and others' perception.
It may not be fair or a even an accurate way of
evaluating someone, but we are judged by our appearance. Study after study
demonstrate how our
appearance affects our success and interaction with others.
By Gladys Edmunds, for
USA Today's Gladys Edmunds wrote about her
own experience with a personal financial planner that arrived at her home dress
in biker clothes. He was a nice enough person and came highly recommended by a
friend, but his appearance became a major distraction for Gladys, as it wasn't
aligned with the work he was doing.
Gladys' experience is not uncommon. Again, you
may believe that you shouldn't have to be concerned about how people will judge
your appearance, but there are situations when you must consider that you will
be visually sized up when you first encounter someone new. For example, if you
are at a job interview, sales call, or giving a presentation of some sort, your
appearance could help drive your points or completely distract others from the
value your words and expertise bring. You don't have to go overboard, but look
at yourself prior to a particular engagement and honestly assess how others may
perceive you based on your appearance.