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How To Project An Excellent Self Image
Those first two seconds can make a difference in whether you will win over an important business prospect.
We would all like to believe that our competence in doing our work is what counts the most.
However, you may not have the opportunity even to show the quality of your work due to a bad first impression.
As you transcend into a higher level with your business, you will be dealing with more and more wealthy and savvy individuals who will notice at first sight if you are not up to the standards.
Some seemingly minor detail could be a real turn-off to a potential client and you could lose that deal.
Handshakes Handshakes in any part of the globe are a traditional greeting in most business circles.
It's important that your handshake is firm and confident.
This is an appropriate touch in our business world and it is our only opportunity to have that quality connection.
Be sure that you don't have so many things in your hands that you don't have your hand free to be able to extend for a handshake.
Eye Contact It's always very important to maintain a steady eye-to-eye contact with the person you are talking to.
It shows a sign of confidence and boldness.
Body Language How we carry ourselves as we walk says a lot about our confidence and professionalism.
And to present yourself as an open and interested person, avoid crossing your arms across your chest.
That is a closed posture, indicating that you want to keep yourself at a distance.
An authentic, warm smile is essential for creating that business relationship.
What we carry with us can give an air of being organized or otherwise.
Choose a good-looking portfolio or briefcase that can keep you looking like you have it under control! Dress Your clothing and accessories need to be chosen according to the type of business environment.
This can vary according to geographical location, industry, and type of occasion.
However, there are certain elements that need to be considered no matter what.
Clothing that fits you well, is in good condition, that is not too revealing, and is clean is always a necessity.
Wrinkled shirts give a very poor impression.
Shoes need to be clean and in good repair.
Grooming: Fresh breath and clean, white teeth are really a welcome part of you! A clean body without heavy doses of various fragrances is important.
Many people have allergies to perfumes and the business environment is really not the pace to have you stand out because of your fragrance.
Our intention is not to have anything detract from what we are doing.
Cell Phones So many people are talking on their cell phones and text messaging all the time that they sometimes forget that this is not something to do in a business environment, unless necessary, and if necessary, you have to excuse yourself before answering a call or text messaging.
It's time to focus on the people that are there in person and to put your phone on silent and check for messages later.
Making a call or text-messaging in a meeting is a great way to show how disrespectful you are! And try as much as possible to take out your Bluetooth earpiece during business meetings! It looks as though you could be on the phone even if you are not.
Punctuality The ultimate disrespect for others is to have them wait for you when you are late.
It's such a key piece of your image to be punctual that it is worth it to schedule in a bit more convenient time to avoid the big rush and the negative reception when you show up late.
Manners Standing up when you are meeting someone is critical.
This not only shows respect for that person, but it also puts you at their level so that they are not in a power position standing over you.
Table manners may not seem important in our much more casual culture today.
However, you never know who is sensitive to excellent table manners and who could be getting a really low opinion of you as an uncultured person.
Catch up on the etiquette of table manners so that you can feel confident that you are making a good impression on any of your dining partners.