Dress For Success!!

First impressions are powerful. How you dress at a networking event communicates either a positive or negative message about you.

In general, you can expect to wear business casual to most networking events (especially in the Greater Phoenix Area).  Informal networking events require business casual wear and formal events require suits for men and suits, skirts, or dresses for women.  Men should consider wearing black or gray dress pants with a dress shirt and black or brown dress shoes. Women should consider wearing dresses or nice dress pants, a dress shirt and heels or loafers.

First impressions count and are formed in the first 10 to 15 seconds.  What does your dress say about you? It is helping you or hurting you?  You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.  Your appearance is key to how you interact with others and how they interact with you.  Dressing well is an instant confidence booster.

Dress appropriately for the situation, group or event.  It makes a difference in the contacts that you make. Not being dressed appropriately for the situation shows a lack of respect for others.  Improper attire could lead to being alienated or not being taken as seriously by others. People can easily become distracted by how you dress at a networking event.  If you’re not sure what everyone will be wearing, ask around to ensure you won’t be the only one in jeans or shorts.  Thanks from Larry James.

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