Portraying a Professional Attitude
While people will make their initial assessments of you based on how you look, their lasting impressions will be formed by your attitude. Professionalism is about character. If you exhibit a positive outlook, and truly put your clients first, they will take notice and respect you. If, on the other hand, you do not take your clients seriously or are just in it for the money, that will also become evident, and they will not want to work with you.
Take Pride in Your Work
If you truly take pride in your work, you will strive to give your clients 100 percent every day. You will push to be the best, provide top-notch customer service, and go the extra mile for your clients and yourself. Take every opportunity to go above and beyond, and the positive feelings will flow.
Continuously adding to your knowledge base is one way to demonstrate your work ethic. It shows that you will put forth effort and do what it takes to serve your clients. Increase your knowledge and stay current by reading journals and books related to the field. Attend seminars and workshops or take an online course.
Taking pride in your work also means being open to constructive criticism and correction. If you really want to be the best, you must be willing to change and grow. Seek out feedback from your clients, and if you work for someone, your employer. Use the responses as a way to improve yourself and your programs.
Commit Yourself to Your Clients and Their Goals
While you do need to be concerned with running a successful business, your primary concern should be serving the best interests of your clients. Happy, satisfied clients will create a successful business for you. Focus on each clients' individual needs. Make his goal your own, and give 100 percent to helping him reach those goals. When you are truly invested in helping your clients achieve success, they will know and appreciate it. And more importantly, they will tell others.