Becoming the expert in your field is easier than you think

Who’s the first person people think of for your expertise?  If it is not you, find out how to become the answer to questions everyone is asking in your industry.

I remember the time when I was consulted on a particular case.  After I accepted the task, I almost immediately started to feel doubt creeping up.  While I had performed the required study hundreds of times, this was the first time I was going to help with the procedure.  I prepared myself by studying the specific case and the required images. When the date of the procedure came I was so ready that I was able to offer a new point of view that was not thought of before.  The procedure was done successfully and suddenly I was considered an essential member of the team.

From an early age many women are expected to under perform.  In some cases they grow up being told that they don’t need to go to school, that their husband will take care of them, or they “don’t have to worry about (insert favorite situation)”.  These words have the impact of undermining one’s confidence.  They dis-empower you and pull you down.  These words are so powerful that when you experience a fail or someone tries to bully you at work, once again you are transported to that place you were made to feel worthless.

Anytime you feel less than or that you are not good enough I want you to shut down that voice and pull yourself out from that mental place.  Break the cycle and accept yourself.  You are supposed to do a job, make it happen!  If you are going through doubts and afraid of what people would say, repeat to yourself:  It’s not about you, it’s not about you, it’s not about you.

When people reject your work it is not about you as a person.  Even if you actually fail at a task, it doesn’t determine who you are.  Forget about what others may think and go for it!  Do your thing, take the challenge.

This is important because in order for you to build a strong foundation of beliefs, you have to truly believe in yourself.  Even if it’s a new job assigned to you, believe that you are perfectly capable of doing it.  Although you may feel unprepared, rest assured that you don’t need more degrees and certifications.  You already have what it takes.

Your goal should be to make others think there is no one better than you for the job.  You want to be the first and in may cases the only person people think of when they are looking for someone who has your skills.  Be the “it” person.  Make them feel they cannot do the job without you.  For this, you have to be consistent and let others know they can count on you.

Remember, you have to believe you have what it takes and perform in a way that makes clients feel they can’t do the job without you. Maintain your presence by being approachable, being present, being accountable & respectful.

What else are you doing to be the expert in your field?  A lot of my clients struggle to convince themselves first. Ask me about a coaching session if you want to take yourself to the next level.

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Carry yourself with class: three steps to make a great impression

Are you concerned that your words don’t match your intentions?  Could your body language be costing you valuable relationships? Read these tips to help yourself project your best image.

I am not making reference to your external physical appearance.  I am referring to your inner self, your beliefs.  How do you see yourself?  Do you worry too much about what others think  about you?  Do you avoid taking new challenges out of fear of making mistakes?

What if I told you you are not alone?  Those fears and insecurities are more common than you think.  In fact, most people have them, even those who seem to always shine and do everything right.  You know who I am talking about.  That person who always says the right thing at the right moment.  The one everyone else wants to be around and admires.

Well, you’re no different.  You are perfectly capable of taking on new challenges and shine just like that person.  The only difference is how you see yourself and how you project yourself.  You see, when you exude confidence, you project a better image which leads to being better accepted by others.

One of the best ways to do this is taking on new challenges.  This seems risky but let me explain why you should try it.

When you decide to take on a new challenge and you succeed, little by little you shut down that voice that lurks in the back of your brain and and chews away confidence.  Once you overcome that obstacle it becomes easier for you to tackle new ones.  As this happens, you gradually get more comfortable with the idea and start building a strong foundation of beliefs.  Eventually your confidence boosts, you sense it mentally, show it physically and others take notice.  Pretty soon you become the “it” person.  Now you are valued as an essential member of the team.

To make things easier and get you started in changing your mindset to project a better image I’m going to number three things you can do:

  1. Set your mind.  Decide to move past your fear and be assertive.  Instead of hiding, be available to take on a new challenge.
  2. Show confidence.  Carry yourself well, stand up straight, don’t fidget and look people in the eye when speaking.  Organizing your thoughts before speaking tells others that you are self-assured, increasing the chances that they’ll trust you.
  3. Speak well.  Use proper grammar, avoid slang and speak in a normal, calm tone.   Showing maturity when you speak makes people want to hear more.

