They are the coaching and training pros who “look the look” “talk the talk” and “walk the walk”.
What makes them special?
They did the work to make themselves more “professional”.
So, the next obvious question is “What is the work?”
Here is a list of simple and effective strategies to dramatically improve your professionalism, so you can be one of those pros who really stands out in a crowd.
1. Have new photos taken.
You don’t need to spend a lot. Yes, a professional photo shoot is ideal. However, just taking a wide range of new lifestyle type photos can be very helpful to your business. Use these new photos throughout your social media.
2. Be consistent with your social media images/brand/colors/
Using a software such as Canva can make a world of difference for a very low investment.
3. Use simple language when needed, and also expand your vocabulary for times when it’s warranted.
In addition, learning to speak more effectively will, without question, make you appear (and actually become) more professional. We even offer a great training program on this topic. Check it out. https://spencerinstitute.
4. Dress appropriately.
Wearing worn out, faded or torn clothes may be great for someone in entertainment or the arts (maybe). But, it’s nothing you should entertain. Look sharp. Make sure everything fits properly. Be consistent with your marketplace and your brand. Don’t deviate. Nobody ever got points off for being the best-dressed in the room.
5. Take the high road.
There are times when you get upset, mad, frustrated and even furious. If you “lose your mind” people will always remember that. When you can stay calm, people will remember, and like, that behavior better. Don’t lash out even when you feel you must. Ultimately, it won’t do much good and can cause irreversible damage. Chill!
6. Always continue your education.
You never stop learning. You must always be learning. Only people who think they know enough stop learning. They are also the same people who fade away far before reaching the top of their industry.
7. Surround yourself with other intelligent people who want to reach high levels of professionalism as well.
Irons sharpens iron. Spending a large portion of your time with less inspired people will leave you…… less inspired.
Professionalism is more than what you “do” to become more professional. It is likely even more about how you think about your daily actions. It’s more about how you perceive your position in the industry. It also consists of your dedication to the process of becoming more professional.
You don’t just snap your fingers and “poof” you are a world-class pro. It takes time. Start now. Dedicate yourself. Do the work. Carry on. It never ends. Go!
Thanks for reading.
The NESTA/Spencer Institute Team
PS: Remember, we are ALWAYS here to help you with ALL of your goals and dreams. Just ask, and we’re here to assist.