By Janet Adetu
It is imperative to recognize that you will be judged no matter what. It is easier to save time and energy by just making that efforts to make a good first impression your polished image will fire your presence, highly influential for developing relationships with others. People will take you more seriously, listen to your ideas and trust that you can add value.
Well for the sake of understanding how etiquette savvy you are I have some strategies for you:
- Establish a Competitive Advantage
We have established that competition is so stiff and becoming stiffer by the day, it is important that you discover those strengths in you that will help you have that upper edge. It may be as simple as you love for talking or your gift of time keeping. Place yourself in a competitive environment like applying for a job and think of that one thing you want the interviewer to remember you by. Your smile can be an added plus.
2.Portray Confidence & Assertiveness+
Imagine being a marketing rep at a networking gathering with the responsibility of introducing a certain number of new clients to your company. You would have achieved nothing staying by the food or drinks table waiting to be introduced by others. Your confidence and assertiveness is the major personality trait that must be built so that in approaching others you appear trustworthy. Integrity is key when it comes to building relationships.
3.Exhibit Positive Impression Management
Your body language says a lot about the impression you create of yourself. First impressions literally takes seconds to make unconsciously. Just looking at your personality now do you look your age, younger or older?
Would you pass for a professional or an amateur, do you appear advanced in your knowledge or a new kid on the block?
Putting your entire appearance, behaviour and communication style together would you consider yourself having impressive characteristics or could you be letting your guard down?
- 4.Identify Your Leadership Traits
A leader is easily identifiable because of the presence created around them. These traits are developed overtime and enhanced with experience. A good leader must show decorum, charisma and emotional intelligence for all others around. Having a vision is paramount but having the right idea as to which way to flow shows independence, direction and focus. Do not be afraid to make mistakes so long as you use them as learning curves for improved results in the future. Remember to lead does not imply you know it all but you have an added value which is is buttressed by team members. That leadership value is what will draw people to you.
- 5.Master Appropriate Conduct
Standing in the middle of the airport screaming at a ground hostess maybe a spur of the moment thing at the time but can be an action that if seen by others may jeopardize your professional and personal image. As an entrepreneur raising your voice and losing control in the presence of your customer will kill your business if you rely on word of mouth. Your best judge of character will always be seen in your conduct and behaviour. Your attitude to everyday things around you will also play a major role in the way you react. The etiquette advantage will place you in the best position as to how to overcome most awkward situations by applying best practices.
- 6.Dress Strategically for Results
Is class or status important to you? Do you combine panache with your profession? A little more effort in your appearance can create the big impact required to move you forward. Many people admire power dressers even if they struggle to put it together themselves. Your striking appearance does not mean expensive dressing but one that attracts in a positive way. One that inspires and motivates further synergy between others. Grooming must not be overlooked as it is the primary step to looking and feeling good. Pay attention to the fine detail from top to bottom, enhance your personality with your full ensemble.
- 7.International Presence
Do not make the common mistake of accepting your local norms as internationally accepted standards. The quickest way to kill your business practice or to put yourself at a disadvantage professionally is to disregard the norms of the international environment you operate in. Business etiquette practices are according to the land, the culture and religion are major determining factors that need effort, adherence and adaptability for success.
To survive the challenging economic climate you will need to pick up new ways outside the normal to conduct your business.
In conclusion if you care about the way you look, behave and communicate others will think that you care about your work, your first step to surviving challenging economic times. This etiquette advantage will ultimately help in the following ways:
- Gaining employment
- Receiving promotion
- Obtaining new business
- Encouraging listening loyalty
- Being entrusted with a leadership role
- Increasing self-esteem, confidence and credibility
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