The Performance Pro

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Image- Why Does It Matter Anyway?

Sloppies and floppies may be fine for watching your favorite ballgame on television or cleaning the garage; but research supports the common-sense notion that direct correlation between one’s respect for oneself and the respect one receives from others.

The way you present yourself to the world can impact your life. It can help you to reach life goals. We are a visual society, others will create a judgment of you in the first 3-7 seconds they meet you. With people remembering what they see 30% longer than what they hear, as you are seen, so shall you be, at least in the mind of others.

A professional image is a sum of many factors: attire, grooming, etiquette, and attitude.

Being professional can do many good things. Professionalism: (As you read the list, after each one, think about what the increased benefits would mean to you.)

· Creates respect
· Raises the bar on your value to the organization.
· Positions you as an authority
· Promotes trust
· Facilitates referrals
· Generates better income
· Dictates how you are treated

The next time you leave the house, consider this:
You are the billboard for the person you want to become. Professional Image? It’s a good thing.


  • At 9:02 AM, Blogger Mary Ann said…

    the other thing to remember is that once someone makes a judgement of you in their minds, it is hard for them to change it. People are stubborn, so even if you give them ample evidence that should change their perception, it is not easy for them to change!

  • At 6:43 PM, Blogger Marilyn said…

    I did this after reading your "Image" article: My husband & I went to a special dance where we did not know the people beforehand. I have a foot problem and must wear clutsy shoes, but instead of entering the dance hall in those shoes, I wore my dance shoes. I wanted their 1st impression of me to be that of a "dancer" -- not a dim wit! Once we got acquainted, and the group was comfortable with me, I put on my clutsy shoes with a confident smile. We are eagerly looking forward to going back to this new dance group. Marilyn


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