Episode 365

Overcoming Feeling Overlooked

Published on: 26th March, 2024

Primary Topic: Feeling Overlooked at Work

- The disheartening feeling of not getting recognition for valuable contributions

- Reasons for feeling overlooked

- Importance of taking steps to raise visibility

Primary Topic: Identifying and Leveraging Strengths

- Self-reflection to identify unique skills and core competencies

- Positioning oneself as an expert in specific areas

- Seeking opportunities within the organization to showcase skills

Primary Topic: Communicating with Confidence

- Developing a clear and concise communication style

- Being effective in communicating achievements and ideas

- Confidence in expressing oneself verbally and nonverbally

- Importance of believing in oneself and exuding confidence

Primary Topic: Cultivating Relationships

- Building strong relationships with colleagues and leaders

- Connecting with others on a genuine level

- Actively participating in professional development opportunities

- Seeking mentors for guidance and support

- Patience, consistency, and authenticity in interactions

- Networking with individuals who recognize skills and champion for success

Primary Topic: Consistency and Time

- Emphasizing that change doesn't happen overnight

- Stressing the need to consistently apply the discussed steps over time

Primary Topic: Empowerment and Recognition

- Tips to empower listeners to take action towards gaining recognition at work

- Encouragement to make an impact and let talents shine

- It's never too late to make an impact

Primary Topic: Closing Remarks

- Thanking the listeners for tuning in

- Wishing the listeners a great week

- Providing contact information for further assistance

Janice Chaka [:

Hello and welcome to The Traveling Introvert. So, I want to talk about sort of unlocking your executive presence and I wanna talk about a topic that a lot of us can relate to. And it's feeling overlooked at work. And it can be disheartening when you believe you have valuable contributions to offer, but you aren't getting the recognition that you feel that you deserve. And it can be for a variety of reasons. I'm not saying that this episode is gonna cure everything, but I wanna talk about sort of 3 key steps that you can take, which will help elevate you and raise your visibility so that you are less likely to be overlooked. And the first step towards being noticed for your contributions and your work is to identify and leverage your strengths. Take some time for self reflection and think about what unique skills do you bring to the table that no one else in your workplace does.

Janice Chaka [:

Or maybe there's some overlap, but how do you do it differently? Recognizing your core competencies and areas where you excel is really important for you to be able to highlight those. Focusing on your strengths, you can position yourself as an expert in those areas. And once you have identified those strengths find opportunities within your organization where these skills are needed, or could make a significant impact. Seeking out projects or initiatives that align with your expertise and contributing to that can help showcase your abilities in areas that matter, and you'll naturally draw attention from colleagues and leaders who will recognize that the value you bring. Now another part of this is communicating with confidence, and I am terrible at this sometimes. I definitely work with a client who every now and then for fun just goes, Janice is not gonna introduce herself, and I'm like, mute button, unmute button, and then blab. Right? So we want to avoid this. If I would listen to my own sort of advice, it'd be stop, take a minute, breathe, and then go into my spiel.

Janice Chaka [:

I know what I can do. I know what I'm capable of. Even if it means I have to have a little Post it note to remind myself, that is fine. But communicating with confidence is really important. It's not just enough to excel at your work. You also need to be effective in your communication and effective in communicating achievements and idea. So start to develop a clear and concise communication style that allows others to understand your vision and sort of your value your contributions. So when you're thinking about presenting ideas or sharing updates, be confident in expressing yourself both verbally and nonverbally.

Janice Chaka [:

Pay attention to your body language and see what that feels like. Remember, confidence sort of breeds confidence. Therefore, it's essential that you believe in yourself. You know what you're doing. You know you're good at your job. So exude that confidence, and others will naturally be drawn to your presence and take notice of your contributions. And 3rd, and by no means least, this is not in any particular order, cultivating relationships. Building strong relationships with colleagues and leaders is crucial for your visibility at work.

Janice Chaka [:

I've talked previously about getting cheerleaders, right, or or fans. Take the time to connect with others on their level and show genuine interest in their work and their ideas. Actively participate and think about professional development opportunities and expanding your circle of influence. Seek out mentors within the organisation who can provide guidance and support as you sort of navigate not just the organisation but your career in general. These relationships can not only provide valuable insights but also serve they can serve as advocates for your achievements. However, don't be too hard on yourself. Remember that building relationships, any relationship, can take time and effort. So, be patient, be consistent and authentic in your interactions.

Janice Chaka [:

And by cultivating positive relationships within your workplace and to be fair, outside of it with your peers in other departments, in other locations, in other organizations, they will help you create a network individuals who recognize your skills and will champion you for success and help propel you forward. So those are sort of 3 concrete steps to help raise your visibility for the value that you bring with the work that you do that will help you feeling less overlooked. Leveraging your strengths, communicating with confidence, and cultivating relationships. By following these steps consistently over time, this is not a, you know, tomorrow night, everything's wonderful kind of a thing, you'll position yourself as a valuable asset both within your organization and outside of your organization. So I hope these tips sort of empower you to take action towards gaining the recognition that you deserve at work. Remember, it's never too late to make an impact and let your talents shine bright. Thank you for listening. This is Janice at the careerintrovert dotcom, helping you get that executive presence to get that job and that career that you deserve.

Janice Chaka [:

Thank you for listening, and have a great rest of your week.

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The Traveling Introvert
A bite-sized podcast about traveling while running a business and being an introvert.
Not knowing what introversion was until my 30s, I feel that I wasted some of my early years by not really understanding myself. An inspiration for my business is that I want to help others understand themselves better, earlier on in their careers and their lives. Introversion is a very misunderstood area – introverts can suffer mentally and physically because people typecast them or act negatively towards them. It’s not nice to be trapped in a little box. When you label somebody, they tend to act like that label, which stops people from achieving their true potential. I don’t let being an introvert define me, I let it guide me.
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