Raising your professional profile
It’s simple – identify what you’re great at and play to those strengths. We are born to naturally excel in certain areas and we are all good at something. We just need to identify these natural strengths and then showcase our talent. Often we will hear people being acclaimed. This acclamation usually highlights what they are doing well: “You did a fantastic job on that report, you have such a talent to present the key information with clarity and depth” or “Excellent presentation, you are a natural at engaging the audience” and such like. It’s all about being able to demonstrate and highlight your strengths – the tangible things that you are good at.
The accolades, recognition and praise comes from those areas makes you stand apart from the others. Traditionally, we focus on delivering in all areas and often try to excel at everything. Imagine if you adopted a different approach – consider focussing on some key strengths and use these to catapult your profile by demonstrating what you can do better than others.
In the coming weeks, start thinking about what you’re good at. Where do you really add value and what makes you stand out? How do you feel when you do these things and how does this impact on those around you? It will become clear to you that identifying, focussing and continually improving in these key areas will do wonders for your profile. Not only will those around you see what you are truly talented at and where your strengths lie, but you’ll feel great! You will be motivated, empowered and feel as though you have so much to give. By enjoying and engaging in what you do, you add more value to those around you, making you feel stronger. Raising your profile by demonstrating the value you add can only be a positive – after all, it’s your responsibility to share your natural talents. Identify them, work on them and excel in them!