You were not meant to be hidden.
Make yourself visible.
This has been my battlecry.
Make yourself known.
Work with excellence but let yourself be seen also.
Whether at work or even on the internet – always say who you are. Always put your best foot forward. Communicate your value. Say what you have to offer. If you have a skill, say it and show it.
The events of the last few weeks made me realise this even more.
It started when I got a phone call from Nigeria. The voice at the other end said something about representing a top government agency in Nigeria.
My first thought was that it was a scam or crank call.
Ever since I lost my parents many years ago, I don’t have much family and absolutely no “connections” in Nigeria.
So I can be forgiven for thinking it was a crank call.
It made no sense that someone was calling me to ask me to run a leadership training for a group of female executives and top women government officials.
When the organiser flew into the UK to meet me, I quickly realised this was no scam.
We sprang into action and organised the trainers, the venue – University of Greenwich – materials, gifts and more (special thanks to Sarah my event planner).
So that was the highlight of last month. We ran a leadership training for Women in business and Government and the event was a great success.
I am still totally in awe of the fact that I had been sought out to provide this service. In the events that followed, I think the reality finally hit me when I saw the convoy of diplomatic cars pull up at the University of Greenwich.
It was an extremely humbling experience.
Was it God’s intervention? or was I found because I was visible? Both perhaps? I have my own thoughts but you be the judge.
Being visible in my case is attending events, volunteering and serving in committees, speaking at events, keeping my LinkedIn profile updated, running the career nuggets blog, producing a career TV show, publishing a book, organising events, developing networks intentionally and so on.
For you it may be similar or completely different. It may be as simple at speaking up in a business meeting, serving in your community, updating your Linkedin Profile or attending a party.
You never know who has their eye on you.
You never know who will notice.
It was an amazing experience and I learnt so much from it. I shared the rest of the lessons with my accountability group.
However, here is the summary:
– Trust God in every situation
– Be consistent
– Stay focussed
– Believe in yourself
– Dream big
– Stay accountable
– Work on your networks
– Let excellence be your motto
– Be visible
– support others
Attend the Career Nuggets Annual ball on 1 December, you’ll never know who you’ll meet.