What about me? Are you asking yourself this question? If not you
should be. Don't wait until you are in crisis mode when you are
losing your job or your business before you think "what about me?"
Here are a few points to consider.
No one is indispensable. What's your best option to make yourself essential?
What would happen if you lost your job?
Are you expecting a raise this year? How much?
What would happen if you were asked to locate?
What would you do if you suddenly decide you can't stand your job anymore?
Get the picture. Keep these considerations in mind and put
yourself in the forefront of this thought process.
So what about you? Are you waiting for the ax to fall or are you sitting on the sidelines letting events carry you along? Are you
actively pursuing avenues that will help you manage your destiny
rather than it managing you?
I'm always amazed but the number of colleagues who come out of
the woodwork when they get in trouble. I have been providing them with a game plan for years, but it has fallen on deaf ears. When the going gets rough they then call for help.
The best advice I can give is to be proactive. Get a routine
established in self- promotion before it's too late. Plan a self
promotion activity every week so that you constantly focus on
Here are some self promotion ideas for consideration:
Write an article.
Make a speech.
Write a press release.
Enter a competition.
Get an interview.
Start an e-zine.
Get a personal website.
Pick up the phone and call old contacts.
Send out a clever "how are" you card.
Give a testimonial.
Attend a conference.
Does that give you enough ideas? Every week you should schedule
at least one of the above activities. The summer is an ideal time to get started because work is a little less hectic. Here's a hint. Use the dog days of summer as a theme. Have a lot of fun
with this one with great cards, funny dog cartoons and other
FYI: Dog Days is the name for the sultriest period of summer,
from about July 3 to Aug. 11. Named in early times by observers
in countries bordering the Mediterranean, the period was reckoned as extending from 20 days before to 20 days after the conjunction of Sirius (the dog star) and the sun.
So happy dog days of self promotion. Get busy because the next
time I hear from you I don't want to learn you have "gone to the
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