics]
- How IoT Impact 7M of the Business [Infographics]
- 7 Best IoT Business Models [Infographics]
- 3 Steps to Implement IoT [Infographics]
- Starting Your IoT Business [Infographics]
- 5 Traits of Generation-IoT [Infographics]
FAVORIOT Products and Services
- IoT Specialist Training with IoT Analytics
- Advanced IoT Training With FAVORIOT IoT Platform
- FAVORIOT – Internet of Things (IoT) Hands-on Training
- Redeem Voucher Code for Free 1-Month Beginner Plan
- Favoriot IoT Platform Features
- Dscover: How-To Redeem a Voucher
- Hibiscus Sense – Micropython Source Code for BLYNK & FAVORIOT
- Malaysia IoT Board: Hibiscus Sense and FAVORIOT
- FAVORIOT IoT Platform – From FREE to PREMIUM Plans
- Travel With Dscover
- Dr. Mazlan Abbas – An Entrepreneur
- This Malaysian IoT Startup Starts from Zero
- Updates on IoT Platform Resources (FAVORIOT)
- Smart Travel – Split Up and Have Fun
- How a Smart Travel App Can Help to Ease the Headache of Managing a Tour Group
- The Best Travel Companion App for Hajj or Umrah
- COMPLETE TUTORIAL – How To Connect Cytron Uno (Arduino UNO) With FAVORIOT Platform
IoT and IR 4.0 in Malaysia
- Top 6 IoT Predictions in 2022 – Malaysia
- Malaysia IoT Predictions in 2021
- IoT in Malaysia (2019) – A Dream vs A Reality
- 2020 Predictions for IoT
- IoT in Malaysia – 2019 Predictions
- IoT in Malaysia – Things We Learned in 2018
- IoT Predictions – Malaysia’s IoT in 2018
- IoT – Wishlist for 2018
- IoT in Malaysia – 2017 In Review
- IoT in Malaysia – 2017 Wishlist
- 2017 IOT Predictions in Malaysia
- Malaysia’s National IoT Strategic Roadmap – 2016 In Review
- 10-10 Malaysia Science, Technology, Innovation and Economy (MYSTIE)
- My Top 5 Opinions – Malaysia National 4IR Policy
- MIFA – Malaysia Industry Forward Association
- 12MP – Twelfth Malaysia Plan (2021-2025)
- Malaysia National 4IR Policy
- Teroka Tech Musim 2 Episod 6 : Pakar IoT di Malaysia
- Digitalisation of Malaysia With MyDigital Economy Blueprint
- Growing the IoT Ecosystem in Malaysia
- Industry 4WRD Readiness Assessment and Incentives
- Why Are We Still at Industrial Revolution 2.7 (IR2.7)?
- Propelling IoT in Malaysia
- Malaysia Needs 100K IoT Professionals to Complement the Big Data Workforce
- IOT in Malaysia – Current & Future Trends
- List of Top 3 IoT Applications That “Should” Be in Malaysia
- How Do You Begin Your IoT Journey in Malaysia?
- Can Malaysians Avoid Floods Using Internet of Things (IoT)?
- IOT Adoption Challenges in Malaysia
- A List of Skills Required For Internet Of Things (IoT) Talent
- Solving IoT Project Issues in the Universities
- Nine (9) IoT Challenges of IoT Adoption
- Which IoT Market Makes Money? B2B or B2C?
- Four (4) Reasons for Technology Trial
- IOT: Moving Beyond to the Digital Future
- Realizing Society 5.0 in Relation To Industry 4.0
- IoT & IR 4.0 – A Disruptive Era of Transformation
- IoT – The Building Block for IR 4.0
- IoT & IR 4 0 – Get Ready for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet
- Harnessing the Power of IoT
- IR 4.0 – Embrace or Become Obsolete
- IoT in The New Norm
- To IoTise Every Business
- The Entrepreneurship Journey of Pre and Post Covid 19 – Lessons Learned
- IoT – The Core Technology for IR 4.0 and How It Benefits SMEs
- Use Case: Detecting Power Interruption Using IoT
- IR 4.0 and IoT – The New Frontier
- The Easiest Way to Understand IoT via 7 Layers of OSI
- The Best Way to Develop IoT Solutions in the Universities
- IoT Middleware – The Critical Missing Component in the IoT Value Chain
- IoT is the Core Technology for IR 4.0
- Will IoT and IR 4.0 Really Gonna Take Our Jobs?
