What does your personal image say about you, your career or your business?
We all make assumptions and judgments about others: consciously and unconsciously. In a fraction of a second, our mind has taken in cues and various forms of information. We do this with the strangers that walks by, the friends you socialize with, colleagues and even our own family members. Your professionalism, education, values and beliefs are just a few of the judgements that are made.
“What’s a girl to do?”
Or guy! You do not have complete control over what other people are thinking of you. But there are a few things you might want to take into consideration. The things you do have control over.
Your personal image is part of your personal brand or who you are. Your personal image is how you present yourself to the world, like the cover on a book. It’s our first impression. This is part of your leadership influence.
So how is your personal image?
Is your wardrobe congruent with your personality and current level of responsibility in your career? Does everything fit properly, not too big or too tight? Are your shoes polished? How is the style? Current or out dated? Hair style, nails, make up, facial hair and jewelry are just a few of the items to consider.
A former client, realized he needed help in this area. I suggested he call any of the big department stores and speak to a personal shopper. They will not only find complete looks with all the accessories but will help you coordinate all your new items together. Then you can move on the hair and makeup. Let the experts guide you to your goals.
Today’s Action Step:
- Go through your closets or wardrobe with a trusted friend. Throw out the items that don’t fit, are worn out, not in style or just don’t make you feel at your best. Donate them to a good cause.
- Find a personal shopper to add a few items to your wardrobe and fill in the gaps.
- Evaluate your physical image and re-do as needed.
Good luck! You’ll be amazed at how you feel. Plus, your boss and those above you will definitely notice the change.