To a certain extent, we all want to be taken seriously. Be it in our personal, or business lives; we want to know that people consider us together and reliable people. But, being taken seriously isn’t as easy as we may think. In fact, it often requires conscious effort. People aren’t going to respect you if you don’t try. Very few people can convey the calm and efficient air we would all like to achieve. And, the people who do manage it have likely worked hard.

Instead of considering the way you’re perceived in individual aspects, look at the whole picture. To achieve the right attitude in one area, a complete shift may be necessary. Consider how you act, and which are the main areas you would like to change. Are you disorganized? Do you find you rub people up the wrong way? Once you know the main changes you need to make, it’ll be easier to achieve your goal.

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Let’s start with the first thing people see; your appearance. We all know that it’s what’s inside that counts. But, there’s no getting around the fact that first impressions are made on appearance alone. And, first impressions are notoriously difficult to change. Instead, make sure you look the part straight off. Be sure you dress right for each event you attend. This is especially important in a business setting. It’s important you look smart at all times.. But, it’s also important in social situations. You don’t want to turn up to a smart dinner in a hoodie and jeans. Pre-planning will ensure you wear the right outfit for every occasion.

And, it’s not only your outfit that matters in those crucial first moments. It should go without saying that your personal hygiene is also important. Stained teeth, for example, will make an instant wrong impression. If you suffer from staining, visit a hygienist. Then, find out everything possible about caring for your teeth so the same thing doesn’t happen again. And, it goes without saying that you need to ensure your hair and clothes are clean! Holding a business meeting with a stain on your blouse is sure to get your name known in the office. But, not in the way you want.

Of course, looks aren’t everything. It’s also important that you backup the correct image with the right attitude. Confidence plays a major part in how people perceive you. It’s okay if you don’t feel confident. All you have to do is fake it until you make it. Do this by engaging in topics that you know a lot about. If people are talking about something you’re not aware of, it’s no wonder you don’t feel confident to voice an opinion. But, if you have a lot of background knowledge about a subject, it shouldn’t take confidence to voice opinions you can back. And, that backing will also help in your quest. People aren’t going to respect you if you make unfounded statements that aren’t based in fact!

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