What does it mean to be consistent? Being on time, reliably doing what you said you were going to do?
I see consistency as repeating a pattern. It communicates to others that they can count on you.
Let’s relate this back to your wardrobe and what you seek to communicate there.
When you show up face to face with internal or external clients, suppliers or colleagues in a meeting looking like you have made an effort, it says something about you.
You see, you can’t give what you don’t have. Self-care, good grooming, quality and your personal styling are an indication of how you will care for your client. The general rule is that if you care enough about YOU, your client will make that mean you are likely to care about them.
Let’s turn the table and check out the reverse. Perhaps you show up to a networking meeting in oversize jeans, runners (as in the ones you wear at the gym, not the groovy ones for jeans), a grubby suit jacket that is 2 sizes too big and in need of a haircut. My first impression always occurs with my eye. It tends to believe what it sees. Now I’m thinking you’re not well, and you don’t care. I’m certainly not seeing that you respect yourself enough to have made an effort to meet me.
Let’s tie in consistency now. Most people who are well-groomed, hold that as a personal value. They will always be well-groomed. These guys even look good in the gym!
The bloke who lets the finer details slip, like the jacket being tired and a bit grubby will generally do this on a consistent basis. He can’t see it. He often has a brilliant mind and does not value the visual impact. He honestly believes that all that stuff does not matter. I think he’s right. However, human beings are visual. We believe what we see.
When you consistently show up pleasing my eye with your good grooming and attention to detail, it builds trust. I will apply this to how you work. I will assume that you will do a great job for me and I will recommend you to others.
Maya Angelou once said ‘when people show you who they are, believe them the first time’
Love to hear your experience on consistency in business!