Seven Career Tips for Succeeding in Corporate America

By: Lindsey Ault-Authier

I’ve had many great mentors who have shared their advice along the way. In honor of the recent Women’s History Month, I’ve pulled together a list of my top tips.

1) “Chance favors the prepared mind.”

I always prepare and learn as much as I can before going into a big meeting or doing something new. With Google, YouTube, and my access to Gartner research and experts, there’s no reason to not be prepared.

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2) Begin with the end in mind.

Now, I aggressively prioritize to make sure everything I’m spending time on is driving toward business results. I use a variety of productivity tools to help me, including leveraging the bullet list, scheduling my work and personal life a week in advance, and iPhone reminders.

All of these tools keep me on track and focused on my goals. I’d recommend reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective People for more on this concept.

3) All leaders wear clothes, too.

Everyone, no matter their success, is still human. Keeping in mind that leaders and famous people are just like you and me helps to calm my nerves.

4) Practice, practice.

When I host live Q&A interviews with senior leadership, I write out what I want to say and practice in the mirror, in the car, and to friends. Also, I watch how other successful speakers talk, and I take trainings on how to present effectively.

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5) Go on “virtual coffees.”

I proactively set up 30-minute “virtual coffees” with people through LinkedIn each month and reach out to other employees from different departments for coffee. People love sharing about their careers and are receptive to giving you 30 minutes of their time.

6) Dress the part.

What you wear should be on par with the leaders in your field. Overall, if you feel good about the way you dress, you will feel more confident at work, which will help you succeed.

7) Promote your accomplishments.

Leaders and people, in general, are busy and distracted. If it takes you ten minutes to explain what you do and why it’s important, that’s too long. Get your sales pitch down, and be able to speak to why your projects are important. If have you trouble with self-promotion, pretend you are creating it for a friend. Either way, learn to communicate your value.

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Lindsey Ault-Authier runs Gartner’s conferences social media program.

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