When you dress like the herd, you behave like the herd at work. Photo credit: Pressmaster / Shutterstock
If you work in a corporate job, start-up or a business and constantly feel the pressure to stand out, then this post is for you.
Often professionals focus on their technical / core skills but completely miss the plot when it comes to presentation skills and building genuine charisma. This often looks unimportant in the beginning but these missing traits turn out to be the main reason why people don’t get promoted or even recognized for their efforts at the job. There is absolutely no question on the fact that presentation and personality are crucial business skills. So here are the ways in which you can mark your presence at work:
Every industry has its own dressing requirement but more important is your own personal style. Mostly our thought process behind dressing up for work is to belong to the crowd. My clients often tell me how they hardly apply their own creative thinking to dress to work and blindly follow the trends at the workplace. The lack of individualistic expression in dressing can have long-term repercussions on our behaviour at work. Because we dress like the herd, we behave like the herd. We shy away from making our mark in projects, we cringe from adding our own points in meetings, we avoid looking at problems from different perspectives and, before we realise, we become totally unnoticeable at work.
So open your wardrobe, pick up a common shirt or kurta that you usually wear with pants or a churidaar, and either replace the pants with a skirt (long or short) or add a scarf or a beautiful statement neckpiece.
Men can try a different pattern of shirt with different colour combinations. They can also add a little colour by wearing sporty chinos in dull green, blue and khaki colours. These neutral colours add an element of interest to the overall outfit.
People usually focus on their education and work experience when asked to talk about themselves but rarely focus on who they are as individuals. First write an elevator’s pitch for yourself – a brief yet powerful introduction about yourself which highlights your Unique Selling Proposition (USP), your work profile and some personal information.
Humour is a great way to make your presence felt at work. Photo credit: Dragon Images / Shutterstock
Humour is an uncompromising trait that most interesting people possess. You must be ready to gag about yourself first. This trait can make you easily likeable by others. In today’s stressful times, people look out for a breather and what better than amiable colleagues with whom they have to spend 8 hours each day? So stop being so serious, start smiling and spread happiness, and you will soon realise that you have become indispensable in other people’s lives.
The power of body language
Body language is a huge science that must be used and comprehended effectively. If you wish to get noticed at your workplace, then you need to first look approachable. If you slouch often, cross your arms or legs, take less physical space in a meeting room and hide your palms, then you are missing the game. The most effective power body language move is to claim your territorial space. You can do this by standing hip width apart instead of closed feet. You can also display your hand gestures while making a point. Open hand gestures are very effective in exuding power.
Shreya Dhingra is a certified image coach, wardrobe consultant, communication trainer and a behaviour researcher. Visit www.yourimageandi.com for a consultation. Read more posts from her on her Fashion101 Blog.