Do you ever feel like you’re just one more face in the crowd, wondering what it takes to be seen, valued, and continually sought out for your expertise? The solution is surprisingly simple—and something you already possess.
Is there something you do exceptionally well? Whether its talent, skill, experience or insight, you must learn to leverage that one thing at the right time, right place, and in front of the right people with the connections and power to uplevel your career.
The other day I was chatting with Mike, who shared with me how the one thing he does exceptionally well in his career was responsible for turning him into a sought-after guru. The story went like this:
Mike was invited to a meeting to thrash out a problem with SAP (enterprise-level software). The project was an absolute disaster, it had been going south for months. The company had hired a wide variety of experts and consultants with no solution in sight. The meeting Mike was at was a last-ditch effort to find a solution. The problem was about to become critical for the company. Emotions were high, stress levels were up, and executives were desperate for a solution and worried there was none. When Mike walked into the room, there were about 30 people there, senior executives, SAP experts, IT people and consultants. No pressure, right?
Mike listened carefully to the problem and at the end he said “It’s clear, we should do this.” And proceeded in that one moment to share a simple, smart solution that solved the problem. This single 2-hour meeting made his career and established him as a recognized and sought-after expert in his field.
In that moment, Mike saw that instead of being a jack-of-all-trades, his singular expertise that solved a specific problem made him much more valuable. The same can be said for you. Do you specialize in a specific, focused niche within your field? Be sure to share that expertise in front of and with those who have the power to advance your career. Because once you are seen as an authority, or expert, in your field, it can open up the door for promotions, higher paying jobs, lucrative consulting contracts and other professional opportunities that will help you realize your full potential.
Not sure which talent you should put in the spotlight?
I can help you identify what helps you stand out and how to share it with the world.
Contact me using the “Contact Us” link at the top of this page and get ready to get noticed.