Earlier this week I blogged about professionalism in networking. Today my focus is on GRAMMAR in networking. Whether it’s a face-to-face networking event or on-line networking, poor grammar can be a HUGE turn-off to potential clients and colleagues – particularly in the Virtual Assistant industry where administrative skills are such a large part of what we do.
Most people are willing to overlook the occasional misplaced comma or transposed letter in a word in a networking setting, particularly when you frequent the networking site and people know your normal writing style. However, when the occasional misplaced comma turns into constantly misspelled words, poor grammar, improper capitalization and punctuation errors, your professional image can be seriously tarnished.
If you don’t care enough about your own professional image to take the time to turn on the spell check feature or proof read your own correspondence, how are you coming across to potential clients or people who could potentially refer clients?