WHY DOES IT EVEN MATTER HOW OTHERS PERCEIVE YOU?

Great question! You might have heard the saying that perception is reality. Perception is not always reality. Just because someone perceives you in a certain way doesn’t mean it’s true. Nevertheless, when it comes to the perception of others, you face two significant challenges. Firstly, others assume it is always true. Anyone who perceives you in a particular way believes they are right. Second, if enough people perceive you the same way, this perception can become your reality. This perception audit will help you

Understand how you perceive yourself

The way you view yourself affects how you present yourself. Self-awareness and self-reflection will help you determine whether the way you view yourself is consistent with how you wish to be perceived.

Define your desired perception

It is essential to be clear about what you want your perception to be. What are your objectives? How would you like people to see you? Making sure your actions align with the perception you wish to create will help you focus on the right things.

Gain insights into how others perceive you

You might not realize how or be right about how others see you. How you are perceived at work might differ dramatically from how your family and friends view you. You may be perceived differently online than you are in person.

Determine the gap between self-perception, desired perception, and perception of others

To have alignment, you need to see yourself as others do. If there’s a discrepancy, you need to find out why. If you’re not communicating effectively, you might need to make some changes.

Find your blind spots

The blind spots are places in our self-perception that do not match what others see. There are things you’re communicating verbally or non-verbally without even realizing it. Blind spots can also operate in reverse. Maybe others recognize something positive about you that you don’t see for yourself. 

Better interpret situations

The way you are perceived depends on the situation you’re in. Your actions and words can be better aligned with the situation if you can better interpret it. In addition, you need to consider your age, gender, cultural background, and any other factors that may affect your and their perception.

Make a plan to close the gap

Once you know where the discrepancies are, you can take steps to close them. You might need to alter how you communicate, modify your behavior, or take other actions.

Enable you to work on the nuances

Sometimes, the small details make a big difference in how you’re perceived. By being aware of these details, you can improve your image and reputation. The goal here isn’t to change who you are but to enhance the positive aspects of your personality.