A roundup of the best tips of the week from Entrepreneur.com.
As on the dating scene, looking good is an easy way to stand out from the crowd. That could mean sporting a well-fitted suit or the right pair of shoes, but at a minimum it means being well-groomed and presentable. “Just because you may not be pitching an angel investor or VC every day doesn’t mean it’s acceptable to look like a mess,” says Thomas Edwards, the founder of Confidence Unchained, an executive coaching firm. “You never know who you’ll meet at any given moment and it’s pivotal for your confidence to know you’re looking good.”
Similarly, your smile is one of your most effective tools for making people see you in a positive light. A great introduction to that key investor or potential client can hinge on a smile. Smiling makes you a better leader, too. “Even in the most strenuous of circumstances, smiling can put everyone around you — including yourself — at ease,” Edwards says. “Then, you’re in a position of influence to make decisions people will trust.” More: 5 Simple Steps to Be a Super-Confident Leader