DON’T LET PEOPLE DECIDE WHO YOU ARE OR PLAY A GUESSING GAME. MAKE A DECISION TO TELL THEM WHO YOU ARE – WHETHER YOU SAY ANYTHING OR NOT…
The words ‘I would never have thought’ are common when we talk about other people or organizations. We have all been a part of the conversations and said, Well, I would have never thought (we can stick in anyone’s name) worked there or did that or lived in such and such neighborhood.’ The list could go on and on. You know, the disconnect we have when what we see just does not match up with someone’s actions or our OPINION about them. When your image and actions are incorrect, then your opportunity to be HEARD CORRECTLY may never take place, and the world INCORRECTLY decides who you are and what you are all about.
Words have such power; whether spoken or unspoken. The spoken word leads to assurance of communication and truth, while the unspoken leads to speculation and assumption. What you say is one way of defining who you are. The other way to define who you are is through the image you project – what you wear and how you act. Think of a work of art for instance, we all wonder what the artist is trying to say, then we read the card under the art and it tells us exactly what they are expressing. The same is true about our lives and our careers. What we say is but one way of defining who we are, the other way is SPEAKING by the image we project.
Today, so many people believe that their image should match the image of a model, mannequin, the latest trends or newest ads in the magazines. The image you project may say more than YOU LOOK GOOD, it may also say words like arrogance, intolerance, elitist or impersonal. Your choice in fashion and style should not create confusion, but should be a confirmation of who you really are.
Your image can say mysterious without saying unapproachable. Your image should invite people in – it should be a calling card that opens a door, stirs a conversation and creates an opportunity. Your image should not create discomfort or push people away, nor should you project what YOU ARE NOT.
As an Image Consultant and Brand Marketer, I am not trying to make my clients just handsome or pretty, but I help them to show the world who they are by the very image they display through their fashion and wardrobe, etiquette, words and behavior. I help my clients create an inviting image, a ‘Personal and Professional Brand’ that communicates for them and says exactly what they want it to say. I help people and companies create a brand that opens minds and doors, invites people in while opening ears and eyes – encouraging an atmosphere that says I want to know you before I form my opinions.
Eliminate the potential comment I would have never thought’ by defining your ‘Professional and Personal Brand.’ Then match that brand to an image which accurately tells your story and reflects who you are. You will find that people will be attracted to you and not pushed away.
The key to remember is that people do not like the unknown, and when your image is confusing and leads others to improper interpretation of who you are based on what they see, avoidance becomes the best way to protect one’s self.
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