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First Impressions Part II: Dress to Impress

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The second part to first impressions deals specifically with attire. The last post discussed the means for creating a passion driven sales pitch, something good enough to differentiate yourself. With the initial impression given off by conversational means, the next impression comes from attire and mannerisms.

Although having style may be second nature to some, at times people place the importance of dress on the back burner. Understandably, the selling point in a business meeting should have little weight on fashion and more performance. However, there are rules and expectations when it comes to the limits of “business casual.”

Here are a few to keep you polished:

  • First, thinking “less is more” probably isn’t the way to get a job, or a new client. It is important to be mindful that this is an office setting, and not a night out to the club.
  • Second, become familiar with how restrictive the office is with the term “casual.” Keep an eye out for the first few weeks of a new job to gauge other employees. It’s always better to be over dressed the first few days than under.
  • Take note of casual Fridays – sometimes an office will allow a dress down day where jeans are permitted, or less formal attire is encourage.
  • Stay on top of the date and times you have a special event, or board meeting. Don’t miss the note on invitations that call for a Black Tie Affair!
  • Tip: Keep an extra pair of black heels or neck tie in your desk/car for moments of need. Try to opt for a neutral color!

These may be obvious reminders, but it is important to understand that a portion of first impressions come from how cleaned up you look for the job. You certainly don’t need to be dressed to the nines, nor does your suit need to be top of the line, but keep in mind that if you dress accordingly, you will be remembered as someone who was serious about the job.

Happy Friday – hope everyone has a safe & sunny long weekend!

-S.

Thinking Outside the Circle

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“It’s unlikely that you’ll create something scarce without doing something risky to get there.” – Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception

“It’s not enough to be good, we need to be different.” – Becca, Pitch Perfect

It’s Monday morning, and the start of another workweek, which means people are searching for a little bit of inspiration to help them get through the day. This post intends to do just that – foster up some Monday morning motivation.

One of the difficulties I faced in launching this website was deciding on a name. It wasn’t that I was afraid to take the leap, or that I wasn’t confident in my abilities. After four blog name changes and three different platforms, I was certainly ready to put the work into the blogging side of things.

My indecisiveness came from the belief that it wasn’t going to be creative enough. More specifically, I didn’t want to brand myself around a name I didn’t feel connected to – let alone the connection I needed to make with my readers. I knew if I marketed myself around a blog name that didn’t have meaning, I’d quickly lose interest in creating its content.

So, in an effort to help anyone out there searching for the inspiration to jump-start a new idea, whether it be a blog, novel, or product, you have to start with patience. In order for you to begin creating something, you need to have a plan. Ultimately, planning comes over time and with time you need patience.

Secondly, you need to believe that you are capable of thinking outside the circle. Leave behind the part where you need to think outside “the box.” Sometimes we are afraid to break the barriers of being different, out of fear that difference will ostracize us from what is viewed as being “normal.” Break away from the norm. Make the box a circle, and go beyond it. Even better… have faith in the fact that you are capable of moving beyond it, even if it means failing.

When it comes to making decisions in our careers, we risk finding out our true potential by holding back on things that could change an industry. The next time a question arises in the boardroom, take a minute to brainstorm a different answer, an unpredictable outcome or solution. It might be risky, but the reward can be high. The chance you take to pitch an innovative idea that doesn’t fit the usual protocol might just be the-next-big-thing.

-S.