I’ve been so darn busy at my new job I’ve hardly been able to find the time to post any updates! As some of you may already know, I recently accepted a position as a receptionist at a really wonderful company. I can’t say the name for legal reasons. Anyway, things have been going practically the best they could possibly go there. I’m making so many potential friends it is OUTRAGEOUS. I really feel like I’m on my way to climbing the corporate ladder. So the other day I was thinking, I’ve learned so many great techniques for getting ahead over the last few months, I should share them with all my internet peeps! So here they are. Rory’s top ten ways to get ahead in the work place.
10. Pull Out The Chair For the CEO During a Big Meeting.
I just started doing this one and OH BOY has it been successful. Last time, I had to rush across the room to get to the chair before Mr. Flemming sat down, but I made it just in time. As I scooted him in I could see the amazed looks on all the faces in the room. They had to be thinking, “How come I never thought of that?” I really felt like a trend setter. This one is a game changer. Don’t miss your opportunity to jump on it.
9. Ask Clients What Their Favorite Food Is.
This one is just good manners. I spend a lot of time on the phone and when people call me up I can tell that they’ve been talking shop all day long. The last thing they want is to get right down to even more boring business. That’s why, whenever I answer the phone at my job, I always start off with a fun get-to-know-you question, just to break the ice. People are so surprised! A few times they asked to talk to my manager, I assume to compliment me on my kindness. Asking about their favorite food is a great one, but here are some other options: Hello, what is your favorite kind of precious jewel? Good day, how many pushups can you do? Greetings, what bank do you like to use? etc. Come up with your own! These all work best when you make them personal.
8. Eat Lunch With the Big Players.
This one is easy. Find out where the big wigs eat and go there! Try to get a table right across from them so you can make as much eye contact as possible. Be sure to wave when the opportunity arrises, and remember to CHEW WITH YOUR MOUTH CLOSED PEOPLE!
7. Compliment Compliment Compliment.
This one is easy for me because I’m always looking out for nice things to say to people. Maybe it’s a nice tie or some lovely earrings. Perhaps a new haircut or a chipper demeanor. Whatever it is, don’t be afraid to point it out. One thing I wouldn’t do is tell people how hot the pictures of their daughters are that they keep on their desks. Sometimes those pictures are of girls that are too young to be dating and that can make you and them feel very weird.
6. The Bathroom is Where the Gossip Happens.
There are these three guys at work that are always telling the funniest stories to each other, usually on their way to the bathroom. Whenever I see one of them getting up to go I always run in right after them. Just pretend you’re washing your hands really really good so you can stand their and hear the whole story as they whisper it to each other in the corner.
5. Birthdays are the BEST.
Always make sure you remember everyone’s birthday. And don’t forget to get them a gift. I give everyone a $25 gift card to Dave&Busters. Usually I have to charge them to my credit card because there are like three birthdays a week in this office. No worries though, I just think of it as an investment. Everyone remembers the receptionist who gave them the coolest gift! And who knows, one day someone might invite me to tag along to D&B with them! Then I’m making a friend and a work contact! CHA-CHING!
4. Always Be Down for After Work Drinks
Real work place connections are made after hours at the bar. When you’re the new guy, people can sometimes be unsure about asking you to hang out or maybe they just forget. That’s why you have to go to a few of the bars in the area to find out where everyone decided to go after work. Then you can just act like you ran into them. After the third or fourth time, it starts to seem like a really funny coincidence and it can make for a fun joke. “Oh my God! You guys again? We should just start leaving the office together!” I feel like any day now they’re going to ask me to go with them!
3. If you play the guitar BRING IT!
I usually spend my lunch hour picking out a few tunes in the break room. I have a pretty nice voice so I know my coworkers appreciate it when I sing some jams. I mostly do a lot of Zep and a few songs by The Frey. It’s like I’m one of those guys in the Potbelly! I think people are really digging it. I do a mean version of Free Bird, all solo, but I’m saving that one for the Christmas Party ;)
2. Work Your Very Hardest
The most important thing in life is working hard. You can do everything on my list and it will for sure help you, but it won’t get you anywhere if you don’t work your butt off!
1. Be Yourself!
Sometimes I’m nervous at work. Being around so many successful people can be intimidating. I just have to remind myself that I’m a good person. I try really hard to do the right thing and I only want the best for others. As long as I live my life by that mantra, there’s no way I can go anywhere but UP at this gig!
Until next time!