How to Present an Authentic Image That Works for You?
How to Present an Authentic Image That Works for You Do you walk your talk? Is the image you portray to the world in line with the real you? Does your image work for you? People make assumptions about you based on your appearance, attitude, and the words you choose.
Do you talk about homeless children or your drinking exploits? Do you look like a stockbroker, a plumber, or a rap star?
Present yourself in a way that depicts your values. It’s disconcerting to people when they can’t quite figure you out.
“This guy wants me to invest my money with him, but he looks like he works in a factory.”
“She says she’s all about helping the poor and the homeless, but she drives a $100,000 car and constantly talks about her extravagant spending habits.”
Maybe you have a friend that claims he’s an adventurous risk-taker but has been stuck in the same low-paying job that he can’t stand for the last ten years.
When the image you present to the world clearly isn’t accurate, it raises a lot of red flags, and others won’t trust you. When your image doesn’t fit the situation, it also causes concern.
What does the image you present say about you?
1. Be realistic regarding the situation. If you’re going to a job interview, it’s not really the right time to wear your ripped jeans or to curse like a sailor. That might be the image that makes you the most comfortable, but it’s creating challenges for you in certain situations.