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Do you have the right tools to communicate well in your job?


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Too many methods. Do you know which method is right for your environment?


Tips and general lessons learned for applying professionalism to your environment.


The purpose of this category is to describe how you can use your Project Management skills to manage social responsibility.


Tips on professionalism.


Rather than recreating the wheel,  I gathered some pointers from the internet on professionalism. I thought the Image was funny because how often do you hear “That’s not my job.” If I was to get a penny for each time I hard that,  I would have had somebody else do my website.  Anyway, let me know what you think.


10. Be Punctual. Sure it may seem rudimentary, but arriving on time is the perfect way to show your employer, co-workers and yourself that your appreciate and respect your job.

9. Address With Respect.  Always show those around you that you recognize their accomplishments and positions in the company. You can easily do this without being a suck up, but it never hurts to get points for noticing other’s achievements.

8. Keep A Neat Work Area. It is easy to get caught up in the “organized chaos” mentality by telling others that your work area is fine and YOU know where everything is, but a neat desk is a happy desk.

7. Work On Diction. It may sound odd, but improving your linguistic skills is a great way to sound like you know what you are talking about.  Communicating correct information poorly still sounds incorrect.  Speak Clearly.

6. Be Confident. This one is big.  Being confident doesn’t mean act like you know everything while you don’t, as many think.  Rather be confident if you are unsure of information, you are sure that you can get it. “I will get you that information” sounds better than, “Um, I don’t know for sure” or “It is this way I think.”  Be sure to convey it in your voice as well.

5. Use Good Posture.  Actively notice your posture at work, see if it needs improvement.  Avoid sitting sideways in chairs, and walking aimlessly, or using cabinets for props.  Stand Tall, Sit Straight, and Walk With Purpose.

4. Listen Attentively. When someone is taking time to speak to you, or you are being given instructions, give them full attention. Be it your boss or the custodian telling you to watch a slippery floor, do them the courtesy of simply paying attention.

3. Dress Properly. You knew it would be here, so viola, here it is.  I am going to take it a step further however, not only should you adhere to dress code, but exceed it in presentation.  Also, make sure that your shirt is tucked, all button/snaps fastened, zippers zipped, and flaps secured.

2. Participate.  If your company is having crazy hat day, wear that Willy Wonka top hat you have stored away.  Actively participating in special days and promotions displays your commitment to the success of your professional endeavors.

1. Embrace Constructive Criticism.  Yes this one is tough for all of us, but learning from mistakes is  the best teacher. Hearing that you have made a mistake from others is often harder. Remember though, if the opinion is only for your benefit, you’ve nothing to gain but success.

Well there you have it, I hope that you have enjoyed and will benefit from these musings.  Most of these tips are for yourself and will allow you to see yourself as more professional.  Always remember, no one is going to take you seriously if you don’t.

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