Today's article is about how to stand out during this pandemic. Strategic partners, leaders, and audiences I train are very concerned about what is happening to our virtual workforce.
I want to take this opportunity to share proven strategies you can leverage to continue to grow in your career, despite the isolation or the circumstances that this pandemic has created for us.
What does showing up mean?
Many of us are working from home, and our children may be attending school virtually. If the circumstance is that you are home, showing up starts with this one simple thing. Since you're no longer commuting to work, how can you take advantage of that time to prepare for your business day?
What if you were to claim back some of the commute time for yourself and use it to prepare for the workday in a way that empowers you?
I'll give you an example. I've been working from home since I began my business in 2017. One of the toughest challenges and the biggest gripe that many entrepreneurs have is that they don't have a structure that supports them.
So this is your invitation and your challenge. Consider: what would that structure look like for me if I were r running my own business while working from home and as an employee of a company?
What would support you to get ready in the morning and feel energized?
One of the behaviors you may notice is that you will stop shutting off your camera and "show up" to virtual meetings.
Showing up means showing your face and connecting with people, face to face. That connection is the best that we've got right now.
Please don't waste it. Don't give it up, and don't miss this opportunity to "see" the people you connect with every day.
One of the most signficant recommendations I provide my clients is to make networking part of their job. In my book, Fearless Women at Work, I highlight that networking is not something we wait to do when we need a job, a new opportunity, or need facts about our field.
Networking needs to happen regularly.
It's important to network because, for one, you're going to learn more from people and be able to connect with them on a deeper level than if you're only transacting with them. The goal is to build relationships and move away from being transactional.
The other benefit is that when you need to access your network, for whatever reason, you will actually have one.