Do you get upset if you hear someone is gossiping about you? Maybe saying
things that aren’t true? No one could blame you for being upset. A good reputation is precious… but there’s an important fact to remember…
Your reputation doesn’t depend on what a gossip says about you. It depends on how you live!
Today we have to think more about reputation management even more than we did in the past. In all things, its harder to build than to destroy. It requires effort, patience and time. Below are basic guidelines to consider:
1. Do what you say you will do:
I experience this often… some say they will call and they won’t eventually. Some
say they will get something important done by a particular time and they eventually won’t! How do you feel about people who say they will do something and eventually they didn’t do it?
- INTEGRITY is key for me. I don’t feel good about myself if I don’t keep to my words;
- Trust and Reliability;
- Self-worth and;
- Personal power, is the result of behaving in ways we value.
2. Go out of your way to help others reach their goals:
Being reputable goes beyond a concern for yourself and your advancement. Foster a mindset of helping other people. I’ve always known that I like motivating people but I was too shy to make a move about, then I met a dear friend who made me realize that I can fulfill purpose and still school at the same time. I got all the push I needed in reaching my goals and today I’m super thankful. I’m not there yet but I’m glad that I am moving forward.
3. Look the part:
An often overlooked and undervalued component to your reputation is your first impression. Like it or not, people make judgments before you open your mouth. Be sure to dress for the environment you are in. Make sure your attire is clean, unwrinkled, well fitting and modern. Have your hair groomed and if you wear makeup, make sure it’s not distracting.
4. Be consistent:
Being inauthentic will do you no good because you won’t be able to be consistent. You need to show the same great qualities to everyone you must… bad days included. If you are great in one setting and nasty, rude or cold in other environment, your reputation will suffer. People are more than willing to share negative experiences much more readily than positive ones. And you know, they spread quickly.
5. Act with Integrity:
I just have to reiterate this point again. This should be the foundation of everything you do. Most especially in the world of business. Small acts of greed, selfishness and jealousy can work against you and showcase your lack of integrity.
6. Be likeable:
Being likeable directly relates to being you. Smile more, approach someone you don’t know, offer a handshake, lend a helping hand, wish someone congratulations. These small things can make you more likeable. Don’t falsify who you are just to be likeable.
As Ben Franklin once said, “Honesty is the best policy.” Be honest and truthful, even when it may hurt your reputation. Your honesty will mean more than any number of lies you could amount to cover a wrong. Think about it.
8. Get engaged with people around you:
Your engagement will have everything to do with your values and goals. Being engaged means getting to know people, giving back your time and resources and as well being available. Live a noble life and the only reputation that will be ruined is the reputation of the person who gossip and lies!