I'm back after a long summer hiatus! I have a lot of adventures to share with you. However, before I tell you about what I learned on my time off, I advise you never to take your shoes off during a business meeting.
This morning I attended a seminar at a law firm that my company uses as outside counsel. Though we are a client, I put on a suit and tie, fashionable of course. Usually Iwear business casual but I thought it would be nice to dress up and put on a pretty face. Let's face it, people are nicer to you if you pay the bill but they are even nicer if you pay the bill and look nice too. As I've said again and again, your dress and hygiene is a sign of respect for those around you. This makes a big difference in business.
If you look at the photograph, you'll notice that you can see the foot of your run of the mill conference table and the feet and shoes of the person sitting next to me. Gross! This was a presentation at a fancy law firm which I think merits a certain level of decorum. Read, don't take your shoes off. It's off putting and disturbing. Especially because I was sitting there in my Paul Smith suit, constricting Aquascutum tie and dress shoes. Sure I would have loved to attended the seminar in shorts and sandals but I didn't. I sat properly and listened attentively while suffering in my business wear.
I advise you to do the same the next time you attend any business meeting that doesn't take place in your bedroom.