Create Positive Personal Impact — Be a Business Professional, Not Just a Business Person

Members of my career mentoring site know that I believe that successful people create positive personal impact.  Anne Marie Sabath is one of my go to people when it comes to creating positive personal impact.  The other day I received an email from Anne Marie in which she discussed the difference between business people and business professionals.  Business professionals create positive personal impact.  Check out these four scenarios – and see the difference between being a business person and a business professional – one who creates positive personal impact…

You sent an e-mail message to your manager only to realize that you misspelled a word.

Rather than drawing attention to the error, a Business Person does not acknowledge the mistake.

A Business Professional sends a revised e-mail stating in the subject, “Please disregard the last message.”

You meet someone whose name is difficult to pronounce.

A Business Person avoids using the individual’s name in conversation.

A Business Professional makes an effort to pronounce the person’s name by asking for it to be repeated.

One week ago, you scheduled a 3:00 p.m. conference call for today.

A Business Person dials into the conference call at 3:00 p.m. sharp.

A Business Professional confirms the call with participants 24 hours in advance and also dials into the call five minutes before its scheduled time.

You have received a meeting invitation.

A Business Person marks her calendar with the time and place of the meeting.

A Business Professional asks “What would you like my role to be at the meeting?”

The difference between being a business persona and a business professional is small.  Basically, it boils down to this: business professionals go the extra mile.  That’s why they create positive personal impact.

Become a business professional.  Create positive personal impact by going the extra mile.  You’ll be on your way to the life and career success you want and deserve.

Your career mentor,


PS: I write this blog to help people create the life and career success they want and deserve. Now I’m going one step further. I’ve created a membership site in which I’ve pulled together my best thoughts on success. And, as a reader of this blog, you can become a member for free. Just go to to claim your free membership. You’ll be joining a vibrant and growing community of success minded professionals. I hope to see you there.


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