Let's revisit Part 1
In our last discussion, we unearthed three foundational steps towards embracing self-promotion:
Reaffirm Your Purpose
Before taking the plunge into self-promotion, we must remind ourselves of the greater mission we're serving.
What's at stake?
How does our visibility fuel the evolution of our community, organisation, or cause?
What's your mission, and how will you use your powers of self-promotion for good?
Think of it as your own personal superhero origin story.
Celebrate Your Achievements
Create a list of your accomplishments, and make it extensive. Start with at least ten, then add ten more next week, and keep this habit alive for at least four weeks. Take a moment to honour the individual behind these triumphs. Treat yourself like the rock-star you are - and if you're feeling adventurous, maybe even throw in a celebratory dance!
Transform Setbacks into Stepping Stones
Reflect on your main setbacks over the years, and recognise the lessons they've imprinted into your character. If you're seeking an extra surge of motivation, ask yourself,
What obstacle, if overcome, would genuinely impress me?
Then, contemplate your nearest achievement. Remember, setbacks are just plot twists in the grand story of your life. What was the most thrilling chapter?
The purpose of these three steps is to bolster confidence and open the door to receiving others' perspectives on your journey. Now, armed with this newfound self-awareness and a fresh perspective on your accomplishments, let's transition to the next chapter: requesting recommendations.
Soliciting Recommendations: Painting Stories of Partnership
Transforming Recommendations into Engaging Tales
Approach recommendations as vibrant stories waiting to be shared. People enjoy both recounting and reading narratives. And you're the catalyst, encouraging others to unfold their tales. View it not as a testimonial, but as an engaging narrative that your audience will eagerly absorb. Remember, everyone loves a good story!
The Power of Peer Narratives
Picture those who've been part of your journey not as detached observers, but as fellow travellers. It's far more comfortable to ask these companions to share their experiences than to seek validation from an authoritative figure.
Imagine having a candid conversation with them, akin to reflecting on an adventurous trek in uncharted territory. Ask them to focus on how they experienced your shared journey, the impact you had on their personal path, and the aspirations you collectively nurtured. It's like having your very own fan club recounting their favourite moments!
So, let's bring out your inner rockstar-superhero combo! It's time to step onto the stage and let those testimonials be your chart-topping hits. Your fans are eagerly waiting for the encore! 🎸🌟