They don’t teach it at colleges or universities. They don’t teach it at most companies. Few businesses purposely teach it. Most people learn to be professional by trial-and-error. Tweet This Here are some tips for being professional. The late, Joe Gilliam, one of my early mentors, said that “professionals constantly need to take in good information.” […]
Anytime is a good time for resolutions. The most successful resolutions offer anticipation of reward or the avoidance of pain. Freud wrote that pleasure and pain are terrific motivators. Here are 5 Cool Ideas for New Year’s resolutions.
1. Be purposeful in everything you do.
You can become much more efficient by striving for purpose in your daily activities. Do you just eat lunch or do you enrich relationships while you eat? What purpose do those two sitcoms serve you every night? What is the purpose of eating that bag of chips? More importantly, what types of consequences await you now that you’ve indulged? Be purposeful in everything you do. Walk with purpose and people will be more likely to respect your time.
2. Resolve not to be mediocre.
Use the freshness of the new year as an excuse for avoiding mediocrity. This can be a challenging task because industry markets products and services to the lowest common denominator. Junk food is marketed to the lowest common denominator. Fast food, for example, is produced cheaply and sold cheaply. Sitcom television is geared toward the masses. The people who produce sitcoms even provide a laugh track so that you’ll know when most people laugh. Give yourself an upgrade. Resolve to distance yourself from the lowest common denominator.
Being happy seems like such a simple concept and yet, very few people are truly happy. My father reminded me of this in his letters. I read the letters in the audiobook, Dear Michael Angelo – A Father’s Life Letters to His Son, which is available at www.MichaelAngeloCaruso.com.
In one of the letters, he wrote, “As individuals, we want to be happier than other people. This is difficult since we believe them to be happier than they really are.” Here are 5 Cool Ideas for being happier.
Professional speakers get tons of feedback.
MAC green purple speak 300 dpi crpd We may get formally evaluated more than almost any profession. Conference chairpersons, meeting planners and Human Resource executives love to collect exit evaluations after every program. This data is then analyzed and computed before it is shared with all concerned.
Our society has become more casual in the last decade, right?
The examples are numerous:
/Written and verbal language structure has been compromised. Spelling isn’t as important; auto-correct or bust! Complete sentences are a thing of the 🙂
/Formalities are mostly extraneous. Few people address others by “Mr.” or “Ms.” Information overload causes many of us to not bother responding to email. RSVP deadlines are a joke.
/Causal Friday has become Casual Every Day
But a gentleman is still a gentleman
Recently, I ran across a bit of prose that addresses a concept that should never flex and never change–the definition of a true gentleman. I’ve added some punctuation to the original text to make it more reader-friendly.