In a recent public session that I facilitated, a participant, April, revealed how her friend Clare had impacted her life in a very meaningful way. She expressed a deep appreciation and articulated the many things Clare did that made a difference for her,
A number of years ago I decided to make a substantial investment in myself to grow as a person and as a leader. I regularly invest in myself to learn and grow although never at this level. This started an internal dialogue of justifying my worth in making such a substantial investment in myself!
Networking is the art of building strong meaningful relationships and is something you need to indulge in regularly. It is about people, meeting them and developing relationships that matter.
Networking is not about getting out for an evening, meeting people and seeing what they can do for you.
Recently I was engaged in a discussion with a leader about the lack of effort made to express appreciation in the workplace. “Really, someone can’t walk down the hall to express appreciation, they send an email!” So the point isn’t just that you express appreciation, it is how you make someone feel.
Communication is an art. How you communicate your message influences how you are perceived. The how represents 93% of the feelings and attitudes you portray when delivering your message.
You may have thought as a leader it is best to be “well-rounded.” Professional development plans typically focus on “identifying and overcoming weaknesses.”
But they’re dead wrong.
To build a confident personal brand, even when faced with adversity, it is essential to start with a solid foundation. This foundation consists of two main components – the internal elements that are initially invisible to the eye and the external elements that are immediately visible.
When the people around you, your colleagues, boss and direct reports can’t see into the core of who you are, how do they know your character and personal brand?
Your personal brand – generated by your internal operating system, the intangible elements of your personality – does show up without your having to wear a sign. They are revealed in your actions, the words you use and how you present yourself.
Have you ever stopped to think about your communication style and the impact it has on you and your personal brand?
Do you often run on autopilot just falling into conversational habits? Many times not even tuned into the words you are using and how your message is being received.