When you are in the business of closing deals and finding new clients, your appearance is important. It is about creating an image that is powerful, reliable, and impressive. For other people to take you and your ideas seriously, you need more than just eye contact and good posture.
When you are in the business of dealing with people and closing contracts, you need to be able to attract the right kind of attention. Elements of your appearance and lifestyle are broken down for people to sift through. How do you go around? Where do you shop? What do you eat? These questions might be like a matter of taste and preference, but for people to take you and your ideas seriously, you need to create an image that is impressive, powerful, and reliable.
There are three things you can invest in early in your career to set up this image:
- A suit
The suit has a history with class and professionalism. The kind of outfit you wear is another way for potential business partners to spot you among the crowd. It is easy to spot someone who casually bought their suit in the ready-made section of the department store. It is just as easy to spot someone who covers themselves in expensive branded clothes based on trends.
Find a bespoke tailor and distinguish yourself. A bespoke suit fits you like a glove, it accommodates your body type and highlights your assets. At the same time a bespoke suit, while expensive, is not tasteless. It shows your appreciation for artistry and quality over brand names and price tags.
- A Watch
A good watch is an investment. The right model increases value over time instead of depreciating. It is an accessory that supplements your formal wear or acts as a showpiece when you decide to dress down. There are many watch enthusiasts in the business world, despite the development of cell phones.
A watch is the traditional male equivalent of jewellery, and no matter what kind of band: leather, stainless steel, or gold, they are considered tasteful. With the many different types of brands and signature models, your watch selection is a way for you to express yourself. The way you select your watch is also another way for people to interpret the kind of person you are.
- A Car
Your car is another way for you to express yourself. The brand, the model, and the colour are all contributing factors to how people judge you. Now, investing in a car should only be done when you need it, especially if you are new to the business. If not, it isn’t the best way to showcase good decision making.
Do your research well, select a car that shows your values. Eco-friendly? All-terrain drive? Safety mechanisms? Your clients will see what kind of person you are.
These three items can be something you gift yourself after a major accomplishment, and their selection can contribute to the kind of clients and partners you get.