Look the Part and Look SuccessfulBy Angela Marshall, 12th Feb 2015
The world has become smaller as people travel more whether it is for pleasure or business. Businesses have to be more competitive therefore it is more important than ever to present yourself in a positive way and giving the right first impression can make the difference between being taken seriously or not. We all subconsciously make a judgement about one another within the first few seconds. 55% is on the way we look, 38% is on the way we sound and only 7% is on the words we say. It is, therefore, vitally important we “look and act the part”.
Looking the Part
When we consistently dress well and are well groomed we look the part, stand out from the crowd and command attention in a positive way. It has a doubly positive effect as it helps us to feel good as well as promoting a positive response from others.
Actors often say “When you put on the right clothes it helps you to become the part”. Always think about ‘your part’ where you are going, what type of business you are in, how you wish to come across and then decide which clothes you are going to wear. A successful dresser finds a distinctive way of dressing that is appropriate for what they do and is a true reflection of their personality.
Projecting a Professional Image:
Dealing with people as part of your job means you need to have good people skills as much as technical skills. People will assume that you know your job but what they are going to “buy” is you. To communicate well it is important to have the three “As.” To be approachable, accountable and accessible and to have five key qualities: competence, credibility, control, confidence and consistency.
- Ensure you are well groomed and well dressed.
- Look in the mirror and assess what you see. Be dispassionate and look as though you were looking at a stranger.
- Walk in with confidence and have positive body language.
- Be well mannered.
- Remember to smile. A genuine smile is a great asset: it’s friendly, disarming and confident.
- Inspire the belief in others that you can do the job.
- Deliver what you say you can.