Introducing yourself in a Global Age: Learning career management skills with ease

How you manage and present yourself is crucial to how you are perceived. The way we go about introducing ourselves to find career opportunities can either create raving fans or create dissatisfaction. Many times we step into a community of new people assuming they are just like us, having the same type of day just like us and relating just like us. The problem however, is when we do not take the time to understand the culture or protocols of a group or community and thus we can come across as overbearing and bothersome.

When interacting with people across time zones, cultures and personal motivators it is always best to look before you leap. Finding ways to build rapport and commonalities will support you in building long term relationships based on contributing to and supporting one another. In this day and age the giving to help and contribute to another is paramount in a global community. The world is an intimate community separate by very little. A very specific means to engage with people is to really listen to where they are and ask how you can offer value. We’re not meant to know everything about everyone instead the process of inquiry and being curious adds to and provides worthwhile connections.

I suggest that you identify what you personally offer which is valuable. What are your tangible and intangible value offerings? How can you quantify the benefit and results that you bring with you to a new community? Asking yourself and others whom know you well, “How have I offered or shared myself or a resource in such as way that someone benefited?” “How am I know for my Good Works?”

An important career skill is to manage  our reputation by realizing that it can be impacted by a key stroke on the computer, a photo, a tag line, by the articles and comments we make. Because of the loss of visual stimuli and representation it’s even more important to be thorough and care how you describe and share yourself. There may not be chances to course correct or to clarify a point. Some people will react, form an opinion and step back, more than likely not wanting to engage with you.

Let’s close with a simple process to begin with. When interacting with people keep in mind that your pace, speed or rhythm may be different than theirs. Do your best to observe, ask questions and enter into their community (virtual or real time) with reverence and honor. Each person we meet and engage with is a potential connection that will impact and serve our lives. Remember to lead with who they are and what is important to them. Ask them questions, remember what they say, stay focused and not multi-tasking, take notes if you need to and be curious about them. A simple career guidance technique I would like to offer to you whether it is in person or by email is to use this simple formula: 1. Focus on them first, remember something about them, and build a link or bridge to them. 2. Say something about you or share what your point is for connecting with them. 3. Close with a genuine acknowledgment about them, their good work, or the potential you see in continued involvement with them. Always leave people feeling better after having been in communication with you.