As the saying goes, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” If I don’t have my word, than I don’t have much. Some past experiences have really left me seeing red and questioning why and how people can operate without pride. Typically, it’s only a matter of time before the word gets out, so I recommend never burning bridges, for you never know where those bridges may have led you.
I’ve been fortunate to work with some very talented and professional people that give a good example of what to strive for, but there are always a few bad apples in the mix. I’ve learned much from those few. You never know who you might be offending, so try your best not to in the first place!
Some tips on being professional:
1) Stick to your commitments. Make a plan and keep it. Don’t walk around with your excuse pack on. It’s just a cop out and you will be viewed as wishy washy
2) Be on time. Some people are eternally late. When it comes to business and personal, there is no greater disrespect than not being punctual. Give yourself extra time to allow for minor discrepancies. Nothing shouts “my time is more valuable than yours” like a professional that can not make their own agreed upon time.
3) Communicate. I understand things happen beyond our control. it’s to be expected. Kindly let the other person know. A call, a text or an email, there’s really no excuse not to.
4) Don’t commit if you can’t. If you say you are going to do something, do it. If you think there’s even a small chance you will waiver in your commitment, try this, don’t commit in the first place. No harm, no fowl in just being honest. When in doubt, please remember that your time is not the only time of value. Other people have kids, families, clients, businesses and their time is of equal importance. Be respectful.
The takeaway here is that I have learned not to make a verbal commitment if I can’t stand behind my word. It’s really quite simple. I like to think I enter into professional projects in this manner and I certainly appreciate it being reciprocated. I try my best to always be on time, to be personable, happy and appreciative. You can never go wrong doing the right thing!