Already this year, I’ve noticed how much variety there has been in my work and the new opportunities that have come my way: from blue chip companies to professional organisations to Government departments; from students to managers to executives; even where I could be working – from home, in the city or overseas.
So how did this all come about? Over the past year I’ve reviewed where and with whom I work and the type of work I’ve done. And I’ve thought about why I’m doing what I’m doing – does it fit in with my goals, is it authentic to me, does it give me the ‘tingle factor’? Also, how have I been successful at securing the work I want to do?
A thread that runs throughout everything is authenticity; in continuing to be true to myself, I‘m confident to branch out into new areas as well as reinforcing what I do day to day. This in turn gives confidence to those I work or plan to work with, whatever the business or organisation.
Consider the following to help you diversify and embrace new opportunities:
• Never underestimate the importance of being yourself; the authentic you sends a strong signal to others which helps to build trust.
• When trusted by others, you’re more likely to exert a higher influence and create a greater impact.
• Branch out into different business environments and put yourself in front of different audiences; wildly diverse businesses have similar issues and requirements that can use your skills.
• Keep networking; effective networkers think about how they can help others as much as how their network can help them, making their network strong and active and creating new opportunities.
• Be brave, take a risk – you never know where it might lead you.