Kate Reed

3 Ways to Advocate for Yourself and Unlock Your Career Potential

Kate Reed

Tips from IBM’s Kate Reed

In high school, some people were voted “Most Athletic,” others “Most Likely to Be Famous.” I claimed the prize for “Most Talkative” and have been proudly continuing down that path ever since.

I am a total and complete extrovert. I love being in groups and meeting new people. I could pretty much carry on a conversation with a wall. But it gets awkward when I have to talk about myself. Whether it’s initiating networking conversations or speaking up in a meeting, there have been moments throughout my career when I’ve hesitated to advocate for myself, wondering how to walk the line between confidence and conceit.

Introvert or extrovert, self-promotion can be challenging. It’s also necessary for career development in so many ways, from increasing your earning potential to landing the next job opportunity. Advocating for yourself helps you stay competitive, build your personal brand, and make more professional connections. Read More

Networking: Become a Self-Promotion Pioneer | 2019 Session

Networking is no longer just about schmoozing at an occasional event after work. It happens in person and online and it’s a 24/7 job. Self-promotion, although not always comfortable for people (especially women and introverts) is a critical aspect of networking in 2019. Communications strategist Karen Wickre opens this session with her insights and step by step advice, followed by a conversation with expert panelists to discuss ways to nail that first impression and how to present yourself that creates the brand you want before someone brands you on their own. Attendees will walk away inspired and armed to become a self-promotion pioneer whether you’re sitting behind a screen or in the flesh. Read More

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