Gain an understanding of why good work alone, won't guarantee recognition or a promotion and how and when to self-promote so you get noticed at work.
- Self-promotion can be just as influential in your career as doing your job well. Your work alone will not get you noticed. If you want to get recognized and get the promotion you deserve, then you'll need to self-promote. I have a coaching client, who we'll call Danielle, who learned this the hard way. She was passed up for a promotion by someone with lower quality work and significantly less seniority.
However, this person was a master at self-promotion. Danielle needed to adjust her approach. Here's what I told her. It may feel unnatural to self-promote but that's exactly what you must do to get noticed at work. Bosses are busy people and don't always remember who is responsible for getting what results. That's why you need to remind them when that person is you.
I also told her that a lot of women tend to be hesitant when it comes to self-promotion. If you want to compete with your male coworkers, then adjust to the rules that are currently in play. This means touting your accomplishments, rather than sitting back and waiting for someone to take notice. We also talked about the challenge of being on a remote team. Your boss can't see you daily, therefore, it's up to you to remind them where credit is due.
You're doing your boss a favor when you remind her of your accomplishments, so that she doesn't have to think twice about your performance. Here are some things to consider when self-promoting, so you don't cross the line and come across as obnoxious. Timing is everything. Touting what a great job you did right after your boss has been reamed out by his boss may get you noticed, but not for the right reasons.
Be aware of your boss' demeanor before sharing information that is self-promotional in nature. And remember, there will be plenty of times when the timing will be perfect to do so. Reserve your self-promotion for what really matters most. If you over inform, your boss will eventually tune you out as she searches for a reason to take this conversation off her plate. Talk about results.
I found that bosses don't really care about the minutia. They care about results. When I'm coaching clients, I remind them that stories are what people really remember. Rather than providing your boss with straight facts, consider sharing a story. Here's what I mean by this. You may have worked overtime to ensure a vital part was delivered to a client. Share with your boss how by doing so, you improved your client's condition rather than why you are so great.
Much more memorable. I understand that talking about oneself can be difficult for some, however, with practice, the right timing and the right story, I have no doubt that you'll be one of the many people who mastered the skill of self-promotion.
- Determining your boss's management style
- Pushing back and saying no when necessary
- Practicing self-promotion
- Making great impressions
- Avoiding pitfalls
- Building productive team relationships
- Establishing credibility
- Evaluating your team
- Building a team of all-stars
- Getting team members engages
- Managing your peers
- Being influential and staying sharp