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Always Dress For Success Part 1 & 2

Michael "MJ The Terrible" Johnson Dressed For Success Selfie

Part 1

Are you a person who regularly finds yourself in business meetings? If so, how do you typically dress for those important business meetings? If you aren’t already doing so, you may want to take steps to dress for success. There are a number of benefits to dressing for success, especially when it comes to work related issues, such as business meetings.

If you are a business owner or a supervisor, you may schedule business meetings with your employees or coworkers. Dressing for success for these types of business meetings is important. A professional appearance can help to establish authority. This is ideal if you are interested in setting yourself apart from your employees or other coworkers. A professional look and feel may result in you being taken more seriously.

If you are not yet a business owner, but would like to become one, you may need financial assistance. If you are looking to start your own business, you may need to meet with financial lenders or business investors. In these instances, it is important that you dress for success. While your business plan and the possible success of your business will play the biggest roles in whether or not you are awarded financial assistance, your appearance may also be taken into consideration. For that reason, it is advised that you show up to all business meetings with prospective lenders and investors dressed professionally and carrying yourself the same way.

Business meetings in which you will be meeting with your clients and customers are also instances in which you will want to dress for success. Dressing professionally for these meetings helps to show that you are the right person to do business with. Your appearance, namely the way that you dress and carry yourself, is important if you run a professional business, such as a tax preparation service or a law office. Many consumers use appearances as a way to judge. Although this isn’t always right or fair, it tends to give many comfort, security, and peace of mind.

When attending business meetings with your supervisor or supervisors, you are urged to dress for success. Whether you have a regularly scheduled meeting or if you scheduled a meeting to inquire about receiving a pay raise or a promotion, your appearance is extremely important. Dressing for success can give you a professional look and feel. That professional look and feel is one that can help to show that you are serious about your job or the promotion in which you are interested in receiving.

As outlined above, it is advised that you dress professionally and dress for success when attending business meetings. When doing so, you are urged to examine the clothes that you currently own. If you work in an office setting or have in the past, you may have a number of outfits or clothing pieces that should be acceptable for when attending important business meetings. Should you not have any clothes to wear, you may want to start shopping. This is easy and convenient to do online.

When dressing for your next business meeting, it is important that you proceed with caution. You should take a close look at yourself in the mirror first. Ask yourself if you would like to do business with you, promote you, give you a pay raise, or invest in your business.  

“Clothes transform your body language and help to improve first impressions. Bottomline- Dress for success!” Donald Trump

Part 2

Are you in need of financial assistance/financing?  Whether you are interested in buying a new home, a new vehicle, or if you would like to start a new business, you may need financial assistance from a financial lender, such as bank.  If you are, you may need to schedule appointments with local loan officers. Although you may not necessarily do so, it is important that you dress for success when attending those appointments.

Many hopeful business owners need financial assistance with getting their businesses up and running.  Unfortunately, needing financial assistance to start a new business and actually getting it are two different things. Financial lenders, as you likely already know, are careful with who they loan money to. One of the many factors financial lenders examine is your business plan. Most will not loan funds for businesses that appear unsuccessful or have a high chance of failure.  

Although your business plan will obviously play an important role in whether or not you are awarded financing to start your own business, it is also important to remember that your appearance can be just as important as your business idea. To be a successful business owner, it is important that you display professionalism, drive, and determination. One of the best ways to go about doing is by dressing professionally and for success. For women, a nice dress or pants suit should do. For men, a business suit or at least tan pants, a dress shirt, and a tie should be acceptable for a meeting with a loan officer.

Another one of the many instances in which you should dress for success is if you are interested in buying a new car or a new home. These instances are important milestones in your life. This alone should prompt you to dress professionally. With that in mind, it is important to note that many financial lenders take your current work situation, as well as your credit history into consideration when awarding financing for new cars or homes. With that in mind, there are no guarantees that you will have a steady stream of income. Dressing professionally will give off an impression of yourself. This professionalism can give many financial lenders the comfort and security needed to award you financing.

When applying for personal loans, you should also dress for success when meeting with loan officers. Personal loans are often used in emergency situations. It is extremely important that you dress for success when applying for a personal loan. This is important, as personal loans are often referred to unsecured loans. Unsecured loans are loans in which nothing, like your home or car, are put up as collateral. Since there are no guarantees that you will repay the loan in question, financial lenders may look for signs that you are professional and responsible. One easy way to do this is to show up for your loan appointment dressed professionally and showing confidence.

As you may already know, many lenders will simply accept loan applications, without scheduling an appointment first. Even if you are given this option, it is advised that you make an appointment with all loan officers. Many individuals do not realize the importance of doing so. Putting a name to a face can help improve your chances of obtaining the needed financing, whether that financing is for a car, home, new business, or emergency. That is why it is advised that you schedule a meeting with a loan officer or at least submit your loan application to them in person.

The above mentioned points are just a few of the many points that you will want to take into consideration, when attending a meeting with a loan officer. Although dressing for success will not necessarily improve your chances of getting your needed financing, there is no harm in doing so.

“To me, clothing is a form of self-expression. There are also hints about who you are in what you wear.” Marc Jacobs

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