Stepping toward success

You know that friend of yours from the office? You know the one I mean… the person who looks effortlessly perfect each and ever day, the one who always has an answer for everything-and it’s always the right answer, the one who takes the lead in meetings and seems to be able to handle each and every twist and turn that comes their way with a cool-head, calm demeanor, and pleasant attitude.

Guess what? YOU could be that person.

With June ushering in Effective Communications Month, now is the perfect time to brush up your ability to exude an attitude that screams success…and communication is an essential part of professional success. Here are some tips to get you started.

Prepare what you are going to say ahead of time and study it so that you have it down pat when asked. This activity will help to avoid that “at a loss for words” feeling that often occurs when you fail to prepare.

It’s not just what you say, but how you say it. Make sure that you have an even tone and are speaking at a moderate pace.

Pay attention to your body language and make sure that your hands aren’t in your pockets and your posture is correct.

Select and iron your outfit for tomorrow the prior evening, ensuring that you will look professional and polished in the morning…every morning.

These tips are meant to inspire you to take your professional appearance to the next level. In today’s competitive job market it is absolutely essential that you look your best, while remaining well-spoken and self-assured.