It happens all the time, you find this really cool networking event but freeze up in conversation from intimidation. Or, you start a new class and during introductions, everyone around you seems to have it all figured out but you (hint hint, that was me). But how do you overcome that? The thing is, we all have something to bring to the table and no two experiences are alike. Embracing your accomplishments and boasting about your skills opens up opportunities you might have missed otherwise.
Literally, everything we go through each day has a rhyme and reason. We learn snippets of valuable information and gain experience for future endeavors. Nothing should be taken for granted. It’s time for you to pull yourself together and market yourself!
I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times, but each of us is our own brand! You present your brand to new people every day and of course, you should put your best foot forward. How do you do this? Well, thanks for asking…
Dress the part. As cliche as it may sound, your image reflects your attitude. If you want to feel successful, influential, and happy…Look like it!
Remind yourself of where you’ve been and where you’re going. That “spot on” marketing presentation you gave last semester counts! Broadcast that skill and continue to refine it with goals to do well in let’s say, your upcoming advertising class!
Keep business cards on hand. Believe it or not, business cards are still a vital part of networking and presenting your personal professional brand. Title or not, give people a reason to continue your awesome conversation about local networking events or…restaurants!
Don’t get intimidated. Everyone has a story and the most accomplished have an even longer list of failures. You know that no one shows the full story on social media (as you shouldn’t) but remembering that we all follow our own path is an encouragement to claim your own successes.
So I have a challenge for you. Create a brand new resume, break out of the traditional mold! List some of your favorite skills and recent accomplishments. When you’re done, use it as a reminder to keep pushing towards your goals and to never be intimidated by someone else’s successes.
Check out mine!