How Do You Show Up?

Remember when you were climbing in your career and were told that your image counts? Well, it still does! You say so much before you open your mouth! At any age, your image – your presence – is the outward manifestation of who you are and what you think of yourself. Showing up looking your best says you are confident and have a sense of style – YOUR style.

Here’s something to consider. If you walked into a heart surgeon’s office and saw a man wearing a plaid, short-sleeved shirt and jeans, what would you think? Likely, you would be saying to yourself, “He doesn’t look like a heart surgeon!” Never doubt that people DO make judgments about you based on how you look.

Here are 3 tips to consider:

• There is a social significance of your image. Ask yourself if your appearance is aligned with who you are and what you want to be known for. Looking like a successful person will enhance the impression that others have of you. It can also impact your goals, social interaction and community involvement.
• Whether we like it or not, research concludes that people DO judge you by how you look, act, and communicate. And it all starts with the infamous First Impression. Why would we NOT want to always make a positive impression, at any age?
• Stay current! Update your clothing, hair, and makeup. Savvy Prime Women have appeal despite age.

Lesson learned? Paying attention to how you dress is important in projecting a strong personal brand. It reflects how confident you are, how well you take care of yourself, and it can lead others to take you more seriously.

 

About The Author

Valerie Sokolosky

With over 25 years’ experience, Valerie inspires women to Do It Right! – People skills are her business! Author of 8 books on Professional Presence, Personal Branding & Business Communication, Valerie is an ICF Certified Executive Coach & Global Master Brand Strategist whose motto is “companies improve when people improve.” Valerie's Publications