Saturday, June 12, 2010

Professional Sabotage

Professional Sabotage

Being perceived as a professional is about more than a GPA or one’s academic ability. In fact, research states that we are judged much more on our social skills than our technical and academic ability.

Here is a list of faux pas that can sabotage your professional image.

1. A poor handshake or refusing to shake hands.
2. Lack of eye contact.
3. Poor table manners.
4. Poor grammar.
5. Inappropriate dress.
6. Gum chewing.
7. Swearing and off color remarks.
8. Taking phone calls and texting in meetings and in front of others.
9. Not returning phone calls and e-mails in a timely fashion.
10.Not sending a handwritten thank you note.

Perception is reality. The small things that we do and don’t do impact how we are perceived by others.

Do you have any other faux pas to add to this list?

1 comment:

  1. Great list, Karen. Not listening annoys me. Turning the conversation back onto oneself results in losing focus. Gossip and belittling comments reveal low self esteem - a professional blunder. Just my two cents worth. Thanks for sharing your views, as always helpful!