Tips for business success

I’ve been in a few situations recently where I’ve been reminded of simple tips that make a person successful.  Some people employ them, others not so much.  This is far from an all-inclusive list on what it takes to be successful in work, but rather just a few tips and suggestions based on experience.

Be courteous to everyone. This kind of falls into networking in that you never know who might refer business to you.  But, it is also common decency.  We all have people who we are willing to go the extra mile for because they are nice or good to us.

Respect other people’s time. Nothing is more annoying or disrespectful than being in a meeting where the other person continues on with his or her work as if you’re not present.  Don’t forget that other people have schedules to keep as well and should be treated with respect in regards to their time.

Keep your word. Deadlines can creep up on everyone, but if you say you are going to do something, then follow through.  If you are setting a deadline for yourself (as in, “I’ll have that to you by the end of the week”), then meet that deadline.  If you aren’t going to be able to do that, let the person know.

Stay humble.  I don’t mean this as in the person who brags that he or she is good at being humble.  But be humble as in the person who realizes that we are all human and in the same boat — whether someone has multiple college degrees or just a middle school education.  Everyone has something to offer.

Always be professional. This is my last and best tip.  People remember us as we portray ourselves.  You never know when someone is watching or paying attention.  Maintaining an air of professionalism, even when working with long-time clients who have become friends, speaks volumes.  It gives people confidence in you and builds respect.  At the end of the day, you want folks to remember good things about you and your character.  That’s the kind of person clients are likely to call time and again.

What are some of your tips for business (or life) success?

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