Then it hits you. That was your client but you hardly recognized her without makeup and in ratty old jeans. She made the classic mistake of thinking it’s OK to disregard her personal brand while she’s not on official duty.
The Brand Called You
Just because it’s a Saturday, it isn’t a good idea to dilute your personal brand by stepping out of character. Your client was lucky – it could have been the CEO of her company who stopped her to say hello.
Aren’t you glad that it wasn’t you without makeup and in torn jeans encountering your client?
Your appearance is what forms first impressions. Grammy-award winning singer Brandy, who was starring as Roxy in “Chicago” on Broadway, wanted to see if anyone would recognize her singing in a New York City subway. No one did.
This video went viral and once again proves the point that you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.
The New York Post quoted Brandy as saying, “The guy that did respond said, ‘We’ve seen this before. This is New York. You have to do something different!’ And I said, ‘Sir, I’m giving it my all,’ and he said, ‘No, you have to be more over-the-top’.”
Here is the Brandy that her fans will recognize as she belts out a song from her appearance in “Chicago.”
Look in the Mirror
Your personal brand represents the essential you 24/7. You never know whom you’re going to meet during working hours or shopping on your time off. It’s tempting to throw on some old jeans or don’t bother shaving if you’re only zipping around doing errands.
But “casual” isn’t synonymous with “sloppy.” Before leaving home, look in the mirror and ask yourself, “Would I be comfortable meeting my boss or a client the way I’m dressed?” Change into more appropriate attire if the answer is “no.”
You know what you need to do to maintain your brand. Listen to that little voice in your head that tells you, “What are you thinking? Going out like that is not good for your image.”
You want heads to turn toward you because people see someone they recognize who’s dressed appropriately and projecting the image of a professional.
- Brandy Sings in Subway, No One Notices (onenewspage.us)
- 5 Ways To Build A Personal Brand While Working Full-Time (forbes.com)
- It Only Takes a Seed: 7 Fundamental Steps to Build Your Personal Brand (socialmediatoday.com)
- 6 secrets nobody tells you about personal branding (ragan.com)
- Social Media Secrets to Build Your Personal Brand (frontiermktg.com)
- 5 Key Outlets for Building a Strong Personal Brand (entrepreneur.com)
- Are you taking control of your personal brand as a leader? (theglobeandmail.com)