How many people have you encountered this week? It’s probably several hundred, if you include shop assistants, people on the phone, colleagues – the list goes on. Some of those will have been fleeting encounters of no note at all; others will have had more of an impact on you – they were positively or negatively memorable. You see we don’t tend to notice those where the impact is neutral.
Neutral is fine for most of life, it doesn’t matter that we don’t walk away thinking something particularly great about the person who served us in the supermarket (although of course it will help us feel more positive or negative about that supermarket, if there is an ‘extreme’ of experience).
However, the same cannot be said of us at work, the impact we have on others when we first meet them and on-going affects how a relationship progresses, in some cases it may affect whether a relationship starts, if you think about the case of a new client or customer meeting.
Our personal impact affects individual career progression too, as decisions are made about projects we work on, responsibilities we are given and promotions we receive, not just based on performance but candidly what people think of us – the impact we have on them (if there’s none and we are not known, then that is an issue in itself) and how we have built relationships.
So, consider who has positively impacted you this week? How did they do so? How do you think you come across to others? Are you building the relationships you need to at work?
Ultimately, what does your personal brand say? You can read more about that topic here.
If you’d like to discuss how positively memorable you are and developing your personal brand to improve how you engage with others and your success at work, contact me for a no obligation 30 minute Career Booster conversation.
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