As I mentioned in my Monday August 1 post, I have a new career advice book being released this month. It’s called Success Tweets for Creating Positive Personal Impact. Lydia Ramsey of Manners that Sell is my coauthor.
I’ve decided to give readers of this career success blog a sneak peek at the common sense tweets in Success Tweets for Creating Positive Personal Impact this week. Here are some of the tweets you’ll find inside the book.
- Learn and use the basic rules of etiquette. Social faux pas might not ruin your career, but they certainly won’t help it.
- Be gracious, kind and engaging. Everybody likes to be around polite and mannerly people.
- Always act like a lady or gentleman. It’s not old-fashioned; it’s smart business and leads to life and career success.
- Be courteous. It costs you nothing and it can mean everything to someone else. It also helps in getting what you want.
- It’s great to know the rules, but the most important etiquette tip is to help other people feel comfortable.
- Stand and be known for something. Create and nurture your unique personal brand.
- Build your personal brand by being consistent and constant. Make sure everything you do is on brand, consistently and constantly.
- Your personal brand should be uniquely you, but built on integrity. Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is looking.
- Build your brand by being visible. Volunteer for tough jobs. Brand yourself as someone who makes significant contributions.
- Personal branding takes work. Do whatever it takes to make sure people will think of you in the way you want them to.
- A good personal brand highlights your uniqueness. Be unconventional, break a few rules. But don’t get too far out there.
- Nurture your network. What your friends, colleagues and customers say about you is how others will think of you and your brand.
- Say “thank you” often. You’ll succeed, build a strong personal brand and leave a legacy of being a nice person.
Dressing for Success
- Demonstrate self-respect and respect for others in your attire. Be impeccable in your presentation of self.
- Be well-groomed and appropriate for every situation. Always dress one level up from what is expected. You’ll stand out from the crowd.
- Observe successful people in your company. What do they wear? Dress like them and you won’t go wrong.
- “Business” is the first and most important word in “business casual.” Dress as if you’re going to work, not a sporting event or club.
- The definition of business casual is to dress down one notch from business professional so you can’t go from your suit and tie to your favorite old jeans and t-shirt.
- A man’s most professional dress is a business suit with matching coat and trousers, accompanied by a blue or white shirt and solid tie.
- The most professional look for a business woman is a skirted suit. That means a knee-length skirt with a matching jacket.
- Pay attention to your shoes. Whether you do or not, others will. Keep them in good condition, polished not scuffed, and professional.
- Pants’ length matters in business. For both men and women, trousers should break gently at the top of your foot or shoe.
- Men need to make sure that their shoes and belt match each other: both black or both brown. Both in good condition.
- Socks count. Be sure that yours match what you are wearing, either your shoes or your pants and definitely each other. No white socks.
- Keep your clothes in good condition. The rumpled, unpressed look can derail your career.
- At business social events, keep in mind that your attire still needs to look professional. Your clothing choices matter.
- Accessories make a difference. From handbags to laptop cases, watches to earrings, all need to be of good quality and conservative.
I hope you found these common sense tweets to be helpful in your journey to the life and career success you want and deserve. Come back tomorrow for more common sense tweets from Lydia Ramsey and my forthcoming book Success Tweets for Creating Positive Personal Impact. As always, thanks for reading my daily thoughts on life and career success. I value you and I appreciate you.
PS: If you haven’t already done so, you can download a free copy of my latest career success book Success Tweets Explained. It’s a whopping 390 + pages of career advice explaining each of the common sense tweets in Success Tweets in detail. Go to http://budurl.com/STExp to claim your free copy. You’ll also start receiving my daily life and career success quotes.