Neat Appearance in Sales and Management

April 23, 2007

Hi everybody,

I am really jacked up today. I gave a great training class today. I will share that with you in another post.

Today I want to share with you one of the 8 Basics of Success…Neat Appearance!

You probably all have heard your mom or someone tell you that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. Well that’s true, but they left out a key part. That is that most people won’t pick up the book if it doesn’t have an attractive cover. You need to present a neat appearance where ever you go regardless of what you are doing. There is always someone watching you. For the sake of this post I have sat in many malls and watched the crowds go by and always the people that stand out are the ones with the neatest appearance.

You see if you stand out people will notice you…If people are noticing you among the thousands in the crowd you never know when an opportunity will come your way that will enhance your life. How many times have you left your house just to run up to 7/11 or something and you’re hoping no one sees you? Well, we all know what happens. Of course, the one person you never wanted to see you in that condition pops up out of nowhere!

I always try and present a neat appearance. But neat appearance plays a much deeper role in sales and management. You would be amazed the young and seasoned alleged “sales professionals” I run into that are at work and their fingernails are dirty. Their clothes aren’t pressed, or worst yet they have some kind of body odor. The funny thing is that in your social life you wouldn’t think of meeting the opposite sex without taking care of all these things, yet in our professional life someone actually has to educate you about the very same things. It has gotten to the point that even people interviewing for jobs look like they just got out of bed! The law requires that you let them fill out an application…you do not have to grant an interview or even begin to hire them.

This next sentence will not win me a lot of friends, but those of you that have been my loyal readers know I show no bias. If you are completely out of shape to the point of obesity and it is not induced by medical reasons all you are demonstrating to your employer or employees is that you can’t take care of yourself. If you cannot take care of yourself how are they supposed to believe you can take care of them or their customers?

Remember what I said in my earlier post, the difference between a successful person and one that is not, is the successful person is prepared when opportunity knocks. Try this one day. Go to your neighborhood mall and stand on the second level and just watch all the people go by…remember, this is one mall out of thousands in the country, not to mention thousands of other places where large crowds gather. Think about it …no one would even know you were there and nothing would stop if you were gone. You must do everything to gain the edge so you can be noticed and get more opportunities in life.

Neat Appearance will make you stand out in a crowd. I cannot tell you how many people I have seen miss opportunity after opportunity simply because thy did not possess the easiest of the 8 Basics of Success “NEAT APPEARANCE”

“The Specialist”


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