Career Communication: Playing Can Be Hazardous #peopleskills
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Career Communication: Do Others Take You Seriously?
Career Communication: Just Playing Can Be Hazardous
Occasionally I write a short post on a word or phrase that can bring you unexpected trouble. Today I raise the flag on a trendy phrase that’s becoming popular at work and in networking.
Despite the findings about the value of play at work, using this phrase can create mistrust, worry, and even indignation.
It causes trouble in career communication when …
- You are interacting with professionals who take their work quite seriously
- People are looking to you for help and guidance
- You are new to the field and others are trying to bond with you
Enjoying your work is necessary for long term success. Having a sense of humor is a valuable trait.
Yet appearing whimsical in your career communication can sidetrack your success. Too many jokes, excessive ha ha’s and the phrase, I’m just playing at this, may create distance between you and others. Create bonds not distance!
Sense the attitude and mood of others. Your career communication is not about you. It’s about you connecting with others. Let others see your social intelligence, emotional intelligence, your intuition, and your serious talents and skills. It builds trust and bonds of success.
From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™
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Such an important message, Kate. I live my purpose with conviction every single day. No wishy washy from me. I own my path every step of the way!
Thank you Shelley. I am grateful for your thoughts on this post.
Best regards and thanks,