Oh, the unspeakable horrors! No, not really! (I mean it happens all the time!) This post is really about what happens when you are not in the room. Let me be clear, in either a positive way or a not so good way, your name can be discussed in places you are not. The best thing to have is an advocate, someone who will support you when you are not in the room, both privately and publicly. Early in my career, I was told this, but it took years for me to build my network to support this intentionally. To determine who needs to know about the work that I do. How do I learn to promote myself and my work?
I have heard from so many people that “it’s about who you know.” It is all about who you know and that they will get you the role, the promotion, the opportunity, the next big break. The whole “it’s about who you know” is really a conversation that requires some mental reframing (meaning rethinking/reshaping). This is more about who knows your work. Who is willing to speak on your work in a public manner. This is really about when something comes up in a room that you are not in, that they are willing (and in a place) to support you and advocate for you. That you may be the one who gets the promotion, the opportunity, the next big break. Let us take a step back and really think about the people in your life who is advocating for you? But equally as important, who are you advocating for?
For more like this check out the February Black History Post