A polite and refined demeanour is still an attribute appreciated in business situations. First impressions count in all aspects and at all stages of our life. How can you ensure that the first impression you make is a positive one?
Dress to impress
Wear clothes that look smart and professional, and are in keeping both with the business environment you are aiming to engage with, and the one you’re representing. Most importantly, though, choose something that is comfortable enough for you to feel at ease.
You need to be confident and able to showcase your talents. You don’t want to wear anything so loud as to be distracting, but if you feel that you look good, so will other people.
To engage with any investors or partners you need to look like somebody worth listening to. Good grooming for men and women creates an immediate positive impression of someone who is neat, tidy and well organised in all aspects of life, including their work.
Send the right signals
Most people are unaware of their body language, yet it can have a powerful effect through the signals that it sends to others.
For example, people naturally warm to those who appear friendly and open, so smile as this projects confidence and makes you appear trustworthy.
Good posture, and looking alert are also very important, as they signal to the other person that you are genuinely interested in talking to them. Business is a two-way street, and it’s important that although you are pitching, you convey that you understand the value the other person is bringing to any deal.
Your tone of voice should exude confidence in yourself and enthusiasm for your business, but it must be authentic and reflect who you are. People make decisions based on emotions, and without emotionally connecting with someone you are at risk of losing them.
Always be gracious
The word gracious can be defined as, “marked by kindness and courtesy; characterized by charm, good taste and generosity of spirit.” You can practice graciousness in every aspect of your life. The utmost gracious act is always in line with following the golden rule and treating others the way you want to be treated. I’ve never heard someone say they regretted being gracious.
Personal grooming is about presenting yourself in the best possible way. It tells people what you think of yourself. The lack of personal grooming is easily identified and will ruin your elegant appearance.
Good grooming also implies dressing well, elegantly and appropriately.
Beware of Fashion Faux Pas.