The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Indirect influence means simply that you keep your influence objective in mind and take some action other than dealing directly with the person or group whom you wish to influence. This can mean either that you work through other people or that you use other means to accomplish your objective. Indirect influence is normally done in the open, however, and should not be confused with manipulation, in which your motivations and agenda are intentionally hidden.
Most of the time it will be easier to influence others directly. Here are some situations in which that may not be as effective:
These situations and others like them will lead you to consider other ...