When you have been a member of the workplace for a while, you have at least some sort of experience. You have metacognitive awareness. You have a unique set of skills, knowledge and experience which make your business an asset.
The written word is also a great tool to touch others. Consider writing an article about your business, launching a blog or even writing a book about your industry. Nothing is more empowering than to show the world your thoughts. The Internet has a global audience, and I have known from experience that this will impact your life, career, and will change the connections you make.
Offer to discuss a matter of concern at an industry conference or meeting. Start a conversation to encourage other people to also share their information. Don’t think that you’re the only one that has to say something, listen. Training people in any environment, big or small, can help to improve your speaking skills and place you as an expert, which are of unmistakable importance to any career – just like writing, standing before a room builds automatic reputation.
One of the ways that you can use your expertise to help others whilst still boosting your own reputation is to become a business consultant. In doing so, you are not only sharing your wealth of knowledge with others within your field, but you are also ensuring your own career progression in the process.
Through business consultancy, you will get to work either in-house or through an agency where you can work with business who really need and will value your help and expertise.
Public speaking is a great way to either build the reputation of your own personal brand or perhaps that of your company. Public speaking is a great way to share your expertise and to show confidence in your ability and insights. It sets you apart as a voice of reason and trust in that industry and is a great way to network and boost your connections.
There are always young professionals who need career advice – there’s no shortage of them. Take some time to mentor a younger professional and share are the hard lessons that you have learned over the years. Keep your eyes, ears, and mind open at the same time.
One of the best things about mentoring is that both the mentor and the mentee benefit equally if it’s a good relationship. You will gain a new outlook on the job you do as a mentor. The youthful inexperience of your mentee can give you a great deal of powerful insight if you are open to it.
There are many ways that up you can use your expertise to benefit not only yourself but also other people in your industry. Sharing your expertise is also a great way to boost your own reputation and set yourself up as a trusted source for knowledge in your industry.