Show up at business and professional networking meetings. Be a regular. Get involved in a leadership role. One of the quickest ways to get yourself noticed regularly is to volunteer for a leadership position. Being seen is important to your success. Design a specific intention to maintain your visibility. Out of sight, out of mind.
“Me? A leadership role! Are you kidding? I’m no leader.” Everyone has the potential to become a leader. You can too. It takes courage. Ask for assistance. Be brave. There is always someone there to help. If you need help, ask for it.
Dare to put yourself “out there.” Take a risk. No gain without pain. I hate that one, and it is mostly true. Change causes you to stretch, to become someone you haven’t experienced before! And sometimes that’s painful. Too bad. That’s the way it is.
Learn from the presidents of major companies. Surround yourself with good people who will assist you in being the leader you can become. Even the President of the United States has a cabinet of people skilled in various areas of expertise. Woodrow Wilson said, “I use not only all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.”
When you are in a position of leadership, hire or recruit others that are as sharp as you or sharper. Surround yourself with great people who will support you in your business goals. Practice the team concept. Never be afraid to hire someone as smart as you are. Some people look at this as a threat.
Do I detect some insecurities slipping through that so-called tough veneer you wear? There is always another way of looking at things. Smart people will keep you on your toes. Smart people hire and recruit smart people.
When you create visibility for yourself, whether it’s a leadership role or a volunteer on a committee, this kind of showing up, can call attention to what kind of person you are. When you volunteer to accept additional assignments that make others’ jobs easier, you call attention to yourself. Offer yourself as a panelist or speaker to local service clubs.
People will view you as someone who is committed to making a contribution; someone who is committed to making a difference for yourself and for others. This kind of visibility can only assist you in your career, your relationships and your life.
Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. Larry James is a Professional Speaker, Author and Coach. He presents networking seminars nationally and “Networking” coaching by telephone or one-on-one. His latest book is, Ten Commitments of Networking: Creative Ways to Maximize Your Personal Connections! Something NEW about Networking is posted on this Networking BLOG every 4th day! Visit Larry’s Networking Website at: “Networking HQ!”
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