The Paid Professional

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16 June, 2020

What You Can Do To Top Up Your Professional Productivity

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 0


My experience as a lawyer and talent manager exposed me to simple things people can do to succeed at things they set their mind to do. I invite you to go through the following tips to help you top up your productivity in your professional field and watch your productivity level rise within a short time.


1. Project A Positive Mindset 

Belief is a success factor. What you believe in gives you the confidence to do extraordinary things. The Bible says it is done to you according to your faith. Your belief becomes your reality.  What you tell your self on a consistent basis have a significant effect on your self-image.


Professionals are faced with daunting times in their career at times and it could be discouraging. 


If you tell yourself a positive statement “I can do it”, it stimulates you to do things. A negative statement also has an effect when you tell yourself “I can not”. 


To develop a high level of self-confidence, you should influence your thoughts by suggesting to yourself what you want to become. What you hear, what you image, what you feel influences your actions and outcomes.


How do you see yourself? Do you see yourself as weak and fearful or do you see yourself as strong and confident? 


How you see yourself determines what you say to yourself, and what you say to yourself determines your actions and in effect determines your reality. The simple belief that you can and the actions you take helps improve your professional productivity level.


2. Have someone you are accountable to

What this means is to have an accountability partner. An accountability partner is someone who can give you honest feedback of your actions. An accountability partner is a person you trust and whose assessment of you is honest. 


When you have someone you are accountable to for your self-growth, it helps you develop faster. It gives you a sense of responsibility and a motivation to do more. It helps you become aware that someone is watching you and tracking your growth.


The important thing about having an accountability partner is that person gives you feedback about your achievements and also tells you the truth about your failures.


An accountability partner can be your spouse, friend, mentor, boss, coach, professional colleague or anybody who you generally respect and have confidence in who will not be sentimental in their assessment.


An accountability partner has to be someone you regularly meet to discuss. It is important to have a scheduled meeting. This simple act of meeting that person who helps you track your development helps you have the consciousness of growth and it helps you do more to improve.


Some people are self-motivated and may not need anybody to track them, but many a time they look up to someone they want to measure up to or they have a spiritual side that guides them. That is why an accountability partner can be someone better than you who has already succeeded in what you are striving for.


An accountability partner is also someone who is in a position of influence in your life. Ensure you associate with people who have a positive influence in your life so that you will grow positively and not be caught up in a trap of dysfunctional or negative personality who may discourage you.


Find someone who has done something you want to achieve and let them help you grow professionally. Accountability partners serve as a motivation (cheerleader) and a coach. 


Note that as much as an accountability partner gives you honest feedback, the purpose will be defeated if you do not give true facts about your activities. 

 

3. Keep the Learning Curve going up

Another thing you need to do to make your professional productivity level going up is to up your learning curve. It is never too late to learn something new. There is no such thing as overlearning.


There is no end to learning. Something new comes up every day. You don’t get better by working harder and harder, you get better by getting smarter and smarter. You get smarter by learning something new in your profession. 


There is always a better way of doing something. Find it. The world is changing every day and that is why yesterday’s knowledge can be obsolete today. Great organizations know this and ensure their staff is up to date by organizing refresher courses and training.


A good employer should consistently train employees. The question you should ask yourself if you are a boss is, "What is the implication of not training my staff?" It means it is your company that will suffer the loss by the less productivity of your staff.


As a professional, if your boss doesn’t train you, you should take that responsibility for yourself. Some bosses don’t care if you grow. If they need new people with skills they fire and hire new people with the relevant skill. 


Take the step yourself and go for that course, acquire a new skill, attend that training seminar or conference and network with new people who are doing things you don't know how to do.


It is okay as a professional to leave a job where you see that the opportunity for growth is no longer feasible and seek somewhere else that match your productivity level.

 

4. Increase the Quality of your Product or Services 

Clients buy your products or services only because you make them feel confident about it. They don't care how you do it, but they need to feel it. 


Give people quality products and service and it will equality boost your confidence. When you feel confident about your products and services, people will patronize you more. It helps you with your pricing also. People pay higher when they perceive high value. 


People love to be hopeful about what they get from you. The confidence they see in you is what they buy. So the quality of your products and service automatically gives you confidence before your client and boost your productivity. 


Ensure that what you give out are top quality products and services. It is of no benefit to you in the long run if you give inferior goods. The profit is in recurring sales.

