We talk all about how to be more professional in our interactions. Professional does not always mean formal. Exuding professionalism is about getting people to take you more seriously across various contexts regardless of how “professional” they are. Illustrating authority and credibility regardless of what profession you are in. You can still be professional in non-professional settings.
Be concise when communicating.
- Say what needs to be said
- Be succinct
- Don’t over-elaborate or over-do it
- Don’t provide too many details
- Shows you’re decided on what you’re going to say
- Shows you put thought into your words
- Shows confidence.
Speaking in a deeper tone
- Use the power pitch tone
- Find your deepest tone
- Shows authority
- Doesn’t mean to talk in an artificially deep tone
- Requires more air and deep breathing from the core (learn about diaphragmatic breathing here)
- Demonstrates a state of calm
- Prevents a squeaky tone (check out our videos about shaky voice)
Let the work speak for itself
- Make the work as high quality as possible
- Let the work be the show stopper
- Gives the other person an opportunity to ask questions
- No need to fill the air with talk and hype up whatever you’re talking about (i.e., a pitch)
- You don’t need to do that much convincing to get people to be on board
Under promise, over deliver
- Set the right expectations
- Be clear about what you’re going to deliver before you do it
- Overpromise, overdeliver leads to burnout
- Don’t surprise people in a negative way, causes a strong negative reaction
- Easier to get a positive reaction when setting an achievable goal and going beyond that
Ramp up professionalism in these four ways. You can use these strategies when you want to garner respect and authority from people. Boosts your credibility and helps you get the outcome you’re looking for. The more professionalism you project, the more likely it’ll be to get the outcome you desire.