Sharing Accolades–Give Credit Where Credit Is Due
A great deal of learning to navigate the professional world is networking and marketing. How the public views you or your company is key to continued success; increasing the public’s desire to see you dance, or to have you as their teacher, or to want to be at your school/studio. Social media has become a very useful tool in helping to develop your image, persona, and company culture… what kind of impression would you like others to have of you? And we’re not just talking about the public, or people you have never met, audience members, fans or potential customers/students. We’re also talking about the environment you create for those currently in your world, in your inner circle, in your everyday life of training, dancing, teaching, performing, learning. Would you like the world to believe that you are self-absorbed, arrogant and only about self-promotion…. in it to toot your own horn? Or would you like the world to see that you are appreciative for the opportunities that have been presented to you, and thankful to the people involved in your ongoing hard work to achieve that success…. to see that you have a greater vision for expression, communication and education through ongoing collaboration?
Over the long term, people respond to a positive and humble attitude, ongoing work ethic and inspiration, not necessarily a single moment in time of recognized accomplishment. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t strive to achieve those milestones and goals…. absolutely— have at it! They are a wonderful tool for gauging your development and progress…. but don’t hang your hat on them and leave it at that.
There are many people who support you in achieving your success: your parents, your teachers, or even a supportive friend, relative, spouse or partner, even the parents of your students if you are a studio owner…. Sharing Accolades for your success is essential to helping keep that support system in place. If you have a partnership or collaboration, acknowledge it and make it known that you are working together… if you have a teacher who has been helping you with the basics, while perhaps the choreographer gets the credit, make particular mention of them. Talk about it in your blog, your Facebook posts, your Tweets, give recognition in the performance program, or acceptance speech. Create an atmosphere and culture of collaboration, and appreciation. You’ll be glad that you did!