I was recently reading over professional development blogs (some great ones here, here and here) and came across a post that really resonated with me: “Become Unnoticeable to Be Noticed.” It’s not something you tend to hear when referring to catching someone’s attention (be it a co-worker, manager, potential client, or otherwise), and it got me thinking: What are a few simple ways to get noticed for being unnoticeable?
In Janna’s blog mentioned above, she gave an excellent metaphor for this very topic. “Consider a small choir ensemble,” she says. “No matter how great the music selection, one off-key singer taints the whole performance… One bad note overshadows a potential masterpiece.”
She’s right; one foul note can stick out in someone’s mind, rather than all the grand performances you’ve previously given. So what can you do to make sure you stay in tune?
Here are a few suggestions:
- Be on time.
- Use spell check and spell people’s names correctly.
- Keep and remember your promises.
- And my personal favourite – Remember people’s names.
They say it’s the little things that count, and as Janna says, by separating yourself from the pack that ignores these everyday details, you’ll end up standing out by doing the small (but important) things that they can do, but don’t.