Don’t Be Shy in Meetings
Always be prepared with something constructive to say in every meeting. This can be done even if you don’t have something about the topic to contribute. You can advocate a co-worker’s point-of-view or ask a meaningful question as well. As long as you are contributing in a constructive manner, you will be more successful and remembered for your efforts.
Dress Like You Are Already Successful
While we are told we shouldn’t make snap judgments when meeting new people, do not assume that people will follow that rule.
Studies have shown that people make a judgment based on their first impression of you within the first few seconds. This means you only have a few seconds to make a good first impression and establish yourself as a professional person during a meeting, networking event or a job interview.
Make Allies Both High and Low
Be as attentive to everyone, from the mailroom clerk to the CEO. Because you’re nothing without the entire team of employees on your side. There is also a chance the mailroom clerk may be your boss’s niece or nephew.
Focus on the Results, Not Just the Tasks
Having a results-oriented mindset means that you focus on the “why” of a project, instead of just the mundane tasks of getting it done. “Why” does this project exist and what is the desired result? This shift from focusing on just the “how” of the project can be motivating and help you to finish the project more efficiently and eagerly.
Be Open to Feedback
When you feel like you have done a successful job, receiving feedback that suggests that there is room for improvement can be difficult. Learn out how to take it constructively without taking it personally. Commit to taking it as a learning experience.
And when you have done all those things, don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. Let your manager know that you would like to move up the ladder and ask what steps are needed to make you successful at your goal.
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