I’ve been thinking a lot recently about professional presence.
What’s it about, anyway? What makes a person look professional?
I could go on and on about this topic but I’m trying to distill it into a few bite-size ideas for two talks I am giving next week on this topic.
Here’s part of what I’ve boiled it down to.
First, there’s the need to sleekify (not my term; I wish it were). This means:
- Less long-and-flowy (bags and clothes alike); more structure (darts and seams; satchels)
- Fewer rough edges; more polish and finish (think: mani/pedi — smooth nails and heels, plus some polish)
- Fewer loose ends (flyaway hair) and frayed fabric; more tucked-in ends, like a smooth ponytail and unpilled fabric.
- Less uncovered skin; more coverage (longer skirt, longer sleeve, higher neckline).
This is just part of the picture, of course. But when it comes to grooming and clothing choices, looking more professional can be a matter of some minor adjustments. (Then there are also what’s specific to your business and your own personal image.)
What’s key for your professional presence?