We’ve all felt it at one time or another, and you may be feeling it right now. The question is: How do you turn it around? How do you go from being underappreciated to being appreciated? I asked around for advice, and here are some tips I received, along with some I’ve learned along the way.
For the purpose of this article I’m going to assume that you deserve to be appreciated.
Let your work speak for itself.
This is really the strongest way you can communicate. Often, part of letting your work speak for itself is communicating it clearly to those you want to impress. Have you ever walked your audience through the thought process of your work? For example, Web designer Paul Boag, co-founder of Headscape, makes sure the first time a client sees a website he’s designed it’s accompanied by a video of him explaining the design. That way he can communicate his thought process along with his work, thus minimizing confusion when it comes time to review.
Love what you do.