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10 ways to ruin your career


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Devika Arora
part from doing the job you are paid to do,
working in a professional setup demands
maintaining decorum and knowing how to

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communicate effectively. While most employees


ensure the former is taken care of, they seldom
understand the importance of the latter. They feel
communication primarily takes place in the verbal
and written form, ignoring the fact that non-verbal communication is equally important, be it

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body language, facial expressions, posture, eye contact, tone of voice or physical gestures.
If you wish to become a future leader, you ought to know that external communication is very
crucial to build executive presence and to polish your personal brand. By exercising a little
caution and regularly analysing your conduct, you can avoid the pitfalls of poor
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The following points will highlight the worst communication mistakes, both verbal and
non-verbal, that you can make in the office. Beware of these unforgiving blunders as they may
hamper your professional growth.

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Let us begin with the non-verbal communication mistakes


1. Scratching yourself in public
Scratching yourself publicly would put off anyone and everyone. Not only is it disgusting, it is
distracting too! Scratching and fidgeting are strong gestures that send incorrect signals and

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detract from your executive presence.


You must also avoid fiddling with your clothes and mobile devices during meetings as this
makes you look tense or shows that you are not paying attention.
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Stop Uneducated Comments


by ashutosh kumar (View MyPage) on Jul 30, 2014 10:33 AM
I cant understand why people are behaving like uneducated illiterate unprofessional individuals..All the points are
actually very practical, specially in the Indian corporate scenario. So stop trolling and try self improvement.
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advice
by kuldakuldi (View MyPage) on Jul 29, 2014 09:25 PM | Hide replies
if anyone follows the advice given by this author they will surely ruin thier career and if you dont foloow these advice
then from peon you will become ceo of your company.
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Re: advice
by roy k (View MyPage) on Jul 30, 2014 11:00 PM
goin thru sum comments below..wonder if ppl uneducated or juz frustrated to be tokin dis way.
kuldakuldi ji if scratching private parts in front of bosses get us a promotion or souding illitrate get
us promotion than v all scratch private part n tok badly. no1 do dis but yes mayb u do flirting wd
ur boss to get promote
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nonsense article
by kiran kumar (View MyPage) on Jul 26, 2014 12:34 PM
i have seen people who have done these only have got promotions
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Giggling !
by sukhmeet singh (View MyPage) on Jul 24, 2014 08:33 PM | Hide replies
Never ever heard that giggling could be so dangerous.. always thought that ladies who giggle climb-up the ladder
earlier than their peers !
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Re: Giggling !
by ramanujam srinivasan (View MyPage) on Jul 29, 2014 09:38 PM
U r 100% right... There was one girl in my team who was beautiful but was total dumb...She
always tries to giggle and talk with my manager...One of my colleague even spotted them in a
movie theatre together... That year,she got promotion,best performer award and even was sent to
onsite ahead of others...
3 of my colleagues quit the company because they treated her better than them.....
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Great Article
by Syed Kashif (View MyPage) on Jul 24, 2014 09:59 AM | Hide replies
It is hard to come by such meaningful stuff in media these days, more so on Rediff!!!
Thanks a lot for this article.
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Re: Great Article
by kiran kumar (View MyPage) on Jul 26, 2014 12:33 PM
if you follow this article, you will surely ruin your career
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