People will say don’t judge a book by its cover. The truth is first impressions matter whether it’s a book or someone you meet for the first time.
The other day I went to the bank. As I stood online, I couldn’t believe what I saw.
The customer service rep for the bank had on flip-flops. Maybe that doesn’t bother you, but to me, a bank should be very professional. Flip-flops are more causal.
When I worked at a large corporation that would never have happened. As a matter of fact, there was a dress code, and you would have been sent home.
I started to think about the different networking events I’ve attended where there were a variety of representatives from local banks. To my recollection, none of them ever attended one where they wore flip-flops. They want to put their best “foot” forward, so they dress appropriately.
There was a time when wearing something like flip-flops was a safety issue and businesses wouldn’t allow them.
If something were to drop on your foot, you have no protection at all
Maybe it’s because we live in Florida that businesses feel they can be more relaxed even in what should be a professional setting.
First impressions help you identify with people as you can see in this infographic since 93% judge a person based on known verbal input like body language.
As you attend networking events, think how you can make a great first impression.
What point did you find interesting in the infographic on first impressions?
Be Savvy and Successful!
Toni Nelson – Marketing and Branding Strategist