Today’s challenge: management ranks are crowded and the trend to flatten organizations is leaving fewer leadership roles to capture.

The good news is that each of us has the power to get ahead in the office no matter what the trends are. It just takes doing the right things at the right time.

To fast track your career, give these 5 proven strategies for getting ahead in the office a try:

Speak at regional and industry conferences in your area of expertise

If you are new to public speaking, a good way to get your footing is to speak for little or no fee. Entertaining speaker and successful business leader, Gary Vaynerchuck, says his best tip for speaking is “Speak for free. I spoke for free for years before I landed my first paying speaking gig.”

For clever tips on preparing your speech and yourself for the stage, watch Jodie Fox, the Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at Shoes of Prey; here.

Participate within industry or academic research teams and publish white papers or studies

Today, white papers continue to lend credibility and have become popular communication tools for organizations especially on the internet since many potential customers search for information on the web. Corporations also use white papers at conferences, conventions, and to share information or new products as solutions that would serve their customers’ needs.

The experts at Purdue University reminds us that typically, the purpose of a white paper is to advocate that a certain position is the best way to go or that a certain solution is best for a particular problem.

Expand relationships with influencers and journalists in your area of focus

If meeting journalists, media experts, or influencers are new to you – take a look at Beck Bamberger’s Fast Company article. It includes a handy flow chart that outlines how you can determine which announcements, interviews with you or execs at your company, and other kinds of coverage to place at the outlets.

Submit work and projects to industry competitions

Awards can help you demand a higher fee as a business owner, reinforce your request for a larger salary to your employer, and provide external validation regarding how you measure up against your competition.

A personal tip:

Join a mastermind group and drive progress towards your goals

Jonathan Milligan shares that many of our favorite Disney moments from the 1930 – 1970’s began in a mastermind group of animators that included Walt Disney.

To learn more, view his guest post for Michael Hyatt, where Milligan shares history as well as valuable tips for launching a mastermind group that will keep you accountable.   


Now it’s your turn

Do you have tips or strategies that have helped you move ahead in your career?

If so, thanks in advance for joining the conversation and sharing insight via the comment section below.