When the universe was created it began with a white-hot explosion of chaos. Gradually, as things cooled down, elements began to arrange themselves – planets started to take shape and fall neatly into orbits. Chaos turned to order.
Our new series, Finding Your EPIC, aims to do something similar.
The EPIC universe
Since 2016, we’ve been hosting seminars using our EPIC Formula® to help women find their Epic and progress in their careers. Throughout all of these webinars, we’ve surveyed our attendees via polls and questionnaires. We’ve compiled almost seven years of data into our understanding of what it takes to be successful and where the blindspots are.
We’ve found that a lot of the time it’s very simple things that are being missed in our drive for career success.
It can be difficult to look through our processes, routines, and habits and unpick exactly where things might be going wrong, and what we’re doing to cause them. Even harder than this is building a strategy to fix it – what should the first step be?
E is for Exposure
We started off our Finding Your EPIC series with E for Exposure.
Exposure in a career context is about building the right relationships and taking proactive action to ensure we are known, valued, appreciated, and respected.
This doesn’t mean we have to blow our own trumpet! There doesn’t need to be a big, brash musical fanfare when it comes to highlighting our value. This kind of approach might help us get our foot in the door, but it’s not a great strategy long term. It might damage our relationships with colleagues – we can celebrate our wins without being the loudest person in the room.
There’s a balance to be had. If we only acknowledge or share our achievements when we’re asked – during an appraisal or when going for a promotion, perhaps – we might find that it’s too late. In our Exposure session, we’ll be sharing a six-step mnemonic which will act as a guide on how to find this balance.
Reframing our perspective
I’m sure we’ve all heard the old adage, “It’s not what you know, but who you know!”
This saying may have been truer in the past, but the world is very different today. At Elevate, we like to reframe this into something more positive that puts us back in control:
“It’s not what you know, but who knows you and how you can help.”
Take a moment to think about the answers to the following questions:
Who knows you and how you can help? In other words, who recognises your qualities and the value you can add to projects and problems?
If your answer is very few people, you’re likely not doing enough to expose your unique talents and skills.
Strategy is the hardest part
Many people who are focusing on building their careers simply don’t have time to research, map out, and test a strategy for success when it comes to building exposure. So that’s our job at Elevate!
We do the research, keeping ourselves up to date on exciting new studies and collating real-world data about where people and businesses need help.
In our first Finding Your EPIC session, we’ll not only be sharing our six-step strategic plan, but delving into some exciting new research about building exposure and discussing how we can apply this to our careers.
During the course of my career, I’ve heard this phrase repeated many times:
“I just need to get out of my own way!”
If you can relate to this, the Finding Your EPIC series is perfect for you. We’ll be equipping attendees with the tools they need for self-reflection, proactive action, and building success. Find out more here or stay up to date on LinkedIn.