This is why I think “First Impressions” are very important. Whether we like it or not, people judge a book by its cover. If you do not judge people by how they look, style of their hair, their teeth, stand, walk, dress, the way they talk, and so on - you are one special person. I am not that person.
When you hear something from someone you like, you tend to believe it. Though when you hear something from someone you do not like, you tend to think that person is lying. When likes and dislikes go beyond looks and to religions and politics, this is where divide occurs.
What I mean is, depending on which side of the fence you are on, you start to think the other side is always bad. That means that if the same thing was spoken by both sides, the side you are on is correct and the other side is wrong. If you are in business, it is important to stay neutral. You do not want to give the impression that you are on one side or the other.
The first impression is important so that people will listen to you. Keep your opinions to yourself because whether you like it or not, you will be judged. As a business owner or manager, your impression is the company’s impression. Remember, everyone has the right to their opinion, as long as it is kept to yourself.
Give yourself a chance to be heard. Someone I know always dresses up. He told me that he is dressing up for his clients, not for himself. He is my business coach … he is the best. I am the worst student he has ever had.