Reputation is an essential part of our personal image. Basically, it’s what other people think of us as a result of our actions. Although reputation is the attitude other people have of us, we can create and influence it, using various tools. A reputation needs to be carefully built and maintained, especially in the modern world, where online images are as important as real ones. When creating a personal image in everyday and professional life, it is necessary to remember that not only does our appearance matter, but also our deeds, intentions and communication skills.
Integrity is the basis of a good reputation. Overall, integrity means consistency and good purpose in all our actions for a prolonged period of time. For example, if you promise to do something, do it, keep your word, be honest and authentic. One bad action speaks louder than a hundred good ones: selfish acts and negative attitudes reveal your lack of integrity, so show the same great attitude to everyone, in any environment. Being reputable is not only meeting people’s expectations but even going a step beyond. Integrity strengthens our reputation, so it should be thoroughly cultivated: when we make a mistake, integrity saves our reputation because of the trust we have established.
Nowadays, there is another dimension — our reputation in social media. When going online, we need to be aware that everything we share becomes a public story and cannot be completely deleted. It’s a good reason to control yourself on Facebook and Instagram, in personal and business accounts. Our posts and comments reflect our personality and constitute our reputation. All the while, social media can be used to improve our reputation. A thoughtful content strategy allows you to highlight your good sides and subsequently build a strong reputation. If you are thinking about getting a better reputation, consider a variety of online resources. By using them, you can connect with the community and be influential.
Another somewhat undervalued component of reputation is a positive first impression. It depends mostly on non-verbal components: body language and a good look. Using non-verbal body signals, such as smiling, appropriate gestures, an open posture, eye contact and others, you can create the image of a positive, confident person and earn a good reputation. Appearance is also important. Don’t just depend on fashionable clothing or makeup to impress people, because it could be distracting or irritating. However, make sure that your attire is tidy and stylish and fits both you and the situation. And of course, be sure to follow the dress code if there is any.
A strong reputation is hard to build, but it will serve you well anytime people think of you, even if they do not know you on a personal level. In fact, it’s the best advertising you’ll ever get.