- Overcoming the Challenges of Becoming IR 4.0
- Abusing the Word “Internet of Things” (IoT)
- Data Convergence – Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 and Emerging Tech
- What’s the Big Deal About IoT?
- Can You Really Trust IoT?
- IoT in the Universities
- IoT Platform vs IoT Ecosystem
- Do You Really Need 5G for IoT?
- Why Developing an IoT Solution is Not That Straightforward
- IoT as a Business – Where Do We Start
- Avoid These 9 Common Pitfalls That Hinder IoT Value
- How an IoT Platform Can Ease Your IoT Project
- IoTise Your Business
- The Early Adopters of IoT
- 10 Reasons Why You Need An IoT Platform
- Four (4) Steps for Building an IoT Product
- We IoTised For You
- The Benefits of Deploying IoT Platform for Enterprise (On-Premise) or on Private Cloud.
- HOW-TO – Check Your Own IR 4.0 Readiness
- Tips – How to Successfully Deploy IoT Solutions or Services
- How-To Solve the Issues in University Campuses Efficiently
- Your IoT Journey Starts Here
- How-To Create IoT Ecosystem for Universities
- How-To Complete Your IoT Projects On Schedule
- What’s Disruption 4.0?
- Crowdsensing Platform to Build Better Cities and Communities
- Journey Towards Industry 4.0 With IoT
- Challenges of Making IoT a Ubiquitous Service
- Generation-IOT That Will Disrupt The World
- Monetizing Digital Services: Where’s the Profit?
- We Need CIO with IOT Skills for 2017
- IoT – Build Once, Use Many Times
- DO NOT Let “Transparency” Stop You From Implementing IOT
- The Not-So-Secret Formula to be a Successful IoT Player
- IOT – Four (4) Levels of Maturity
- Will IoT Create or Kill Jobs?
- Critical Success Factors for IOT
- IoT is Here: Where do Service Providers Stand in the Age of IoT?
- How IOT Detect Corruption
- Are You Embracing IoT The Right Way? The Top 10 DO’s and DON’Ts
- Four (4) Compelling Reasons Not To Be Left Behind In The IOT Race
- Will IOT Make You More Efficient or Lazy?
- Facebook of Things – IOT Meets Social Media
- Monetising IOT Data and Become Commercial Sensor Service Provider
- “Sensing-as-a-Service” – New IoT Cloud Service is in Town
- How to Convert Raw Data Into Knowledge With Internet of Things (IoT)
- 4 Reasons Why Internet of Things (IOT) Adoption Will Not Be As Slow as IPv6
- Sensing-As-A-Service – An IOT Cloud Service
- The 4 Main Challenges to Become An Internet of Things (IOT) Service Provider
- Internet of Things (IOT) Target Market – Consumer (B2C) or Enterprise (B2B)?
- Who Are the New Generation-IoT
- How To Build Your Own IoT Ecosystem
- Expert Advice for Generation-IoT
- Generation-IoT is Set to Become a Global Movement
- Who Are The Early Adopters of Internet of Things (IoT)?
- The Enablers, Engagers, and Enhancers of IoT
- The 10 Most Inspiring CEOs to Watch in 2021
- Top Seven IoT Influencers to Follow in 2021
- Ups and Downs of an IoT Entrepreneur
Things About IoT
- System Integration in the Era IR 4.0
- Who and What is FAVORIOT
- The DNA of Internet of Things (IoT)
- Seven (7) IoT Business Models That Can Create New Revenue Streams
- Three (3) Best YouTube Channels on Technology Tips
- FREE IoT eBooks for Download!
