Long before I became a motivational speaker I was a professional actor. And I very vividly remember a professor of mine in graduate acting school responding to my question, “How do I be successful in my career?” He replied, “Simple. Be the kind of person people LOVE to work with.” Notice he didn't say, "Become the most brilliant actor in the world!", "Market yourself better than anyone else!" or "Work for less than the next guy." He merely told me to be the kind of person that people LOVE to work with.
Turns out he was right on. A fairly recent study reported in Fortune Small Business Magazine indicates that when managers hire and/or promote people in their businesses they rely more on likeability than they do on skills! Here are the numbers:
- 64.8% – Personality/likeability
- 58.6% – Skills
- 53.9% – Track record
- 18.8% – Knowledge of your organization
- 14.1% – Diversity
Here’s the bottom line. Don’t stress yourself out if you don’t have the necessary skills or experience that you think they are looking for. Just bring out your very best, pleasant, likeable self and… be the kind of person people LOVE to work with!
From your former actor, turned motivational speaker, Linda Larsen