What are you saying before you speak?

First impressions are formed within the first few seconds of meeting someone… SECONDS. That means that in the time it took to read the first sentence, if you had met someone face to face, they already sized you up based on your demeanor, facial expressions and attire.

Like it or not, what you wear says alot about you and how seriously you take your business, product, service or blog…

When you are out “networking,” what are you wearing? Jeans? T-shirts? Sneakers? For women, are you wearing the right make-up? For gentleman, are your shirts tucked in neatly? You often don’t get a second chance at a first impression… are YOU putting your best businesss image forward?

Here is a big secret for you – I love jeans and would live in them if I could. But after 7 years of non-stop networking for visibility, business growth, exposure and credibilty, one thing stands true – when networking, you need to walk the walk and talk the talk. If you want people to remember you and want to make a good first impresssion, you need to stand out and do things that not everyone does.. That includes what you wear.

Have you considered that what you are wearing does not lend itself to optimal visual credibility? This is often one of the biggest reasons people do not earn trust and get beyond their first encounter. This can also affect the ability to earn referrals and invitations to attend other events from people in their network because it not yet apparent if they truly take their business, product, service or blog seriously.

In short… have you even considered what you and your image is saying before you speak?

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4 responses to “What are you saying before you speak?

  1. Excellent, lovely points. I admit to often not dressing as successfully as I could. That’s one of the reason I was so glad to meet Nichelle at the WIN meetings, lol. A wardrobe consultant is probably just what I need. 🙂

    In a way it’s sad that people still rely so much on appearance, but in another way it makes sense. Your own appearance, how you dress and groom yourself, is something that’s 100% in your own control. It’s a way to tell who really cares about what they’re doing.

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  3. WOW! I was just sharing this with a client this morning “First impressions are formed within the first few seconds of meeting someone… SECONDS.” — so very true!

    I recently attended an event and honestly speaking, I was truly shocked at the way some people were dressed. Appearance has everything to do with perception (1st impression) 😉

    Great post!

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