What does fashion have to do with First Impressions?
By: Sherry Long
Be Seen & Heard
In the first minute of meeting someone, a first impression is made. In the first 20 seconds of that minute, an opinion is formed based on your appearance.
- In the first 20 seconds, an opinion is made based on how we look . . .
- In the next 20 seconds, by our behavior . . .
- In the final 20 seconds, by our words.
Now that you know how people form opinions, make it work for you!!
A first impression is often difficult to overcome and in many settings, you will not be given a second chance.
What message do you want to convey, even before you speak, so that you will be given the opportunity to be heard?
I love to read, and in referencing the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”; we have all done it! Whether it’s a book, magazine, business card or even website?
You are drawn, ( or not ) to the image. Right or wrong, it is the same with people.
I often see very interesting and intelligent people overlooked, simply based on their appearance. I call it being left on a shelf . . . unread. We can miss out on what they have to offer.
Style & Confidence
The number one thing that I see when working with clients and their wardrobe is their confidence increases. Every time!!! Every person!!
When you feel good about the way you are dressed, it energizes you. It is also one less thing to be distracted by, so you can move forward, with CONFIDENCE, and engage others with your message, whether it is in a business or social setting.
In the business world, increased confidence typically relates to increased sales. Every encounter can be an opportunity, and your personal image is part of your advertising. Do you want to be seen as competent, approachable, and trustworthy? Trust can be the “greatest competitive advantage of all time”, especially when it involves a financial decision. To build trust, you have to connect with people. To connect with people, you have to be heard. In a personal setting, confidence is often “felt” and conveys a welcoming and genuine attitude, which fosters good relationships. This is helpful in all areas of life, from family, to friends, co – workers, and peers.
I encourage you to be your OWN kind of beautiful! It is not about looking like a model, or even your best friend. Style is about enhancing your personal beauty, so that you look your best, with clothes and accessories that not only fit you, but fit your lifestyle and personality as well.
Fashion can be an outward reflection of yourself to the world. It can be precise or it can be full of creativity and inspiration, and . . . it can empower you!