I have a Skype meeting in 5 minutes!!
We all know what we would wear to an important meeting in a corporate setting, right? Perhaps a well-tailored skirt suit, silk blouse, chic heels and a beautiful pair of earrings is in order.
Fast-forward a few years to the demands you now have as a mother and small-business owner. You’re now balancing the demands of child-rearing with trying to meet the needs of your clients – no easy task! With the jam-packed days you’re used to, it hardly makes sense for you to wear that fabulous power outfit each and every day.
While it may not be practical to keep up the professional look while working from home, it certainly isn’t ok to wear the comfy mom outfit when meeting with clients, especially new ones. You are still a professional and, similar to a corporate setting, you need to dress the part when meeting with a client – even those online meeting conducted from the comfort of home.
With those thoughts in mind, we turn to our scenario. You have an important online meeting about to start in five minutes (yes, with a new client), and the last thing you thought about is projecting a put-together, professional appearance. You could kick yourself! You know you’re the right business partner for this new client but you’re overall appearance does not convey confidence, composure and diligence.
You want that new business right? These sure-fire tips will take you from mom to professional business owner in less than five minutes!
Throw on a Blazer
Now I know you have an old yet classic blazer hanging in the back of your closet. Pull it out! If you’re participating in an online meeting, the style of your blazer doesn’t matter too much since the person you’re talking to is only going to see you from the torso up. A blazer or suit jacket will add formality to your look and show your new client that you’re taking the meeting and their business seriously. Make sure you don’t have a stain, spit up, or dried cereal on the t-shirt or blouse you’re wearing underneath!
Grab an accessory or two
Once you have that blazer on, go grab a pair of earrings or a necklace. This will add to your “5-minute look” and will make you appear as though you’ve put some thought and effort into your overall appearance. These details speak volume to a new client.
Pull your hair into a ponytail
With little to no time, the last thing you want to worry about is how your hair looks. Grab a hair tie and pull your hair back into a low ponytail (use a little gel, hairspray, or body butter – whatever is closest and easiest to get your hands on). A ponytail that is either at or below your ears will be most appropriate for a business meeting – no topknots here ladies.
Remember ladies, you’re a professional, you’re a mom and you’re one amazing multi-tasker. Now get online, wow that client, and win some new business.
See you next month.