5 major factors that could affect your business
1. Toot your own horn. Why not create your own ‘brag bag’, ‘atta-girl’ binder, or an ‘elevator pitch’. It’s important to know the good work you are doing and how to talk about it casually to others. When asked the “Tell me about yourself?” question; are you able to highlight who you are and the benefits your offer in sixty-seconds or less? Being able to talk about your success is an important part of getting noticed in your career, company, and industry.
2. Become a philanthropist. Philanthropy is not limited to those who give great sums of money. Philanthropy as defined by The Free Online Dictionary is: deliberate affection for mankind, shown in contributions of money, property, or work for the benefit of others. I created an organization called “My Dreams do Come True.” I can’t start to tell you the media opportunities and brand recognition I’ve received by giving back to my community.
3. Practice good manners. People like to be around those who are kind and considerate. You are also setting standards for others’ behavior and encouraging them to treat you with similar respect.
Grace and Charm Insight: Many people think etiquette is all about the fork you use. It is not! Developing your social skills will:
- Increase your earning potential by opening doors of opportunity
- Enhance your relationships
- Attract better and higher paying customers or clients
- Clients become raving fans
- Increased self-esteem
- Position you to attain power and influence
- Win the support of others who can help you achieve your goals
- More media opportunities
- Establishes immediate trust and credibility
- Business etiquette is a necessity even more in today’s business world where it does not only give you a competitive edge over the competition but also brands you as the preferred, partner to do business with.
4.Seek media opportunities. We are constantly vying for attention in a crowded marketplace. Publicity is one of the most effective – and inexpensive – ways to generate awareness about you or your organization. Plus editorial coverage is three times more credible than an advertisement and therefore, more effective than other forms of communication.
5. Develop the skill of listening. When you want to show someone you like them focus on them. Become interested in what they are saying or even doing. Attentively listen to them as they speak and become involved with their conversation. As they talk, paraphrase and ask them pertinent questions regarding what they are saying. If they are busy doing something and it looks like they could use some help, offer to help them. Both listening and helping are other ways to show people you like them.