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The advice that is given is excellent. does anyone have anymore books that they can recommend?
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My business communications professor would always say think of your professional self as a character that you act out every day.

For me it is unique because I work outside of the office and I am always in competition with my coworkers and other companies. I stand out by my numbers, I make the company lots of money and I work hard at building solid professional relationships with my offices. If you are ever in a sales role remember your worth to the company is the bottom line.
Sometimes I am met with skepticism in whiter parts of town so I stand out by knowing my stuff. Not just the messages my job wants me to get across but also the science behind what I am selling.

When I am at home office I make an effort to be a resource to my coworkers and I demonstrate my knowledge that way. I also have to keep myself motivated because it is very easy to slack off when you only see your manager once a month.

As far as socializing I believe you should be smart about socializing with coworkers. If you work at a company where that is a big thing for them I suggest making appearances once in a while. I have a friend who was fired the day after he ditched his directors retirement party. They said he did not "fit" with the company culture.

A lot of people I work with like to go out and drink when we have national meetings and some go really crazy. I usually make an appearance I am back in my hotel room within 1-2 hours and I have a one drink limit. Also if I have a business lunch or dinner I order no alcohol.
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Originally posted by stardaqueenb23 stardaqueenb23 wrote:



As far as socializing... 

A lot of people I work with like to go out and drink when we have national meetings and some go really crazy. I usually make an appearance I am back in my hotel room within 1-2 hours and I have a one drink limit. Also if I have a business lunch or dinner I order no alcohol.

Indeed. Our department had a going away party for an attorney and one of the managers got so bombed she stumbled when she got up to talk to the senior VP. He told her to " be careful" and got up to help her, I was embarrassed for her.  She proceeded to ramble to him,trying to discuss matters she should have brought up in an office meeting. They were important issues  but the look on his face...

And , wouldn't you know it, that defined her. When she is late to a meeting  or rambles incessantly ( she always does) the comments are made that she is " probably three bottles deep" on & on. It is a running joke now. No one takes her seriously  now.

I was away at a seminar recently and was pressured because I refrain from drinking ( I am just not a drinker) but watched my  colleauges go crazy to the point where they forgot where they were,behaved like idiots,  got lost in the city,  could not function the next day,missed seminars , etc etc. 

Speaking of seminars and off site events - remember away from the office does not mean Saturday at the mall  attire or club wear.  If you sign up for a seminar , attend the sessions. People will notice if you skip out and  you will get labeled as someone who signs up for  those events just to hit the town.

 And, watch that expense account - don't abuse it.


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Originally posted by lala71848 lala71848 wrote:

The advice that is given is excellent. does anyone have anymore books that they can recommend?

When  I was in my 20's I came across a book by the former editor of Cosmo, Helen Gurley Brown called
 ' Having it All'  --it was dated but I pulled a lot from that book in regard to working, working with people, etc. I also read Jill Nelson's book "Volunteer Slavery' about her experience overall but much focuses on work experience ( in the journalism industry but applicable everywhere.)

'When & Where I Enter' by Paula Giddings is informative & illuminating as are general books like 'Managing Up' & 'Difficult Conversations.'
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I was recently told by the exec. vp here that I can get sh*tfaced at the holiday party

I won't but he was like that's what we have open bar for


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Don't bring emotions into anything.  That will be the death of you.  Strategize before you do something, don't act on impulse or emotions.
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Originally posted by GoodGirlGoneGr8 GoodGirlGoneGr8 wrote:

From my experience...

Never get caught slipping...

So basically, no slacking...

Always look busy even after you've completed all tasks...

Don't goof off in your workplace and don't associate with those who do.

Make sure your work is flawless and make sure you complete your tasks before the deadline.

Don't let anyone disrespect you, regardless of who they are or what position they hold. There's always a tactful way to put someone in their place.

Don't be a meek mouse. Even if you're quiet/shy...make sure everything that does come out of your mouth is golden and make sure you have ideas to contribute. Remember, you need to stand out from the rest.

Don't come off as a ditz...if you're going to ask a simple question, don't. Just look it up and research it on your own time.

Don't ever become too playful with people at work. Some ppl tend to forget about boundaries...

Don't give anyone the opportunity to steal your idea. No matter how excited you are about it, don't share it with your colleagues...ppl can be snakes.

Keep a paper trail. Anything important that was discussed (verbally), send a recap email afterwards just as confirmation that the convo took place.

Let your work ethic speak for you.


Just started a job in corporate.....this advice is GOLDEN.
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As far as books I recommend How to Succeed in Business Without Being White by Earl Graves, Good is not Enough by Keith Wyche, and Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.

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