Yard Work and You
This weekend I was thinking about the number of people doing yard work, spending time and money to make their gardens and homes lovely – and how it is socially acceptable to spend a whole weekend mulching, trimming, weeding and planting – all in the name of beauty.
There are so many women who don’t feel justified spending the same time and money on their personal appearance as they would on their gardens. And yet all the evidence shows that first impressions are more important than ever.
Whether we like it or not, the world makes judgments about an individual based on appearance. Being attractively dressed and put-together makes a good first impression for job interviews, meetings with clients, and first dates. Dressing to look your best says that you respect yourself and what you’re doing.
Research about first impressions at Harvard University concluded that we make an in-depth and long-lasting impression in a mere two seconds. Perhaps more surprising, the first impression is seldom subject to change.
When you meet someone face-to-face, 93% of how you are judged is based on non-verbal data – your appearance and your body language. Only 7% is influenced by the words that you speak.
Is your appearance communicating the right things about you to make a great first impression?