Influence Begins by Turning-Up 1

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“It is only when we are present will people get to know us and

be able to trust us.” Penny Webb

Sometimes I think we believe we can’t be significant and have influence without more gaining more range, a higher education, better skills or a bigger title. Don’t get me wrong – these may come in handy sometimes but they are not critical.

There are a couple of critical aspects I believe we need to appreciate and get pretty right if we are to be influential, no matter what our sphere of influence looks like today; whether at home, work or playtimes!


What is critical is that we are present for those around us, willing and able to do our part.   We will never be able to influence, inspire, guide and have a positive impact if we cannot be trusted to turn-up, and turn up regularly.

It is only when we are present will people get to know us and be able to trust us.


We must be consistent, reliable and dependable in who we are. Being present is good, but people are watching us.

So the question to ask ourselves is – is what we say consistent with how we behave?  This comes down to us.  It is not about being perfect, we are definitely a work in progress – always, but there must be some integrity between what we say and what we do. We must walk the talk.

Influence begins and ends


being present – turning up


being consistent – walking the talk


No Regrets Kinwomen


About Penny

Penny was born in England, raised in New Zealand, lived in America and settled in Perth, Australia. Together with her husband Mark, she is raising a teenage daughter and has twin twenty-something sons. "Coming home at the end of a solid working day to family and friends is my delight" says Penny, Co-author of the book – She’s Not Your Competition. She is a heart-felt communicator who believes in the power of a person’s story. Penny has over 25 years experience as a high level leader and spokesperson in both the private and non-profit sectors with significant public relations experience. She is currently the CEO of South Coastal Women's Health Services, and prior on the Leadership Teams of Rise Network and Riverview supporting people in areas of mental health, domestic and family violence, and children overseas at risk of exploitation. She holds an MBA and MBL, and is a Board Director for the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia. For the past 15 years she has provided pro-bono support as a mentor for leaders and consultant to not for profits. Penny’s personal life endeavour is a determination to "make life better not bitter".

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