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7 Habits of Highly Visible Professionals

        posted by , December 14, 2012

The trick to establishing visibility in your career is to do it without kissing-up. To do it in a way that's consistent with your personality, goals and interests.

Visibility, of one level or another, is a requirement for most positions. The reason is that decision makers need to know who you are before they can support you.

Most organizations believe that if you're not making a little noise — it's impossible to accomplish your mission.

The higher the position, the higher the visibility expected. Technical staff and specialists may require limited visibility. Managers and directors generally require enterprise wide visibility. Senior executives may require industry wide visibility.

Whatever your level and position, the ability to establish visibility is an important skill. These 7 habits will help.

1. Develop an excellent self introduction

When you introduce yourself, include some interesting facts about your career, personality and accomplishments. Take your time and be sure to leave a lasting impression.

2. Speak up in meetings

The more you speak up in meetings, the more memorable you'll be — it's as simple as that.

If you often find that you don't talk much in meetings you're missing opportunities to improve your visibility. Let your curiosity drive you. Ask questions, offer input and facilitate issue resolution.

3. Show your personality

You've probably noticed that many of the most visible people in your organization are real characters. This is no accident.

Character is memorable. The more you show people who you are the better.

4. Backbone

Use this advice cautiously. It's well established that people who have strong opinions and don't easily back down tend to be more visible. That's right — the more you argue, the more visible you become.

If you feel strongly about something, speak up and hold your ground.

5. Socialize

A busy social calendar will give you a visibility advantage. Ask people to lunch or dinner.

A lunch spent with your coworkers is often more productive than spending lunch churning out emails. A network of friends does wonders for your career.

6. Participate outside of your job

If your workplace offers committees, clubs and activities join in. This is a good way to meet people across your organization. Extra curricular activities can boost your career in unexpected ways.

It's often the most promising employees who give their time to charity events and cross-departmental improvement initiatives. By joining in, you'll meet the best in your organization.

7. Pursue personal and professional accomplishments

Visibility doesn't stop with your organization. Personal and professional accomplishments can improve your visibility across your industry.

Establish yourself as an expert in your profession or industry. Publish a book or speak at conferences. Begin a cause to raise money for charity. Break a world record.

A prolific personal life often leads to visibility in your career.

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