Science behind First Impressions
Your personal image is the perception that people have about you. It affects your success in every aspect of your life. When a person meets you for the first time, their brain makes several snap decisions about you. The process takes just 7 seconds. These judgements include the following elements about you:
- social class
- education level
Learn to make the most of them and take your personal brand on a next level that exudes confidence and professionalism.
People are programmed to make a quick opinion about you based on your appearance, your body language, your gravitas and your style. We still tend to trust our first impression, even if we learn more about the person. It’s because we are programmed to make snap judgements about people. It’s good to know that we are all born to think this way -and that there is a solid reason for that.
Trust vs. Respect
According to Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy in Business Insider these rapid decisions that people make within seconds from seeing you for the first time come down to two boiling questions:
- Can I trust this person?
- Can I respect this person?
From evolutionary point of view it was crucial for survival to be able to judge a situation or a person in a split second. Life was very much about risk evaluation and to this day we carry those traits inside of us. They are just used in a more sophisticated manner.
Are you being judged accurately?
Make sure people are judging you accurately and not being confused or distracted about your image. Part of your process is simplifying things. Be more powerful with less. People want see the real you. It doesn’t mean spilling all your secrets out there. You are in control of what you are giving away -and what you are keeping to yourself.
“How you look, how you speak, and how you act turn out to be critical to your success, our report concludes, at every step in your career journey.”
Be mindful about your personal image. It’s crucial to your success and, in a competitive situation against as talented and experienced people as yourself, it may be all you really have.
Gain control of your image
Remember to always remain as authentic as possible. Your personal image should be intentional and a reflection of who you really are.
Your personal image is one of the few aspects of your life that you have a full control of and I am delighted to help you to invest in yourself. I am passionate about business wear, first impressions (live and on social medial) and I want to help you to be at your very best in the current competitive business environment.
Let me worry about the looks, it saves you your valuable time and helps you to focus on the very essential: your fantastic skills and amazing knowledge.
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Elements of a successful personal image
- Inspiring: Create enthusiasm and make people feel empowered.
- Memorable: Stand out from the crowd for the right reasons.
- Approachable: Be open, communicate clearly and make people feel comfortable around you.
- Genuine: Remember to be the unique charming you.
- Engaging: Create lasting relationships and allow people to commit to you.
I am looking forward to help you enhance your personal image and personal brand!
READ MORE about the impact of your personal image in I on Image’s 3-part blog series “Your Personal Image Is Everything”
Let me know how I can help you enhance your image. I would love to hear from you!
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