Have you ever been in a meeting and offered a suggestion only to have it ignored until a man says the same thing and the room jumps for joy at his brilliance?
Frustrating, isn’t it?
In an article from Daily Worth, the author examines 6 ways to make your work stand out. One of the ways is to actually stand.
The author, Erinn Bucklin, suggests that if you find the meetings you attend to be lackluster and notice that people tend to lose focus, suggest that people stand; gather around a white board or flip chart to share ideas. The act of standing has proven to increase involvement and energy of those in the room and will lead to people taking more notice of your contributions.
In a similar themed article from Emily Post, 5 Tips to Stand Out at Work, the author suggests we say “Yes, but…” instead of just yes or no:
Learn to say, “Yes, but…” instead of just “Yes” or “No.” Many of us are crowd pleasers. We say yes even if a requested project or activity isn’t our top priority or something we should really be doing. The result can be that we take on too much. Does this sound familiar? (Please note that I used “we” in the past sentences but could have easily substituted “I.”) When we do this, we risk failing to meet all expectations resulting in negative perceptions in the workplace. Learn to say, “Yes, I’d be happy to help you, but I can’t even talk about it until next Tuesday. Can it wait until then? If so, I’ll be happy to discuss it.” When you do that you have 1) made the asker feel great – “Hey! He will help me!”; 2) communicated clearly about your ability to take on work; and 3) saved yourself a great deal of stress.
Of course, you also need to determine if what you are saying “yes” or even “Yes, but” to is in line with your ultimate purpose. In fact, I have written a workbook entitled Before You Say Yes, that examines the topic in a much deeper level.
Finally, the Business Insider offers 15 Surprising Tips for Standing Out at Work.
Here are three that really stood out to me:
Assume your job is always on the line. Super Bowl-winning Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson realizes his position is never guaranteed. That kind of attitude keeps you on your toes — you never know when an ambitious up-and-comer will be looking to take your job.
Speak first or last in meetings. Research shows that it’s not just how you say something, but when you say it that matters. We remember things best if they come at the beginning or end of a list. What gets stuck in the middle often is forgotten.
Stay a step ahead of your critics. To really sell an idea to a customer, colleague, or boss, you need to be prepared for any questions and doubts they might have. That’s why Bob Pittman, CEO of Clear Channel Communications, says to always anticipate your dissenters.
The bottom line is that if you want to stand out at work, you need to DO something to make that happen.
- Seek out opportunities to cross training between departments
- Volunteer to participate in a special project
- Be the “go to” person for contacts or information
- Ask for help from an admired senior person within your organization
- Be well read
What will you do to stand out in your office?