2 Mar 16

5 Ways Your Image Can Affect Your Success

5 ways your image can affect your success

We all have the ability to create impact with the way we are presented. In a world where human contact is so quick, where opportunities are to be snubbed, where we get even hungrier for success – the way we dress can influence the perception the outside world has on us, and also the confidence we have within ourselves.

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Here are 5 reasons why your image is linked to your future success

Confidence is sexy

I’ve never heard anyone say otherwise. Confidence is something that comes from within, some of us have it down pat, and some of us need a little bit of work in certain areas. But one thing for sure is that it’s attractive. When you know you are the best version of yourself, everything changes from the way we stand, the way we talk, and the way we feel. This makes us more open to new conversations, new connections, and new opportunities.

Opportunity is everywhere

Your next opportunity happens when you least expect it, so why not be ready? Your new boss could be the standing next to you while you waited for your coffee; your next client could be someone who you’ve just met at a party; the person who just walked into your co-working space happens to be your biggest champion; you never know. Don’t be one of those people who hide to talk because you are not appropriately dress, be ready and be on… and grab every opportunity that come your way.

You are your brand

When you tell people about what you do (or what you’d like to do), is your image congruent with the message you want to convey? I don’t mean dressing like you are going to work every day, but dressing in a way that is consistent with your personal brand. I’ve seen some newsreaders when they are off duty, whilst they are not in their camera-ready outfits, they are just as polished in their weekend attire. That’s consistency, and that’s the key to building confidence in a brand, otherwise it just causes confusion.

Shows that you care

My brother-in-law said to his daughter “just because you are going to see Poppy doesn’t mean you can dress like a dag”. I bit harsh I thought at the time, but I see his point. The level of attention to detail you pay to yourself can be a reflection of the level of care you show to others. People do business with people; present yourself in a way that you’d like to be presented to, and keep that subconscious connection going.

First impressions count

It takes less than 3 seconds to make a first impression. Imagine you are at a networking event, you walk into the room, and eyes are on you. The person you have just met has already formed a subconscious opinion about you before you say “hello”. Do I like you? Do I trust you? Do I want to find out more about you or walk away? We are educated to not judge a book by its cover, but it takes hours to read a book. Just as well it takes a long time to get to know a person to become your friend. In business, we don’t have days, we don’t have hours, we only have seconds to make a first impression. Make it count.

This is a guest post by Elise Mah Chut.

About Elise

Elise Mah Chut is a Brand Marketing specialist turned Personal Stylist who specialises in helping leaders in business present with confidence. Elise was the guest speaker at Fringe Benefits in February 2016 where she spoke on how to Create Impact with Your Personal Style and Confidence. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIN.

Elise is running a workshop called Kickstart Your Personal Style Journey, an interactive 2 hour workshop where you will learn how to define and dress in your personal style so you can feel confidence and create more impact in your work and life. The workshop is on Wednesday 23 March 2016 from 7pm to 9am at The Creative Fringe, Unit 6, 51 York Road, Penrith. Click here for more information.

As a special offer, attend this workshop and you will receive a $150 discount off the cost of a styling package with Elise.