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How The Clothes You Wear Change What People Hear You Say

by Enrico Fioretti |

I don't mean to make this judgment. It is simply years of social conditioning taking over. Usually decision process goes into autopilot. If you want people to listen to you, there’s an important lesson here:

Dress the message.

The clothes you wear and the way you groom yourself will change the way other people hear what you say. It will subconsciously tell them if you’re like them or if you’re different. It will determine whether they listen or ignore. Trust or distrust.

Here's one tip to dressing well on a budget, no matter what your aim.

Consider the audience and the message. Think carefully about who it is you’re trying to influence and why. What do they care about and why is it important? When you know this, you can present yourself in a way that focuses on those ideals. The way you’d dress at a business conference full of middle-aged folks is different from how you would dress at high school sports game. Think about who you’re talking to and what would make them trust you. The most expensive route is not always the most effective one.

Whatever message you’re trying to send to the world, never forget the clothes you put that message in will determine the way it’s received. So, dress it carefully.

Do you have any tips for dressing for success?

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