How to be Successful in Your Profession
No matter what field you work in, you probably have some aspirations of professional success.
What is success and Profession
Success may be defined in different ways by different people, but being an informed and dedicated employee, a strong leader, and an honest person can all make a big difference in making you a successful professional in any career.
A profession is something a little more than a job, it is a career for someone that wants to be part of society, who becomes competent in their chosen sector through training; maintains their skills through continuing professional development (CPD); and commits to behaving ethically, to protect the interests of the public.
No matter how you define your goals or what field you work in, strengthening your professional skills, building professional relationships, and being a self-motivated professional can help you achieve success and satisfaction in your career.
What are The Steps Needed to Become Successful
Strengthen your sales skills.
No matter what line of business you’re in, sales are probably an important part of your field. Even if you don’t actually work in sales, as a professional you will need to be able to sell ideas, project roles, and cooperation.
- Listen sincerely to others. Understand their needs, desires, fears, and frustrations.
- Don’t bring your own agenda to your business interactions. If you want to be a professional and develop successful sales skills, you’ll need to devote all of your attention to the person you’re talking to.
- Instead of talking someone into something they don’t necessarily want, try to allow that person to reach the decision on their own. Whether you’re selling products or ideas, present your “product” with clarity, concision, honesty, and integrity, and highlight the benefits or advantages of that product.
- Understand what your customers or coworkers expect from what you’re offering. Those expectations are more important than what you think they should need or expect.
Exercise communication skills.
Communication skills will help you in any professional arena, and may even benefit your personal life as well. How you communicate can affect the first impression others have of you, and may make or break your professional opportunities.
- Resist saying the first thing on your mind. Instead, try waiting five seconds or so, and if you still think your input is relevant and contributes to the conversation, then voice your idea.
- If you’re naturally shy or soft-spoken, challenge yourself to be more vocal and active in conversations.
- Be aware of yourself – not just your appearance (which is important), but also your words, your tone, and your body language.
- Understand your conversational objective(s) beforeyou join a conversation.
- Be empathetic towards others. If someone (a customer, a coworker, a manager, etc.) is having a hard time, be understanding of their struggles. Put yourself in that person’s place and try to think about what you might want to hear in that moment.
Learn leadership skills.
If you’re hoping to become a successful professional, you probably have aspirations of earning a leadership role. The best way to prepare for that role – and prove to your superiors that you’re a natural leader – is to develop your leadership skills before you get promoted to a managerial role.
- Put the needs of others and the needs of the company ahead of your own needs.
- Empower others. Commend other people for their work and celebrate their success every day.
- Remember that every action contributes toward your identity as a leader. Instead of seeing every action or interaction as an isolated incident, think of them as a series of steps on the road towards success and leadership.
- Practice informed decision-making skills. Ensure that every decision you make will better you as well as the company, and/or create new opportunities for yourself and/or the company.
Take an interest in coworkers/employees.
In many corporate jobs, it’s easy for employees to feel like cogs rather than individuals. If you want to build and foster strong professional relationships, take a real interest in your coworkers’ and employees’ lives. Remember that each employee is a human who has meaningful experiences and has personal thoughts and feelings.
Remain professional when you show an interest in others at work. Don’t ask inappropriate questions and don’t poke fun at anyone. Instead, ask whether your coworkers or employees had a good weekend/holiday/vacation, and if the individual you’re talking to elaborates on what he did, use that as an opportunity to get to know him better.
- Practice listening instead of talking. Get to know what others in your workplace like or dislike, and try to understand them on a human level without judging them.
Networking is an important way to build and expand on professional relationships. But a poorly-executed networking attempt smacks of desperation and desire. Instead of going into a situation hoping blindly for some kind of connection to form, go in prepared to network and equipped with the proper skills.
- Attend networking events in your field, and consider any professional get-together through your work as a potential opportunity to network with others.
- Don’t dismiss anyone. You may want to hone in on the person you perceive to be most “valuable” to you or your career, but there’s a good chance that person doesn’t want or need to network. Anyone you meet in any professional capacity could be important, and you could be important to that person.
- Have a plan, but not an agenda. It’s important to know what you want to talk about and what kind of professional relationship you’d like to develop, but don’t go into an interaction thinking you’ll be able to walk away with an offer from a stranger.
- Be open, honest, and friendly at all times. This will help you come across as the kind of person others want to work with and invite into their own professional networks.
- Follow up with contacts you made, and be sure to follow through on any offers you may have made to others. It will show others that you’re a person of your word and that you may be a mutually beneficial person to network with in the future.
Take responsibility for your actions.
Taking responsibility for your actions cuts both ways: don’t be modest about your accomplishments (though don’t showboat, either), but you also need to take responsibility for your mistakes. Don’t try to pass the blame, and don’t be overly defensive about your mistakes. Simply accept that a mistake was made, acknowledge what you should have done differently, and use the incident as a learning experience.
- Trying to blame others for your mistakes may make you feel slightly better about yourself in the moment, but your coworkers or employees will resent you for passing the blame, and your supervisors/managers may lose respect for you if they’re privy to what you’re doing.
- While it’s important to take responsibility for your errors, it’s also important that you don’t beat yourself up over them. Try to find the lesson of what you can do different next time, and move on.
goals. Goals are important to better yourself, both in your personal life and your professional life. They give you something to work toward and they help fill your work and your life with greater purpose. But it’s important that you make goals that are both beneficial and attainable. That’s where it may be helpful to create and strive for S.M.A.R.T. goals, an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, and Time-bound.
- Specific goals – be simple and clear with what it is you hope to accomplish. For example, instead of vaguely wanting to do better at work, have a clear goal in mind, like getting a raise or a promotion.
- Measurable goals – as you create your goals, be sure that they can be measured. That way you will have a clear idea of whether or not you’ve accomplished your goal. For example, if your goal is work-related, you may want to measure your goal by whether or not your salary or responsibilities have increased.
- Achievable goals – make sure your goals are realistic and relevant to your career. A good achievable goal should push you just enough to test your abilities, but ultimately be defined clearly enough that you can accomplish your end goal. For example, instead of hoping to become the CEO of your company, work for a promotion into a position that you are actually qualified for. You can always aim to move upward from there, but start with a position that is realistic and achievable at this point in time.
- Results-focused goals – create goals that measure the outcomes of your effort, not your activities. For example, create a goal with a clear objective that will produce some type of unambiguous result (like a better position at work or a higher salary, to continue with the previous examples).
Time-bound goals – set up a time-frame that is close enough to create a sense of urgency that will spur you to action, but distant enough that you can actually accomplish your goal. For example, don’t try to get promoted by the end of the week. A better time-frame might be to work hard over the next six to eight months, prove your worth to your boss and coworkers, and then approach your boss to ask about a raise or a promotion in six months to a year.
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