Society is very visually based. Whether you’re looking to impress a date, give a presentation, or start a business in hopes of gaining clients, you will be judged on how you look. In this day and age, presentation matters. Earn respect from clients and gain their trust by changing simple things about your appearance in order to make yourself more presentable and trustworthy.
Dress in proper business attire
Your appearance is what gives off your first impression. It can make or break a future business deal. Whether your business attire is casual, standard, or corporate, make sure to dress the part. For men, that may mean suits, ties and black leather shoes; whereas women are best presented in dark-colored suits or dresses. Understand your business fully and dress to attract the types of clients you wish to work with.
Taller men and women make thousands more per year than their shorter counterparts. Even if you are not blessed with tall genes, standing tall with your shoulders back and your head up gives off the illusion that you’re tall and confident even if you’re thinking otherwise.
Use inviting body language
You appear much more friendly and trustworthy if your body language is open and inviting. Smile and use hand gestures when speaking. Those whose lips are pursed and arms are crossed do not come across as visually attractive.
This means updating your look with current trends and fashions. Staying in-the-know portrays you as someone who is young and full of energy, whereas those that appear unfashionable are perceived as being dull and less effective.
Get your teeth whitened
A smile goes a long way and people tend to trust those with bigger and brighter ones. A simple in-office or at-home teeth whitening procedure makes it known that you are youthful, healthy and successful.
For women: Wear appropriate makeup
Consider visiting a makeup counter to learn what looks the best and most natural on your face. Women that are clean and polished, with fresh, natural-looking skin, are more likely to succeed in the workplace and gain clients’ trust.
Stay in shape
Part of looking your best is staying in shape and being physically fit. Overweight individuals make less money per year than their in-shape counterparts. Earn the trust of your clients by showing that you care about and take care of yourself.
How you act goes a long way in how you look. Think about it – you may see someone very physically attractive but once you engage in conversation, you suddenly view that person very differently. You appear more attractive if you’re confident, well-spoken, and professional, thereby gaining more clients and earning their trust.
Wear minimal jewellery
This applies to both men and women. Avoid wearing flashy pieces and stick to the basics. For women, a watch, wedding ring, one pair of earrings and a necklace will suffice. For men, a watch and wedding ring is all you should wear. Keep it simple.
Conservative, well groomed hair
Keep your hair well groomed and trimmed. Women should look natural and should not go overboard with hairspray and other hair products. Men should always have their hair combed and trimmed above their ears. Ideally, facial hair should be shaven but at the very least, keep it trimmed short.
Eating healthy is not only beneficial to your insides but it affects your outward appearance as well. An unhealthy diet can give you a tired, dull complexion, whereas, consuming healthy foods gives your skin a healthy shine and overall radiant appearance.
Enhance your best features
Finally, to appear more professional and gain trust and respect from your clients, bring out the best in yourself by focusing on your favourite features. Choose colours that are flattering against your skin tone, style your hair to best match your face shape, and wear pieces that fit your body and hide problem areas.
Looking your best is important in the business-world, so start dressing and acting the part to move up the corporate ladder and gain clients’ trust.