5 Steps to Raise your Visibility

by | Sep 10, 2011

Marion Chapsal

I often hear women com­plain about their lack of visibility. They are not heard in meet­ings, not seen dur­ing a net­work­ing event, not noticed by their col­leagues, their boss, worse, not acknowl­edged for their con­tri­bu­tions, not given any credit, nor pro­mo­tion.

Here are five steps to raise your visibility

  1. Reveal Your True Colors
  2. Don’t Think Twice, Be Bold and Show Up!
  3. Cre­ate Your Own Tribe
  4. Find a Sponsor
  5. Do the Work and be Per­sis­tent
  1. Reveal Your True Col­ors.Lead from within. Develop your con­fi­dence. Build on your strengths. Ask for feed­back and get it! Take off your nice girl hat and be feisty, raw, wild and crazy! Com­mu­ni­cate clearly on what you do, where you want to go, who you are. Get your­self a per­sonal career coach and sev­eral men­tors. invest in your­self so that you are very clear on what value you can add to the com­pany, to your clients. Only then, when you have a clear sense of who you are and what you want, can you get it!Ask your­self, “What makes me unique? What value do I bring? What prob­lem do I solve? You don’t have to wear red stilet­tos… (no, Rox­anne, you don’t have to put on the red light…)Story Just like in The Red Shoes, an ancient fairy tale revis­ited by Clarissa Pinkola Estès. She shows us that there is a way to con­struct a life that is uniquely our own; a life made by hand. “In our cul­ture, we may travel life’s path in one of two ways: 1) in hand­made shoes, crafted with love and care accord­ing to the unique needs of the indi­vid­ual soul; or 2) in Red Shoes, which promise instant ful­fill­ment, but ulti­mately lead to a painful, hollow-split exis­tence.”  Wow…powerful…just think about it for a minute…
  2. Don’t Think Twice, Be Bold and Show Up! If it seems pretty obvi­ous to you, just think of the num­bers of oppor­tu­ni­ties you missed because you just were not there! Strate­gic meet­ings, net­work­ing events, con­fer­ences where attend­ing is strate­gic for your busi­ness and your job exper­tise. Or maybe you were there phys­i­cally, but not really 100% present. Show up, develop a real pres­ence, here and now. Raise your hands in a meet­ing as Sheryl Sand­berg, CoCEO of Face­Book reminds us, “speak up and keep this hand up!” Push the door open and step in!
  3. Cre­ate your own tribe become the VIP mem­ber of your very spe­cial club! Another pos­si­bil­ity is that you were not invited…You are not on that “spe­cial short list” of “50 most tal­ented”, “top 10 experts”, best CEOs/managers/consultants/bloggers in the world? Stop wait­ing to be invited to come inside. Stop star­ing with envy and angst at the shop win­dows, the cor­po­rate glass walls, the places where deci­sion are made, projects are cre­ated, ideas are given life, blood and flesh to. Make a list of the top influ­encers in your com­pany or top play­ers in your field. Get in touch with them and play with them! But remem­ber, before, you need to have pre­pared what you have to offer that makes you unique.
  4. Find a spon­sor, bet­ter, be noticed by one and become remark­able! In How Spon­sor­ship Can Help Senior Women Break the Marzi­pan Ceil­ing (I love this image, just pic­ture your­self caught in a thick pink marzi­pan office space, just like Hansel and Gre­tel…), a great arti­cle from The Glass Ham­mer, you will find out how to get your own spon­sor. Be strate­gic. Be inten­tional about spon­sor­ship early in your career. It really does enhance the climb. Mentors can be a path­way to spon­sor­ship. Connect.“Spon­sors get you the key stretch assign­ments that allow you to shine.” Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Found­ing Pres­i­dent and Chair­man of the Cen­ter for Work­life PolicyBuild­ing strong rela­tion­ships with indi­vid­u­als above you, as well as your peers, can help make poten­tial spon­sors aware of you and pro­vide an entry­way into net­works of power.Ker­rie Peraino, Chief Diver­sity Offi­cer of Amex.(Note to myself: you can­not buy your­self a spon­sor in a shoe shop.)
  5. Do the Work, have Faith in YOU and Be Per­sis­tent. It won’t hap­pen overnight. Vis­i­bil­ity builds up with time, trust and con­fi­dence, one step at a time. Don’t give up if you feel you’re not mov­ing fast enough. Don’t give up if you ever fall or miss one step. Embrace fail­ure and learn from it. Be kind with your­self. Keep show­ing up, tak­ing risks and explore the edges of your com­fort zone. Things will even­tu­ally come together for you.

Sing along!:

"And I’ll see your true col­ors
shin­ing through
I see your true col­ors
and that’s why I love you
so don’t be afraid to let them show
your true col­ors
true col­ors are beau­ti­ful
like a rainbow”.

It’s a Small Change To Your Job (devel­op­ing a strong con­fi­dence), That Makes A Big Change To Your Life!

Be A Lead­er­ship Braver, Now!

I’d love to hear how you’ve devel­oped your vis­i­bil­ity, what steps you took, how long did it take you, what obsta­cles you found on the road, what sort of help did you get too? Share the sto­ries of your suc­cesses and your fail­ures , true heroes and hero­ines’ journeys…

Guest Contributor Subscriber
3Plus is delighted to publish posts from guest contributers

Found that interesting?
Learn more about our services

Individual services

Make your dreams a reality with a professional evaluation of your career to date.

Corporate services

The evidence is in. More women in your company can deliver 35% greater financial returns. (Catalyst)

Upcoming events

We currently have no events planned.

Join our mailing list to get notified about our upcoming events.

Download and listen free podcasts

Related articles

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This
3 Plus International Call Back Request