Is the story you tell clients and colleagues a trustworthy professional story? Or, does your story shapeshift, depending on who is listening? Depending on What’s In It For You?
When the professional story you tell is never the same, twice in a row, consider whether you are building client trust. Plus, when your story is inconsistent, it becomes an exhausting story to tell. Because it is difficult to recall what you said the last time you met with clients and colleagues.
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Continuously developing a trustworthy professional story is not easy.
First, your professional story is about how comfortable you are with yourself. Even when things do not go perfectly. Or, you are not the hero or heroine of the story: someone else is featured (hint: your team and your client). If you are not honest to yourself, about yourself, how can colleagues and clients trust you to have their backs?
That is the first one millimeter step forward you move beyond what is professionally comfortable, today.
Next, the story you continuously develop never shapeshifts. Because you move beyond telling people the story you think they need to hear so you accomplish an outcome focused on you. When “what’s in it for them, for others” becomes the object of your professionalism, your story gains consistency. Continuity. Credibility. When the same “you” consistently shows up, colleagues and clients identify the relevance and value you continuously bring to their tables.
That is the second one millimeter step forward you move beyond what is professionally comfortable, today.
Developing a trustworthy professional story matters more than ever: today, tomorrow, and future-forward.
We are working on, with and through each other during this time of tremendous professional, societal, and economic upheaval. Whether you care to face this scenario or not, you are impacted each day.
What worked in the past is unsustainable in the future because there is no expiration date on the continuous change we experience together.
What is the smallest professional change, that you can make today, which has the greatest impact on developing a trustworthy professional story? By better serving each other, first, you better serve and retain clients, together.
Developing your professional story is more than telling yet another business or use-case to a prospective or current client. Or repeating yesterday’s solutions for clients whose own businesses have undergone tremendous transformation.
A trustworthy professional story creates tremendous professional currency. Value which clients are willing to invest in, today, tomorrow, and future-forward. Let’s get started working on your unique and distinctive story, today, together. Click here to set up a pro bono 15-minute conversation. Let’s get to where you want to go, together.
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