After you step your foot out of your school or when you became 18 wherein
western culture you are on your own, you have to develop various contacts which
may ultimately help you earn your livelihood but how to deal with them, from
communication to the presentation? The protocol of not being you or faking it
is called professionalism.
The below mention points are the observations of many interviews, research and
Time is the essence to achieve mostly anything in life:
When I say time while referring to a professional in a broader sense I refer to
deadlines. Being an intern or advisor or principal advisor or finally partner
all the hierarchical achievement is a matter of time and dedication. In the same
sense with the course of time, you improve and get more acceptance and
importance by your colleagues. So, take your time, give time, have time, be on
time because if you waste time ultimately you shall be wasted.
Aphorism must be in your dealings:
Veni Vidi Vici
- I came, I saw, I conquered
Let's write it like this:
‘I came to XYZ island and I saw the beauty which surrounds it, I fell in love
with the spectacle of the place and one fine day I thought to conquer it. I had
devised strategies to build up my army and then fought till the end. Now see the
throne, I pined for is above my head’
Honestly, I got bored in typing this after the first line so will the employer
or the invitee and they shall straight away trash your application. No one is
interested in your ability to create paragraphs message. Always be pithy in your
Tips to talk:
Try taking commands in one go:
- Understand your position while chatting. You shall always know the
person (reasonably and not personally) with whom you are talking. If you are
talking with a cab driver or sweeper or your paid helper, you need not show
your vocabulary or fluent English skills you will be portrayed as
braggadocio. Likewise, if before a highly qualified person you are talking
in a savage way you will be taken for granted.
- If your boss or faculty meets you up in reception he shall not expect
you to have a discussion which you have in your workplace avoid messing up
the places. And the same goes with pinging in a reasonable time.
- Use fluency rather than verbosity. In the world everyone knows the terms
and things required for their survival, no one needs you to explain the
concepts (inquisition is an exception). If you want to build relationships
Tharoor's tongue even with your seniors or experienced interviewer there are
high chances of you getting a status of bete noire.
- When you are having a conversation, give the person, the space for
relaxation. Be smiley, friendly, vivacious and attractive while talking
rather than being a nerd, depressed or too formal. This way even
professional abhors it.
- Avoid negative conversations. You may be the world for few persons but
you are one for the rest of the world. Many are sitting to mentor you for
your problems but to a certain limit.
- If you shoot out your strain to a great extent
then get ready to be blocked.
Fali S Nariman in his autobiography has explicitly mentioned that no one in this
world will sit down and teach you the things you want to excel in the field,
even Justice Indu Malhotra acknowledged. It is your observations that have to be
Everyone will expect that if Google is used for many things it can be used for
this thing as well. One of the most important elements without which there is a
high chance of you getting neglected by others and the next person getting the
opportunity is your acumen to grasp and work on the command on one go.
Be more interested rather than interesting:
The world is full of people and each one has their interpretative wisdom. There
was this pretty radio-jockey girl; every conversation with her ought to become a
memorable one. She was riding back home in a cab where she started a
conversation and vent out the cab driver’s opinion rather than forcing what she
thinks after which ultimately the cab driver couldn’t resist but giving her a
marriage proposal of his son. When she narrated the incident she said that
everyone has their opinions and they want them to be heard.
‘Being humble means recognizing that we are not on earth to see how important we
can become but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.’[i]
So, instead of being adamant about what you hold, try to honour other's opinion.
Criticisms is an innate quality that shall never be discarded but before
censuring understands the relevance of the situation. If the jockey tries to
coerce the driver and make him feel guilty about what he thinks the next step
would never happen instead he would probably hate her.
Some people think that I
am from this particular field, say Law, so criticizing is my birthright and I
shall enjoy it beat any situation but they may ultimately be left with their
It means that when any person beat your senior or junior or colleague has done
something admirable, admire it. Try to ask them:
- What were the etiquettes they followed?
- In which direction your hardships should drive, to achieve that goal?
Sometimes, the words of someone can change your life, who knows that s/he is the
one whom because of some reasons you are denying to initiate a talk. If without
reasonable reasons you preclude yourself to ask them because you fear if they
ignore or say a straight NO. I say if they say a YES then what? In both cases
you have nothing to lose, only to gain.
Replace Networking with Relationship building:
This not only applies to your professional life but also your personal life. You
cannot just have one more colleague to know you. You may be a ___ known and
followed by billions, but at your death bed you need someone to talk and have an
emotional conversation, then you cannot feel jolly just by going live on
Instagram to see how many are watching you and requesting you to take their
Battle for your longings:
A handsome guy had sent his CV in a cover mail to 100 law firms across various
countries and in return, he got 10 replies and out of which all rejected him.
But it was this one mail where it was mentioned that his CV showed litigation
skills, which the corporate firm doesn't have any department. He then replied to
the HR manager that un-denying this fact; if he were given an internship under
your firm where I had a proclivity to work I could someday become a great
corporate lawyer. The HR replied and offers him a month’s internship with a bare
minimum salary, and who knew he became the partner of that firm.
So, rejection is a part of life without which only cowards survive and with
which only fools romanticize.Conclusion:
Professionalism is a way of life rather than a set of tasks. This way of life is
comprised of one's personality, conversation, communication, behaviours,
approach, talents, and willingness to learn and various tactics which vary with
context keeping the basic mechanisms the same.
You are not only portraying yourself, but you are also representing the
organizations. You are assisting organizations in creating an image, and you are
a part of the image. How to act within the means the role needs is vital, that
may be a learning method, usually understood through the instance of others.
Professionalism necessitates the ability to distinguish between what is
essential to the job and what is needed. It has an ethos that is relevant to the
ethos of the job and, in a broader sense, the ethos of the organizations.
Being a professional is a lifelong learning and growth process. As a part of
this exercise, you will gain greater trust in your abilities to cope with the
situations that come with the job and will be more able to take on new tasks and
more demanding situations.End-Notes:
- Gordon B. Hinckley
Award Winning Article Is Written By: Mr.Manav Kothary
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