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Welcome back to another Stand Out Virtually Principle – Strong Hand on Process. Key to remote work success is having a “Strong Hand on Process” or in others’ words, being very clear around elements such as:
What else would you add?
A few weeks ago, at the Remote Pathways podcast we released Episode 24 - Mindsets for Remote Work, with our special guest, Jennifer Grote.
Be sure to check out the podcast on your favorite player or here.
Why is mindset important? In today’s complex, and ever-changing context mindset is critical. It’s important to be intentional with what we want to create in our work.
Next week signals of our first year of the Remote Pathways podcast. When my co-host Michelle Mullins and I started this journey a year ago of exploring the people, pathways and processes to remote work, we would have had no idea how the year would be placing such an emphasis on remote wok.
We’ve released 24 great episodes exploring the terrain of the remote workspace. From entrepreneurial pursuits to project managers, sales professionals, to virtual facilitators, the landscape of remote work is vast. We have also focused on helping people explore some of the key areas that help people thrive, for example, our episodes with:
Check out some of my other favorite episodes:
We are looking forward to having you join us for season 2!
Enjoy your conversations,
Welcome back to another Monday post focusing on having great virtual conversations. For the last 175 weeks I’ve been sharing an Effective Virtual Conversations tip. As some of you know, earlier this year I started bringing a new micro-brand out into the world entitled Stand out Virtually. Back in the summer I started hosting a series of 5 Day Challenges around the SOV Brand.
I’ll be switching attention to this micro-brand on some of our Monday blog posts, stating with principle #1 which will be no surprize to those who have followed my writing – Be Consistent.
Consistency is key in the remote space. With so much noise and focus, being able to stand out virtually is a critical part of the digital conversation.
In marketing, we used to talk about the 7- 11 rule, where it would take 7 - 11 touchpoints for someone to start to notice something. In recent months, I’ve heard this number jump to 15 - 30 touchpoints.
What does being consistent mean for you?
Within the virtual space this could mean:
Consistency has become an important anchor in a digitally distracted world.
What are you doing to do to create consistency?
Keep it simple has been a mantra of my work for three decades now. Whether it’s been navigating complexity in leading post-disaster management programming with the UN or supporting thousands of coaches to develop their own group coaching programming, “keep it simple” is key.
Think about today’s virtual context. People don’t want another slide or tidbit of information. They likely want to spend time in conversation and connection with others.
What are you doing to what I call “distill things down to the core” so the most important elements are present?
This may involve invoking the three-part rubric of “Need to Know, Nice to Know and Where to Go” (which I originally picked up as a great train-the-trainer tip from Bob Pike back in 2000 – thank you Bob!)
This week consider what you can do to keep things simple in your virtual programming. This might entail “keeping it simple” around:
I first wrote about “keeping things simple” back in Effective Group Coaching, and then again in From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching.
What else can you do to keep things simple?
How was your week? This week we covered a range of really important topics for today’s remote worker. It reflects some of the writing I am doing this month as part of NANOWRIMO – the National Novel Writing Month. It probably won’t be a surprize that I am writing about Standing Out Virtually.
This week we’ve explored the following topics:
I hope that you enjoyed this week’s topics as much as I enjoyed writing about them. What are you enjoying right now? What’s going to move your work forward?
With best wishes
Today’s journaling prompt gets you to consider the question “Elements which are key are…”
One of the themes I have as an anchor this fall is “Distill down to the core”. In remote work, most things are about simplification. It is about getting crystalized into what are the key elements.
This week you are invited to reflect on, and journal around, the question “Elements which are key are….”
What are the core elements?
This weekly journaling prompt flows well with an earlier post this week around Personal Branding. As you write out your key elements (for you, or a project) think about how that can influence the brand.
Enjoy your reflection and exploration around today’s question!
With best wishes,
Aligned with this week’s theme of branding, celebrations and motivations I thought it would be useful to reach back to one of my July 2020 posts. This year I’ve been building out a series of programming around Stand Out Virtually™, and what it means for you and as a business.
Here’s what I wrote back in Teams365 2403:
One of the many challenges faced at the moment is standing out remotely. With back-to-back virtual meetings becoming the norm, one call can blend into another. Note, if you haven’t read yesterday’s Back to The Basics call on the Energy of the Call, check it out.
At the same time, many professionals are concerned that they are not as visible in the virtual space as they are in a face to face environment. This translates to concern around their visibility for career progression, taking on special projects etc.
Several things you will want to consider:
#1 – What does “standing out remotely” mean for you? What’s important about this? Do you want to stand out more so that your message is remembered – which may mean more about presentation techniques? OR is it standing out as a professional? And perhaps someone who is known for great virtual calls which whiz by and are remembered. What’s your WHY around this?
#2 – Our personal brand can get translated through the screen through our slides, images, our background and also what we are wearing. What are the brand elements you want to keep in mind?
#3 – Be proactive. This might mean getting into the rhythm of connecting regularly with others. It might mean getting a mentor. It might mean focusing in on getting active in a professional association. What do you want to be known for?
Standing out remotely means many different things. I’ll be focusing more on the topic in August as it relates to leading more engaging and memorable virtual calls. Are you ready to Stand Out?
Even though the Challenge is complete, you can check out my 5 Day Challenge – Standing Out Virtually. Participate in the challenge at your own pace for $97 US.
I hope you will!
As someone who has had the privilege to coach entrepreneurs for more than 15 years, I love working around the topic of Personal Branding. This is now a topic of critical importance to everyone in the remote space. Since we are not being “seen” live in the same frequency, things can get pronounced. What are you noticing about how you communicate who you are, what you stand for and how that gets translated on the screen?
Enter personal branding.
“A brand is the set of expectations, memories, stories and relationships that, taken together, account for a consumer’s decision to choose one product or service over another.” - Seth Godin
What is the message you want to communicate through your colors, tagline and visuals?
Brands are like a fingerprint for a business. They are unique. They communicate to the external world on many different levels – who you are, what you do, what they can expect.
Brands are linked to our business, or focus, and signal a lot without us even saying a word.
This month you are invited to explore the different elements of your brand. Brands consist of several elements including:
Questions you will want to explore around your brand include:
What’s important to note about personal branding for you right now? This is a topic we explore in the Incubator program, which starts quarterly.
It’s the last day of Q3 and we’re just about to step into Q4. Who is ready to step forward? Before we go there, I’d like to invite you to take 10 minutes or more today to do a brief reflection on your experience. If you prefer to do the reflection by video, take a look at this Quarterly Review Video I recorded 18 months ago as we moved from Q1 to Q2 2019. The questions are evergreen and don’t expire.
Grab pen and paper and take a look at this…
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