How to Express Yourself Professionally

“Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can offer with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation, but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half possession.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Standing out in a crowd isn’t a bad thing. Standing out professionally is even better. The struggle is doing it correctly, professionally and in a respectful manner.

One of the best tricks I have learned is to walk with confidence. There is no better way to stand out than spotting someone with the utmost confidence. Whether that is walking with stride, sitting up straight or perfecting that perfect hair-do with a smile, your confidence will show and be recognized by others.

In  a study on communication by Albert Mehrabian of UCLA, the effects of the verbal, vocal and visual components on the impact of a person’s message while within an interview were measured. The study “…found that the verbal component – the actual words – only represented 7% of the effect on the message’s impact. The vocal component, or the tone and intonation of voice, was much greater, at 38%. The greatest effect on the message, however, was the visual: what the person’s body is doing and saying while the words are being spoken. It represented 55% of the impact of the person’s message.” With that point, it is vital to be aware of your body language to show the confidence you wish others to perceive.


Secondly, be true to what you believe. You will impress a large audience of individuals by voicing your opinions strongly and staying true to them throughout your career. Do not belittle other’s opinions, rather, give your own personal insight and feedback as to ways that these ideas could be collaborated on. Have a strong mind and an even stronger belief that what you believe in is important, and what other’s believe in is of equal importance. After all, two greats minds are always better than one.

Next, always be timely. This means no matter where you are going, whether it is an interview, to your place of work, a meeting, work or social event, be. on. time. It is amazing how many individuals do not prioritize this concept because many employers will penalize you in some way by lack of concern shown when you are not physically or emotionally present when you are needed.

In the words of my late hockey coach, “If you are on time, you’re late.” Words never spoken so true. Demonstrate your care and concern for everything you do simply by arriving 5 minutes early to wherever it is you need to be. You will be pleasantly surprised of the number of positive things that will happen to you due to that one small gesture (which goes miles!).


Di Meglio, Francesca. “Showing Confidence at the Interview.” 15 May 2009.



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