 

5. Do More and Be More Productive

Experience makes you more confident and more productive. We become better when we do more. The more you gather experience in your profession the better you are and the more productive you are.


An expert was once a novice. They only became better because the continued to practice. Practice brings perfection and perfection brings confidence.


Of course, it's not a days job, but you must continue to do more. The fear of launching out will only limit your growth and reduce your productivity.


The way to be more productive in your profession is to step out and create new experiences. The more experienced you are the more confident you are and the more productive you become.

 

I hope you learnt something. 


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09 June, 2020

Talking EmmyRexx Deadly Twinz music

Tuesday, June 09, 2020 0
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EmmyRexx deadly Twins duo Rex Moses and Seun Dada Moses hip pop professional new sensation started out in 2018 from Jos, Plateau state.

The group led by freestyler and lyricist Rex Moses have produced several audio tracks which have a similar pattern with songs of popular hip pop artist like tupac and dmx who are their mentors in the music game.

Rex Moses
They duo says the likes of Nigerian stars Ruggedman, Tuface Idibia, and Eedris Abdulkareem motivated them to go into music.

EmmyRexx deadly twinz music talk about the harsh realities of street life hustle in Nigeria. Their songs preach against police brutality, prostitution, influence of drugs, and corruption in politics.

From Calabar, Cross River state, based in Jos, Plateau state, the duo attribute their hustle began from the streets, doing various odd jobs to survive, they have gone into construction and have become professional tilers.

In their free time, they say they enjoy fixing tiles as it is fun and makes them physically fit, and the job exposes them to the need for discipline and paying attention to details. They say the job involves persistence and dedication which is the required strength to do a perfect job. They say their tiling company will soon be registered.

The duo, speak, English, Hausa, and Yoruba fluently. They have travelled well within Nigeria toured Ghana and have made friends around other countries.

Their resent works include Boom! Bye!, Turn BaadNext, KOS (Kings of the Street), and video Run Am shot in Jos, Plateau state by Thomas David and music produced by Mbeats.

The duo are here to influence African hip pop culture and have come to stay. 
Watch out for these guys. 

17 March, 2020

BREAK AWAY FROM THE FRIENDS ZONE IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 0
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What works better for your business? Working with friends or working with business partners?

We all strive to turn every client into a friend. But can we turn all our friends into clients?

How can we solve our friends-clients dilemma?

In this writeup, I’ll be blunt. No niceties.

When you have a new business idea, who do you tell first? Your friends are usually the first you tell.  

When you have a new product, who do you contact first? Your friends right!

What role do friends play in your business?

When you hear stories about Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and other great companies on how they started, you hear stories like how they started with information shared with 2 or more friends.

The story about how several companies started is a similar pattern for many. They inform their close friends, family, and colleagues at work if possible. But in most cases, only a few friends buy the idea and stay with them all the way.

When you start up your small business, it is normal for you to first show your new products or services to your friends to make them sign up or at least buy your product. More often than not friends fail to sign up.

Some few friends may sign up to your business idea, they could join you or they could pick a product, but only a few take it seriously.

In the world of marketing, sales, and doing business, our first point of call is our friends. The truth is friends fail you. 

But the bitter truth is you are lazy.

Yes, you heard me right. You are lazy.

Most people normally take their business to close friends and family first because they love the comfort zone. And most times they are disappointed. And they get discouraged because those who they thought should love their business idea fail to do so.

I tell you, the best your friends and family can offer is their moral support. They offer little words of encouragement here and there just to show they love you. Some blunt friends will criticize you for what you are doing.

Like I said above, you are lazy, that is why you stick to the friend’s zone.

A lot of people give up when their friends don’t patronize them. It's after they experience the shock of disappointment that they get the sense to move on to others, and for some, they shut down their business out of frustration.

I must tell you, don’t stop right there. In the world of selling your business idea, you must go past the friend zone to get to the client zone.

It takes hard work and smart strategies to get those clients coming.

We all live by selling. In the world of sales, you must go past your friends and take your services to the strangers out there and turn them into loyal clients.

You must leave your comfort zone

Your friends are too familiar with you and maybe too comfortable going all out to stick their neck for you. They still see that naughty you. What do you expect? They are your buddies. Only a few got your back and only that few make business partners with you or become loyal clients. But on the flip side, you must go all out to find new people.

Thank God for the internet, there are many ways to get your products seen out there. Social media has helped a lot to solve a lot of marketing problems.

