As someone who works from home and often on the phone, I’m not normally that concerned about my appearance. I can wear pajamas all day or do coaching calls in my cozy, ratty t-shirt and shorts. I don’t have to wear makeup, so I rarely do, and my hair is often greasy.
Last week I had to make a couple videos: one for an upcoming speaking event and another for a Tedx application. On those days, I took a shower, put on makeup, curled my hair. I thought about the clothes I’d be wearing, because I wanted to know, Would they give off the vibe I wanted to share? I wanted the whole ensemble to say, “I’m knowledgeable, insightful, and entertaining.”
When I’m putting a lot of thought into my look, I’d like to believe that I’m thinking of others: making them feel comfortable, showing them respect, and helping them feel confident about hiring me.… Read the rest