Many people have advanced their careers by “showing themselves” – blogging, newsletters, participating on Twitter, doing podcasts, etc. In this way, many have made connections for themselves and shown their insights.
Many of these people are not the most experienced or knowledgeable people in their field. In fact, most are not.
Social media and online content posts tend to come from younger professionals – leaving the people who have the most to share missing from the conversation.
It is fascinating how afraid some of these people are to face “out there”. What I hear most often is the following:
What if I say something controversial and get “canceled”?
Who wants to hear from me? I am not successful / interesting / etc enough.
What would I say anyway?
In the event of cancellation …
It is unlikely that you will ever make comments that are way off your track. You’re likely to be talking about debt rescheduling, product management, packaging design, or some other innocuous topic that is unlikely to cause serious controversy.
The few people who actually created public controversy usually did so by posting or doing something very offensive – and they’re usually pretty visible from the start.
They usually fall into two categories and you are neither of these:
—Celebrities who purposely know nothing about cultural issues.
-People who treat others inhumanely.
If you want to take a stand on something you feel strong about, feel free, but with help. Let others review your content if you are concerned – especially those who may have better insight into sensitive topics.
If you work with people who feel very different from yourself about things that are really important to you – and who are intolerant of your beliefs – then perhaps you should project your values to show a way of working with people who with which you agree better. t such a terrible idea.
Speaking respectfully about difficult topics and creating conversation rather than division is a necessary skill everyone should practice these days.
Who am I to post?
Whatever you’ve done in your career, just imagine you’re asking yourself the same question and you’re a student fresh out of college, or someone who hasn’t graduated, or just someone who isn’t even yours Has experience, no matter how little experience do you have?
And even if you start from scratch, you will be willing to ask other questions.
Think of the internet as a cocktail party. Nobody wants to talk to the person who just comes up to you and says, “Let me tell you all about how you can be successful like me.”
That is disgusting. You would never post anything like this.
Committed people ask good questions and do so in a way that stimulates discussion.
It’s a lot more of, “You know, there was someone I’ve always looked up to in my career and I thought they had it all, but they told me the accomplishment they were most proud of was how they dealt with it when their first company went out. ”Company. That made me rethink what success means to me. “
You see how this went from being something self-centered to something that probably says more about you as a person, but also opens the door to much better confrontation with others?
What would I say anyway?
This is a “conceivable” thing – and it can happen over time. You don’t have to find out everything on the first, second, or third day, but there are a few easy ways to get out of the way as you go.
First, stop thinking about it as it is your sole responsibility to find all the answers and all of the content in order to guess what people would be interested in.
You can literally just ask them. You can post on LinkedIn or ask directly to 20 people you know, “Hey, I’ve done X, Y, and Z in my career and I generally know about A, B, and C … Record a video about something what would I like to talk about or what question should I answer for you? “
There’s no chance your coworkers, friends, and professional acquaintances won’t make a lot of suggestions – some of which you will find more interesting than others.
More importantly, what and WHO do you find interesting?
Whose business or story on your network do you find most compelling? Do you have mentors What can you publicly ask her about?
Don’t do it right away – do it as a representative for what your business is about, who you find interesting.
This is one of the things to worry about on your own when the people you know really have lots of ideas for you about what topics they would take you seriously or where you think you have expertise.
Or just do it with something you literally know nothing about and make your profile about your journey of learning.
It is impossible to have imposter syndrome when the whole premise is that you are not an expert in anything, you are just learning.
Anyone can do that.