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Founder's Corner #23 It's Time to Back Yourself

Founder’s Corner #23 How to Get Comfortable Backing Yourself

Today on the Founder’s Corner, I wanted to dive into something that’s been on my mind for the last little while. It’s a concept I’m getting comfortable with, and I want to help you do the same! And that’s the concept of getting comfortable backing yourself…

But first…

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How to Get Comfortable Backing Yourself

We’re in the throngs of awards season, and as I’ve been keeping up to date on whose nominated, and who is not, (and, of course, having a good chuckle at all the memes the following day!) I’ve been getting stuck on one question…

“Why are some more likely to apply for awards than others?” 

Now you might reason that perhaps they believe they are better qualified to apply, or maybe they have a bigger community to support them in the awards process.

But what if I told you that most award-winning entrepreneurs and podcasters got their prizes by simply nominating themselves as candidates?

Okay, so maybe nominating yourself isn’t something you are quite comfortable with. Then let me give you this one challenge…

Ask yourself this: 

What kind of bigger impact could you make as a recognized expert?”

Yes, you heard that right. You could be making MORE of an impact in this world simply because you are a recognized expert.

“Awards, funds, and recognition are a form of currency. In the world we live in, they matter. They are bargaining chips!”

Now, let’s look at four keys to help you get more comfortable with the concept of “nominating YOU”!

4 Strategies for Backing Yourself

1. Find the right mindset 

The first step when taking on a new challenge is always to get into the right mindset. It’s time to find a way to get comfortable with nominating yourself! 

In fact, become your own biggest advocate. And definitely don’t silence your inner cheerleader.

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When you have the right mindset, you can achieve so much more. It’s not bragging. It’s building up your currency and adding value to the world.

It’s time to leave your mark, and don’t get left behind!

2. Know your story

Next up is Strategy Number 2…

If you’re going to advocate for yourself, then it’s crucial that you know your story. If people don’t know about you, it’s because you’re not telling them your story.

Now, whether it’s your podcast story or your business story, become so involved with it that you live and breathe it! 

In a recent Founder’s Corner piece, I shared how we need to “Be about it!” You can check that out here.

It’s your responsibility to know your origin story, understand how it can help others, and learn to package it in a way that appropriately nominates YOU!

3. Be visible

Next up, Strategy 3…Be visible. As with anything, if you want to nominate yourself you have to continue to position yourself as an expert in your field.

Show up! Whether on your podcast, on your blog, or perhaps in your newsletter. Give great advice, and give it often. 

Of course, part of this visibility includes building your brand alongside your business. Stay tuned as we dive into this more in future editions. For now, remember to optimize your online presence and be visible to those who matter. 

Which means…

4. Collaborate

And finally, we have “Collaborate.” Time and again, collaboration is one of the best tools you can have in your toolbox. Although perhaps these partnerships may be with competitors, it also builds your network. And again, it makes you visible!

So what does this look like?

Start by collaborating with other experts and authority figures. Next, attend industry events and conferences to network with organizers and experts. 

You could even take on the challenge of offering to speak at these events. And always ask yourself: “How can you bring value to others?”

PSST! Want to know what events are coming up this year? Get the scoop here!

The Time for Backing Yourself is Now!

After you’ve implemented all four keys, you are now set up to successfully nominate yourself for the reward you’ve always had your eye on! 

So go out there, be your best cheerleader, and nominate YOU!

It’s time to get comfortable backing yourself.


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