Carry yourself with class: three steps to make a great impression

Are you concerned that your words don’t match your intentions?  Could your body language be costing you valuable relationships? Read these tips to help yourself project your best image.

I am not making reference to your external physical appearance.  I am referring to your inner self, your beliefs.  How do you see yourself?  Do you worry too much about what others think  about you?  Do you avoid taking new challenges out of fear of making mistakes?

What if I told you you are not alone?  Those fears and insecurities are more common than you think.  In fact, most people have them, even those who seem to always shine and do everything right.  You know who I am talking about.  That person who always says the right thing at the right moment.  The one everyone else wants to be around and admires.

Well, you’re no different.  You are perfectly capable of taking on new challenges and shine just like that person.  The only difference is how you see yourself and how you project yourself.  You see, when you exude confidence, you project a better image which leads to being better accepted by others.

One of the best ways to do this is taking on new challenges.  This seems risky but let me explain why you should try it.

When you decide to take on a new challenge and you succeed, little by little you shut down that voice that lurks in the back of your brain and and chews away confidence.  Once you overcome that obstacle it becomes easier for you to tackle new ones.  As this happens, you gradually get more comfortable with the idea and start building a strong foundation of beliefs.  Eventually your confidence boosts, you sense it mentally, show it physically and others take notice.  Pretty soon you become the “it” person.  Now you are valued as an essential member of the team.

To make things easier and get you started in changing your mindset to project a better image I’m going to number three things you can do:

  1. Set your mind.  Decide to move past your fear and be assertive.  Instead of hiding, be available to take on a new challenge.
  2. Show confidence.  Carry yourself well, stand up straight, don’t fidget and look people in the eye when speaking.  Organizing your thoughts before speaking tells others that you are self-assured, increasing the chances that they’ll trust you.
  3. Speak well.  Use proper grammar, avoid slang and speak in a normal, calm tone.   Showing maturity when you speak makes people want to hear more.

What if you make a mistake, you may ask.  That’s a topic for the next blog post.  Until then, what changes are you going to make?  Which of these ideas make the most sense to you? Have any advice about representing your brand? If you want to bounce some ideas with me let’s talk.

Carmen Landrau

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Cardiologist, professional speaker and business coach. Expert in prevention of cardiovascular diseases, cardiac wellness and therapeutic lifestyle changes to improve cardiovascular health.

2 Comments
  • Sandy Peckinpah

    August 12, 2017 at 10:16 pm Reply

    Excellent article. I especially liked Number 3… speaking well. So important for confidence! Thank you.

    • Dr. Landrau

      August 13, 2017 at 7:12 pm Reply

      Thank you for your comment, Sandy. I am glad you liked it. Yes, speaking well is one of those things I have recently seen to which people often do not give importance, but is a “must do” in the professional world.

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