- 07 January 2021
- 4 min read
5 Practical Tips For Making A Good First Impression For Black Nursing LeadersSubscribe To Advice
If you’re just starting in a senior role, making a positive first impression is key. Band 8 Nurse, Maxine, offers her first impression top tips, as well as advice for dealing with ‘Imposter Syndrome’.
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As Black leaders in senior positions we often don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression.
It can be difficult to newly nurses to make the right first impression when as Black leaders you are grappling with your own personal feelings of imposter syndrome, other people’s preconceptions about you, your role and abilities based on the colour of your skin, as well as the intolerable casual racism that we experience.
1) Prepare Ahead Of Meetings
This can prevent you from appearing as though you do not know what you are talking about when you should.
Preparing to me means:
Be clear on what’s on the agenda, including checking to see if there are any items allocated to you for feedback.Familiarise yourself with the recommended reading assigned to the meeting beforehand and make some notes on the areas you need to comment on, elaborate on or ask for further details – this is especially helpful if you are in introvert leader (like myself) as you know exactly what you want to say and when ahead of the meeting.
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2) Get Used To Confidently Stating Your Name And Title
This may seem like an odd one, but many people (including myself in the past) can struggle with this.
Imposter syndrome is very real and can sometimes creep in when you least expect it.
So practice saying your name and title, and if helpful, the areas you’ll be leading on and the contributions you can bring to the discussion/meeting.
3) Ask For More Time
Now this is an interesting one and every situation will be different.
We are all pushed to meet deadlines, be present and be responsive.
However, occasionally it may be difficult to meet the deadlines on somewhat competing priorities.
But it is ok to ask for more time.
Some great advice which was shared with me was that it is better to ask for more time in order to deliver/produce a piece of work that is outstanding than to rush and produce something that is of poor quality.
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4) Say No To Meetings That Appear In Your Diary Out Of No Where
Now of course this is to be taken with a pinch of salt, but on the whole last minute meetings can really through you off, and can be difficult to do the previous 3 tips well.
It’s ok to take control of your diary and of your time.
Request for a later date that allows you time to prepare.However if this meeting request happens to be from your chief exec or service director or there is an emergency here are some helpful ways to navigate this: Reprioritise – use a prioritising matrix to decide which task should take precedent
Reschedule - consider if another meeting be moved or reduced in length to a huddle style discussion
5) Use The Resources Available To You
It’s a sad time when you have to actually allocate time in your day to carry out your tasks, but this is where we are.
Using resources means:
Work closely with your PA/EA on managing your diary.
Make sure you are clear about what meetings/activities are important to you and should be prioritised.
Block out time in your diary to focus on carrying out specific tasks/activities.
Turn off email notifications when carrying out tasks.
I hope you have found these tips helpful.
Please share what other tips you have found helpful in making a good first impression and tips that have helped avoid burnout.
Let me know in the comments your thoughts on the advice I've given above and what I've said about making a good first impression - let's chat there!
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