Your attire makes a statement about yourself before you even open your mouth. Always dress for success. Don’t show up for a business meeting in flip-flops, shorts or a hoodie.
Suit up and dress like the professional you are or aim to be. Because, as the tried-and-true adage goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
Bringing your A-game — and prepping your notes and/or pitch or presentation — are only half of the business meeting readiness equation.
The other half is simply looking the part. And this advice couldn’t ring truer than when you meet with a prospective client, connection or employer for the very first time.
For men, putting your best look forward often comes down a clean, crisp look from head to toe. Crisp clean suit. Slick tie. Shined shoes. Nicely combed hair. Remember, we’re talking about looking the part. You have to show that you can conduct business as well as you can dress.
For women, the same rules apply. An equally unfettered, conservative — basically safe — professional look is often the best choice for meetings, regardless of your gender. If you wear a skirt with your blazer and blouse instead of dress pants, double check that it’s not too short.
Finally, before you decide on an outfit for any professional appointment, carefully consider your audience. Or, when meeting with a high-level executive, do your best to mirror what he or she will wear, which will likely be a tailored suit.