Do you really know what others in your professional world think of you, even after years of working with them? Do you have a sense of how other people view you when they first meet you? Do you realize what messages, spoken and unspoken, you are sending every single day? Have you thought about this?
Have a look at the following ten areas you need to assess about yourself:
1. How is your personal hygiene and dress?
Do you appear clean, neat, and well put together? Are you shoes shined? Is your hairstyle regularly maintained? Are the outfits you choose to wear appropriate for the occasion and the setting? Is your makeup attractive but subtle?
2. How professional is your speech?
This includes your choice of words, tone, volume, and speed. Do you use slang, profanity? What is your of tone; Friendly? Considerate? Sincere? Are you too loud or too soft? Too fast or too slow?
3. Are you competent?
This concerns your state of alertness, the quality of your verbal contributions, your ability to engage, your talent for responding appropriately.
4. What does your body language say?
Your facial expressions, mouth position, eye contact, how you sit or stand, and your degree of comfort in your personal space all tell people a lot about you.
5. Are you approachable?
Are you someone people want to talk to, ask questions of, get input from? Do they see a relaxed body with a smiling face?
6. Are you interested in others?
Do you show genuine interest in the other person when speaking with her? Do you ask questions to draw her out? Do you empathize with her concerns? Avoid the mistake of making it all about you.
7. How confident are you?
This is expressed through your eyes, facial expression, body stance, style of dress, and how you talk. Do you stand tall, look people in the eye, smile, appear comfortable in your own skin? Does your voice sound welcoming and your words offer something of value?
8. What of you character and integrity?
Do you come across as trustworthy, good, genuine? In general, they must believe you tell the truth and strive to do what is right in all of life's circumstances. They need to know that you don't wear different faces to suit different people in different situations.
9. Are you likeable?
Do people view you as off-putting because you're overly critical, frequently angry, overbearingly rude, distastefully self-centered?
10. Are you credible?
How many people in your life take you seriously? Do you follow up on what you say you're going to do, speak your mind directly but diplomatically, add value to conversations,? Are you conscious of your impact on others? Do you ask others for their ideas, communicate concern for the world around you?