- Dscover – Family Organizer Mobile App for 2021
- Three (3) Things You Need to Know About Robots
- Benefits of Data Blending
- OTT – A Disruptive and Killer Service to SMS and MMS combined
- Why I Simply Love IoT
- Wearables – Your New IoT Teacher
- Five (5) Main Reasons Telcos Not Interested in Internet of Things (IoT) Business
- Building a “Waze”-Like Citizen Engagement Solution
- Internet of Things (IOT) – Will It Really Fly?
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How do we gain traction and what do we learn from our early mistakes?
When I was with MIMOS, an R&D Agency under MOSTI, my role was developing wireless technologies, one of which was the Internet of Things, especially in developing new 6LoWPAN standards.
Later, we created new IoT applications but did not think about selling the applications. What are the business models, and who will be the paying customers?
However, when I left the organization and ventured into the telco world, the IoT business became challenging. We cannot apply all theories to the real world.
7 Mistakes That We Did Not Realize
In the early days of Favoriot, we were very optimistic about the IoT market, and we thought customers were ready to jump into this as soon as they got the opportunity. But nothing is as easy as we thought! We were mesmerized by the number of IoT devices by 2020 and how the organizations will adopt Iot applications.
Here’re our 7 early mistakes and things that we overlooked:
- There is not enough talent in the industry to develop IoT solutions. When we launched our IoT platform in 2017, we thought people would subscribe to it and use it in the IoT deployment. Unfortunately, the take-up is very slow. People are not aware of how to use them or connect any sensors.
- Talent is still the Universities. If the industry doesn’t have enough talent, most likely they should still be in the Colleges or Universities. But even in 2017, IoT is still very new to many educational institutions. Not many of their current courses embed with complete elements of IoT, which means learning IoT applications and their benefits, but the ability to have hands-on IoT projects and learn all the four aspects of IoT such as Sensors, Connectivity, Middleware, and Analytics.
- Not enough knowledge to train Favoriot platform. Letting users learn using the IoT middleware via YouTube videos is also a big mistake because many still prefer a formal course rather than self-training. Proper training is mandatory, and YouTube resources should be supplementary resources.
- Customers don’t know how to start their IoT journey. Many are still trying to grasp how IoT impacts their business. And what it takes to start transforming their organizations with intelligent solutions.
- IoT Budget was not in place. Too many stakeholders make the decision process slower, and they are late in justifying their ioT budget. Organizations can’t comprehend how much it cost to deploy an IoT solution. Where should it start, and who should manage this?
- There is no catalyst to create their IoT projects. Before Covid-19 happened in 2020, the digital transformation process in many businesses was prolonged.
- We did not take the IoT training opportunity. Many opportunities arise, but we neglect that opportunity simply because we thought we should focus on building our IoT platform and marketing them.
Building IoT Community for Commercialisation
It has been very challenging to promote the usage of our Favoriot IoT because we are new to the market, and most people are aware of other alternatives.
Thus, we set up a strategy to create awareness by promoting the Generation-IoT community to quickly help users start their IoT journey. We take this opportunity to create IoT training courses using the Favoriot IoT platform and bundling with an IoT ecosystem package to the educational institutions.
We went back to the Universities, Colleges, and Polytechnics and help them to refresh their IoT syllabus which suits the industry needs.
Since then, we have managed to groom many trainers, lecturers, and individuals with IoT knowledge and hands-on using Favoriot IoT platform.
It has become the beginning of our traction from education to the platform’s commercialization. The platform proves to become a better alternative to the existing IoT platforms in the market. We have gained the trust of the industry to become one of the IoT platforms of choice.
The local support and expertise give us a massive advantage to enter into IoT projects. We also teach them how to select the best IoT platform without evaluating hundreds of products in the market.
We regret not taking the education path 3 to 4 years earlier. Otherwise, the IoT landscape would be very different today.
But then, no one expects to connect the dots this way without learning the mistakes we are going through.Dr. Mazlan Abbas
“Mistakes have the power to turn you into something better than you were before.”Anonymous
If you’re passionate about your field and know how to stand out, then you can quickly become a thought leader.
