The Art of Standing Out
4 Points to Fast-Track Your Stylish Success
First impressions matter. Whether it’s meeting your girlfriend’s parents, going for a job interview or networking at an industry event; what you wear and how you act are important. You don’t want to stand out for the wrong reasons either. Here are a few basic ideas to follow to ensure you stand out for the right reasons.
Not every man is an Adonis but every man can act like one. Being confident, making eye contact, a firm handshake and really engaging in a conversation both by listening and responding will help you stand out from the crowd. Approach new people with a smile and remember their name – use it often to let them know you value them. Everyone likes to be treated with respect.
Dress for the occasion. Being smart and well put together is an important factor for standing out. Make sure what you are wearing is fitted well. Too long trousers or jacket sleeves are distracting and tell people you don’t value yourself enough to chose clothing that fits. Accessories are great for adding a personal touch to your outfit. Adding a pocket square with a pop of color or a bold print can elevate a plain suit to something more. Lapel pins are individual and a Piacciono pin could create conversation – our astronaut pin could be a throwback to your childhood dream job.
When you feel good in the clothes you wear, your confidence levels will rocket and you will be the guy people remember.
You don’t want to be dominating the conversation; it is a give and take exercise involving listening skills and knowing when to stop so the other people in the group can engage too. Know the tone. Don’t drop a filthy joke into a serious conversation with a conservative crowd. If the conversation is stalling, have a few go to topics on hand to bring up and move things forward. This is where being observant will get you brownie points. Are they wearing something that makes them stand out? Comment on it. Comment and compliment on their jewellery or accessories, and if you are wearing a Piacciono pin think about why you chose it, as someone will be sure to ask.
Keep conversation light if possible. Compliment and ask questions. They will remember you as the person who took the time to find out about them. If hard conversations are needed be polite and stay calm. Don’t force your ideas and cultural preferences on others. And humor is the perfect weapon for standing out. Make them laugh.
Ultimately, if you try to be something you are not you won’t be as authentic. It is stressful trying to pretend so be honest. If football isn’t your thing, don’t pretend you know everything. If telling jokes isn’t your strong point, let someone else cover that. Use your attire to tell others who you are. A Piacciono pin can tell someone so much. Love cars or driving? Our Geared Up pin can start a conversation about something you know and enjoy.