We recently had a performance appraisal and one of the most common statements I heard after (apart from those on pay hikes) was people saying they were unable to express the amount of work they did. While it would seem but natural for your supervisors to know who you are and what you do, reality is far from the truth. What do you do then? How do you prove your worth and let your bosses know you are one to appreciate and admire? Unless you are an out and out narcissist, these tips could just turn around your fate at work!
1. Watch the “wes”
If you are part of a team, then this is exactly what you need to do, NOT. It is such an easy habit to fall back and say “oh, my team and I handled the project,” “oh my team pulled off the entire project without a glitch.” How many times is it really an individual effort masked and turned into a team effort? Drop subtle pointers on what you have done and make sure the message gets across!
2. Speak up
Do not be afraid to speak up. Ever. The more you say quiet, the less you are noticed. My boss always said a very specific thing to me, “Always talk about the work you do and ALWAYS back it up so when they ask for proof, you have it at hand.”
3. Learn to say no
I know this is a severely tried and tested theory, but honestly, learn to say no. At the beginning of my working days, I would take on everything and stop breathing. When you cannot say no, it becomes hard to focus on the task at hand and your work suffers. Eventually, your value also diminishes.
4. Set goals for yourself
Back when i started working, I created a jar of goals. The jar had pointers on what I want from life and how working was going to help me get to the point. If you do not have a tracking mechanism of your work, then this jar is exactly what you need. This not only helps you streamline your success, it also helps in creating a specific career path!
In a cut throat world where everyone is trying to get ahead, knowing what to say and do when is extremely important. Go grab the bull by the horns and charge into your future!
Women And Work Life Balance
As a woman, growing comes with its pitfalls, its struggles and its unrealistic expectations. As a woman in a competitive work environment, not everyone has the option of being successful and having a comfortable home environment. If you are tired all the time, unhappy at home everyday and not growing the right way, then these tips might just help fix the every day blues.
1. Define the word balance to yourself
Whether you are a working mother or a working woman care of things at home, what does the word balance mean to you? The word balance is like clothes: it is not designed to fit everyone perfectly. Write down your priorities and think about how to spend time outside work as well. Chalk out your life outside and work, this will give your life the much needed clarity. Before you jump full throttle into two worlds at the same time, define what balance means to you and set the guidelines to your happiness.
2. Seek the balance
Let your colleagues and bosses know how serious you are about maintaining a strong work life balance. One of the major mistakes I made at the beginning of my career was to make it known that I am available all the time. I would reply to mails constantly and always stay on top of things. Not only does this ensure an early burn out, it makes your life at home miserable, to say the least. My work life balance is gone for a toss, obviously. However, if you still have the chance, then yourself now! Set a timer on your email app and make sure you do not respond as soon as you get an email. P.S., this really does help keep yourself sane.
3. Let your aspirations be known
Define both your family and career aspirations. Reflect and revisit them often. Communicate your aspirations to your organization or network, as well as your family. On a side note, if you really do want to take a break from work, make sure you understand the repercussions of how going back to work will be like.
We live in a male dominated world. There is no denying that Achilles Heel. As a woman of this generation, we want everything. We want to be at the top of the corporate ladder and be the best version of ourselves on the home front as well. If you think we missed out one any aspects which might help, then comment and let us know!
How Online Marketing Can Be Used To Promote Your Business
First, you need an idea, then you define a target demographic and finally, you make sure your product is of selling value! Once you have all your formative ducks in a row, its time to think of a marketing strategy. In a world that is leaning towards the digital side of life, there is so much one can do to grow a new business. If you are still wondering about how to grow your business the digital way, then these strategies might just help you!
1. Social media
In this digital world, social media just cannot be ignored. This is where all the “magic” is happening. A rule of thumb to follow for social media is to be authentic and true to you as well as to your brand. Your audience can smell pretense a mile away and the moment they detect signs of false promises, your brand is negatively affected. To create a direct contact with your audience, make sure you reply to messages as often as possible. By doing this, you are building a loyal audience for yourself and letting people know that you are open to feedback! Social media is tricky and done right, it can help your business grow in leaps and bounds!
2. Leverage influencers
Influencers are the new flavour in the field of online marketing. If you are looking at a way to increase the online presence of your brand without taking years to build your audience, then influencers are the way to go! Find the right influencer in your niche so that you target the right audience. It is not just about spreading your message. It is about spreading your message to the right consumer base. If you can do this properly, then you can reach a sizable audience for not much money invested when you think about the potential profit it can return.
3. Be different
“Be you. Everyone is already taken.” How many times have you heard this and why does it ring so true? Simple answer? It is! Everyone is already taken, why do you want to sing the same old tune over and over again? With social media being social media, there us the chance of being different by being you. Be original and quirky and uniquely represent your business through advertising and marketing. Show everyone not only why your business is awesome, but why it is head-and-shoulders above everyone else.
The world is constantly growing and with change, comes innovation and creation. No matter what marketing strategy you use, if you do not have an effective sales funnel and optimize your conversions, you will just be throwing money away.
Women Entrepreneurs Who Rule With Their Crew
For generations, male dominance has overpowered every aspect of life. However, women have been working together and fighting the system. While movements like #MeToo and the Women’s March have been helping in empowering women, there is still a gap when it comes to female entrepreneurs. Women in lead roles are a rare phenomenon but when it does happen, everyone stands up to take notice. To stay sane in a forever competitive world, these five friendships are extremely crucial.
1. The Been There Done That One
When you are starting out as an entrepreneur, it is important to have a mentor by your side. When that mentor comes in the form of a close friend, it makes things all the more exciting! Since women face unique challenges in business, it is critical to have this experienced entrepreneur on your side to guide the way forward.
2. The Industrious One
There are friends who talk business and those who avoid the subject entirely. When starting out, it is important to have that one friend who knows the in and outs of the business world. Not only can you geek out together, you can also stay up to date with everything in the world of business and commerce! An added bonus? This friend can keep you sane through the tough times, especially when it seems like no one else understands what you are going through!
3. The One Who Everyone Knows
There is always that one friend who seems to know everyone or who is known by everyone. This particular social butterfly will help you expand your circle in ways you did not know was possible. A friend like this is important for every female entrepreneur to have, giving you the opportunity to grow and expand your business like never before!
When growing, it is important to surround yourself with people who have your interest at heart. Identify the females you need to add to your circle. Then start building those relationships one brunch at a time!
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