Cultivate Your Presence at Work in Three Actionable Steps

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Are you talented and hard-working, but unappreciated or overlooked? Have you ever wondered why someone less skilled has a better position? What is holding you back from the success you deserve? It may be time to communicate your worth and remind people why you were hired. Photo: Freepik

Pave your path to success with practical advice from the book – Getting Ahead. Author and leading career coach, Joel Garfinkle, explains how to use the PVI model to raise your profile and propel your career forward.

Why Should You Use The PVI Model? 

It can help you:

  • Feel more secure in your position
  • Get noticed for promotions
  • Become more successful 
  • Gain competitive advantage

The PVI model is an effective strategy to enable your success and make progress by focusing on three driving factors.

PVI stands for Perception, Visibility and Influence

  • How do people perceive you?
  • How visible are you?
  • How much influence do you have? 

If you believe there is room for improvement in these areas, then consider the following steps.

Create Positive Perception

Your reputation is a valuable asset. It is important to be mindful of your image and ensure that people see you in a favourable light. How do you think others perceive you? How would you like to be seen? Is there a noticeable difference? The overall perception of you should accurately reflect the impact you make in the company. 

To improve your image, you first need to know where you stand. Take opportunities to ask for feedback on your performance and try to establish what people think of you. This information can give you a better idea of what you might need to change. 

Next, decide how you want to be perceived. Consider the character traits that are valuable in your field and match them with your strengths. You can shift how others perceive you by acting more in alignment with how you want to be perceived. 

Don’t hesitate to express your values, share your ideas and present the most successful side of yourself to the world! Photo: Freepik

Boost Your Visibility 

If you think it is enough to let your work speak for itself, then think again. The reality in the workplace is that it takes more than competence and results to advance in your career. It is your responsibility to make sure that your colleagues and employers recognise you for what you bring to the company.

Increasing your visibility is essential to get noticed and there are two ways to do this. The first is to practice the art of self-promotion and the second is to become more visible by putting yourself in the spotlight more often.

How to Promote Yourself 

  • Talk about your accomplishments
  • Have a team attitude and praise your colleagues
  • Focus on the company or team goals, not just yourself

Ways to Become More Visible

  • Speak up in meetings 
  • Voice your ideas 
  • Get involved in new or high-profile projects
  • Have face time with your seniors

The more visible you are, the more people will notice and remember you. A common cognitive bias people experience is the familiarity heuristic – it states that people will value a familiar object or person more than an unfamiliar one. 

Grow Your Influence

The last thing to keep in mind is to use your visibility and reputation as tools to influence. Try to foster positive relationships with colleagues, develop rapport and support your team. In time, you will gain trust and develop your ability to influence and impact situations at work. 

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