You’re passionate about your field, and you know how to stand out. You’ve built a portfolio of work in that area that you’re proud of. Now, you have the chance to show the world how awesome you are. With a little bit of dedication and focus, you can quickly become a thought leader—a person who people look up to and trust for advice.3 Ways to Become a Thought Leader Click To Tweet
Here are three (3) ways to become a thought leader:
(1) Build a Strong Following
If you want to become a thought leader on social media, the first thing to do is build a strong following.
There are many ways of doing this, but the most effective ones are:
- Make sure your followers are interested in what you have to say. If they aren’t, they won’t be interested in following you.
- Be active.
- Respond to comments and questions and encourage people to follow you.
Get involved with other people’s content and respond to it as well. You can also build your community. Create a group that shares similar interests and join others’ groups. Build relationships – your followers will become your friends, and your friends will become your followers. The more you interact with them, the more likely they will follow you. You may think that you are not good at building relationships, but that is a mistake.
The best way to do this is to have a blog that focuses on the same subject as your podcast. For example, if your podcast is about technology, create a blog about technology-related topics. Then, you can link your podcast to your blog and vice versa. If people read your blog and listen to your podcast, they’re likely to click through and visit your website. I’ve been asked by many newbie bloggers what the difference is between their blogs and my podcasts. And honestly, there isn’t much of a difference.
(2) Content Marketing
The third thing to do is to share quality content regularly. To stay consistent and build credibility, you should make sure that the majority of the content you share falls within one category or theme.
If your blog is a mix of many categories, you’re probably going to end up being just another “generic” blog that nobody will read. That said, I suggest that you focus on only one category in your content sharing. You might even want to limit it to two or three. The more categories you add, the less effective your content sharing will be.
(3) Brand voice
The next step is to develop your brand voice, which will be unique to you.
This is a combination of your logo and how you speak about yourself. If you’re a business coach, your brand voice will be different from an entrepreneur’s. The same goes for the voice of your employees. Brand voice can include:
- Your company logo
- The tone and language of your marketing material
- The way you speak on social media
- Your business mission statement
- Your tone and style of communication
- The tone of voice used in your emails
- The voice of your website
Social media tools allow you to share your content across multiple platforms easily. They can help you create a brand and a reputation that people will trust. This is why it’s so crucial that you have a unique voice and can connect with people. Be authentic to build a reputation for yourself.
This means that you should be willing to share your life experiences, as well as your opinions. You should also be open about your struggles, fears, failures, and successes. You should never make excuses, but you should always be willing to talk about the things that you’ve been through. This is because these things will help you to connect with other people. When people can relate to your experiences, they will be more likely to read your blog and other social media channels.
The first way to become a thought leader is to understand that people will follow you if they believe you know something they don’t. The second way to become a thought leader is to use content marketing to spread your thoughts, ideas, and expertise to others. Third, it’s essential to have a voice. Your opinion matters and your voice counts. You may not be able to persuade others to agree with you. However, you can influence them by influencing your audience. People are always listening to their customers, and they’re always looking for new insights into their industry. Be part of the conversation, and people will follow you.
Related article: How to Become a Thought Leader – The Beginning
Here’s my personal story how I began my IoT Thought Leadership journey. From Zero to an Influencer.
From Zero to an IoT Thought Leader. When does it all start?
Here’s the story.
One of my staff bumped into me, and he mentioned, “Congratulations, Dr. Mazlan, I saw your name as one of the IoT Thought Leaders.“
I was very shocked and asked. “Where did you get the news?” and he said, “I saw in one of the Internet reports.“
He gave me the link, and I quickly viewed the report from Onalytica entitled “The Internet of Tings 2014 – Top 100 Thought Leaders.” Wow! It was a pleasant surprise.
A couple of weeks earlier, I was very depressed and frustrated when my boss did not approve my application to attend IoT Asia 2014. I applied for the trip with two of my staff to attend the first IoT event in the region, yet only two of my staff applications were approved but not mine.
Our organization started the work on IoT almost two years earlier, and I thought this would be my best opportunity to hear from the industry leaders.
But the news that my staff brought to me was very unexpected. I wondered – how do I get to be selected by a prestigious organization like Onalytica?
