Vincy Workplace
July 2, 2004
Managing your Reputation

Celebrities and high-ranking political officials make a concerted effort to craft their reputation. Everything from the way they dress, to the words they use, the things they do, the places where they are seen and the people they associate with are all orchestrated to build their reputation.{{more}}
Reputation management is not reserved for the wealthy and powerful; it’s a skill that every working person should adopt.
A good reputation is difficult and time-consuming to build. Once established, it must be maintained and can be used as currency to open doors to opportunities for yourself and others. Unfortunately, your reputation can be easily destroyed and once tarnished it is nearly impossible to rebuild back to its original status.
Although you cannot control everything that is said about you, there are a few proactive steps you can take to manage your reputation.
1. What kind of reputation do you aspire to have? Think in descriptive words – dependable, honest, diplomatic, polished, etc., then consider what actions you must take on a regular basis to become that descriptive word.
2. Know the reputation you currently have. Are you known as a go-getter, a gossip, a problem solver, a whiner, a slacker, or a kiss up? What do you do on a regular basis to maintain or discredit this opinion of you? How do you see yourself? If you do not like your reputation, begin the process to make some changes.
3. Be a person of your word; it’s not what you say, it’s what you actually do. Your actions speak louder than your words and people form opinions about you based on how you act or react.
4. Your reputation is being built when you do simple things such as: return a call/e-mail in a timely fashion, write a piece of correspondence, make a presentation, when you make and keep a promise, the attitude you display on a daily basis, the clothing you wear and how you interact with others. Be conscious of your daily activities and how they impact your reputation.
5. The key to building and managing your reputation is consistency. If your goal is to be known, look as a polished professional. Then you must be consistent and dress the part everyday until those around you automatically associate you with being well dressed, and then you must sustain that image.

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