Speaking Point: Americans need dress guidelines to know what's expected of them. Without guidelines we have Fashion Anarchy which is what we are presently dealing with on a national level. This is hurting our morale, our self-esteem and our global standing. To change the economic malaise in this country we must begin to turn things around in ourselves: bolster our self-esteem, our confidence, and know that how we dress and groom matters. We used to care about our appearance and we must start
caring again. Now!
Speaking Point: It is no coincidence that our self-confidence as a nation has decayed as our image has deteriorated. Psychologists say that when people don't care about how they look, it is a form of depression. We must start to turn things around in this country and that must begin on a personal level. Everyone knows when we look better, we feel better...fast!
Speaking Point: Image matters: how we are perceived is how we are received. Every single person needs to take personal responsibility for their appearance by having pride in how they look and comport themselves. We can no longer afford to look like a nation of slobs, asleep at the wheel. This is damaging our sense of professionalism. Studies have shown that when people dress professionally, their productivity and success increases...even over the phone!
Speaking Point: We can never forget that WE ARE THE PEOPLE. We are America and the America the world sees. The whole is the sum of it's parts and our country is no different. So if we want to see our country make a positive change, we the citizens must be willing to make positive changes.
Speaking Point: We must stop making excuses about why we can't afford to look good. Actually, we can't afford not to. If we look bad, our nation looks bad. This is affecting our bottom line.
Speaking Point: A good image is one of the most overlooked aspect of success. A great image is the competitive edge and it sets apart the winners from the losers. We need that competitive edge more than ever.
Speaking Point: We must realize that: 1. To get work, we must look like we can handle the job. 2. To get promoted, we must look promotable. 3. To gain the respect of our clients or management, we must dress as well or better then they do.
Speaking Point: Dress Codes need to be modern and appropriate to each industry. We must raise the bar, create industry specific guidelines and consequences for not following them. In my opinion, we need to expect more from people, not less. They will rise to the occasion when they know what is expected and accepted.
Speaking Point: If we want to be successful, we must start looking like we are. Dress "as if", act "as if", and become "as if".