Design is about more than just sparkle, shine, and sleekness, it's a lot more. It's about a lot more including the value of the product and brand, it impacts the engagement with the customers and the process that goes on behind the business, and that's just the beginning of the list. The world needs every designer's creative insight if you have an idea, a thought or away, the world needs you!
It needs your abilities to recognize patterns, to combine ideas that inspire and influence those around you as you dive into engaging issues.
As a designer, you need to be known for more than just code. You need to be known for knowing your business. The world is in need of a creative wakeup call and design thinking has its number. You are not just pixels, so don't let the world think you are. You have to add value that has an impact, if you're not packing a creative punch that's filled to the brim with knowledge gained from consumer insight, you're not helping yourself or the world in the way that you could be. It boils down to you being you, how you think, how you empathize, how you use those things to communicate with the consumers that make your company worthwhile. When presenting, be sure to talk up your designs with insightful thoughts, stories that elicit empathy, and blow them away with your brilliance.
Don't walk into a meeting and drone on about technical this or that, as a designer you should already know that you need to connect with your audience. Study them and empathize with them, understand them and you need to understand that everything needs to have a case presented for it and everything you say and do has a financial impact