A Key to Success!
It's a glorious morning here in sunny New Zealand and I would rather be at the beach today but have lots of work to do. My last post was about connecting with people through our content, keeping it real and remembering our audience are real people.
I wanted to take this a little further and discuss PROFESSIONALISM, as I feel this is one of the important keys to our success.
The Merriam-Webster definition of professionalism states: "the conduct, aims or qualities that characterize or mark a professional person."
In any career, our conduct or interactions/behaviour determine our level of success with dealing with people.
How we conduct ourselves directly effects our personal and professional reputation.
It is always more difficult when presenting ourselves as strangers on an online platform because of the non-direct intetreactions.
Face to face we can present ourselves as professionals through the way we dress, speak and behave, but online we need to be able to deliver intent in a more creative manner.
Others need to view us as professionals, authorities in our field. Trustworthy, ethical and honest.
How do we do this?
Consistent sincerity, humility, common courtesy and integrity.
If this shows through in our blogs, our reviews and any daily interactions with those we are in contact with, it not only demonstrates our own professionalism but builds trust not only for ourselves but for those we represent.
We are putting ourselves out there on a global level. How do we want the world to view us?
Just because we are building our businesses from home on a laptop, does not mean that we have to bahave like we are not at work.
When I bagan this journey, I worked from the couch in my PJ's but now I organise my time, have a diary and get up and dressed as though I were attending a physical workplace. This changed the way I work and although no one can see me, I have a view of myself as a professional.
How do you view professionalism in the online world? Would love to hear your views.
Wishing you all the greatest success.