We live in a visual society. We make 83% of our decisions through the use of our eyes. The amount of information we receive through our eyes is amazing. As an example when you meet someone, how you are dressed, the colours you are wearing, the accessories, the style of your clothing, will convey a message about you, your personality, your self-confidence, your leadership abilities, and even your background. All this information is transmitted within the first 5 – 30 seconds of meeting someone and without having even said a word people will have an opinion about you
The sense of smell is present when we are captivated by someone who smells really good, making us feel wanting to spend more time talking to someone who smells good. But in the same way we can be turn down by someone who has a bad odor, bad breath or sweats too much.
The sense of touch, so powerful in personal relationships, and also in business relationships is even more important to close a deal through the use of a shake hand. Some people fail in projecting a nice impression of trust and credibility. Have you ever met someone who by just shaking hands has made you feel you cannot trust them? Once more the silent communications is present.
And what about the way we listen? As previously said our words represent just 7% of the impact of our communication. Can our words determine the perception other people have on us? Of course yes, the tone, pitch and pace will express your personality and confidence. That is why is really important to pay attention to the way you greet people, the tone of your voice and the emotion you put into can create a massive difference.
Another little detail that can say so much about you is punctuality. Trust is affected every time you’re late for an important appointment. What is the most valuable quality one can have? Reputation. If we don’t pay attention to it and we allow people to lose trust and credibility it might take us years to get it back
So for all we mentioned above, talking about image is much more than your clothes or fashion. It is about an intangible tool that is capable of getting or stopping you from getting success into your personal life and businesses. Don’t forget that you are treated the way you are perceived. Make your image work for you not against you.