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Top Ways to Improve Your Image.

September 8, 2010
franka jovem

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We wish you the best this Labor Day Week.  It’s sad to see the summer coming so quickly to an end.  The long nights will shorten and the work pace will pick back up.  Let’s consider the new work season, or for some a new school season, and what adjustments could be made to remain competitive.  We have gotten a few inquiries about how one can improve their image at work. With layoffs, hiring, cutbacks, redesigning jobs and employment relationships, your image at work could not be more important.  So please review our top 9 tips for improving your image at work and please feel free to add the 10th.  Give us some feedback we would love to hear from you.

Top Nine Tips for improving your image at work.

  1. Check the temperature.  Know what  your image at work is? Ask a few people out for lunch and get 360 feedback,  ask your manager, your mentor, and colleagues- above you, on your level and below.  Get opinions from people you trust to give it to you straight. Or hire us to do it all for you.
  2. Check your gear. Dress for the job you want. The adjustment could be maximal or minimal.  New eyeglasses, new hairstyle, new portfolio, briefcase/ bag, a fine writing instrument can all be slight enhancements that can tighten your image.   Better fitting clothes including undergarments, will also improve your image.
  3. Check your attitude. Are you a great team player?  Are people comfortable around you?  Do people tell you the truth or what you want to hear for fear of retribution or defensiveness?
  4. Check your tone. Do you sound like you are always ready to fight? Are you condescending or accusatory? Do you act you are everybody’s mommy, or worse, daddy?
  5. Check your calendar. Are you attending the company functions both business and social?  Social functions can be intimate opportunities for co-workers to see another side of your image.
  6. Check the last time you invested in you. Do you need to be more proficient in an important aspect of your job?  Take a class, read a book, or get a coach.
  7. Check your protocol. Do you manage your team appropriately? Do you show deference to executives where appropriate?
  8. Check you etiquette. Do you eat elegantly or like a Viking?  Do you treat common areas with respect?  Do you interrupt people? Are you on your cell phone with personal calls and texting like you are obsessed?
  9. Check yourself. Do you live up to your word?  Do you make promises that you consistently do not keep?  Do you over promise?  Do you lie?

Let us know what you can add as number ten.  We would love to hear how you make the transition from summer to fall and beyond. And what you are planning to work on for an enhanced professional image. If you let us, and if you need us, we’d like to help.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2010 10:05 AM

    I’m so glad to see attitude, tone and etiquette on your list. It is amazing how much adjusting these three items can do for your image. So many people aren’t aware of the messages they’re sending by being disgruntled, belligerent, and inadvertantly rude! Thank you for these great reminders! I look forward to reading more.

    Amy

  2. September 8, 2010 11:14 AM

    #10 Check the expectations you set
    I have been a consultant for 20 years and the best way to create happy clients that keep coming back and referring new clients is by over-delivering on the expectations you set. This means that on the front-end you under-promise and on the back-end you over-deliver. I know the under-promising part seems counter-intuitive, but it works!

  3. Emma permalink
    September 8, 2010 11:58 AM

    #10: Do you work on ways to feel proud of your work?
    If you are happy with the results of your work, you don’t have to go overboard with trying to impress others or jockeying for position. If you know how your talents contribute to your company’s efforts, it helps your image because your high self-esteem and confidence will shine. Your company wins as well because you feel more comfortable with sharing information and mentoring others because you are not afraid of others shining as well. As a consultant, I also believe that appearing self-assured helps to close the deal with potential clients.

  4. Marcella Stokes permalink
    September 23, 2010 9:38 AM

    This is a fantastic blog! The tips are very helpful. Thank you.

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