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 in just 7 seconds. These aspects include, but are not limited to, your age, your status, your social class, your likeability, your competitiveness, your education, your wealth and your health.
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. No matter how much we learn more about the person later we tend to trust our first impressions above all, because we are programmed to make snap judgements about people.
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:
1. Can I trust this person?
2. 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 but it’s good to know that we are all programmed to think this way and that there is a solid reason for that.
Are you being judged accurately?
Make sure people are judging you accurately and not being confused or distracted about your image. This includes, but is not limited to, simplifying things. Have less but be more powerful. People want and should see the real you but it doesn’t have to mean spilling all your secrets out there. You can control 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.”
So 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
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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When building a successful image it’s important to remember to remain as authentic as possible. Your personal image should be a conscious decision for your own profit but it should still look like you.
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 ALSO “Your Personal Image Is Everything”, a 3-part blog series by I on Image
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