Mending A Professional Reputation When It’s Been Damaged
Posted on Jun 30, 2014
It takes ages to build a good reputation and you can ruin it in just a few seconds. Anyone can make a big mistake at some moment, and the consequences are tougher than expected. Even the most famous people and companies happen to damage their reputation sometimes, but you don’t need to be a public relations specialist to mend the situation and regain your credibility. Fortunately, people forget fast and what outraged them a week ago may become boring and uninteresting meanwhile. Being consistent in your rehabilitation campaign may help you get back your respectable image.
Consolidating your reputation is not something that happens overnight. You need to build strong relationships with other people in your professional network and to obtain third-party endorsement from them. This means more than just throwing a business card at someone or being active on social networks. Pay maximum attention to every person that you want to bond with and always keep your promises. You may need them and their support can be crucial during hard times.
If you make a big mistake, you must start to re-consolidate your reputation immediately. The first step is to apologize, even this means to have a humble attitude. Don’t allow anyone to humiliate you, though.
Once you have done something wrong, take the necessary measures in order to repair the damage. Words and apologies without actions are useless and you will be regarded as a hypocrite if you say you are sorry, but you don’t do anything to fix things.
The feeling of guilt can lead you to over-compensation and doing more than you need to do in order to “make it even”. This can make you vulnerable, as the other people will take advantage of this and always ask you for more, or you will just make a fool out of yourself by struggling to solve the issue.
After surpassing the critical moment, concentrate on promoting good information about you and marketing yourself, including online.
Sometimes, leaving is better than staying, as sometimes, nothing can be the same again after blowing it up. Changing workplaces may be the wisest decision you can make. No matter what your choice is, make sure you get over it. It’s no use feeling guilty to no end. When you feel guilty, you transpire lack of confidence, and things only get worse and worse.