Dress for success.
It sounds like a cheesy phrase rolled out by salesmen of the 1980’s, but is there some truth to it?
Overwhelmingly, all research done on this matter has concluded that yes, dressing can have a direct impact on your success in business. What are some areas that science shows us are directly impacted by how you dress? Let’s take a look.
An experiment that asked people to negotiate the same deal, but the two test groups were made to wear different clothes. One group wore a track suit, the other a smart suit. The difference was astonishing. On average, the group who were dressed smartly would walk away with 4 times more profit that the previous scruffy group. This is not a small amount, and it can show that the skills that you are able to employ when dressed for success can include negotiating a much better deal than you thought was possible.
A large study found that based off who we appear, people will make conclusions about our character that are quite detailed. For instance, whether you look like you are on your way to a promotion, whether you are successful, intelligent, adventurous or trustworthy. This means that making sure that your dress matches the message you want to send is very important. If you an accountants firm that is hoping to attract the business of a small tech firm who all wear hoodies, then maybe a three piece suit will send the wrong message.
Dressing for success can depend on the situation. However, in general, a smart, well fitting suit will get you noticed in good ways.
Confidence and Self worth
There are hundreds of studies that confirm a strong correlation between dressing well and your confidence level. If you feel attractive, then it will show on your entire body. Your walk, your voice, your posture, it will all change. This might be exactly the advantage that you need over your competitors. There is a reason why most people walking around London aren’t in jeans, but in suits.
This is a good lesson to learn, since your self worth can often become how much you are worth. Think about how you feel after a new haircut, with new shoes, with that new perfume on. You feel unconquerable, you feel like you are walking as a god among men! This feeling, if then applied to your work, can bring in new levels of success.
If you are self employed
If you work from home, it can be tempting to just wear whatever you find in your wardrobe, however this isn’t always the best idea. If feel sloppy, untidy and generally unfit for public, how are you going to create something that is fit for public? Your work is always affected by your own perceptions of self worth.
This being the case, making sure you are dressed well, even if no one sees you is a very important for your continued success in your business. Your work will most likely improve, your productivity will most likely improve, and as a result, you may be earning more money.
All this from putting on a shirt in the morning instead of that coffee stained Batman t-shirt with holes in!
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