<<Previous Next>> “Denise! Hi, how are you?” I looked up from the article I was reading on my phone to see one of my top clients standing in front of me. I immediately composed myself. “Oh, hi Frank. What a pleasant surprise running into you here,” I responded, smiling. “What a small world,
“Denise! Hi, how are you?”
I looked up from the article I was reading on my phone to see one of my top clients standing in front of me. I immediately composed myself.
“Oh, hi Frank. What a pleasant surprise running into you here,” I responded, smiling.
“What a small world, huh?” he asked jokingly. “What are you doing so far from Boston?”
“Just taking a few days to myself,” I said as I sat up a bit in my chair to take a sip of my coffee. “You?”
“Taking the family on vacation,” he thumbed over towards a table on the other side of the restaurant before pausing a moment. “I wasn’t sure if that was you at first. Would you like to come over and say hi to the wife and kids? Then I promise I will leave you alone.”
“Of course,” I said as I gathered my things. I was getting ready to leave anyway.
When you’re a professional, you have to be aware of the impression you are making ALL THE TIME, especially if you are an entrepreneur. You never know when you might run into an important client, or when someone will take a photo of you that is destined to end up on social media. A bad impression from a chance weekend encounter can cause negative energy to spill over into your professional life. It may not be what you want to hear, but it is the reality of our lives today.
Here are my top 6 tips to help you remain professional enough to make sure you always make a good impression while still remaining casual over the weekend.
1. Feel free to play down the make-up, just not too much
It’s important to always look put together. If you run into a client on the weekend unexpectedly and you look tired or worn thin because you aren’t wearing any make-up, it can leave a bad impression. One way that I get around this is by having semi-permanent eyelash extensions applied to my lashes regularly. It’s a great way to save myself some time and effort on the weekends and still allows me to look put together.
2. Pair a casual piece with something a little dressier
Pair some ripped jeans with a classy leopard print jacket like I was wearing when I ran into Frank, and you will look cool and comfortable, with the ability to step into a more professional role if needed. The simple addition of one dressy piece to a casual weekend outfit is all you need to look ready for business when it comes your way.
3. Take 30 seconds to breathe throughout the day
While this isn’t necessarily a fashion tip, it will help you look put together as you go through your day. Sometimes the weekends are so full of activities that we forget to take a minute to compose ourselves. A great outfit paired with the frantic look of someone who overscheduled themselves does not bode well for unexpected weekend encounters. When I ran into Frank, I was lucky, because I was on vacation and already relaxed. What if you run into an important client while you are running errands? I always stop and do a mini-meditation before getting out of the car or off the train to ensure I am able to appear composed and collected.
4. Keep the accessories reasonable
This is really a tip for always, but especially on the weekend. Sometimes, professional women make the mistake of thinking they can wear jewelry and accessories that are a bit louder on the weekend, but then end up going too far with it. Keep it simple and you never risk giving a bad impression.
5. Always have a stylish purse or handbag that is well organized
Just because it’s the weekend doesn’t mean that your client won’t want to talk business, or that inspiration won’t strike. A true professional woman keeps a handbag with an easily accessible notepad, pen, and laptop on her at all times, because nothing looks worse than having to frantically look for something to take notes with only to be forced to scribble down an important message with a crayon on a Starbucks napkin.
6. Do SOMETHING with your hair
Yes, it’s the weekend, and the temptation to just throw your hair into a ponytail or a sloppy bun can be very tempting. Spending a few extra minutes to make sure your hair looks put together will help make you look put together.
Always keep in mind that you can run into a current or potential client anywhere and anytime. Additionally, you never know when someone will take a picture of you and post it to social media. Are you always putting your best foot forward? When you look in the mirror before leaving the house, ask yourself, do I look like someone I would trust MY business with? It takes some extra work but in the end it will be worth it.
Author: Denise Keniston
Denise Keniston is an entrepreneur and former network news anchor. After leaving the TV news business, she founded Keniston and Company which grew to $7M annually. Today, she manages Web4Retail and several other businesses including Blue Tidal Wave and Decorate Small Spaces. She frequently writes and speaks about marketing, social media, and entrepreneurship.