Have you ever looked at someone your industry being profiled in the news or maybe the same person just won another award the third time in a row. You think to yourself “I could do that.” Want to know the difference between you and them? They use these 5 tips to stand out.
1. Update Your Profile Regularly.
You’re probably thinking it’s easier said than done. Well it’s actually pretty simple. To become an influencer you simply need to have something to say that other people will want to share. Update your social networks with industry relevant content. Share the latest industry news, latest conferences coming up, the latest projects you’ve worked on. These are all great ways to showcase your expertise. This quick and easy tip will help you become the go-to person. It will also help you stay top-of-mind for the times when journalists need someone to profile. They are always looking for someone new.
2. Submit a Guest Article.
Most of your favorite blogs accept guest posts. This is a great way to share your expertise and get in front of hundreds of people in your industry. Blogs are always seeking new and fresh content. Come up with 2-3 articles and send them to your favorite industry blogs. Once approved, you can showcase your article which automatically builds credibility and influence.
3. Submit to Speak at an industry Event
Every year there are hundreds of industry specific conferences. Each of these conferences have a Call for Speakers. Look up the conferences you attend regularly or would like to attend and submit your speaker paper. To ensure your selection follow these 3 tips 1) Have an intriguing seminar title 2) Be original and thought provoking about what your session will cover 3) Try to submit as soon as possible. The early bird gets the worm when it comes to speaker selection. It’s much easier to stand out when there are fewer submissions.
4. Volunteer/Become a Mentor
There’s no better feeling than giving back to your community. By becoming a mentor or teaching a STEM class at your local high school or nonprofit organization you can give back and also build your expert profile.
5. Take or Create a Course
Expand your skill set but signing up for a course on Coursera. Staying on top of trends in your industry will make you invaluable. Sign up for class, and share what you’ve learned. You can even take it a step further and become the teacher. There is no surer way to showcase your expertise than by teaching others how to do something.