6. Good Communication Skills – “It’s essential for you to inspire and persuade your client with words, whether written or in conversation.”
I think I’m a pretty good communicator, but I do tend to rush through my emails and maybe not be clear enough because I’m not taking the time to be thorough. But when it comes to inspiring clients, I can easily translate my vision for them through explaining it both through writing or spoken word.
7. An ability to Handle Criticism and Rejection – “Your work won’t always be a slam-dunk, so be ready to digest less-than-enthusiastic reviews sometimes.”
Ooh, this one is a tough one for a young designer. But as time goes on, I become more comfortable with criticism as I gain more confidence in my ability to adapt and communicate with clients. On a fairly recent project, I came up with only one logo idea when I typically do a handful because I was so confident in the design. But the client wasn’t as excited about it as I was and I took it in stride and went back to the drawing board. Now we have an awesome logo that I’ll be sharing in the next few months.
8. A Positive Attitude and Professional Demeanor – “A good attitude is priceless…clients don’t respond well to people who get easily upset or let unexpected situations ruin their day.”
I’m still super excited to get to do graphic design and work with clients. I think my gratefulness for getting to practice my craft leads me to have a positive attitude and regard clients highly.
9. Good Work Habits – “Stay focused on business by making a list of tasks to accomplish every day. You have to be self-motivated, because only you can set the bar for your skill and output.”
I am a task-oriented person and love my daily to-do list. I typically create my list of things to accomplish early in the morning or even the night before then take a few minutes to pray over my list and ask God to help me accomplish the things I need to for the day. I’m also fortunate that I have a very encouraging and helpful husband who helps to keep me focused.