Professional Service? Service Professional?

November 4, 2011

As a writer, I recognize the importance of choosing and using the best words to accurately convey my intended message.

Sometimes it’s easy to find the best word…sometimes not so much.

Take the word writer for example.

The first of five definitions in  is:

“…a person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., especially as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist.”

Having been engaged in all of these activities as an occupation and profession, this definition best supports my claim of being a writer.

The last of the definitions, a person who writes or is able to write, best describes the relative who wrote a short greeting on a post card sent on a recent trip to Baltimore.

According to the dictionary, we are both writers. However, what distinguishes me from my relative who can write are the key words, occupation and profession.

Since I have been paid for my writing, I could probably be considered a professional writer.

Happily the dictionary again confirms my right to claim this title.

Among other definitions for professional,  lists

“following as a business an occupation ordinarily engaged in as a pastime: a professional golfer.”

So now the question arises, do my services as a professional writer qualify as professional services.

Once again I made the cut. Whew!

According to the same dictionary source, a professional service is:

“a service requiring specialized knowledge and skill usually of a mental or intellectual nature and usually requiring a license, certification, or registration.”

By extension, a service professional is some one who provides … professional services.

In most cases, this includes creating and delivering some form of intellectual property.

In a nutshell, those are people for whom this blog is intended: service professionals.

What can you and other service professionals expect from the site and blog?

Thoughts and ideas, insights and observations about professional service marketing.

Whoops…another possibly confusing term. Look for the explanation in my next blog post.


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