Welcome to the first of a series of articles on Being Seen, Heard and Remembered – creating the Power of Personal Presence.
Considering that Visibility (your look) is 55 percent of your communication – we communicate without saying a single word. Visibility starts in your head – how you see yourself – what you think of yourself, your abilities and your confidence. Visibility starts with you. Others will see what you feel.
The Power of Visibility is incredibly undervalued by many business owners, CEO’s, executives and managers – in fact if you feel you have been overlooked for that position you have wanted, or feeling great work you do is not being appreciated, attracting that client into your business, or even meeting that person you want to attract into your life. Ask yourself who you see in the mirror and then start observing what others might see.
Personal Presence is not only about what you wear, the colour of your hair or matching your shoes with your bag – yes, the outer you is as important as the inner you – so where do you begin?
Being seen is about your whole look – self-awareness, your body language, your posture, your mindset, your thoughts and the stories you tell yourself. When someone first meets you, what is the perception you create in their minds – does it match the perception you have of yourself?
Your level of confidence plays a big part in being seen. Think about the people that have stood out in your life, what is it about them that caused you to notice them. Who do you look up to and why, and then think about what you would like to adopt from them.
Start becoming an observer of your own thoughts and actions and catch yourself out behaving in ways that are not serving you or are aligned with your goals, personal and professional. What experiences are you holding yourself back from?
Here are a few questions you might like to reflect on:
- How happy are you with the job you have right now?
- What is the mindset you have adopted?
- What are the stories that you tell yourself about you?
- Do you blame others for what you are missing out on?
- Do you consider yourself confident?
- Do you keep up to date and lead by example?
- Do you have attractive body language?
- Do you have a professional image?
- What are you known for?
- Do I take the time to plan my wardrobe for my personal/professional life?
If you can’t say yes to at least 5 or 6 of these questions, perhaps it’s time to get some clarity around how visible you are or would like to be.
Coming up: The Power of Being Heard
Ondina runs workshops on:
The Power of Self Awareness
Self Awareness is about getting you seen, heard and remembered for what you do.
- How you LOOK – First impressions, body language, dress, passion, energy, environment.
- How you SOUND – Voice quality, word choices, and your ability to have meaningful conversations
- How you ACT – deals with attitude and character, communication style, habits and behaviors.
95% of what you do and don’t do is determined by your habits.
Being Self-Aware allows you to take control of your thinking, rather than allowing your thinking to take control of you.