Laptop Lounge’s very own community manager Leslie Reitzes was recently highlighted in the Contra Costa Times Office Couture series. Leslie brings a polished, fun, yet comfortable style to the Laptop Lounge, reflective of the creative minds that congregate here. Another reason to ditch the drab corporate life for your own adventure? Liberation from the urban uniform and freedom to express your boldness through fashion.
Entrepreneurs strive to create a professional, polished brand. The first impression is vitally important, so it’s crucial to reflect that through one’s personal style. Within the first few seconds of meeting, both parties are consciously and unconsciously sizing each other up in an attempt to gather information. Consider what a harried, messy look communicates to clients and potential referral partners, as opposed to a style that is always put together and displays a fun sense of individuality. Leslie refers to herself as somewhat rebellious–so rather than following the crowd, she will only dress in trends she likes. What better way to display modern, chic style with a twist of independence than with a well-styled, yet edgy haircut?
Along with dress and grooming comes a third, equally important piece–body language. Show up to meetings composed so that you can listen, breathe easily, and focus. Distraction or nervousness will be evident through behavior such as nail biting, restless legs, or copious shifting. Leslie is a great example of setting a powerful, friendly presence at the Laptop Lounge. Her eye contact and handshake underscore her professional credibility, while her easy smile lets members and visitors feel welcome and relaxed.