In the business world, image is everything. If it looks like you just rolled out of bed when meeting with clients, you'll have a hard time closing deals. But a professional image goes beyond your looks.
Here are five ways to create a more professional image.
1. Invest in a Professional Wardrobe
The way in which you present yourself to clients will make a lasting impression. It's worth the cost to invest in a quality professional wardrobe.
It may sound obvious, but it's worth reminding that your clothes should be:
Don't skimp on the shoes either. Make sure your footwear is scuff-free and polished for a clean, professional look.
Here's another tip: Keep a jacket in a garment bag in your car or on the back of your office door. This way, you have one on hand for unexpected meetings with clients or customers.
2. Take Care of Your Smile
Your smile is one of the first things clients and customers notice about you. Take care of yours.
"Not only can healthy, bright teeth enhance your smile, but having confidence in your appearance can provide a boon in your professional life as well as social situations," says Country Club Dental Flagstaff.
A sparkling white smile shows that you care for your health and your appearance.
3. Keep Your Social Media Clean
Your professional image stretches beyond your appearance. Social media accounts are important for building a positive and professional reputation in the industry. Make sure that your accounts are clean.
Even if your profile is private, the public can still see some information you might not expect, such as things you "like" on Facebook or comments you make on newspaper articles using your real name.
Rather than trying to hide your social media accounts, use them to your advantage. Make sure that your posts match the image you want to project.
4. Be Positive
If you want to win over clients and colleague, you need to maintain a positive attitude towards work. It's great to be able to see potential problems before they arise, but finding fault and negativity in everything will only turn off the people you want to impress.
Instead of only pointing out problems, try to present solutions.
5. Keep Your Personal Life Personal
It's important to keep your personal life personal. If you and your significant other had a fight or are going through a break-up/divorce, don't air out your dirty laundry on social media.
It may sound like a funny story to share with your Twitter friends, but it's important to remember that your tweet will be there for the world to see. If you must tell the story, do it over the phone or in person.
Don't complain about clients, your bad day, your health or your significant other on social media either.
Again, keep it positive. If you love dogs or your favorite sport is soccer, you can share these things on Facebook, Twitter or wherever. But steer clear of controversial topics and keep things positive.