How to Make Yourself Memorable in a Sea of Corporate Robots

7 May

Back in October, one of my friends was getting married.

So naturally, we did what most people do these days and we went on an epic bachelorette cruise.

These days, I’m totally an old person and I don’t do anything crazy like that.

But that weekend, I made an exception.

Because my friend, who’s now married, is kind of amazing.

So we got a group of crazy rowdy women together and we partied.

We drank and we ate and we all wore wigs on captain’s night.

And for the record…I LOVED my purple bob wig.

So did this get everyone’s attention?

You bet it did.

We were definitely… memorable.

 So this got me thinking about how hard we all try to be noticed.

I mean, especially in our careers, we’re taught that we need to be remembered. We’re taught that we need to make an impact.

We’re encouraged to attend networking events..

We’re encouraged to mingle…

We’re encouraged to build relationships…

And what for??

To be noticed. To be memorable. So that if opportunities become available, others will think of us and then BAM…we have jobs.

Sounds simple enough, right?

But how do we do that? How do we make ourselves memorable?

Um…sure, you can show up to a work event wearing a purple bob wig…

(Good luck with that)

OR, you can try one of the following…

  1. Be positive

Sad fact of life…there aren’t a whole lot of positive people in this world. Most people spend their days complaining and whining and they’re like giant balls of negativity. And you know what??? NO ONE LIKES TO BE AROUND THESE PEOPLE. Because really, it’s exhausting. So try to be that ray of sunshine (super corny, but I don’t care). Be positive. Be that person that people want to be around because you’re just so damn happy. Because that happiness rubs off on other people. And believe me, people can use all the happiness they can get. I promise, you’ll be remembered for it.

  1. Be genuine

I hate fake people. I hate fake people. I hate fake people. I hate fake people. Got it? Awesome. If you haven’t noticed already, you’ll find that sooooo many people put up a front all the time. They don’t know how to be themselves. ESPECIALLY at work. ESPECIALLY at networking events. It’s almost like half the world got a copy of some handbook on how to act in the workplace and I was absent the day they gave them out. Excerpt from that handbook: “Use big words…don’t laugh…don’t make jokes…act like a robot.” But who the heck likes that?? Don’t think for a second that you have to be a corporate robot in order to succeed in your career. If you’re honest and you’re yourself, people will notice….Because it’s rare, and it’s super refreshing.

  1. Be helpful

I have a terrible memory. Like, really bad. But there are certain people who I never forget, and most of them are people who’ve helped me in the past. Mentors who’ve steered me in the right direction… school advisors who’ve given me great advice…my friend who stayed up with me till 3am so I could vent about my break up. Those are the people you often remember. Honestly, you should help people not because you want to be remembered, but because you’re a nice person and it’s the right thing to do. But being remembered is a happy side effect.

  1. Become an expert

You want to get noticed? Become the go-to person in any field. Even if it means you’re like the expert photocopier. You know how to print copies in color. You know how to print copies front and back. You know how to print copies upside down left to right, and you even know how to staple them. People remember the experts. So pick something you’re really good at, and learn absolutely everything you can about it.

Anyone else have any advice?! How do you make yourself memorable?

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7 Responses to “How to Make Yourself Memorable in a Sea of Corporate Robots”

  1. L May 7, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    Reblogged this on Not So Skinny Genes and commented:
    I cannot tell you how much I love this advice.

  2. chollerina May 7, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    This is so awesome, and so true. Great post and great advice! You absolutely nailed the most important things to do (and, those not to do, thanks for reminding people of that as well ;)). I’m off to find me a purple bob wig! X

  3. mattissimo May 7, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    Excellent post!! Thank you!

  4. Laura4NYC May 8, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    Love the first point! Curled up like “a giant ball of negativity” – it’s so very true in today’s times. Unfortunately, it’s become acceptable in social media and anywhere else to be the big negative person, to whine and complain about today’s life, to diss others in front of a huge crowd, and to not be super-positive overall!
    Thank you for another post with thoughts that are just to-the-point.

  5. pauldrasmussen May 15, 2014 at 1:41 am #

    Number one and two are really good advice particularly for younger people. So often when I go to events, the younger people tend to hand around in there own group and often don’t come and try to interact with the more veteran members of the sector shall we say. And unfortunately when they do a lot of the time they are either saying something negative or trying to be something they are not and trust me I can tell if you actually know what you are talking about and have something worthwhile to say very very quickly.

    Also just talk to people, talk to everyone, make friends you never ever know if the person you have a glass wine with last week is going to ring you up and as you if you want a new a job.

  6. Garth Beyer May 23, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    Oh, heck. It’s about time I give you a shoutout on my blog. I post an Assorted Links blog post about once a week. You’ll be on the next one. Cheers!

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