The news spread very fast in the organization, with many people congratulating me. And one of them is the HR Vice President; she congratulated, “Dr. Mazlan, you are now a Thought Leader. That’s an amazing achievement!“
But since I have never bothered to know what a “Thought Leader is,” I began to wonder what I did to gain that recognition? And what exactly is a Thought Leader?
How Onalytica Picked the Top 100 IoT Thought Leaders
Onalytica took in all Twitter conversations using the hashtags #IoT and #InternetOfThings and created a network of the top stakeholders discussing the subject. The network diagram of the top 100 is shown below.
I was thrilled to be ranked No. 20th on the list with Kevin Ashton (Father of IoT ranked 11th). And, of course, very proud to be the only Malaysian (or probably Asian) on the list!
But really, how do I reach that stage? Is it by accident? In a way, most probably the answer is yes, but I didn’t realize that the things I did were actually how a Thought Leader should do – by influencing others.
It started probably 1 or 2 years earlier when my team was working on a research area called Wireless Sensor Network, 6LoWPAN (IPv6 Low Powered Area Network), and Internet of Things (IoT).
And during 2012 to 2014, I was a frequent social media user on LinkedIn and Twitter. Whatever I read on IoT topics, I will share this on Twitter and LinkedIn and use that hashtag #IoT. This includes sharing my thoughts about the industry in IoT.
This was when my circle of influence widened with more Twitter users following my Tweets. That’s how these Tweets are captured and analyzed by Onalytica.
The Start of an IoT Thought Leadership
Two years later, in 2016, I was the first Malaysian IoT Speaker in IoT Asia 2016 (“Issues and Challenges of Deploying a Smart Citizen Engagement Solution,” IoT Asia 2016, Singapore Expo, 30-31 March 201). The same event was when my boss rejected my application to attend in 2014. This time, the host invited me to speak with all expenses paid.
That was the beginning of the Thought Leadership journey, whereby I was invited to many speaking engagements as Keynote Speaker, Invited Speaker, TEDx Speaker, and many others. I created an IoT Blog called “IoT World” which became my official channel to share my thoughts and knowledge.
Other than the recognition from Onalytica (Onalytica Report can be downloaded here), I was ranked among Top 50 Global Thought Leaders on the Internet of Things (February 2019) and Digital Disruption (October 2019) by Thinkers360, Top 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders by World CSR Congress 2017, ranked Top 10 in IoT Top 100 Influencers by Postscapes 2017 & 2018,
It all started with a rejection….. From Zero to an IoT Thought LeaderDr. Mazlan Abbas
Lifelogging is the act of recording and analyzing your daily activities as a way of finding out more about yourself and your life. By doing this, you can discover hidden patterns in your behavior and life; you can identify your strengths and weaknesses, gain valuable insights into your goals, dreams, and aspirations, and much more. This process has increased your quality of life in many different ways.
There are many benefits to lifelogging. This is one of the most exciting times in the history of humankind. With today’s technology (digital camera and smartphone), you can live forever. The only limit to your health and happiness now is your own imagination! Lifelogging helps you keep a record of your life for you and your family after you are gone.
Lifelogging via Gyroscope App
I have been using Gyroscope as my Lifelogging app, and it has recorded my daily activities since 2018. Gyroscope helps you manage the many aspects of your life by giving you an easy-to-use interface to track everything that matters to you. It tracks your days, weeks, months, and years in precise detail. And depending on the apps you integrate with, Gyroscope can bring together your sleep patterns, productivity, fitness activities, and Apple Health data.
One particularly tracking pattern that’s worth looking at is the Number of hours online and whether its productive or not. We can easily observed that pre-Covid (2019), the average online hours is about 1,000 hours as compared during the travelling restrictions and work from home activities. The online activity has increased by 50% !
And if we see how the app tracked the number of places in 2020 and 2021, it was cut down by more than 60%. The physical meetings has now been compensated by the online meetings.
If we subscribed to it’s Premium subscription (Mine is RM 294.90 for Track Pro. There are many types of Subscription options), we have access to much more reports which are beautifully displayed. Although a great number of reports that can be shared in the form of Cards from its mobile app, lot more charts and analysis can be seen from the web portal.
