I am a person who always hide behind the words “I would rather let my work speaks for itself”.
I am an IT women who struggle to fit in the world that revolves around communicating your VALUE.
That means a person who can sing their own praises better is the one always leading. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad thing at all. It is self-appraisal, your perception of self-worth. They are 2 kinds of people you will see in the corporate world.
1) Fearless- People who are aware of their strength, know the value they could add to the team and are fearless to communicate it.
2) Fakers- People who may not know anything but confident enough to fake it. Confidence doesn’t always come naturally, you may have to fake it sometimes to get what you want.
My first job as a consultant at a big 4 consulting firm taught me that they are people in between after looking at myself. These people are aware of the impact they can make in the project but fail to communicate the same. I call them slow failures because we don’t realize we are FAILING ourself until reality hit us hard.
I worked hard for a year for a promotion I was due. I thought I was doing everything right by working extra hours, taking up extra work that wasn’t my responsibility, by seeking good reviews from my managers, and by producing quality work but guess that wasn’t enough. I didn’t get the promotion because I wasn’t loud enough to reach the high authorities. Yes, I wasn’t communicating the value I was adding to the team. In brief, I wasn’t acclaiming my own work.
Take away: Learn to talk about your work. Over communication is better than under communication.
I am a blogger who struggles to fit in the world that DEMANDS worth.
Bloggers have the most overlooked job. No offense to anyone. Every brand wants to work with you for FREE. They don’t seem to understand the pain, hard work, thought process, money, research and mental agony that goes beyond every post. They want to lure you with a free product in return for a post that will take up your entire day. Is that all you are worthy of? a FREE product?
It does make sense to work for free when you are a newbie, trying to build a community but you need to know where to draw the line, where to start popping the payment question.
When I started my blog and connecting with brands. I wasn’t aware of the fact that you have to ask for compensation, I wasn’t aware that not every brand is going to come to you with the best offer. I was happily taking whatever they were offering because I was overwhelmed by the fact that brands want to work with me.
The only thing I was always concerned was to stay true to myself and my brand. I politely turned down many offers for not fitting with the brand/image. I refused big beauty brands that didn’t have natural ingredient. Similarly, with fashion brands, I don’t endorse stuff I don’t feel comfortable wearing like deep necks, shorts, etc. that don’t fit in my personal style.
I was undermining my reach, my hard work, and my self-worth by believing I was offered what I was worthy of. Until one day when I heard from my fellow bloggers on how they ASK and negotiate price. It was an eye-opener for me knowing you have to demand your worth when you are not given one.
Take away: Learn to say no when you are not given the value you deserve.
If you are a blogger and don’t how much you should charge?. Check social bluebook website for your brand value. The website evaluates your social media networks, blog and suggests you a low and high price per post that you can negotiate.
What are your thoughts on knowing your worth? would love to hear your experiences?
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