Practicing Your Profession

by Joe Lavelle on August 3, 2009

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student_driverTraining camps get underway this week for the National Football League.  Every team, from the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers to the group of men that went the entire 2008 season without a victory, the Detroit Lions, will gather together to drill, review plays, and get into top physical condition.  When these players’ younger counterparts soon start practicing on college campuses across the country, they will be accompanied by the trumpet players and members of the drum line who are learning their notes in the bleachers.  If you are learning a foreign language, you likely have CDs that you listen to time and again as you practice proper pronunciation and learn new vocabulary.  Before the day that your teenage son or daughter arrives for the all-important driver’s license test, you probably spent countless hours on the road practicing three-point turns, proper signaling, and accelerating onto a major highway.  No matter the activity or acquired skill, one common element is the need for practice.

Are you practicing the important components of your business operation on a regular basis?  One of the best ways that you can make a positive impact at your place of employment is to anticipate possible situations and then rehearse a plan as to how you should react.    What will happen if your company receives bad publicity?  How will you implement new technology that will be used every member of the organization?  If every member of the staff is aware of what needs to happen during these pivotal moments, you can expect that the process will go smoothly and possible problems can be averted altogether.

The principle of practice applies not only to your company as a whole, but to your individual contributions as well.  You should make it a habit to practice regularly your interview skills, company presentations, and the unpleasant task of having to fire an employee.  You will appreciate the ability that you find to stay calm and collected in these situations when your top performance is required.

In my upcoming book, Act As If It Were Impossible to Fail, I explain the need to practice in your profession as well as many other proven tips for success in your career.  I hope you will read my book when it is released in September and learn new ways to accelerate your professional standing.  Also, I would love the opportunity to work with you personally on your career goals.  I hope you will contact me so that we can discuss your situation and how I might help.

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