Feeling Invisible At Work? Three Ways To Show Up And Get Noticed
You know that your talents and skills are top notch, yet somehow you feel invisible to the higher ups at work. When you’re not producing excellent work at your desk but rather participating in the more public, social aspects of your job, do you feel like your boss somehow isn’t seeing you? Does that lack of visibility then end up making you feel undervalued at work?
How willing are you to be seen? Let’s take a look at a few strategies to help you counteract what appears to be a lack of presence.
1. Be There (Or Be Square?)
This may sound obvious but at meetings and company get-togethers, whether it’s a formal setting or a casual discussion, you need to decide to be fully present. Do you find yourself edging away from the center, standing near the wall or sitting in the back? We might call that wallflower behavior. Even if you don’t consider yourself shy or an introvert, you might have experienced this.
Being in wallflower mode means you’ve already mentally checked out. By the way, I used to do this too. When I felt like I wasn’t valued or heard, I realized later I’d been sitting towards the back of the room, away from the speaker or close to the door for an easy escape route. I wouldn’t speak to or even approach influencers. I was afraid to be seen. I was afraid I might say something stupid.
2. You Are Important
If you recognize yourself in that scenario, you are behaving in ways that people who feel important don’t behave. Take a deep breath, then visualize what actions a vital, respected person would take, and then take them.
Act as if you already are the person that you want to be.
When you appreciate your own gifts, you’ll sit in the front row in a key position, speak up, ask high quality questions or stand up tall. Here’s an idea to try out: imagine you’re a well-known speaker with thousands of clients gathered for a powerful intensive or a CEO in front of thousands of managers at an annual leadership summit. How would your body language and emotional state change? Speak from that place and assume your contribution will be received as important by your audience.
3. Show Your Confidence
Can something as mundane as what you wear serve to help you become more present, visible and properly valued? Actually, yes, it can. Are you wearing darker colors? You might consider wearing brighter colors, nice shirts, a smart suit, lipstick, and for the guys, attentive grooming.
Visualize yourself as confident. What type of leader do you want to be and how would that leader look? Take actions as if you were that person already and dress the part.
I remind my clients that there’s nothing really new to learn. It’s not about adding new skills, it’s about your mindset. You are already enough just the way you are.
Have more questions? Follow up with the expert herself.
President | Executive Coach
Michiki Morgan Worldwide LLC
I’m an Executive Coach who works with high-achieving, experienced professionals from all over the world, I have the privilege of guiding my clients to consciously set and accomplish their goals. When many of my clients first come to me, they are overwhelmed and frustrated because they knew there was a level of greatness within them that they couldn’t quite tap into on their own. I also speak and train for top organizations on leadership, professional... Continue Reading
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