Being ambitious about your career, whether you work for yourself or someone else, means you’re constantly learning new things.
Like how to publish a blog post. Or how to use Google Hangouts. Or how to keep your dog quiet when she wants to chew on her loudest, squeakiest toy right in the middle of an important client call. But maybe that’s just me…
One huge lesson I’ve learned is how important it is for me to constantly promote my business. If people don’t know I exist, then I won’t get followers or sales, and that means no business!
That’s why I’m so excited to share a book review about Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon.
In today’s video, you’ll learn 2 of my favorite techniques from Show Your Work! for getting used to putting yourself out there.
The video transcript is below for your convenience.
Grab your copy of Show Your Work! today and put yourself out there!
Hey there! I’m Sage Grayson, and I help ambitious career women edit their habits, routines, and mindsets to balance their happiness at work and home. I’m a Life Editor…and so are you!
Today, I have a book review about Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon.
No matter what your job is, whether you work for yourself or someone else, there comes a point where you can’t hide in the background anymore. If you want to be taken seriously and reach that next level, then you gotta put yourself out there for everyone to see.
This can be scary. Believe me, I know! But you’ll never know what you’re capable of unless you tell the world, “Hey! I’m here, and I have something to say.”
Today I’m reviewing a book that I shared in my Quarterly Care Packages for my clients a few months ago. Show Your Work! is a little book with a big message.
If you’re not familiar with Austin Kleon, he’s a writer, poet, speaker, and motivator who’s best know for his blackout poems and handwritten illustrations.
In Show Your Work!, he challenges us to put ourselves out there no matter how rough and unpolished our work might seem.
As he says, “you must be findable.” If people don’t know you exist, then they’re not going to buy from you or hire you.
I have 2 favorite parts of Show You Work!: (1) If you want fans, you have to be a fan and (2) Think process, not product.
First, if you want people to like your work, then you must show that you like other people’s work. This means commenting on other blogs, Liking people on social media, and sharing links to other people’s work that you admire.
For me, I share links to tons of articles that aren’t my own on social media, and my weekly Editor’s Notebook blog posts are roundups of other people’s work. Many of the opportunities that I’ve had in my life and business have come from me being a fan of an influencer, and many of my subscribers have come from me leaving comments on other blogs.
Next, think process, not product. If you’re an entrepreneur, this means blogging weekly, sending your weekly newsletter, and being active on social media. For other professionals, this means doing your work and showing your manager that you’re making progress every single day.
Daily progress adds up to big results, but it does take time. Start with whatever small step you can take today, and eventually, it’ll grow into something much larger. But you gotta stick with it.
If you want more tips for how to stay visible, please check out Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon.
Thanks for watching. I’ll see you soon.
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