Don't know who Qui Nguyen (pronounced Win) is? He's a professional poker player, set to win the World Series of Poker with an 8 million dollar pay out. Not bad for a couple days of work. Why is he doing so well? Maybe he's lucky. Maybe he's a cunning, unpredictable poker player. Maybe he's a good guy and the universe is rewarding him for donating part of his winnings to help Vietnamese immigrants. Maybe...but I think you can attribute at least part of his success to the wacky raccoon hat. Think about it. When you put another face on your body, people aren't sure which face to look at, and they usually choose the face that's not yours to settle on. Adding a second face to your appearance is a bit confusing really, and perfect for a professional poker player who wants people looking anywhere but his face. The more the other players can tell when you're excited, happy, tense, etc., the better they can predict the cards you have in your hand. With this hat on, not only are the other players not looking at Nguyen's body language, but they are getting stared down by this menacing face. Leather on the raccoon's eyes and nose reflect the light every time he turns his head, which makes it even more life-like, and even more effective in thwarting the other player's attention away from him.
You can control where and how others look at you based on how you use the elements of design to your advantage or disadvantage.
Where do you want those you hope to influence to focus? On the hat on your head? On the kitty face?
Or on your actual face? Focused on what you have to say, your insights, your brilliant ideas. Consider how it feels when another person accepts your ideas and takes action.
Before you go to eBay looking for a new raccoon hat, consider these three alternatives to put the focus where you want it for business. On your face.
Use your strategically placed art elements to get their attention where you want it. Who knows, maybe you'll be a winner like Mr. Nguyen.
Image consultant and personal stylist. Dani is happily married, the mother of 3 hip kids, and owner of an young pup named Josie Wales.