4 Ways To Develop The Power Of Impress In Your Life

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I recently purchased another business. It all happened 5 days before I was to head away on a speaking tour for a period of two weeks.

With the business came a member of staff, and I had a window of less than half an hour to give her instructions before leaving.

As I thought about what I was to say to her, having never met her before, I had two words come to mind, and they were, ‘Impress me!’

My daughter was going to be one of the other staff members during that time, and so it was her job to see if this existing staff member was going to impress me, even though I wasn’t there.

I then outlined the following 4 things that I was looking from her, particularly during that two week period, and to equip her I also gave her a copy of one of my books to read and inwardly digest. That was her homework.

So allow me to share those 4 things, which if you adopt them for your life, will impress those you work and live with while opening doors like never before to opportunity beyond your wildest dreams.

1. Be Prepared

Simply, I mean to be punctual, to be prompt and to even be early. I loved it just this week as I was seeking to hire another staff member that the intended employee turned up fifteen minutes early for the interview, even before I did. I was impressed. I hired her.

Don’t ever be late, but if for unforeseen circumstances it does happen, send a quick text or make a phone call. Communication is the key.

But in most cases make it your habit to leave earlier than normal to take into account any delays that may occur.

Know your subject. Be familiar with your tools of trade. Expand your understanding of your trade or profession by undertaking ongoing study in your own time, and even at your own expense. Don’t wait for the boss to organize it. Those actions will pay dividends in the years to come.

Whenever I had a sales appointment, particularly a fair distance away from my home, I always turned up an hour before and made sure I had clearly identified where the appointment was to be held. I would then either drive off to a local coffee shop to prepare myself for the meeting, or if I was already prepared I would pull my car up under a tree, turn on my alarm on my iPhone and have a power nap – waking up 15 minutes before the meeting was to  be conducted – refreshed and reinvigorated.

In addition I always made certain that my tools required for making the sale were all in place and professionally prepared.

For when preparation meets with opportunity there is always success.

2. Be Pro-Active

Don’t wait to be asked. You be the one who does the asking, and add passion to the mixture.

I would rather employ someone who has passion for their industry than one who had all the skills and lacks passion.

I never employ someone who is desperate for making money or speaks of their main reason for being employed as a way to pay their mortgage. Their focus is not on my business. It is simply on them and them alone.

If you focus on helping the business owner build a successful business, rather than focusing only on what you are going to get out of the deal, you will always win.

Be entrepreneurial even as an employee and take ownership of the business you work in. That way promotion won’t be far away, and even joint venture opportunities could come your way.

3. Be Positive

Negativity is unacceptable. And particularly don’t share it with your colleagues. If you have something that concerns you, always confess it up to your superiors so that they can attend to it. But while you bring your concerns, also come equipped with a solution in mind. That shows initiative.

Speak positive words. Think positive thoughts. Look for the good in others. Find people when they are doing good things and tell them.

Read positive books. Attend positive seminars.

I attended a high profile seminar not so long ago where one of the best known motivational and personal development speakers in the world was speaking, and to my utter surprise throughout his whole presentation he used the f*#* word.

He set a precedent and just about all the other speakers followed suit. I couldn’t believe my ears and was appalled. I don’t know whether they thought because they were talking to an Australian audience that it was acceptable. But they were wrong.

His performance in particular, as a leader in the industry, was totally unacceptable and highly unprofessional.

4. Be Profitable

Always seek to position yourself so that more than just you will profit. Help others to perform at a higher level. Help others to reach their fullest potential. Provide opportunity for others. Be a giver.

If you make these a natural part of your daily routine then you will be on the receiving end of great things in the days that lie ahead.

So what are you doing in your life to make a positive impression?

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