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Secrets to Getting Noticed at an English-Speaking Workplace

Getting heard at work and recognized for your efforts is easy when you know how. In fact, it's the small things that count!

Be professional

Looking businesslike is the first step to acting businesslike, and people will take you more seriously if you are well-groomed. This also applies to body language, so always make eye contact and keep good posture, or you may appear to lack confidence.

Make it personal

Remember people's names and they will remember you. Do everything you can to avoid addressing a message "Dear Sir/Madam". Remember that business is about building relationships.

Be formal but not stiff

If you are too formal, people won't be at ease around you. Act too casual and people may not take you seriously. Aim for the middle ground!

Be clear and concise

Get to the heart of the matter quickly and don't waste words. On the other hand, don't assume that the person you're talking to knows who you are and why you are contacting them - they may need a reminder and some background.

Reply to correspondence quickly

Acknowledge receipt of important emails and phone calls, and if you'll be away for longer than a day, let people know you'll be out of the office.

Keep your cool

In any job, difficult situations will pop up. Losing your temper won't help and will just complicate things. Show that you can handle stress, and people will take notice and give you more responsibility in the future.

Keep quiet!

Communication is a two way street. Listen to the opinions of others, don't interrupt people when they are speaking, and don't ignore criticism. We all make mistakes and our colleagues often have good suggestions. Also, people will be more willing to listen to you if they see that you're listening to them!