The first impression is the most important. First impressions are heavily weighted on what you look like with a dash of energy thrown in. Give the wrong impression and you are out. No question about it.
First impressions apply to consultants and coaches too. How will someone trust me to give professional advice if I don’t give a first impression of confidence and competence? I have to look the part to get the gig. Just like a job seeker!
Recently I started a new adventure offering videotaped insights through NEOBizTV targeted to the business community. This is a great opportunity to share my message about the hiring process with more businesses. I was excited to get started!
I arrived at the studio with my comments all organized, several changes of clothes and a big smile. Everything went smooth… until I saw the final product plastered all over YouTube.
Who was this person? And who let her out on videotape in public looking like that! ACKKKKKKK!!!!
I’ve never been so mortified in my life. After calling to have the worst of the segments pulled from sheer embarrassment I sat down to think about what to do.
I want to look pulled together, attractive (because why not), well dressed and well organized so people could focus on my message. I want to make a great first impression.
Clearly I am missing something about the way I present myself. My first impression is lacking something important but I can’t put my finger on it (otherwise I would make a better impression!)
I need a makeover to get a better image. And I need it fast so I can be prepared for the next taping segment. This is war!
I googled “image consultants near me” and got access to a service called “Thumbtack”. I typed in the problem I was trying to solve and four consultants contacted me within 24 hours! Two weren’t right at all but two were very interesting. I selected the consultant who was closest to my age who worked in PR for much of her life. We met yesterday for a makeover.
Linda from Les Concierges put me at ease right away. She did her homework by looking at my website, pictures of me online and she viewed that awful video. She had a plan!
I brought my bag of clothes for her review. “This is awful, that won’t work, ugh”, she gently but clearly communicated. Piece after piece of my wardrobe fell away because, as I saw on the videotape, it just didn’t work. Turns out I need to wear jewel colors like bright blue, Kelly green, and red, not the beige and grey I’ve been wearing. Jewel colors brighten my face and hair and make me feel energetic. The real “me” shines through instead of being brought down by those dull colors.
We did a little shopping and I found bright tops and a cool jacket plus some pretty scarves. I now have two outfits I can mix and match for videotaping and for speaking engagements. I sent a picture to my daughter Marissa and she said, “You look hot! Buy that outfit immediately.” So I did!
Bottom line: We all have to make a good impression. We all want to look good because it makes us feel good. When we feel good we act more confident and make a better impression. Job seekers, consultants and anyone who wants to get ahead need to get a second opinion to make sure you are projecting your best impression.