What is opportunity and how do you recognise it?
Last week we spoke about the 3 Powerful steps that will guarantee to transform your Career in 2019 to reach #Studygreatness & #Careergreatness
Today we will discuss opportunities, and how to open your door to the amazing opportunities that will come by this year. I believe this is as unique as every individual out there and is very much linked to what your goals and dreams are for the future. How will you know it’s an opportunity if you don’t know what your future looks like and what you want to achieve? So you need to get clear about what you want in life and then when the opportunity presents itself, you will know if this is in line with your vision for the future.
1. The Powerful way to introduce yourself
The best recommendation here is to develop a 60 sec “elevator” pitch. It’s about telling somebody who shows an interest in you, exactly who you are, what your interests and passions are, so that they get a great 1st impression – all within 60 seconds.
- This takes practice so it’s best to sit down and write it all down
- Now start deleting stuff until you believe you have the core of your message.
- Record yourself and see if it fits within the 60 seconds – if not, then shorten it some more.
- Once you are happy it’s within the 60 seconds you need to practice saying it and role-playing with friends and family, till it becomes automatic and flows smoothly.
You never know who you can meet in an elevator that may change your life
2. Add Value to the relationships you create
Once you have determined where your focus lies and how this ties into your vision – you now need to investigate and find out where and how you are going to find the best opportunities to showcase your brand – to showcase you.
Nowadays this is all about building relationships and making connections. It’s about getting to know your industry and the people in it – the influencers and the movers and the shakers.
When building these relationships it’s always about how much value you can add to your new connection first, so that when the time comes, they will just naturally think about you when they have an opportunity, an event or potential job offer that may suit you and your brand.
Today with social media you have access to as many influencers to connect with in your industries which was not possible a few years ago.
How can you add value to them?
The benefit to this approach is you both win.
This is exactly the winning formula that will launch your career to the next level.
3. How to stop wasting your your time
Everything else has now been planned in its finest detail. Identifying which events, opportunities, job offers etc you are going to be best suited to you, means that you need something to use to identify and analyze if they are indeed correct.
Keep this as simple but as effective as possible and what better way than asking yourself 3 key questions and rating each one.
★ Is this in my niche or industry?
★ Will the people that I need to meet be present at this event, meeting or
★ Is it worth my time and effort to attend the event?
Rate these as follows –
Obviously those with the highest scores win. Now you have a simple easy measurement to run any of these instances through to determine if they will add the necessary value and are worth the investment of your time and effort.
4. Decisions that transform your career
Time is precious and you need to make the most of what you have available. Using the tool you have developed for yourself above will make it easy for you to decide what to do. You can tweak these questions to best suit your needs but I suggest that you do not make this list of questions too long – maybe 5 questions max – so that you can run through them quickly and save even more time.
Now that you have this knowledge it’s time for you to start making decisions that will help you thrive in your career. Did you start following the 4 step process only to find your self getting stuck?
Did you see the steps are going to help you but something is blocking you from taking this action?
Do you feel so hopeless and unsure about your future career that you need support to help you figure it out?
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