If you want to become the expert in your field, then bite the bullet and throw yourself into the hard work. You will consume a lot of time and effort to reach your goal of excellence but it is doable.
Attend seminars, courses, workshops, read books, participate in events, engage in conversations with your industry top names and push yourself to learn more. Try to expand your skills above your preset market area and adopt in the changes. Spend time with younger people that have a new perspective for the market needs. Invest in your continuous improvement.
Bet on the currency of trust
Knowing that a person can cope with any challenge and learn the ropes in a blink of an eye, it gives a huge boost to personal and professional growth. When a person is driven by trust, confidence and dependability is most likely to pass these to the clients, to the people around and to the company culture. It is no secret that confidence nurtures success and growth.
The personal commitment to do any job the best way you can without any exterior pressure is by definition a sign of professionalism. A professional can perform and do his/her part of the job even if he/she is not in the mood to do it. Acting professionally means that you can perform at your very best even in a bad day.
This kind of commitment gradually builds a reputation as an excellent professional in your industry. In many cases I have meet professionals that their reputation precedes them and opens the doors when is positive. This characteristic goes with deep confidence & self respect.
Be the silent power in the room
Make responsibility and dependability your top qualities. Make even your enemies to acknowledge and respect you.
Knowing that you have a person in your team where you can depend 100% to deliver any goal is a proven factor of professionalism. Acting responsibly and fair under all circumstances can impact the way other people treat you. Responsible professional earn the trust of their clients and have an open dialogue with them. Doing your job as it should be done, solves many issues and builds healthy relationships with your clients and colleagues.
Honor your words
Deliver what you promised. Do what you said. Act as if you have a sign contract for everything you have promised. As a professional, your words should be solid as a contract. Responding accordingly in all situations. Be on time, follow the schedule and deliver all your commitments.
Be Structured and Organized
There is no question about how important it is to be extremely organized and neat in your work. Stick to your monthly schedule and keep all your professional appointments to the point. Never waste your time and your client’s time!
Own your Mistakes
Experienced professionals know that they are accountable for all their actions. There will be occasions where mistakes will happen. Bite the bullet, own your mistakes, fix it of you can and move to the next step. Blaming others for your mistakes screams “unprofessionalism” from miles away!
Every day, the demands are changing for all industries. But these characteristics have remained the same for decades. In the SEO & Digital Marketing field professionals are in high demand. More companies are looking for freelancers that have all the above next to the technical requirements. So be aware of the way you behave because news travel fast in our always connected world.
A good reputation takes years to build and only a second to vanish. Stay at the top of your industry not only for your good performance at work but also for your ethics. In the world of Digital Marketing, Content Creation, Blogging and SEO many companies reach out to ask me for recommendations and the first question usually is: do you trust this person?