Not all your close friends on Facebook or Instagram is the ideal client, some will come out of your marketing efforts. Your network of friends is a potential source of clients though.

One of my mentors said, “Your network is your net worth.” What that means is that the number of people in your network determines the value that you can get. But you need to reach out to them.

You may be wondering what can you do with all your 100’s of friends online. Not everyone will sign up but what if only 10% answer the call. It’s a good deal right?

Not everyone needs you or your product. 

But there is someone out there who will say "this is just who I’m looking for", or "this is just the product I’m looking for".

The clients you get out of your marketing efforts eventually are the ones who will pay you more.

Your close friends may not pay you or they will ask for too much discount.

You can’t run a business on credit. Some friends will pay you in miserable bits and others expect free service. They will say what are friends for?

Please break away from the friend's zone if you don't want to be a total loser.

Jesus Christ in the Bible did not call his first disciples from among his friends. He called total strangers, gave them a vision and transformed them into missionaries and they were the men who carried His vision around the world. The scripture said He could not perform miracles in His hometown because they only saw a Carpenter's son and not God's son (The Saviour).

The best you can do is to transform friends into business partners and let them know you mean business. When you mean business it means no time for play because it's serious business you are into. 

The truth is most people don't know how to market their business or products. They only stick to those people they are familiar with. But if you want to take your business to the next level you need to take drastic steps to promote your business.

If you don't know how to, learn how to.
I'll introduce you to someone who can help you take your business to a whole new level. He is no other person than Emeka Nobis. He can coach you to help create contents to promote your business idea, draw prospects to you and build influence.

You can access him on his website www.emekanobis.com

Do this and thank me later.

But first, break away from the friends zone.


19 September, 2019

You Are Not The Only One Concerned About Facing That Interview Panel

Thursday, September 19, 2019 0
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You Are Not The Only One Concerned About Facing That Interview Panel 

This is a short story of how a young man scaled through an interview he was initially scared to face.

The moment I stepped into the room, what I saw was not what I expected. The face I saw looked mean. She never smiled. I wonder what she was thinking. Was this an interview or am I to be put on trial?

Anyway, I call her "Mean Face".

01 April, 2019

How The Pros Become Better Than You

Monday, April 01, 2019 0
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“Have people around you who are better than you”. That was what my mentor said when I was learning how to grow influence. Then he made the second statement, “Hire people better than you to help you run your business”.

I was wondering to myself, “Why should I hire those better than me to run my business?”
"You cannot do it all by yourself", he said. "Sometimes you fall and you need some help".

26 March, 2019

VISION Is Essential For Your Success. Read This To Find Out Why

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 0
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And the Lord answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie; though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Habakkuk 2:2-3 KJV

There is a simple way of actualizing your desires which not so many people use. It is a system which has been used since ancient times. It is a simple tool but nobody thought it was something of significance.  It is a process which can be applied by anyone and it’s simply broken down into these steps.

07 January, 2019

Don't Just Sit There! Start Acting On Your New Year Goals.

Monday, January 07, 2019 0
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You may begin to wonder, do you really need to set goals, make plans and make new year resolutions?

Why do we need to make plans and goals?

After-all, at the start of the new year, we all return to our old habits and old lifestyle.

How can making plans and setting goals to chart a new course for our life help?

09 November, 2018

Want A Thriving Profession? Focus On Service!

Friday, November 09, 2018 0
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We are all called to serve one way or the other. Everyone is called to service in every professional interaction.

What you do, what skills you have, what profession you are in is your call to service.

What do you have?

10 October, 2018

IT FELT AWKWARD AT FIRST

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 0
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When was the last time you did something for the first time? When was the last time you did something that scared you?

I remember the first time I was on stage to play a musical instrument. I was about 12 or 13 years old. I was scared, not because I didn’t know how to play, but I was scared of making a mistake. I was scared of failing.

15 September, 2018

THINK LIKE YOUR CLIENTS, ACT LIKE A PROFESSIONAL

Saturday, September 15, 2018 0
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They say a customer is always right. Although that is a common saying in the customer service business, it is not 100% true. At the end of this post, I will tell you why customers may not be 100% right. But first, let me show you how you can keep your clients for life.

Top business and entrepreneurial experts will tell you that people are your greatest assets. 

As a professional, in doing your business, your clients are the livewire of your business.

To keep doing repeat business with your clients, you must do certain things that will keep your clients satisfied while doing your job for them.

