Image consulting is a professional field that aims to improve the image of the client personally or professionally through appearance, behavior, and communication. It is the process of evaluating the effect of a person’s appearance on their professional image.
Let’s talk about behavior.
Part of image consulting deals with behavior and how that can affect a person’s image, both personally and professionally.
Behavior is so important, there are studies on it, training on it, institutes, books, lectures, seminars, you name it.
Behavior in the workplace.
Behavior in the workplace is especially important for your image. This is not to say that outside of the workplace you have a free reign to act inappropriately, but for this article, I am going to focus on workplace behavior and how it relates to your image.
Your behavior affects your image. Your behavior affects your personal brand. Your behavior affects others, and in turn, your behavior will affect you.
Being someone who others can approach is a desirable quality. It is a skill. It makes the environment in which you work more effective. Opposite of effective behavior is destructive behavior.
You might not be aware of destructive behavior patterns in your day-to-day life. Recognizing them is a step in the right direction.
Common destructive behaviors:
- Negative mindset
When someone is curt with you, how does that influence your reaction? How does that affect the way you think about that individual? What is your perception of their image?
We all have some form of one or more than one of these behaviors. And keep in mind, in moderation, it is good to be a little defensive right? In moderation.
People see how you behave and relate that to who you are.
Making proper changes.
How can you correct these behaviors? Start making changes now.
- Identify what you need to change
- Commit to improve
- Be consistent
- Seek advice, a mentor, or a career coach
- Speak with a supervisor or someone who can give you constructive criticism
Break your plan into small, achievable, manageable steps. Set goals and timelines and don’t forget to look back on your progress.
Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does. -Sukhraj S. Dhillon