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Don’t Hire a Coach Who Wears a Suit

by Derek Sisterhen on June 17, 2010

We talk often about being professional, but this is against the grain. Does a suit add to your credibility? Perhaps. But maybe that goes against every bit of your personality and you shouldn’t be trying to attract clients who are looking for that kind of coach.

  • Kevin@OutOfYourRut

    20-30 years ago a professional suit was the standard–today it's casual. Now, this is just me, but when I see a suit I see someone who's trying to manufacture credibility. But a suit is on the outside, and I'm paying for what he/she has on the inside. The suit becomes a distraction in that case.

    Suit or no suit, the question evaporates when you begin speaking. Either you're totally credible or you're not, and that point rises and falls on what comes out of your mouth, not what you're wearing.

  • Derek Sisterhen

    Hey Kevin,

    Thanks for your thoughts on this video! I agree – I remember going to work for a bank and the first thing I had to do was buy three suits and a bunch of ties. What you seem to be getting at here is how a relationship is formed. What comes out of our mouths is a reflection of our hearts, right? So I guess it's safe to say that as we speak and build a relationship, that will drive whether you make a decision to work with someone.

    Great thoughts!

  • Kevin

    A suit seems intimidating to me. I feel more open to someone who wears more lax clothing. It's kind of an ice breaker. I agree with Kevin that when I see someone wearing a suit it makes them seem like they are faking it.

  • Justin Lukasavige

    I like that Kevin. “The question evaporates when you begin speaking.” Credibility or lack thereof shows through quickly.

  • Justin Lukasavige

    Some are more comfortable with them, but it's not me. I'll lose clients before trying to be someone I'm not.

  • James Dibben

    A suit won't go over very well at all around my group.

    We instantly think banker and they aren't our favorite people right now.

  • Derek Sisterhen

    Hey James – When I worked in banking, the first thing I had to do was go out and buy a bunch of suits. The funny thing is that since I've left, I haven't worn any of the suits I pruchased.

    With much of the corporate world trending toward business casual, and much of the entrepreneurial world trending toward just casual, I think we'll see suits less and less on folks that are capable of getting exceptional results.

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