Feeling stuck? Fortunately, you’re one opportunity away from moving closer toward advancing your career, business, and life. Learn how to align your best self with your goals to produce faster results.
Advancing in your career or taking your business to the next level can sometimes feel like a mysterious task. It’s as if there’s some formula you’re missing, leaving you stuck in a place you don’t want to be. The truth is, you’re just one opportunity away from advancing your career, business, and life. The secret is in learning how to harness the power of nonverbal communication then aligning your best self with your goals to produce the results you want.
What Are Your Goals?
Do you want to achieve the next level in your career? Do you need to advance your business? Or have you concluded it’s time for personal growth? Identifying specific goals is the first step to moving ahead in your career or business. As you look ahead to 2020, identifying three to five goals to accomplish over the next 12 months is realistic. To start, you’ll need to dig deep to create a crystal-clear picture of where you are currently and where you want to be in your career or life. Once you can see this vision, you’re ready to move on to identifying the steps necessary to achieve the goals that will get you there.
As you self-evaluate, it’s helpful to become an objective observer of your own life in order to see yourself as others view you. Perception is reality in the mind and hearts of the observer. What do people see when they meet or interact you? What are the thoughts and feelings they experience during these interactions, be it a meeting, an interview, or a casual conversation? By taking on the role of an objective observer during your interactions, you’ll begin to identify the attributes you possess that help you in forming positive impressions, fostering relationships, or those that may be working against you.
Attracting opportunities is affected by how others perceive you. What if being the right person for the job, the promotion, or the new relationship is about more than having all the right qualifications? You need to know how to position yourself.
Knowing even the smallest of details that can potentially interfere with you moving closer toward your goals, will allow you to make the necessary adjustments to improve the experience and perception others have of you, while increasing your ability to attract career advancing opportunities.
You can set yourself up for success without saying a word.
We live in an extremely competitive world. The people who could potentially hire, promote, or even date you, are sometimes forced to look for reasons, no matter how small to narrow the field. This is where your nonverbal communication comes in. Your non-verbals can help you reinforce the quality of your knowledge, skills, and talent. When it comes to how you show up, you need to do what you can to visually give others a reason to believe that you’re the best choice, you’re ready for the opportunity, you’re on top of your game, and that you’re easy to get along with.
What it boils down to is whether others can see you in the role you desire to be in. Your nonverbal communication will either work for or against you. Because nonverbals are visual, your image accounts for the greatest portion of your nonverbal communication. Your image is the visual representation of who you are at your core and just one of the ways in which you communicate your personal brand.
The visual components of your nonverbal communication include your:
- Grooming and hygiene
- Style and clothing
- Body language
- Facial expressions
- Preferred material objects
- Activities and surroundings
Each component works together to create your image. If your current image isn’t purposeful or isn’t helping you achieve the results you want, you can easily make adjustments to tweak the message you are conveying so that you can begin to project the level of authority and credibility you need to get you to where you want to be.
Position Yourself to Attract the Right Opportunities
What is it you need to communicate? In order to create or fine-tune your messaging, begin with the end goal in mind. When you present yourself with purpose and refine your nonverbal communication it’s an opportunity to reinforce what others need to know, to help you stand out from the crowd.
The ability to position yourself comes when you have developed a strong personal brand. It’s what will help you to differentiate yourself from the other people vying for the same business opportunities, positions, or relationships.
Whether it’s fine tuning your appearance, becoming aware of your body’s language, or adjusting your actions and behavior, it’s important to keep in mind that all the nonverbal components of your communication will either strengthen or weaken the perception others have of you.
Ready to Harness the Power of Nonverbal Communication and Personal Branding?
Diana Jennings is a personal brand and image strategist who teaches clients how to align their best self with their goals, attract career advancing opportunities, and produce faster results. Connect with her online now to learn more about the services available to help you to move closer to your personal and professional goals.