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What Does It Mean To Be Savvy?

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What Does It Mean To Be Savvy?

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As with any etiquette topic, style is a great part of whether or not you accomplish the goal of doing it right. When you are savvy you are in the know. You have an understanding of the how and why of a particular situation. The savvy person is well informed and shrewd. This is why the man or woman of style seeks to gain more knowledge and increase his or her intelligence. The shrewd or savvy person has insight and sound judgment, both of which are especially poignant when it comes to business and politics. In combination then with style, you can see why the savvy, shrewd and stylish person is a winner at business and relationships.

Let's look more at some of Roget's thesaurus definitions of what we mean by style.

  1. A distinctive way of expressing oneself: means.
  2. Behavior through which one reveals one's personality: address, air, bearing, demeanor, manner, mien, presence. Archaic port.
  3. The current custom: craze, fad, fashion, furor, mode, rage, trend, vogue. Informal thing. Idioms: the in thing, the last word, the latest thing.
  4. The word or words by which one is called and identified: appellation, appellative, cognomen, denomination, designation, epithet, name, nickname, tag, title. Slang handle, moniker.

So why does being savvy matter?

The person who has mastered the art of being relationally savvy is able to build relationships that encourage both personal and career growth. This is important because these people who tend to be proactive then manage their business and relationship interactions well. People tend to look up to a person who is savvy which further increases their realm and powers of influence. In addition, the relationally savvy person is supportive of others and able to use their savvy skills in order to reach out to others and increase productivity. The savvy person also tends to possess very strong social skills that further enable them to be dynamically interactive both inter-personally and on the cooperative corporate level.

How does this enhance or encourage advancement

Practicing etiquette in your business and personal affiliations will do wonders for your relationships and toward developing loyalty to your product, service or brand. In short, it is important for the self-promoter to develop an attitude of community. One major mistake non-savvy self-promoters often make is that they try to do it alone. This is a sure way of short-circuiting your development. The savvy person seeks and heeds great counsel. This includes seeking out others who can coach or mentor as well as asking good questions that will enhance their business and situation. The savvy person knows that networking is imperative to success and that reaching out beyond his or her scope of normal influence and involvement will do wonders toward increasing their bottom line and growth. So, the savvy person uses these proactive disciplines as part of their daily work ethic.

  • Don't limit your networks. Reach out beyond your obvious involvement. Seek out advice and connections with supervisors, peers, family members, religious leaders, friends and others in senior positions of authority.
  • Identify role models. Study and model your strategies and relationships after those you have observed to be successful and influential. Remember this might include public or historical figures as well as an elementary school teacher.
  • Reach out to others. Even though every savvy person is not necessarily an extrovert, this is a quality that goes a long way toward aiding in your quest to self-promote. If you are not naturally extroverted, you can still use social networking outlets such as Facebook, Linkedin,Twitter or Tumblr, to reach out.
  • Be in the know. Etiquette dictates that you have it together and the savvy person will always know what they need and from where or whom. Take stock of your business needs and reach out to the right people.
  • Get a coach. Even powerful business CEO's need mentors and coaches. A business coach or life coach can help you get where you want to be and beyond. Remember that coaching is about results and that is your ultimate goal for self-promotion.

Quotes from Famous People about 'Style'

  • "It is always self-defeating to pretend to the style of a generation younger than your own; it simply erases your own experience in history." - Renata Adler

  • "Style is not neutral; it gives moral directions." - Martin Amis

  • "The most durable thing in writing is style, and style is the most valuable investment a writer can make with his time. It pays off slowly, your agent will sneer at it, your publisher will misunderstand it, and it will take people you have never heard of to convince them by slow degrees that the writer who puts his individual mark on the way he writes will always pay off." - Raymond Chandler

  • "A style does not go out of style as long as it adapts itself to its period. When there is an incompatibility between the style and a certain state of mind, it is never the style that triumphs." - Coco Chanel

  • "Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess." - Edna W. Chase

  • "Style is the dress of thoughts; and let them be ever so just, if your style is homely, coarse, and vulgar, they will appear to as much disadvantage, and be as ill received, as your person, though ever so well-proportioned, would if dressed in rags, dirt, and tatters." - Lord Chesterfield

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