Episode #39: Being Seen vs Being Visible - Caroline Flanagan

Episode #39: Being Seen vs Being Visible

There’s a huge difference between being seen and being visible. One is passive, the other active. One keeps you powerless, the other puts you in control.

This week on the podcast I talk about the importance of making yourself more visible at all stages of your working parent career. You already know this of course, and yet you’re still not doing enough to make this happen. Why is that and what are you going to do to change that?

When I think back to my days as a finance lawyer in the City, I was the same. I knew what I needed to do, but doing what it took to make myself more visible felt like a huge challenge. But since I started to treat this as one of my highest priorities, it became so much easier. And the results have been outstanding.

If you want to increase your visibility at work, but you’re not sure where to start, tune into this week’s podcast. Here’s what I cover:

  • The difference between being seen and being visible
  • 4 mistakes you make about how others should treat you
  • The common fears that are holding you back
  • Getting past the fear of visibility
  • 11 ways to start increasing your visibility today

Testimonials

Caroline did a fantastic job as the guest speaker at our latest Women with Ambition networking event: 'How to ensure kids don’t derail your career'. Caroline’s talk was engaging and insightful and feedback from our clients that attended was overwhelmingly positive. All of the delegates mentioned they had gained some sound advice from Caroline’s presentation, regardless of whether they were thinking about having children, were already parents or were managing individuals with family commitments. Caroline has been a pleasure to work with and I look forward to continuing to develop our working relationship in the future. I would highly recommend working with her.

Sally Clare, Head of Diversity, Ambition UK

When I came into the office the following Monday, I could see the effect that you’d had. People were visibly changed as a result of your talk.

Oli Holmes, Accenture

Caroline came to speak to our Balance Employee Network about “How to babyproof your career so you can balance your life”. I really enjoyed preparing this event together. Caroline took great care in understanding the needs of the audience to make her message even more powerful. The whole process from preparing the event invitation to getting feedback was very professional with a wonderful personal touch.

Louise Walewska, Presentation Client, HSBC Asset Management

Caroline, I can’t thank you enough for the help you gave me while starting to think of family planning. Your level-headed approach to some of the things I was panicking about has put everything into perspective. Not to mention that talking through and planning how to run my company single-handedly with a child was invaluable. I really appreciate having the after-session documents to work through in my own time and have been referring to them frequently. I cannot recommend a Babyproof Your Life session highly enough when starting to think about children – everyone should do this! Many thanks again.

Client T, UK, Babyproof Client

I am more than happy to share wonderful feedback about you. Working with you has been life changing and continues to inspire me and help me grow.

Coaching client, Director, PwC Legal

I wanted to let you know that I have been promoted to counsel. Thanks very much to your coaching I have managed to get through one of the most challenging years of my career and managed to achieve what I had hoped to! I might not have made it were it not for your advice and guidance.

Client C, Solicitor