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7 Proven Methods to Get Someone’s Attention

If people don’t know who you are or what you do, then there’s no way to advance in the business world today. You don’t get promotions by being the faithful person in the background who quietly goes about their business. Sometimes you’ve got to purposely get someone’s attention. Here’s how you can do it.

#1. Create an automatic trigger. Certain things automatically grab someone’s attention. It might be a loud noise, the smell of someone grilling, or the confidence to wear a red business suit. If you want people to pay attention to you, then you’ve got to make some noise. Instead of randomly yelling at work, however, try giving someone an interesting book that you like.

#2. Frame your message. Our individualized experiences mean that we all see and hear things a little differently. Instead of framing your message based on what you’d want to hear, learn how the person who needs to notice you communicates. Frame your message for that communication style and you’ll definitely get noticed.

#3. Be disruptive… but in a good way. Why do so many people leave negative online reviews, but rarely leave positive ones? It is because their experience was disrupted. We notice disruption. We pay more attention to the things that disrupt us the most. How can you do this at work in a positive way? Beat a deadline by a massive amount of time. Come under your budget by a huge amount. Ask unexpected questions.

#4. Provide a reward. All of us are reward-based in some way. We all work toward individual rewards, whether that is money to spend with our families or the reward of being noticed for a job well done. Sometimes a huge reward that you fund can get yourself noticed right away. Visual incentives are often great rewards because people can see themselves experiencing the reward, thus noticing you in the process.

#5. Know your reputation. Sometimes the reason why people go unnoticed is because they’ve developed a reputation of being unnoticed. People may not be approaching you because you give off a vibe that you don’t want to be approached. Change the vibe and you’ll get someone’s attention.

#6. Be mysterious. If people know what to expect from you, then the only way to get noticed is if you fall outside of those expectations. That’s another reason why negative impressions are often those that are documented. If a janitor fails to clean a toilet, it’s going to generate a complaint, right? If it is clean, then that’s their job and it was expected. To change this, you’ve got to be mysterious. This means creating uncertainty, but in a positive way.

#7. Acknowledge the good work of others first. If you notice people first for what they’re doing, there’s a good chance that others will do the same thing in return. It’s the art of reciprocity. People feel guilty if they’ve been noticed by someone, but haven’t been noticing that person in return.

It does take work to get someone’s attention, but it is an effort that is often worthwhile. Once that attention comes your way, then you’ve got a chance to begin crafting your own success. Focus on these 7 proven points and you’ll be able to achieve your goals.

5 Ways You Know It’s Time To Find a New Job

More than half of the current workforce are passive job seekers. It means that although there aren’t active efforts to find a new job, these folks are going to consider a reasonable offer that comes their way. Another 25% of people are active job seekers while being currently employed. Only 15-25% of the current job force isn’t considering a change right now when it comes to their employment.

Yet it might be time to start looking for a new job. Have you noticed any of these 5 specific indicators that let you know it might be time to go?

#1. There is no opportunity to expand your learning. A job shouldn’t be a dead-end experience. It should be exciting because there is something new to learn every day. If you are feeling like your creativity is being suppressed and you aren’t encouraged to look at new ideas, then a new job can help to restore that love of learning that you may have lost.

#2. You never perform at your highest potential. There are two ways to underperform. You either aren’t experienced enough to get the job done quickly enough or you purposely slow yourself down so that your output meets expectations. If you can fulfill your job expectations in a couple of hours, but it takes the rest of the team a full 8 hours to do the same thing, then you won’t be happy or engaged with your team. It’s time to find a job that challenges you instead.

#3. You don’t feel valued. If you can complete a job in 2 hours and get told to stay busy even though other workers can’t get the job done in 8 hours, then there’s a good chance you’ll feel undervalued. Maybe your contributions are part of the foundation of success the company experiences, yet you don’t even get half a “thank you” in return. If you don’t feel valued, then you aren’t valued. If you’re a leader who doesn’t feel valued, then that negativity filters down to the team. It’s time to find a job where you will be valued.

#4. You’re in it for the cash. Working to meet financial needs is important, but it shouldn’t be the only reason why you’re currently employed. There should be a certain joy in being able to get a job completed. You should be curious every day, challenged every day, and engaged in what you do. If you get up to go to work because all you want is a paycheck, then just about any job you take is going to eventually seem pointless. Find a job that you have a passion about, even if that means changing your career path.

#5. You hate your boss more than the average person. Just about everyone hates their boss at some point in time. If you constantly hate your boss, however, and you dread going to work because you don’t want to interact with that individual, then it’s time to transfer or find a new place to work. 3 out of 4 working professionals say that the most stressful component of their job is the interactions they have with their boss.

Jobs that aren’t stimulating or cause emotional stress are jobs that could eventually be harmful to your health. If you’re

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