The ability to create positive personal impact is an important key to your life and career success. I devote 20 tweets to it in my career success book Success Tweets, and an entire section in my latest career advice book Climbing the Corporate Ladder.
The other day, I received an email from one of my career success coaching clients asking for my best tips on creating positive personal impact. I sat down and put together a list of 15 of them. Here they are…
15 Common Sense Tips for Building Powerful Personal Impact — and Your Career Success
1. Become known as a person of character and high integrity. Be true yourself. Your reputation is all you’ve got.
2. Know your values and stick to them. If you haven’t already articulated your values (what’s important to you in life), take a few minutes, think about them and write them down. Review them often. Make sure you’re staying true to yourself.
3. Take responsibility for your life and career. You are the one who is responsible for making your dreams come true. Embrace this responsibility. Do what it takes to succeed.
4. Build your legacy. Your legacy is how people will remember you when you’re gone. Think about the memories you are leaving behind every day. How will people remember you? Focus on ensuring that people will remember you as someone who did his or her best.
5. Make yourself stand out. Identify the qualities or characteristics that make you a unique human being. Develop your unique feature/benefit statement. Identify what sets you apart (the feature) and how this benefits the people around you?
6. Become widely trusted. Deliver on what you say you’ll do. If you can’t meet a commitment, let the other person know as soon as you can. Keep confidences. Avoid gossip. It is never good to embarrass others by repeating what they have shared with you – even if it isn’t in confidence.
7. Use the two most important words in the world – “thank you” – often. People who use these two simple words do well in their life and career. And they others come to see them as a truly nice person.
8. Treat every social interaction as an opportunity to build and strengthen relationships. Strong relationships are key to success in business. When meeting people, make a personal connection. You’ll generate opportunities for yourself.
9. Stand up straight, smile, look people in the eye. Shake hands as if you mean it. Use the other person’s name frequently during conversations. Be genuinely interested in what other people have to say.
10. Business meals are about business, not the food. Learn and use simple table manners. Good table manners make you look polished and poised.
11. Dedicate time and money to your wardrobe. Purchase your clothing according to a well thought out plan. Buy the highest quality clothes that you can afford. This will pay off in the long run. High quality clothes look better and wear longer.
12. Make sure your clothes fit well are well tailored. Use the three way mirror when trying on clothes. Make sure you look good from the front, back and side. Keep your clothes looking good.
13. Have your hair cut and styled regularly. Your hair stylist is your friend. Visit him or her as often as necessary to keep you looking sharp.
14. Become a great communicator. Learn to write well, handle yourself in conversations and present to a group.
15. Seek out and welcome feedback. Listen to what people, especially your employees and customers, tell you. Absorb it, even though it may hurt. Develop a plan for modifying your behavior. Work your plan.
The career success coach point here is simple common sense. If you want to create the life and career success you deserve, you need to create positive personal impact. You need to have a magnetic personality. You need to conduct yourself in a manner that will attract people to you. The 15 tips in this post will help you do just that.
That’s my best common sense career advice on creating positive personal impact. What do you think? Please take a minute to share your thoughts with us in a comment. As always, thanks for reading my daily musings on life and career success. I value you and appreciate you.
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