Professional Persona

Assuming a professional persona during every class period will help prepare you for what lies ahead for you in the professional world.

What is a Persona?

In the study of communication, persona is a term given to describe the versions of self that all individuals possess. Behaviours are selected according to the desired impression an individual wishes to create when interacting with other people. Therefore, personae presented to other people vary according to the social environment the person is engaged in, in particular the persona presented before others will differ from the persona an individual will present when he/she happens to be alone.

If you think of a persona as a way we act in individual situations you will realize that we all have acquired several personas.

1. You have a persona for your social activities with your friends;

2. You have a persona for your activities with your family members like your grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc,

3. You have a persona for your activities when you are attending a formal affair

4. You have a persona for your activities when you are attending a sporting event

Attributes of a Professional Persona

Basically this means to behave in a professional, business like manner. We’ve talked about this in some of my other classes and the following are the attributes that the classes came up with and others that are important to remember:

1. Keeping eye contact with the person who is talking (group member, classmate, instructor)

• When presenting, keep eye contact with your group members and/or the entire class.

2. Politely listening to the person who is talking (group member, classmate, instructor)

• Possessing strong listening skills is crucial for any professional.

3. Only talk about relevant subjects (no side conversations)

• Talk clearly and purposefully

• Use humor respectfully

• Think before you speak, making sure your comments are relevant to the topic

• Do not interrupt someone

4. Being fully present in the activity at hand

• No private web use

• No phone activity (talking or texting)

5. Be respectful to all.

• This includes facial expressions, standing and sitting positions and posture, body language, etc.

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