They say, first impression is the last impression. However, while you are at work you need to make an impression at the start of every day at office. Being an entrepreneur takes perseverance and hard work. While you may be considered beautiful in and around your peers, there are a few important measures you need to take to make yourself presentable at your workplace.
1. Take Good Care Of Yourself
This is the first step to looking your best. Take a quick morning shower to feel fresh and re-energised. Moisturize your face and body to hydrate it and while you’re at it drink a glass of water. Hydration is key for a glowing skin and an active body. As an African woman entreprenuer, personal hygiene is important for you to look good and appear clean and well groomed. Unruly hair and the just-got-up-from-bed look comes off as tacky.
2. Your Outfit
External appearance has a major impact on the impression one has of you and also the kind of personality you wish to carry. It should be something you’re comfortable in as well as makes you feel confident. However, it should be office appropriate. Whatever outfit you choose to wear, it needs to be crisp and ironed well. Avoid dressing too flashy or showing too much skin. Simplicity is key.
3. Pre- Planning
This is one of the most important habits of an entrepreneur. If you are going to have a busy day tomorrow, it is advisable to draft out your plan of action for the day, the night before. Writing down what needs to be done is a great way to ensure you start your workday strong. Also, decide your outfit and arrange your office bag for the next day. It eliminates outfit regrets and reduces morning stress.
4. Subordinate Relationship
Greet everyone by their proper name and have a cheerful disposition. Offer your happiest smile and ask him or her how their day is going. Encourage trust by allowing your teammates to offer ideas that save money or streamline processes. Be friendly and offer assistance wherever needed. Treating all people as if they mattered is a part of your approach to make collaborations easier.
All day long, be mindful of your stature. Do not appear slouchy or bored. Stand up straight, walk tall and think positive thoughts. You’re an African woman in business. You want to able to set an example for your subordinates. Have an upbeat attitude and try to be a problem solver. It’s not entirely based on what one wears, it’s also about carrying yourself with grace and confidence. Finishing tasks late or being unprepared when attending meetings makes you appear negligent and unprofessional.
6. Be Yourself
Nothing can beat being honest, authentic and true to yourself. An entrepreneur who brings her authentic self to work is not only happier, they’re much more productive. We all possess unique strengths. It’s important to be comfortable in our own skin, with our own personality. This ease and honesty will keep you looking presentable in the best and worst of times. You also benefit from feelings of increased self-worth and dignity.
Do remember these tips for the best version of you.
Rebecca Siggers is an avid reader who enjoys getting lost in the world of books. Holding on to her passion for fitness, she is also caught by the fashion bug. She has been writing for True Corset for sometime now. A traveller by heart, she enjoys meeting new people and experiencing new cultures.