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Welcome to the largest international association of influencers and thought leaders in the world.

What are Professional ITLs?

The Association of Influencers and Thought Leaders (AIT) is an association for Professional Influencers and Thought Leaders (ITLs). We define influencers as people who have the capability to impact communities and thought leaders as people who have a deep understanding of a topic with an unique point of view. We have discovered that influencers often take a while to build thought leadership and thought leaders often take a while to build influence. Our competency model is designed to shortcut the path to ITL through education and community.

Our association is driven to establish ITL’s as professionals in the industry. The terms ‘Influencer’ and ‘Thought Leader’ can sometimes come with a stigma, causing people who are ITL’s, to disassociate to the term. We want the world to know that you are a professional, and ITL is a real career.

Why Was The AIT Created?

After surveying and researching ITLs globally, we have located the biggest needs for ITLs, one of course being community, the other being core-level competencies and focus areas essential for growing impact.

ITL has been an emerging field for a while. Sharing ideas and perspective broadly has taken many forms over the years. Conventional Influence and Thought Leadership started with platforms like in-person activities and printed media. Then the opportunities to build ITL exploded with the internet and development of social media platforms.

As new platforms to build ITL emerge, new organizations are created, but up to this point, no organization has been all encompassing for ITLs.

You may of heard of organizations such as AMA – American Marketing Association, NSA – National Speaker Association, and other organizations in this space. These organizations are great for the niche purpose that they serve. But in todays world, to maximize your impact, you need to master the four domains in the AIT competency model. (Influencer, Thought Leader, Business Owner, and Thriving Individual)

Why is Community so Important?

In short, COMMUNITY! Being an influencer and thought leader can be a lonely journey. It is hard enough to find people who understand your world, it’s even harder surround yourself by a large community of people who can lift you up.

Collaborations are a great way to for thought leaders to grow influence, influencers to grow thought leadership, thought leaders to grow thought leadership, and influencers to grow influence. Our members can collaborate with other members in the same niche, on the same platform, or even outside their niche and primary platform. These collaborations help lift everyone up.

Who is a Fit for the AIT?

Anyone who’s looking to grow their impact based on a unique point of view. See Become a Member for more details.

Mission Statement

AIT’s mission is to enable and support established and aspiring ITLs to make bigger impact so together, we can raise the collective consciousness of the human race.

Vision Statement

AIT’s vision is to become the go-to association for ITLs by building a thriving supportive community that nurtures aspiring ITLs while drawing in the worlds most influential ITLs

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