When you are a thought leader, you can influence others in your industry. If you can influence other people, then this means that you can get their attention and even persuade them to adopt your ideas.
Who is a thought leader? A thought leader has significant influence and credibility in their field of expertise. They are often well known and admired by the people they influence. They may be the subject of books and articles, but more importantly, they impact other people’s lives. Think of people like Gary Vaynerchuk, Simon Sinek, or Tony Robbins. They are all thought leaders.
How to become a thought leader?
It’s simple. All you have to do is spend your time and effort reading the best thinkers in your field. As you read, you’ll notice that most of them have the same basic things in common. They are all well-educated, they’ve thought deeply about their subject matter, and they’re usually knowledgeable.
In addition, you’ll find that they’ve created an intellectual community around their ideas. They share their thoughts, which helps them understand themselves, their ideas, and their impact on others. Finally, they’re constantly pushing the boundaries of their thinking.
Why is it essential to be a thought leader?
In business, being a thought leader can be a potent tool. If you want to succeed in your business, you need to become one. You need to think out of the box and develop new ideas that others may not have considered. It is essential to become a thought leader because it will give you a competitive edge over others.
When you are a thought leader, you can influence others in your industry. If you can influence other people, then this means that you can get their attention and even persuade them to adopt your ideas. For this reason, being a thought leader can be a potent tool. But how do you become a thought leader? There are many ways to go about doing this, but there are also certain traits that you need to possess.
What makes a good thought leader?
I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about what makes a good thought leader. And I came up with some thoughts that are worth sharing in my humble opinion.
Here’s the list:
Know your audience and be yourself. This is so obvious. But I don’t know how many people take it seriously. The more you know your audience, the better you tailor your message to their needs.
And if you are not who you are, you might as well not exist. This is one of the reasons why I like to say that you should write your own book and be your own publisher.
If you want to get a book published, you need to have something valuable to share. So, be yourself. That is the only way to get it right. Know your audience and be yourself. Be the best at what you do. Have a clear vision for what you want to accomplish.
But don’t ever stop learning. And if you can’t find your niche, create one. One of my favorite quotes is, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” This means that you must first be the change you wish to see in yourself. So, be the change you want to see in yourself.How Can I Be a Thought Leader in My Niche Area? Click To Tweet
How can I be a thought leader in my niche area?
As a writer, there are many ways you can develop your thought leadership. Here’s a simple guide:
Find the most influential people in your niche. These people are often leaders in their industry. They write books, articles, and they’re active on social media. Find the most influential marketers in your niche if you’re a marketer.
- Follow them on social media. Most of these people have a blog or a Twitter account to share great content. They’ll probably follow you back.
- Read what they publish. The more time you spend reading their content, the more you’ll be able to incorporate it into your own.
- Write something unique. Don’t just copy and paste what they write.
- Write something that makes your audience think, “I need to read this.”
- Get the attention of these influencers. You can do this by writing a guest post on their blog or sharing their social media content.
- Once they start following you, ask them to review your book or article. The more people you get to review your work, the better.
- Finally, ask them for some feedback. They’ll appreciate the opportunity to help a writer improve their craft.
How can I achieve being a thought leader?
Here are some tips to get started:
- Be the person others want to follow. This might seem like a cop-out, but you have to think about this from the other person’s perspective. You want to be the person they look up to and admire.
- It’s tough to be someone else’s role model.
- Focus on the positive There are so many things in your life that are great, but you just need to focus on those. When I first started looking at my life this way, I was amazed by how better I felt.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Focus on what you can control.
- Have a plan of action and stick to it. If you set yourself up to fail, you’ll fail.
- Think about the best version of yourself.
- Know your strengths and weaknesses.
- Understand that everyone has their own journey.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself.
- Believe in yourself and know that you are enough.
- Take time for yourself.
- Get out there and do something that you love.
I used most of the tips mentioned above, and that’s how I achieved from zero to an Internet of Things (IoT) influencer within less than a year. I wrote two eBooks regarding IoT – IoT Notes and Your IoT Journey.
I love to hear your thoughts and comments about Thought Leadership. Kindly leave your comments below. Thanks!