I attribute a lot of my professional success to being memorable—and that comes with leaving people with a lasting impression. When you can become the topic of conversation because of your “memorability factor,” you’ll find yourself being introduced to a lot of new people and getting invited to a lot of new meetings, work projects and events.
My memorability factor has allowed me to grow, develop and network—helping me to become the supported and accomplished leader I am today.
You can achieve this too. Here’s how.
Show that you’re passionate
I have found (and research supports) that the majority of people in the workplace are not inspired. This lack of engagement shows in an employee’s demeanor and actions. What helps you stand out amongst the crowd is showcasing energy and motivation, even under the most challenging situations.
I maintain my optimism by finding aspects of a project or situation I am passionate about and then focusing on those. It’s this positive attitude that will get co-workers wanting to partner with you on projects and viewing you as someone who can enhance a team’s productivity and cohesiveness versus bringing the team down.
To be different, you have to care. Be zealous and find your purpose.
Speak your mind
Don’t fall victim to groupthink. I’ve played devil’s advocate, suggested new ideas and challenged the status quo and what I’ve learned is the benefits of having a voice outweighs the alternative of being silent. Speaking your mind will help you build respect and be viewed as a strong influencer who is creative and courageous.
If you want to stand out from the crowd, “finding your voice” means sharing your ideas, asking questions, and sometimes, even daring to disagree.
Regardless of how stressed or time-crunched I am at work, I always go out of my way to connect with others on a personal level—whether it’s learning about people’s hobbies, pets, joys, adventures or families.
Showing others empathy, appreciation and even making people smile can help strengthen your professional relationships.
To quote Maya Angelou, “At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” If you are empathetic, personable and make people smile, you will be memorable.
Danielle Clark is a human resources manager with more than 10 years of HR and customer service experience in healthcare and retail organizations. Her work with Fortune 500 companies, in addition to a diverse professional and academic background, has trained Clark to be results-driven, people-focused and a thought-provoking leader. Her goal is to educate and inspire professionals to change their way of thinking. She is also an adjunct professor, active community volunteer, wife, mother and passionate lifelong learner.