We’ve all been the new kid on the block at some point in our professional lives. Learning how to stand out effortlessly can really help set you up for success in most any situation. Starting out at a new workplace can get pretty intimidating and as much as it’s easier to just stay in one corner and keep to yourself, making social connections in the workplace environment can be just as important as doing your actual job in order to succeed.
And it’s not just about making new friends or having people to have lunch or after work drinks with, harmonious professional relationships pave the way for collaboration as well as knowledge exchange that can increase your overall productivity.
4 tips to help you stand out effortlessly
So how can you stand out effortlessly and build connections when you’re the new kid on the block? We have four easy tips for you to remember:
- Don’t Be Afraid to Make an Introduction: Don’t sit around and wait for people to approach you. Being the new person is a great reason to be proactive and introduce yourself to everyone. You don’t have to stand up on a soapbox and make a speech, approach one person at a time, maybe your cubicle mate or the people standing around the water cooler. You might be fretful that you’re interrupting their day, but put yourself in their shoes, would you be alright if a new employee came up to you at that moment and introduced themselves? If you answered yes then go ahead and make the approach.
- Be Attentive: So you’ve made an introduction and opened up a conversation. Now you need to be attentive and remember the important details of what they’re sharing with you, especially their names. Being able to greet them by their name on your next encounter will leave a great impression. If you have trouble connecting names and faces, repeat their names back to them while they’re introducing themselves and then write their names down on a piece of paper immediately after you’ve finished your conversation so you can review them until they’ve become very familiar to you.
- Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions: A lot of people are afraid to ask questions because of their fear of looking dumb and don’t want to be a bother to their colleagues. However, asking questions shows your willingness to learn and lets your colleagues now that you place importance in what they have to say. It also lends itself to knowledge sharing and can even lead to collaboration. Don’t inhibit knowledge with your fear of asking a dumb question. If you cannot easily find the answer on your own or via Google, it’s probably not dumb at all.
- Get Personal: You don’t have to keep conversations and interactions confined to the workplace environment. Seek out opportunities to establish both professional and personal relationships with people that can affect your work. Start talking to people during your breaks, schedule meet ups during lunch or after work for drinks, or make sure you’re present during social company outings like team building events or team dinners.
What techniques do you use to stand out effortlessly at networking events? Drop them in the comments below!