As communicators we are constantly sending non-verbal messages to those round us. These are messages we send loud and clear without ever saying a single word. We do this through several means including your stance, our body alignment, our hand gestures, facial expressions and even the way we dress. These cues send a telling message that can often tell our intended and unintended listener more about us than words often can convey. This is why you must be careful to dress your best and to stay appropriate to the situation.
Trust me when I say whether you are at a business meeting, a convention, or even a company picnic you are always projecting your personality. One of the biggest ways that you do this is through the way you dress. In fact the clothing we wear often marks our profession or given job. How do you know someone is a doctor or scientist? They are wearing a lab coat and present a calm knowledgeable air. How are you sure that this is a nurse and not a housekeeper? By the scrubs and stethoscope around their neck they are informative and caring, right? The same can be said of a business individual, you are known by your clothes and the way you carry yourself
Everyone has a different sense of style, and everyone has a different amount of material to work with. It really matters little how much you spend on your clothes as long as they are neat, clean and fit well. Do try to buy the best you are able afford but do not stretch yourself to try and impress. Repair and replace worn items regularly to avoid mishaps such as shot buttons or ripped seams.
A well dressed, well groomed, professional looking person will give exactly that impression. Wear your clothes do not let your clothes wear you. As a rule of thumb extreme patterns, shoes, and cuts of clothing may look good on the runway or on a night out. For most business purposes though these can often be very distracting and might make you seem eccentric or showy. This can be a real deal breaker with some individuals. Stick with clean simple lines and if you do want to add a splash of style do so sparingly; it does, believe it or not, make a bigger, better impact on those around you.
What condition your clothes and personal appearance are in tells the viewer volume about you as well. Of course, there are days were you work long hours and are a little rough around the edges. Here is a tip – keep change of cloths in your office or car. Freshen up every few hours to help you look and feel your bet when meeting the public or your co workers. It only takes a little effort but gives great results.
With a little planning and some upkeep on yourself and your wardrobe you will help to make your professionalism and personality shine.
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