On Friday, I provided some career advice on the importance of nurturing your personal brand. In a blog post, I used Serena Williams’ meltdown at the US Open to point out how a moment’s indiscretion can do serious damage to a brand you have worked diligently to build – as well as your life and career success.
A strong, unique personal brand is one way to create positive personal impact and career success. But there is more to creating positive personal impact than branding. Lydia Ramsey and I have just released a new career advice book, Success Tweets for Creating Positive Personal Impact. You can pick up a copy here.
But if you don’t want to purchase the book, or are looking for some quick career success advice on creating positive personal impact, look no further. Here are 15 common sense bits of career advice for creating powerful personal impact. Check them out. Let me know what you think.
1. Become known as a person of character and high integrity. Be true yourself. Your reputation is all you’ve got. A reputation as a person of high integrity will help you create the career success you want and deserve.
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. If you want to create positive personal impact and become a career success, you have to be values driven.
3. Take responsibility for your life and career success. You are the one who is responsible for making your dreams come true. Embrace this responsibility. Do whatever it takes to create you career success. Making sure that you exude positive personal impact is a great place to start.
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, helped others and created his or her own life and career success.
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. This will help you create your career success.
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 when it comes to creating their life and career success. And, as a bonus, others come to see them as truly nice people.
8. Treat every social interaction as an opportunity to build and strengthen relationships. Strong relationships are and important key to your life and career success. When meeting people, make a personal connection. Think about how you can help every person you meet. You’ll generate opportunities for yourself.
9. Stand up straight, smile, look people in the eye. Shake hands as if you mean it. Use other people’s names frequently during conversations. Be genuinely interested in what they 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 and help you in your career success journey.
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. This is important career advice that you should not ignore.
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 and you’ll be moving toward your career success.
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. If you want to create the career success you deserve, you need to get good at writing clearly and well, handle yourself in conversations and presenting to groups.
15. Finally, maybe the most important piece of career advice of all — seek out and welcome feedback. Listen to what people, especially your boss, 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. You have to create positive personal impact if you want to become the life and career success you deserve to be. If you really want to learn all about creating positive personal impact, pick up a copy of Lydia Ramsey and my new career advice book Success Tweets for Creating Positive Personal Impact. If you’re pretty squared away on this subject, run through 15 tips in this post again. Use them, and you’ll be on your way to the life and career success you want and deserve.
That’s my 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 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.
PPS: I opened my membership site on September 1. It’s called My Corporate Climb and is devoted to helping people create career success inside large corporations. To celebrate the grand opening, I’m giving away a new career advice book I’ve written called I Want YOU…To Succeed in Your Corporate Climb. You can find out about the membership site and get the career advice in I Want YOU… for free by going to http://www.mycorporateclimb.com.