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How many of you are confused about what it means to be professional? For many of us it’s pure common sense, but for the rest of us we’re pretty much out in the dark. In the following post I like to share from my experience what it means to be professional….
“In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?” ~ Carl Rogers
What does it really mean to be professional?
I’ve ask this question from time and time again throughout my online/offline marketing career. Is it just dressing up in a suit and tie and “looking” very confident in everything you do?
Is it just working really hard until you achieve what you want?
Is it being an expert on everything there is to know within your niche?
Whatever it is, all I know is this. It confused the hell how of me for a mighty long time. Before my online/offline marketing presence and during it. I always look to see how people act professional and what reactions they get from others.
Some are positive and others are negative, but for most of us, we don’t like to feel the pain of the negative and take the easy way out. And we know this doesn’t really benefit us too well.
So what is it really that makes us “Professional”?
I believe the quote at the beginning of this blog post explains it the best. It’s about providing a relationship which anyone may use for their personal growth. In this case I believe I’ve been a professional for a long time as well as many of you.
But I do have to admit, I had to grow into this definition and I am still growing within it, but for the most part I have been moving forward. When you can get into this vibe of being the best you can be, then you’ll notice a slight change and you’ll see it in the people you start to attract.
Like I mentioned before, I’m speaking from my own experience and the reactions I’ve gotten from different people when it came to professionalism. If you want to attract a certain caliber of people into your inner circle, then these 5 tips is a great start. Just keep in mind that you want to be the person that people want to be attracted to:
Not Being Emotionally Focused On The Word “NO”
When I first started my business, I was pretty emotional when someone told me “NO” about my offer. It felt like a stab in the heart LOL and for some reason I thought they were rejecting me as a person. But as time went on, I gotten over it.
How? I realize that they weren’t really rejecting me as a person, but the opportunity as a whole because for some of them, I kept the relationship going. The fact that the relationship kept going was a great indicator of why they weren’t rejecting me. So instead of focusing on the NO, focus on the rapport building.
Not Trying To Convince How Much Better Your Opportunity is Than Theirs
It’s very unprofessional to try to convince people on how much your opportunity is better than theirs. That’s like saying that others can’t make a sound decision for themselves. So why insult their own intelligence?
Someone who is more professional will actually give praise to the decision that they made about their business and will offer help in their ventures. As bloggers we do this all the time by sharing information, so why not do it when we approach people online and offline? You’ll definitely be more approachable, and for some reason draw some curiosity to what you do.
Finding Out The Struggles Of Your Prospects and Leads
Now if others accepts your help, the next step is to figure out what struggles they have. The fact that you’re “troubleshooting” actually shows how concern you are about their success. And once again it may draw some curiosity to what you’re doing to be successful in your business venture.
Asking For Permission
Being courteous goes a long way in this business. Instead of making a statement to take a look at your offers, why not ask for their permission to look at your offers after building rapport and doing the troubleshooting?
People don’t like to be told what to do.. Well at least adults! When this is done, they believe that you’re “selling” them something they feel they don’t need and we all know that people don’t like to be “sold” too, although this is actually a misinterpretation of what selling really is. So be cordial with your questions because that equals professionalism!
Being On Time
You know slipped a couple of times on being late. This has to do with respecting other people’s time. We definitely want others to respect our time, so why not do the same.
Someone that is profession will go out their way to be on time for appointments, meetings, conferences, etc.. If they can’t make it or be late, they will call within a convenient time for others to let them know so they can make other plans otherwise. When it comes to this it’s all about mutual respect.
Now It’s Your Turn!
What’s your opinion on being professional? Do you see it has being someone that will help others grow personally according to the quote? Is there tips you would add or subtract to this list? Please share your comments below and share this post with your friends. I look forward to reading them!
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