But First, the Right Mental Attitude
Having a sense of purpose includes selecting our wardrobe according to goals, social and professional goals. To accomplish objectives in the work place or any career, one needs to have the right frame of mind, the drive for success, the stamina when faced with challenges, and the discipline of persistence. In my previous articles, I spoke about the need to select the right empowering language to describe and define our experiences. This is important, because the words we use shape our realities and can either spill disaster or pave the path to great things.
Here are three tips to follow when you meet someone in the professional setting for the first time:
1 Dress Nice on a Budget
We are fortunate to live in the age of Internet. We can literally look up any topic and find instructional videos on it. Learning how to dress is easy now with Youtube. One does not need the services of a life coach, a savvy friend or a neighbor to learn about fashion styles and etiquettes. All it takes is a click of the mouse. I watched fashion videos that range from showing viewers how to dress fancy on a low-cost budget and looking sexy for a date, to what to wear for an interview and how to rock a classy cocktail dresses. Go online and watch a few videos on how to dress for success.
2 Do Not Overdo the Perfume
Perfume is like giving hugs, a little bit of them can be very pleasant, but too much becomes overwhelming and downright obnoxious. It is easy to go overboard and put too much perfume for an interview, especially good-quality perfume that is pungent and lasting. Make sure you pick the right perfume for the season. Intense fragrances are for the winter season while light ones are for the warm months of spring and summer. Spray perfume in the air and walk through it. It will land on all of your body and avoid being concentrated in your upper body like around your face, neck, and chest. Spray some on your comb and pass it through your hair. It will infuse your hair with a nice scent without overwhelming the person near you.
3 Use the Right Body Language
The first impression is always the most important. Smile and shake hands with an assertive slight firm handshake while making eye contact. Move slowly and avoid too much talk. Answer when spoken to in complete sentences and acknowledge kindness when offered. Respond kindly to small talk, but do not elaborate. It is only meant as an ice-breaker, not a central conversation topic. Don’t forget to smile and nod. Repeat some of their statements for rapport; this shows them you understand and you care about what they just told you. Sit straight and avoid slouching. This makes you look more confident and attractive. Answer assertively, but do not exaggerate your qualities. Let your CV, professional presentation, your action plan, etc., speak for you, but take care to answer questions that relate to previous experience and past work strategies thoroughly.