Your personal image is more than just how you dress. It’s also how you present yourself to other people, how you speak and communicate, how you build relationships, work and encourage others. So let’s break this down and see how each part contributes to make a whole.
Presenting yourself: Presenting yourself well is more than just about what type of clothing to wear. Although dressing appropriately for the occasion is important, dress codes can be vague in your workplace. Your best bet is to follow suit to whatever your boss wears. If they are wearing dress pants and a nice blouse, capri’s and flip flops isn’t something that you should be wearing. They want you to be aware that everything you say and do reflects somehow back on the company. Your company wants someone who will reflect on them in a professional and positive way. If you do a good job at that, then you’ll be noticed in the right way for the right reasons and a promotion could be in your future.
Communicating with others: You not only have to speak clearly and distinctly, but you have to know when to listen. You have to hear what people are trying to say. By adopting the communication style they are using will make you present and focused. How you talk with your body is as important as how you speak. Maintain eye contact with a receptive gaze without staring. Knowing how to connect to your listener in each situation is important. Take a deep breath, slow down and pay attention to what is going on in front of you now. By slowing down you establish a pace that slows others down and achieves more effective interactions. When you ask critical questions during conversations, it creates a sense of confidence in your communication skills. By being confident in your communication skills you will know when to take the lead and when to follow.
Building relationships: You need to build relationships with clients, customers, prospects and employees. Take a genuine interest in people. Ask what is going on with them, where they want to be in the future, what ideas they have to achieve that goal and how they are working to be a success. When you care and show interest in others, empathize and help solve problems, then you are building worthwhile relationships and rapport. No one likes to be ignored or thought of a just another employee. When working on a team, you need to make each team member feel that they are an essential part of the team and to inspire them to reach the goals the company wants your team to reach.
If you have confidence in your leadership abilities because you have confidence in who you are, then it’s a win-win situation all the way around.
How does your image reflect you in getting the job done? I’d like to hear from you!