WORKPLACE VISIBILITY – SHOWING UP TO BE SEEN
The space of work has many opportunities waiting for us to take advantage of but to do so, we must be recognized as capable patrons capable of getting the job done. Recognition here refers to visibility. Visibility at the work place can happen in several forms and one of the popular methods people us in achieving this is letting their work speak for them. In my many years of coaching, I have met many clients who felt that speaking up about their accomplishments is equal to bragging. Is it really bragging or are we afraid to speak up about our accomplishments because we lack confidence? Is it a matter of shyness or the imposter syndrome cripples us and traps us into thinking we do not deserve to be seen?
We are more than capable and we are enough to rise to our full potential, and when we do, we must take a step forward to be visible. Many times, we assume that the decision makers are aware of the incredible things we are doing in the work space. However, the uncertainty calls us to be proactive and to position ourselves to be recognized and appreciated. In today’s noisy business world, enhancing your visibility is more important than ever.
At a function a few months ago, I encountered different kinds of people. There were some who walked up to me to simply say hello. They mentioned their name, told me how much they appreciated the work I do, but that was it. And then there was the group of people who introduced themselves, praised my work ethics and job efforts but went a step further to be open with me. In that little space of time in which I interacted with them, I got to know them a little more. Now it happened that I was looking for extra hands to join my team of creatives. After putting out a communique requesting for applications, I indeed received several. One of the gentlemen I interacted with at the function had sent in his application. I was immediately excited because in addition to getting more detailed information about his educational background on paper, I already had a clear sense of who he was in person. I already knew and understood what we could achieve together as a team because he had made himself visible to me. Of course, there were a few other very qualified people I had met at the event that day but they had left no impression in my mind to make them memorable and recognizable a second time. So, although they applied, I could not even remember that I had met them before.
This little story is simply one case where visibility through valid and vibrant interpersonal connection brought someone great results. There is a difference between blowing your own trumpet and strategically positioning yourself to be in the spotlight. Rightly being visible establishes a strong connection between you and key decision makers in the workplace. As we already know, engaged, trusted and respectful relationships in the workplace and business space are factors that highly influence the success of businesses. They say hard work is its own reward, but without visibility there’s a good chance it’s the only reward you’ll get,’ says Kris Flanagan, associate director at Robert Half.
The rewards of employee visibility are numerous. The many opportunities that will be available to you is only the beginning of many advantages. Imagine a chain reaction where high visibility earns you more opportunities. Your visibility continues to increase as you take on more challenging opportunities. It is a very rewarding circle of growth in both your soft skill and technical skills, as well as in ranking, privileges and prestige.
An article in HubSpot points out the fact that, 85% of jobs are filled through networking. One must be willing to learn the soft skill of nurturing and growing relationships with the people they work with and interact with on a regular basis. A good rapport with professional colleagues and ranks of management can go a long way to positively affect the engagement and the turn out of your business. A good name with the people you work with will always be better than riches. Every individual and business leader understand that their “network is their net worth”.” The long-term success of your career hinges largely on its reputation. Your reputation will determine whether people can trust you and entrust you with great challenges and opportunities. The late, famous salesman and public speaker, Zig Ziglar’s quote says it all. “If they like you, they will listen to you. If they trust you, they will do business with you.” That is the power of visibility in your career.
So how do you go from being hidden to being a recognized and valued person in the space in which you operate? How do you raise your profile and become more visible to those who matter?
ESTABLISH MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS
Do you acknowledge the people in your space? And do the people in your space acknowledge you? Although we may be people who work in a corporate or entrepreneurial business, we sometimes get lost in the title of simply being an employee. We are not truly seen for the skills we have and the value we carry. No one even imagines we can be impactful when given the chance. Do you know why this is? Because we have no relationships in our space. We have not nurtured meaningful and strong connections to make us memorable enough. So do not simply breeze through the day. No matter who you day in day out, always take a few seconds to properly acknowledge them and make sure you are seen. It can be a simple smile you give, a greeting, help you offer that will set the ball rolling to build an impactful partnership.
STRATEGIZE AND DELIVER
Increasing your visibility requires intentionality. What do you do with the relationships you have? Are you prepared technically, mentally and physical for the challenge? Do you know the profile of yourself you want to communicate? You must have all of these in check to actually achieve anything worthwhile. You also need to have a fair idea of the type of people you want to recognize you. What about you is special that you want seen? Is it a special project you worked on? Is it the way you speak and dress? Is it your remarkable presentation skills? Your “WHY” you want to be seen must meet adequate preparation with “WHAT” will be seen when you get their attention.
BE BETTER AND BOLDER
Being visible also means you have to be prepared to take on challenging work that no one wants to take on. Is there a project that needs extra hands? Volunteer! Do you have some ideas to help your supervisor score a new contract? Share it with him or her! These are super openings for you to smartly show what you can do and the impactful things you can achieve when given the chance. Take initiative, develop your forward-thinking skills, identify problems and find solutions to them. Your value and impact will be felt.
SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT
The art of speaking has become a relevant skill I share with all coachees of mine. From high-level executives to entrepreneurs and employees, one common yet important skill they realize they need is that which allows them to have meaningful conversations. Do not limit yourself to your job title. If there is something you see can be done better, speak up about it. Be open and forward with what you want to achieve. Do not be afraid to admit verbally what your dreams in the company are. The people factor is one of the most essential parts of our lives, love, work and businesses. Any day is a good day to discover new people. Do not limit yourself when the world is waiting for you to explore it. Engage everyone else. There are always new things to learn. Make it a point to actively network around you. Do not miss meetings, out of office conferences and any avenues that will bring you closer to the people you want to connect with. But before you attempt to network, understand why and how you are going to network.
Do not let fear get in the way of the things you can achieve if you step out in boldness. Clear your mind, think refreshing thoughts and step out there with the mindset to be better, to grow, to seek, to achieve and to sustain. Are you ready for the transformation?
Are you ready for TRANSFORMATION?
Dzigbordi K. Dosoo: The H.E.L.P. Coach
Dzigbordi K. Dosoo is a Personal Impact, Professional Growth and Influence Expert specializing in Humanness, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Power – H.E.L.P.
A career spanning over two decades, she has established herself as a Certified High Performance Coach, Speaker, Author, Wellness Expert and award-winning Entrepreneur with a clientele ranging from C-Suite Executives, Senior Management, Practitioners and Sales Leaders spanning 3 continents.
She is the Founder of Dzigbordi K. Dosoo (DKD) Holdings; a premier lifestyle business group with brand subsidiaries that include Dzigbordi Consulting Group& Allure Africa.
She is one of the most decorated female entrepreneurs in Ghana having being named “CIMG Marketing Woman of the Year” in 2009; “Top 10 most respected CEOs in Ghana, 2012; Global Heart of Leadership Award and, Women Rising “100 Most Influential Ghanaian Women”, 2017. She has also been featured on CNN.
She can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org and @dzigbordi across all social media platforms.