We’re going to go out on a limb here and guess what the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten is: Listen to your mother.
With few exceptions, listening to your mother’s advice can rarely steer you in the wrong direction. The simplest advice is often the advice that will take you the furthest.
Say Please and Thank You
Being polite will never be looked down upon. Things like “Can I please drop by your office on Wednesday for about 30 minutes?” or “Thank you for your business,” will always give you the softer tone you’re seeking, to let your client know that you do value him, his time, and his business.
No One Can Ask for More Than Your Best
Do your best every day. Put in a full day’s work and go home knowing that you gave it your all. Make those extra five phone calls, put in that extra effort to make a client feel special, take the time to go out to lunch with a co-worker who is having a bad day. If you know you put your best self out there, you have everything to be proud of and success is likely to follow.
Play Nice in the Sandbox
What goes around comes around. Treat people the way you’d like to be treated and you’ll find that you will probably get the same treatment in return. But it goes in reverse, too…if you are underhanded and manipulative, you can expect that others will be underhanded and manipulative right back to you. Don’t mess with karma.
Don’t burp at the table.
Don’t. Just don’t.
Life is busy. We hustle from one event to the next, always thinking about what we have to do and how little time we have to get it done. We’re deep-in-thought and we’re distracted, and we often have frowns on our faces from the seriousness of it all. Take a moment to smile – smile at the person you’re meeting, smile at your assistant, smile at the person you pass on the street. Not only does a smile pass along the warm fuzzies we all love to feel, it also releases endorphins within ourselves that bring us back to the happiness we are always searching for.