Hello there,

Welcome to another Productivity Wednesday.

People make up their minds about you in less than a minute. Once their impressions stick; it becomes an uphill task to make a mindset shift.  That’s why it is very important how you come across to others. The impression you give others will affect your work and career opportunities. It is worth managing how you are perceived by others because first impressions count, as they say ‘you never get a second chance to make a first impression’, but more importantly if you take care of how people perceive you, and how you would like them to perceive you, it helps your career and increases the chances of getting on with people and keeping on track with projects, etc.

If you want to change how others perceive you, the best way to do it is to change how you perceive yourself. I’m not talking about changing your opinion of yourself. I’m talking about changing your perception of what others think of you.

People make snap judgments about each other every day based on their first impression — a judgment that can be as simple as looking at someone’s clothes or as complex as evaluating their personality traits and values. These judgments often have nothing to do with reality; they just reflect our own biases and assumptions about people, which are influenced by everything from what we’ve read in books or seen on TV to the messages we get from our friends and family members.

Also, how you are perceived is a key part of your job as well as your personal brand. It’s important to manage how you are seen by others, but it’s also important to be aware of what other people think about you. You can’t control everything about how others perceive you, but there are things that can help you manage the way people see you:

1.  Be authentic: Be yourself and don’t try to be someone else. This is important for many reasons, but one of the main ones is that it’s much more likely to be effective if you’re authentic than if you try to pretend to be something you’re not.

2.     Be professional: Be professional at all times. Showing up late for meetings or forgetting an important detail in your presentation is not professional behavior. Being professional means knowing that even though something might be hard or stressful sometimes, it’s still important that things go well for everyone involved in the process

3.     Be kind: Some people may not have good experiences with someone who has been rude or mean towards them before meeting them again later on in life — even if they never met them before! Kindness shows respect for others and helps build relationships so that everyone benefits from working together towards common goals. People may forget what you said to them but they will never forget how you made them feel.

4.  Be consistent: Be consistent in your actions, be consistent in your words, and be consistent in how you present yourself to others. Nobody likes an erratic and unpredictable teammate.

5.    Have clear objectives: Your personal brand is a combination of who you are and what you do for work. Make sure your goals are clear and specific so that when others see them they know exactly what you want from them or from the relationship with them.

6. Listen more than talk: Listening is an incredibly powerful skill that improves relationships with both people at work and friends outside of work (if you want to improve your relationships with these people too). A Chinese Proverb says, “we have two ears and one mouth, so we can listen more and talk less.”


The most important thing you can do is to be yourself. If you are not, then your job is to create a new you. You need to be a brand that people want to associate with and an image that they will want their friends to see.

 Being yourself doesn’t mean being like everyone else. It means being unique, but also having integrity. What makes you different? Who are you beyond the persona of your social media profile?

The best way to do this is by being authentic. That means telling the truth, being direct and honest with others, and acknowledging your flaws without trying to hide them or make excuses for them. Your actions should speak louder than words – when people see the way that you treat other people, they will form an opinion about who you are as a person based on how you treat them.

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