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Is Image Everything?

 
#1 Is Image Everything?
28/08/2009 16:42

Bob

Hi there wanted to gather your thoughts, a successful consultant said to me its 10% technical ability and 90% image if you want to get up the ladder. Does this mean regular pampering, in & out of the gym and trips to TM Lewin? Your thoughts????

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#2 RE: Is Image Everything?
28/08/2009 17:18

Luke Marshall to Bob (#1)

If image is everything, why would you go to T.M.Lewin ?!

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#3 RE: Is Image Everything?
28/08/2009 17:44

Lewis to Luke Marshall (#2)

TM Lewin? ASDA for city boys...

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#4 RE: Is Image Everything?
28/08/2009 20:35

Bob to Luke Marshall (#2)

TM Lewim was just an example

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#5 RE: Is Image Everything?
02/09/2009 14:38

Mr Cool to Bob (#1)

I think image is important, and certainly some very bright people don't achieve what they might because they have a poor "image" or self presentation.

However I also think people who have made it up the ladder can have a habit of being overly self-deprecating at times - its as if they choose to forget the long hours they put in, the weekends, the hard work,etc, cos they prefer to think of themselves as naturally charming and bright rather than simply hard working. Its weird but I see it a lot...(although yes, there are those who two minutes after first meeting you are boasting about how early they start work, etc)

Also I don't think image is just about looks or clothes, but also about the way you act. In meetings, for example, do you dominate, or do you sit silently and then summarise at the end? Are you a visionary or do you get things done? Are you warm and approachable or are you a cold but inspiring genius?

All of these are part of your image...

Personally I think if image is more than 30% of what you have to offer you will be found out before you make it to the top.

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#6 RE: Is Image Everything?
08/09/2009 05:52

Boozer to Mr Cool (#5)

Perception is everything and perception is based largely on image.

When I first started work I worked for this big texan guy, real sales chap (could sell ice to inuits) and he taught me than people make massive assumptions about you based on these three things (in order):

1) How you look and what you do with your body language

2) How you sound, the speed, tone, intonation and rhythm of your speech

3) What you actually say, the content

If 1 and 2 are done well you have to really screw up number three not to get ahead

You can be great at number 3 but if you don't have 1 and 2 it will be a long hard slog

Ciao

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#7 RE: Is Image Everything?
09/09/2009 12:46

smoker to Boozer (#6)

YES, I FULLY AGREE WITH BOOZERS COMMENT ABOVE.

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