How can I be more visible?
Often one of the questions I am asked – or my coaching clients ask themselves – is:
“How do I raise my visibility?”
Perhaps the client is looking for promotion within their current department. Perhaps they’re looking for a move to a different part of the organisation. Perhaps they’re looking to be ‘found’ by prospective clients…
Regardless of context, an important follow-up question is:
Who do you need to be talking to?
“Who are the key stakeholders, the influencers, that you need to be talking to?”
“Who could champion you and your cause?”
Do you know specifically who these people are?
Can you name them right now?
Do you have a stakeholder plan?
What is your strategy?
What excuses are you making?
When I’m feeling uncomfortable or anxious about getting in contact with people who could help me, I start to come up with reasons why I shouldn’t…
“They’re probably too busy”
“They probably won’t read/listen to my message”
“They might think I’m stupid…”
– I don’t think I’m alone in this…?
What excuses do you make for not getting in touch with your key influencers?
Just do it!
Or, to coin a phrase, JFDI!
Seriously – what is the worst that can happen?
And… – what will happen if you don’t get in touch?
When I’m procrastinating over doing something different to what I’m currently doing, one of the questions that often gets through to me is:
“And how’s that working out for you?”
A client’s story
Often, I’m not able to share much about the work I do with my clients due to its confidential nature…
However, I have permission to share these results to demonstrate the power of coaching :)
After receiving a poor performance review, the client got in touch with me about having some coaching.
During her coaching sessions we talked about how by raising her visibility with key people, she might make a move within her organisation to a role to which she was better suited.
After some careful questioning, she was able to determine the path she wanted to take within her organisation and where she saw herself outside of the organisation in the long term. She expressed a desire for a career change and promotion.
Subsequently we built a step-by-step plan to get to where she wanted to be (which has now come to fruition) – including strategically raising her visibility with key stakeholders – and how to do this in a non-icky way!
Since completing the coaching sessions, we have kept in touch and I have loved hearing about her continued successes! Amongst other things, she has moved into the area she wanted to work in and received a promotion :)
The full story, in her own words, can be found here.
Do you need to raise your visibility?
Do you need to raise your visibility? Who do you need to be talking to?
How is that working out for you?
Let me know in the comments below.
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