We’ve heard the saying ‘image is everything’ and that’s true in all aspects of life. From professional to personal, one’s image can advance them into so many opportunities or it can hinder them from being successful. Whenever people fail to understand how one’s image speaks volumes about their character, they will continue to live in a state of mediocrity. Let’s face it – anyone who doesn’t care about moving up and moving forward in life is comfortable with settling for settling.
Many entrepreneurs fail to understand their image on social media can either make them or break them. Because customers and clients are searching popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, wouldn’t it be wise to make sure your site is professional and welcoming? Your image is what you control. Let me say that again – image is everything and it’s up to you to control it.
We all know first impressions leave a lasting impression in the hearts and minds of potential clients. In addition to that, it’s difficult to get a second chance to make a good impression. From how you dress to how you articulate and even to how you write, image is everything. If you don’t care what people think about you (verbally and nonverbally) don’t expect to be successful in this world.
Here are four ways to create a better image so that people can take you seriously:
Dress appropriately for the customers/clients you want to have. Nothing more needs to be said because people still judge others by their outward appearance. From head to toe, make sure your appearance draws people to you and not deter them away
Clean up your social media profile. When people see you on social media sites, what is their opinion? Is it positive or negative? Are you professional or just too personal? Social media is global and it’s up to you to make sure it’s appropriate. Here’s the question – would you do business with you, if you saw your profile?
Check and recheck what you write. Poor English tells people you don’t take the time to check spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Anytime people use poor grammar, it’s a poor reflection of their image. How many times have you read someone’s email or post that was grammatically incorrect? I don’t know about you, but it makes me want to throw up my hands and scream. Don’t jeopardize your potential because you’re so busy doing other things that don’t check and recheck your words
Associate with the right people. This may be touchy for some but associating with the wrong people will hinder you. Why? Because the wrong people can’t build you up. Image is about making sure those around you can pour into you. If you find yourself drained and depleted by the people in your circle, it’s time to leave them behind
It’s never too late to work on your image. The question you have to ask yourself is this ‘how far do I want to go in life?’ If it’s not far, that’s fine – you have no one to blame but yourself. However, if you want to go far and reach your goals, work on your image and don’t let mediocrity rule. Demand the best from yourself and let it begin with your image and how people perceive you.
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, author of The ABC’s of Making Business Networking Work For You, and success coach. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey