You already know that Your Professional Image and Your Personal Image have an impact on your everyday life and you know how important your first impression is when introduced to new clients. With that in mind I would like to share what I discovered during one of my presentations. I started with round robin and all the attendees introduce themselves. The first person stood up and shared their name, company and occupation and the other followed with the same, standing and so on. I noticed one trend as we moved around the room with the introductions, the attendees were all employees or self employed and their daily routines included sales of either a product or a service. They all seemed energetic for the 8AM start, but there seemed to be one thing missing from a group of them; the desire to make an strong impact with their Professional Image. How is that possible you ask? Are they not all business people? Don’t they know how to make a strong first impression? My response, I would tend to believe they all know how to make a strong first impress, but do not practice. Some of the attendees were dressed as if they were making a quick trip to the supermarket. One man had blue jeans and a t-shirt with a character image, another had a sweater with jeans and one women had very casual home-style attire and the others were professionally dressed some more casual then others. I share this to make a point. Not everyone understands the power of a strong professional image. Would you consider hiring a financial planner who came to a meeting dressed in dirty blue jeans and a t-shirt? Would you give your money to a sales women dressed like she is ready to clean the house? Do you ask yourself; How professional is their business conduct? Do you think they follow compliance guidelines? Will they share your information with unauthorized individuals? Do they care about you and your needs? These are real questions and real concerns that many have when dealing with unprofessional individuals.
When you are planning to attend a professional networking meeting or seminar you plan the time to leave your home to arrive on time. You plan who you want to speak with and the time you plan to leave the event. You will even hand pick who you plan to speak with according to the impression they make with you during the networking. So can you tell me why you do not spend time picking your attire for the event? You have one chance to make a quality first impression and that is it! Take a look in the mirror before you leave for a meeting and ask yourself, Would I want to do business with the person in the mirror? Would I trust them? Will they take pride in their work? Will he/she share my information with unauthorized persons?
Your First Impressions needs to be of quality and have a strong, positive impact.
Proper attire, professional etiquette and a confident presence make a BIG Difference. Be confident in who you are and make sure your personal and professional image speak the same message.Your career, your success and your bank account will show the difference.