In part 1 of Building an Unforgettable Presence in a Virtual Workplace I gave you the first three strategies that Mary Beth used to build an unforgettable presence virtual workplace.
Below are the last two strategies taken from my Amazon Best Seller: Fit, Fine & Fabulous in Career, Business & Life.
4. Create a strategic networking plan. For every key person on her list, Mary Beth identified a way to connect with them and build an authentic business relationship. She arrived on teleconferences early to ensure time to talk with each key person. Mary Beth made sure she had talking points to contribute on every teleconference. She set up 20-minute phone calls with key people, scheduled ongoing check-in calls to strengthen working relationships, and invited other managers to present in her staff conference calls (and vice versa).
Mary Beth created a team newsletter to update the stakeholders on monthly milestones within her unit. On the rare occasions that she visited head-quarters, Mary Beth leveraged that time by using every available meal or coffee break to meet with key people.
5. Make your accomplishments visible. Mary Beth did not want to overdo the self-promotion and make it seem like she was always bragging. As her coach, I pointed out that many women use this excuse to hold themselves back from self-promoting at all.
The key is to strike an appropriate balance.To achieve that balance, Mary Beth prepared short sound bites describing her recent accomplishments and included those sound bites in conversations at every appropriate opportunity.
She publicly acknowledged her team (using both “we” and “I” statements) and forwarded the kudos received in emails from stakeholders to her Director. She showcased team accomplishments in the monthly newsletter and proactively asked her Director, supporters, and mentors to champion her accomplishments to senior leaders.
Six months later, Mary Beth’s plan of becoming more visible came to fruition. Every stakeholder in the department knew who she was and the expertise she possessed. The VP commented on how lucky they were to have gained Mary Beth in the reorganization. As a result, she received a promotion.
These are the types of strategies you implement when you want to leap in your career. Notice that they are strategic and well planned and have a definite intention.
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