From my little experience, here are the few tips I discovered on how you can get the attention of your clients and keep them for life:
  1.  Be a Good Listener – The attention you pay to your clients by simply giving them a listening ear does more good for you than your clients. Listening helps you understand your client's needs and how you can help them.

    Listening helps you get tips on your next business idea. Listening shows your clients you have their interest in heart, they will trust you, and the will freely give you more than you ask for.

    Ask the doctors, some people go to the hospital even when they don't have any health challenge, but because they need someone to listen to them talk, the seek the attention of their doctors.
     
    You must also learn to pay attention to details.
    Your clients might not say everything and you must listen to their body language to get hidden messages. You need to observe. People speak many words in their body language. Just listen with your eyes and they will reveal things to you.
    This skill will also help you to discover your client's intentions.

  2.  Show Empathy – The ability to understand and share in the feelings of others helps you enter the mind of your clients.  Knowing what your clients are feeling is what helps you meet the needs of your clients.
     
    If you can show concern about your client's emotional state and 
    take steps to help them solve their problems, it will single you out as someone who they can rely on and trust. 
    Emotional IQ is one essential intelligence needed in the business world and professions that require dealing with people.

  3.  Gift, freebies – Everyone loves the free stuff. A good way to attract the attention of your clients is to give them gifts periodically. It is a good way to also attract new clients.

    Surprising your clients with gifts is one marketing strategy that has not gone out of style. People always fall for the free stuff. Show how grateful you are to your clients by periodically giving your clients gifts, and they will love you for life.

  4.  Client relationship – It is a relationship and not just a one-off event. Every contact with your clients is a relationship even if it is for the first time.
     
    Market research will tell you 
    that repeat sale is where the business is.

    Establish a relationship with your clients that will last for years. Make your clients feel you are there for them always and they will stick with you. Be their friend.

  5. Maintain your values – What was the value proposition you sold to your clients when you first interacted with them? Your clients saw something good about you and your products that was why they chose you.

    You have to maintain your standard of operation with your clients at all times. Get the job done well.
     
    It is saddening to attract your client with good value propositions on your product and service and later do something substandard.

    To keep your clients coming back you have to give services that equal your value proposition and your clients will be happy with you. It is also important that you improve your style and manner of doing your work by doing something out of the ordinary by giving more value.

    Change your styles. Surprise your clients with an updated way of doing things which is different from the old.

    With time people's taste change so you to need to change and never go 
    below standard because of over-familiarity.
If you can do these things above you will have the loyalty of your clients.

At the beginning of this article, I told you customers are not entirely 100% right. Well, here are a few situations where your clients could be wrong and you don't have to dance to their tune:
  1. When customers become overbearing – As a professional, though you might want to make sure your clients feel like a king, there are times when you need to let your clients know that in doing your job you still maintain your integrity and esteem. This is necessary so that your clients do not make you feel like rubbish.

    If you know your onions, you can stand before your clients and let them know you are the best at what you do and you command the respect of your clients.

    You need not allow your clients dictate how you do your job when you know what they suggested is 
    below your skill level. It is true that he who pays the piper calls the tune. While your clients tell what they want, how you do your job is yours to do.

  2. When customers want you to bend the ethics of your profession – Every profession has its ethics and standards. You need not allow your clients make you do a job that is against the ethical standards of your work. If things go bad, your reputation as a professional is at stake. In doing your job, let your clients know that what you are offering them is the best standard and any suggestion bellow standard is unacceptable.

    Your reputation is important so don't soil your reputation while dealing with clients.

  3. Rules of your profession – Just like the point above, your profession has rules, and if you break the rules you could attract legal implications. Your clients should not let you do things that are against the rules of your professional conduct.

    Many professionals have caused their companies millions in lawsuits because they broke the rules.

  4. When you know your actions can cost you more than necessary – It is true that clients love the free stuff but it should not be an all-time affair. This is usually common among friends and family who became clients and always want free services from you.

    You need to stand your ground and let them know that you will be at a loss if the services they are requesting is beyond your capacity. After all, you are not running a charity organisation.

    Give your clients good deals but don’t go beyond the standards of pay. If you continue displeasing yourself for your clients at the expense of your business you will in no time lose your business.

While you are doing your best to satisfy your clients' needs, clear your conscience from the guilt of doing something wrong or something against your professional ethics which you could regret later.

If you are a professional out there and you have faced or are facing any situation I have portrayed in this post feel free to share. Also, share how you have successfully retained your clients all the years.