No matter what stage of your career you are at, there are always lessons to be learned in the art of being professional. Those of you interested in following U.S. entertainment news or not, could not have missed the reports about Charlie Sheen and his latest sacking from show "Two and A Half Men", even when you are famous and have a hit TV show, the absence of professionalism can land you in hot water. Lesson learned.
So, here are our key tips to staying ahead of the professional curve:
- Create a good impression - this is all about first impressions, lack of confidence (or in some cases over confidence!) may creep in but try to stay balanced and all of these components [below] should fall nicely into place...
- Dress to impress - this will vary depending on your job, for example a graphic designer may not be needed to turn up to work in a suit and tie, but equally think about a professional version of your usual style.
- Voice control - easier said than done but with the right approach and tone matched to the people you are talking to, you may gain respect quickly.
- Body language - don't be too rigid, it's good to have personality, but also be careful of over flinging arms, especially if sat next to a colleague!
- Be prepared for everything - especially for meetings, presentations, events.
- Learn from other's - stay alert and keep your eyes peeled on the actions of colleagues, you will soon pick up what styles work well in your company culture, and what doesn't!
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