Published On: Tue, May 31st, 2011

How to Be Recognized and Appreciated at Work

In the perfect world, competent employees would be recognized for a job well done, good performances would never go unnoticed, employees would receive promotions and we would all climb up the corporate ladder sooner than later.  Unfortunately, it does not work that way. Some people instantly command attention and respect at work and make headway in their careers, while others appear to work harder and fail to be recognized.

Successful business leaders and speakers motivate, inspire, and engage clients and employees. They demand and instantly get the attention and respect they seek, their opinions are taken more seriously and they make a “presence” wherever they are. You may think that they were “born this way”, with this “presence”. In sum, you either have it or you don’t.

Well, don’t give up all hope just yet. A presence can be developed and we are all capable of developing it. If you aren’t born with it – you can learn it! Most successful leaders have learned the skill involved in having authentic leadership talents and authentic leadership presence. As employees, we have to sell ourselves continuously to demand respect, be recognized and ultimately achieve our career goals.

Competition in the fast paced world we live in is harder than ever, so don’t miss out on opportunities at work that would enhance your career. Here are some tips on how to develop a presence.

Be 100% present

Demonstrate confidence and integrity in your every move. Focus intently on whatever it is you are doing. Your next meeting, company golf game, or lunch with your boss, should demand your full attention.

  • Look at the person or audience you are with and engage fully in the conversation. Adjust accordingly depending on the circumstances.
  • Business or political leaders and celebrities are always in the spot light and can never let their guard down – use the same practice at work.


Learn how to make authentic connections with the thoughts and feelings of others. Always connect with your audience, both individuals and groups.

  • Come alive – use your imagination when you speak by using interesting stories and metaphors.
  • Give your full concentration when spoken to. Listen intently for content, a person’s strengths and concerns and use these in future conversations with the individual.

Body Language

Body language accounts for 90% of the message you giving off. Use your body to increase your presence.

  • When standing, keep your back straight, middle section in alignment with your back, shoulders back and head up.
  • Create a notion that you are comfortable with yourself and those around you.
  • Do not fold you’re your arms or put both hands in your pockets – this suggests unease. The same posture goes with sitting; back straight, legs crossed or together in front of you. Avoid jiggling your knees or moving your foot. This is not only annoying; it comes off as a sign of nervousness.
  • Engage in your audience; learn how to use your body language and the physical space around them. Use your expressive capabilities; your voice, face, eyes and body. Be congruent – fit in. For example, nod in agreement, smile, use your eyes, and make eye contact.

Develop your communication style

Take time to watch and learn from those around you that are successful, such as those in politics, that are elected to govern. They have all developed their communication style. Find and enhance your style in the same way.

  • Command respect from those around you, and chose your words carefully when you speak.
  • Take public speaking and theater classes to develop confidence and clarity, to be compelling and memorable.



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