A number of contributing factors make being taken seriously in the professional world a challenge. Something irrational like your age, sex, height, or even voice can cause others to incorrectly assess your worth. Sometimes, it can even be certain behaviors you exhibited that were misperceived by others, and now you're being pigeonholed and deemed less professional or adept than you really are. However you've been misunderstood, change the attitudes of your work colleagues by committing to a certain way of carrying yourself and living by a clear value system that earns respect.
Inc. recently listed powerful moves you can commit to influence how you're seen in the eyes of others and ultimately be taken more seriously. We've highlighted our top choices here so you can begin implementing them in your interactions today.
Always be informed. It is better to be silent than to speak when you don't know all the information. Communicate effectively and knowledgeably on every subject. If you need some brushing up, put in the time to ensure you have all the facts before saying words you can't take back. Being intelligent is not enough.
Keep your word. If you say you're going to do something, you'd better get it done. Never promise something you can't deliver on 100%. It is always better to be honest than fall short of what you've committed to and disappoint your colleagues.
Dress well. You've heard about dressing for the job you want, not the job you have. The way you show up to work is an indicator of the respect you have for yourself and the company as well as the kind of success you're after.
Be mindful of your tone. In addition to the way you carry yourself, how you speak can communicate beyond the words you're actually saying. Speak with confidence but also respect, always keeping your ear out for the tone you're using.
Always be on time. Showing up late is a sign of disrespect and disorganization, two traits that have no place at the office. Practicing punctuality communicates that you can be counted on.
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