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The word “Perception” is very hard to clearly explain since it affects everyone differently. It’s often that initial, intuitive feeling, (and sometimes ongoing opinion) someone has that’s formed when first meeting and observing someone or something.
A person may sense through their eyes or their ears, or become aware of something that makes them tend to feel somewhat pro or con, or maybe just feel nothing at all about someone and/or their products.
I’m sure you’ve noticed that instantaneous gut feeling you have when you first meet somebody, that initial feeling before you start analyzing. It’s often your soul telling you what it senses or feels about them.
No matter what, it affects everyone every day in all kinds of situations, and I’ve found “perception” to be one of the most important and yet one of the most misunderstood words that may heavily affect your life and career. You may have an idea who you are, but everybody who sees you and who talks to you sees you the way they would see you, from their life and experiences, and likewise, you may see them differently than they see themselves.
Everything that you say and do affects your Image and affects the Public’s perception of who you are and what you are about. You are a walking PR (Public Relations) machine in action.
People’s perception of you and/or your products have everything to do with your “Image” and how you and your products are presented. This includes:
1. what you do – that is, your “style” – which may include the music you play and the way you play it, the contents of a song or a script, the film you shoot, the pictures you draw – any product you create.
2. you, yourself and/or your product’s appearance
3. The way you or your product performs/communicates, that is, the way you or it comes across to your audience, on stage or on the street, or wherever.
Simply: Your image is affected by what you do, the way you do it, and the way you come across to your “audience.”
That’s why the saying: “You don’t get a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression” really stands out. It has to do with the way a person first perceives you, and the way you first perceive someone else.
You must also remember that you are an extension of your creations and products – you represent them, they represent you.
The key to putting your best foot forward is to accept yourself for who you are. If you can do that you don’t have to put on any airs or be defensive. Just by being real, that is, being yourself, you can’t help but make a good impression.
That doesn’t necessarily mean, on the business side, that they are going to really like who or what you are presenting, but as long as you are sincere and act professionally, they are more likely to like you as a person, and therefore leave the door open for the future.
And in the future, the people, and their situations and circumstances can change, and so can their perception of You and/or your products…
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