What if you make a mistake, you may ask.  That’s a topic for the next blog post.  Until then, what changes are you going to make?  Which of these ideas make the most sense to you? Have any advice about representing your brand? If you want to bounce some ideas with me let’s talk.

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The Second Half

June is here! Can you believe the first half of the year has passed?  You know what that means, right?

A little over six months ago many of you made goals and resolutions for this year. You made the decision to write down a list of things you wanted to accomplish. Were your resolutions to lose weight, run a marathon, change jobs or have more time for yourself? What you have done so far? Have you forgotten all about it?

It happens to all of us, myself included. We have the best intentions to do something, but then as time goes by we get busy and tend to leave things for later. It may have been that “things got in the way” or “life happened”. Sometimes we take too many responsibilities knowing that we are already booked but we don’t want to disappoint others by saying no. The problem is that we end up disappointing ourselves and not doing the things that will help us accomplish our goals. We put ourselves last and our goals never get done.

If you find yourself making the same list year after year and not accomplishing anything, it’s time to revisit. The good thing is you still can go back and act on those resolutions. Be determined. Whether you have to start anew or get back on track is just a matter of taking action.

In order to make things happen it’s necessary to prioritize. Identify what is making you deviate from accomplishing your goals. Are you spending time doing something that doesn’t help you get where you want to be? Do you find yourself watching TV for 4 hours straight instead of dedicating 30 minutes a day to exercise? Are you dreading your job every day but haven’t yet updated your CV?

If you have not made your goals a priority it is unlikely that you will see any change.  You got six more months to act before the end of the year. Now is time to put them in your calendar, set an alarm and make them happen.  Go on, you can do this.  There’s still time!  I even invite you to add another goal to your list:  make the resolution to complete your goals and not letting anything get in the way.

Have a successful second half of the year!

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Social media platforms

As I am coaching clients, I frequently get asked about the different types of social media platforms and what is their use. People are often confused trying to understand them. I have to be honest, when I started developing my brand I as a little confused too, about which social media platform was optimal for my business and how to use them.

You see, each platform has a different way of presenting the information about your business and brand. Since it is too ambitious to be on every platform, you want to make sure that the purpose of the one you are using aligns with your message.

Here I am going to give you my interpretation of the ones I use and how they can help you present your brand and move forward in your business:

  • Facebook: Most of us know this one and most people use it, but are you using it strategically? Besides your website, this is the face of your business. While most people have a personal (profile) Facebook page, some business owners do not have a business “Like” page and put everything in their profile page. Although this may work, ideally you should have a separate page strictly for business. It may not be worth the risk having your friend’s funny pictures and comments seen by your clients or business associates.
  • Instagram: Think of this one as your photo album. It brings the human experience to your brand, showing you as a person not only as a business. Instagram is ideal for those business owners who have a physical product however, if you are in the service industry do not deny yourself the opportunity. Here, you can show behind-the-scenes photos and videos and still be seen as a business.
  • Twitter: This is more like up-to-the-minute news. At 140 characters, Twitter feeds are short and they also move fast. In order to have impact on Twitter you have to post several times per hour. While this requires more hands-on work, it is a good platform when you are attending events and you post as things occur. You can also post fragments of a larger message throughout the day.
  • LinkedIn: Remember the Rolodex? This is your digital version. Here you want to connect with other professionals. This is not the place to post your pet’s videos nor what you had for lunch. Here you want to keep our CV up-to-date and post about your blog and brand. You will be connected to to other professionals who want to do business with you.

Regardless of what platforms you use, one thing is common to all of them: You need to be consistent in your message and post frequently to be effective for your business.  Contact me to help you use social media for your business.

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