Updated: Apr 6
This is the first post of a series based on the experiences of Digital Women Kansas City members. It consists of things we wish we would have known, advice that we didn't know we needed, and tips and resources we wish we would have had back then! (Whenever then might have been.)
We all have either been new to a job or an experience - or have gotten stuck in a rut that seemed too hard to get out of. Check out this info curated by the DWKC board to get you headed in the right direction.
1. Jump into your community head first!
When starting a new business or career path, sometimes the hardest step to take is the first. You may be unsure of what to do or how to become more involved - but finding a community is one of the easiest ways to propel yourself forward.
"One of the most valuable things I did that has had a 1000% ROI was to join a professional association in my industry and to get involved! I attended events, volunteered, and ultimately ... served on the board for 16 years. I made life-long friends and business acquaintances that helped launch my career and business, as well as kept me up to date on trends in my industry! Join and get involved early!!!" - Jennifer Spencer, DWKC Partnership Director
2. Fake it till you make it.
We know that body language affects how others view you. But did you know that body language can also affect how you feel about yourself? Faking a confident appearance (even when you just aren't feeling it) can actually help to transform you. You don't have to just take our word for it - watch this TED Talk by social psychotherapist Amy Cuddy.
3. Word of mouth works - and it's free.
Referrals can be just as effective as advertising. One happy client or customer can easily turn into more. Whether for your current job or your own business, encourage positive Google reviews for social proof and an SEO boost; start a referral program for those who send leads your way; and tell your network when you are actively searching for new clients.
4. Set goals and track your progress.
Start a bullet journal with monthly goals and the steps you need to take to get there. Track your progress to keep yourself accountable - no cheating! Not fulfilling a step doesn't mean failure - it just means that you need to refocus and try again. Need outside help? Find colleagues, friends, or a mentor who can keep you on track.
5. Exercise your brain!
Read daily, attend workshops and/or webinars, connect with others in your industry or on your career path and make an effort to learn from them. Actively pursuing learning - no matter how much experience you have - not only broadens your knowledge base but also keeps you relevant and in perpetual forward motion.
DWKC's focus on building community over competition means we're here for you!
Most of all - remember that you don't have to go it alone. There is a whole city full of women who are either in the same position as you - or have been through it and lived to tell the tale. We want to connect you to them! Join our Facebook Group or attend an event - and don't be afraid to ask questions.
What advice or tips would you like to be able to give your previous self?