FIRST IMPRESSIONS. AND BEYOND.

FROM SYLVIE'S DESK TO YOURS.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS. AND BEYOND.2020-05-18T19:39:27+00:00

Seven Seconds. This is that brief moment in time when others first see you, whether it’s at a meeting, on the job, or in an interview. They may have some prior knowledge of you, but this is the first time they actually lay eyes on you. Learn more about what happens at that moment and that the game isn’t over after seven seconds. Because outstanding leaders leave first and lasting impressions by how they look and how they present themselves, always and everywhere.

How long does it take to form a first impression?

Eleven, seven, one, a millisecond? Are you wondering “How LONG does it take to form a first impression? Researched by WHAT group?”? Well, so did Tracy who is one of my subscribers and she submitted this question. And that’s why in this video I’ll share with Tracy and YOU how long you have EXACTLY to make an impactful first impression — and WHO provided scientific proof for this number. For those who have watched any of my other videos or speeches, you may have heard me count to seven at the very beginning. This is

Being tall may help you climb the ladder—in more ways than one.

Truthdrop #3: Size matters. It really does. Does size matter in the workplace? The Center for Talent Innovation surveyed more than four thousand college-educated professionals and senior executives and found that sixteen percent said it’s essential for men to be tall, compared to just six percent for women. Being short is linked to negative stereotypes like low self-confidence and emotional instability. Another study published by ScienceDirect says that the perks start (yet do not end) with earning more money and making one more likely to be an entrepreneur, as opposed to working a 9-to-5 office job.

Are attractive people really more successful?

Truthdrop #2: Looking good is not enough, but... In his book, Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful, Daniel Hamermesh (Labor Economist at the University of Texas) published the results of his lifelong studies on how physical beauty affects employment and earning potential. He shares some thought-provoking observations about the relationship between self-esteem, intelligence, relationships and earning power. He also suggests that attractive people bring more money to their companies, and therefore are more valuable employees. He shares his theories why attractive people earn an average of three or four percent more than people with

Have you heard of the “7%-38%-55% rule”?

Truthdrop #1: Sorry, you’ve been lied to… Let’s start with a truthdrop that actually isn’t one, instead has been comprehensively debunked many times, but still, it persists. Chances are high you’ve heard at least one “expert” quoting the famous Albert Mehrabian study and suggesting that words account for 7 percent, tone of voice accounts for 38 percent, and body language accounts for 55 percent. Countless experts use this study to prove that it is not so much about what you say (verbally), but instead about the non-verbal signals you send. However, the focus of this study was on

Preparation is key. Always.

When it comes to the way others think about you, before anything else, preparation is key to your success. If you want to be perceived as the superstar leader you are, the simple difference between being successful and failing is preparation. Because successful leaders avoid surprises for any price. On a daily base this means for your image, that you have to determine your activities and responsibilities for that particular day, always keeping in mind your industry, your company’s written (or unwritten) dress code policy, your position within the organization, and the people’s requirements whom you are about to meet. Before just

Your image is like a puzzle and so much more than just your clothes.

There are many elements that make up your professional reputation. And some image consultants will tell you that the clothes you wear is the most important one. Well, this was probably true decades ago. Today's world moves faster and leaders face new challenges that go far beyond your wardrobe, the dress code, the handshake, the way you sit or the first seven seconds of a meeting. Nowadays, people judge you before you get the chance to shake their hands or even arrange meetings. Because you leave a footprint - anytime and anywhere. You leave hints of who you are and what

The grey hum drum

As a child, I watched a movie called "Momo", a German fantasy novel by Michael Ende. It’s about the concept of time and how it is used by humans in modern society. It’s a story about time-thieves and about Momo, the little girl who brought the stolen time back to the people. When the novel finally hit the big screen, the movie visualized how those time-thieves looked like. Grey hair, grey tint, grey suits, grey everything— they looked tired, sick, weak, and de-energized. Simply grey. Another stereotype that women and more often men face at work. I see them in

How people size you up in a blink of an eye

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven. During the last seven seconds, something magically happened in this room. Something that happens every single day in your life around 3000 times; and since you are working in a high-frequency industry, maybe even more often. No matter if you are female or male, no matter if you're old or young, no matter if you're experienced, or not. You have all done it. During the last seven seconds, you have all judged me. And in fact, science even knows what happened in your brain. We know that your brain just