In today’s work culture. One is expected to be well-groomed. Even otherwise, a well groomed person is received well by his peer group members. Society also looks up to a person whose appearance is presentable.
Importance of being well groomed
A person who is off to an interview has to ensure that he or she is well groomed. The prospective employer will always assess a person by his or her grooming habits as well.
A sales person dealing with his or her client has to be presentable in order to impress upon his or her customers. A doctor has to look neat and tidy to impress upon his or her patients. A shabby look may put off a patient. A model has too look gorgeous at all times. Her appearance has to be up to the mark. Even the same level of grooming is expected of male models.
What comprises being well groomed?
- One must wear the right combination of clothes. They must not look showy in case the profession does not require so. A jarringly dressed salesperson may not attract a customer. A soberly dressed person may appear to be a gentleman.
- Hair should be in perfect shape. An odd hairdo may put off a person. A person who has not had a hair-cut for a very long time may appear very shabby and uncouth. A working woman must ensure that her hairstyle does not stand out. It should gel with her overall personality.
- Nails must be well cut and shaped. A prospective employer notices the would be employee’s hand while shaking it. It also reflects how meticulous a prospective employee is if he or she ensures that his or her nails are in proper shape.
- For a working woman, make-up must be done carefully. Bright lipsticks may not appear to be attractive. Make-up must be subtle and attractive looking. Excessive make-up must be avoided. The natural look maybe preferred. Of course, at party one choose the make-up according to the occasion. Bold make-up would look good if one was at a disco-party or for an evening outing. In the daytime, the natural look may look good.
- Accessories must be well selected. The jewelry one wears must not look odd. It should match the attire. One must be careful with the kind of shoes one wears. People do notice the feet.
One must be well groomed in a competitive job market scenario. Even in personal life, your relationships improve if you take care of your appearance.
If I ask you to name individuals with charismatic personalities, whom would you think of? You would most probably list people like Winston Churchill, Napoleon Bonaparte, Martin Luther King, Lady Diana, Steve Jobs, David Beckham and Amitabh Bachchan, etc. These people have inspired millions around the world and will continue to be role models for many future generations. But, what is it about these people that attracts us?
These charming people exude confidence and perseverance, are articulate, have a good sense of humour and are great listeners. They practised and acquired these traits and have become legendary public figures.
While many of us like to believe that grooming is limited to good looks, lustrous hair, it is actually much more than that. You can only look completely groomed when you are likable, interesting and pleasant to be around with. In fact, a large share of our happiness and success depends on how well we interact with others. Here are a few tips that will help you to enhance and groom your personality. Believe in yourself
The most important step towards grooming your personality is believing in yourself. You need to trust your capabilities, talents and skills. You need to have faith in what you do. Adopt a “Yes, I can do it!” attitude and the journey to your destination will be smoother. Churchill rightly said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
Don’t quit even if the hurdles are huge and the road is bumpy; keep trying and give it your best shot—at least you won’t regret later for not having tried. Attain a positive attitude
More than your attitude, it is your aptitude that determines your success. Nobody wants to hang around someone who’s a constant cribber; people are genuinely attracted towards someone who is happy and is enjoying his/her life. Think positive, see opportunity in every difficulty, remain motivated and choose to be happy—you’ll find that a part of your problems will simply melt away.
Live each moment to its fullest. Remember that mishaps do happen, but they’re a part of life. Look at the brighter side—every mishap teaches you a lesson. Read and have an opinion
Reading enhances your intellectual capacity and enables you to look at things from different perspectives. It refines the way you think, speak and act. The more you read, the better you are able to converse with others. Read all sorts of material—from classics to biographies to magazines and newspapers—to improve your mind and gain a better understanding of life. Whatever you read, do reflect on it and form an opinion on the matter. People respect those who voice their own opinions and can back their views with reasoning. Dress well Attractive personalities are always dressed well and pleasant to look at. Dressing well doesn’t mean you buy expensive designer clothes and go for a complete make-over. It means that you wear an outfit that suits your body type, and in colours that enhance your complexion. Match it with accessories that are neither too gaudy nor too plain (read classy). Wear a hairstyle they flatters your face structure. Smell good and, most importantly, smile. Show pleasant manners Remember, people are noticing you all the time, so it’s important that you don’t forget your etiquettes. When someone’s talking to you, be a good listener. Slightly lean towards the person and listen intently, this will make him/her feel important. Speak only when the other person has finished speaking. Don’t jump into a conversation.
Always say ‘please’ when asking for something followed by a ‘thank you’ irrespective of who the other person is. When invited to a lunch or a dinner party, don’t forget your table manners, no matter how closely you’re related to the host.
Take care of your physical fitness The shape of your body defines more than just your health status; it defines your approach towards your personal grooming. Take a healthy and a well-balanced diet. Exercise for at least half an hour daily and take plenty of fluids. Cut down on junk food and replace tea and coffee with green tea. You will soon become self-confident and would have more energy want to socialise better.
Add humour to life Humour gives vent to the frustration and resentment that we bottle up inside, giving way to bright and hopeful thoughts. People with an attractive personality look at the lighter side of life, they even invent it.
Hugh Sidey, an American journalist, said, “Above all else, go out with a sense of humour. It is the needed armour. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.”
Try these simple, helpful tips and become the person you’ve always wanted to be.