Ten reasons why image and impact matter for personal career success and your organisation’s performance

by Mar 19, 20183Plus, 3Plus online e-Gazine for professional women, Career, Personal & Professional Development, Professional Image and Fashion

Why you need a positive image and impact

Image and impact are both essential aspects to focus on for personal career success, as well as to improve your organisation’s performance. 

Attention paid to personal image and impact is often disregarded as a ‘nice to have’ or even worse, unimportant. However, ignore it at your peril. Even if you’ve been in your industry a long time, have all the possible qualifications and a bucket load of experience, pay attention.

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Image and impact

Here are 10 reasons why:

  1. We need to relate to others to achieve success.
  2. We gain a first impression of one another in less than 10 seconds.
  3. A negative first impression is very hard to reverse.
  4. As much as we may try not to, we all make a quick assessment of what we think of someone. It comes from our basic friend-or-foe human instinct.
  5. Incongruent words and body language lead to a lack of trust, whereas body language is judged as more truthful.
  6. Many people have a lot of the relevant qualifications and experience, so positive stand out is required.
  7. When people respond positively to us due to a positive image, it boosts our self-confidence so the ‘cycle of success’ continues.
  8. Positive image and impact is the gateway to someone getting to know, like and trust us. These are all essential for building relationships and professional success.
  9. People are the face of an organisation. Their image needs to communicate the brand values of the organisation.
  10. If someone can’t communicate themselves positively, can we really trust them to do a good job for us? The subconscious does make that link…

What impact do you have on others? What could you work on to be positively memorable in a busy world – for your career success and for your organisation’s performance?

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