The Influential Conversationalist

Posted on: May 4th, 2018 by Jen Mueller

What if I told you the secret to your success was just showing up?

Not just once, but over and over again.

When I first got into sports broadcasting as a college student, I was worried about being taken seriously. I wanted to know how to earn the respect of the athletes I covered and how to build trust with the coaches. I wanted people to take me seriously, which can be a challenge as a woman working in a testosterone-driven environment. When I mentioned these concerns to a mentor, he told me to just do what I do. As in, show up, do my job and let time take care of the rest.

I wasn’t going to convince anyone I was serious about my job in one conversation. I couldn’t gain trust by showing up at just one press conference. I had to show up again and again.

Don't underestimate the value of showing up consistently. It's what sets you apart and it's what good leaders do. Click To Tweet

I’ve worked in sports broadcasting for two decades, and when I get asked for career advice I’m sure my answer is never the most popular, but it’s the approach that worked for me. Show up over a period of time. Do great work all the time. Leaders show up consistently even before they’re in a leadership position.

Determine where you want to be seen and the space you want to be known in. Commit to showing up for as long as it takes, because that persistence combined with your talent and skills will get you where you want to go.

You can demonstrate leadership potential in the way you approach daily interactions. Get more strategies in my latest book The Influential Conversationalist and if you want more ways to practice leadership sign up for the monthly Practicing Leadership email. 

Jen Mueller is a sports broadcasting veteran, rockstar keynote speaker and the author of three books. She’s currently a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team and serves as the sideline reporter for the Seattle Seahawks. Jen’s unique work environment gives her a different perspective on business communication. Hire Jen for your next conference or training session so your team can reap the benefits of being fully engaged at work and maximizing their productivity: