She smiled and told me: "I always judge a man by how he cares for his shoes." Reminded me of my upbringing -- and that awkward interview from long ago.
I wasn't sure if she was insulting me, or making conversation.So I asked what my shoes told her about me.
She quickly responded, with a smile, that the way I was dressed -- blue jeans, oxford and blazer -- was entirely appropriate, and that she LOVED my shoes. She made a point to tell me I was okay.
Even now, I realize she was right. A lot of people approach me to talk about my VFFs when I wear them, but I only wore them to a client meeting one time. And while it went okay, I decided that was the last time.
The whole chain of events and memory of the past serves as a reminder that our attire influences what people think and how they act around us.
And it influences how we think and act, too.
Perhaps advancing a security career requires dressing the part, too.
So what are you wearing? What does it say about you? And how is it impacting your security career?
About Michael Santarcangelo: The author of Into the Breach and creator of Awareness that Works, Michael Santarcangelo is a catalyst that advocates for individuals while advancing organizations. By connecting individuals to the consequences of their actions, he delivers results that reduce risk, increase resiliency and allow organizations to more with less. Learn more at www.securitycatalyst.comor engage with him on twitter.com/catalyst.