I heard something so brilliant yesterday, and believe it or not, it was on a clothing makeover show. It just goes to show you that you can get great coaching anywhere, if you’re ears and your mind are always wide open. The stylist on the program had some great coaching:
“You can’t control how you are perceived, only how you are presented.”
This is such simple, life-changing advice. It’s basic marketing; step 1 to success, but something business people routinely overlook.
Think about it: how do you PRESENT yourself right now? When people look at you are they clear that you represent the life vision that you have set for yourself? Do you make it a point to share that vision? To articulate it whenever possible? Is your style, personality and physical presentation consistent with that vision? SINCE YOU CAN ONLY CONTROL HOW YOU ARE PRESENTED, what are you currently presenting?
So many people out there feel that having a dream and wanting it to happen is enough. But, in truth, making your vision happen takes INTENTIONAL, dedicated work and where it starts is with your presentation.
You cannot control how you are perceived, but you can alter it by presenting yourself in a way that represents who you are truly committed to being in the world. What step(s) can you take today to have your vision fully represented in how you present yourself? Do you need to change your wardrobe, your weight, your ability to excel in public speaking? Maybe you just need business cards and a new briefcase… or perhaps it’s bumper stickers with your business’ mantra and info on them. What can you do TODAY to align your presentation with the perception you want to create in the world?