One of the first lessons I learned came after climbing 5 flights of stairs in a Back Bay brownstone on the muggiest day of the hottest month of the year: always dress for the weather. It was a hard lesson, but a valuable one.
On one hand, you want to present yourself as professionally as possible when meeting a client or showing a property, since we all know you only get one chance at a first impression. For me, this usually means wearing a suit, or at least jeans and a sport coat on a daily basis. This also means carrying a lot of paper towels with me to wipe away sweat when no one’s looking, since I’m from Boston, and hot & muggy weather is not the norm here.
On the other hand, being overdressed (or over-layered) can lead to excessive sweating when you combine it with a heatwave, high humidity, 5 flights of stairs, and an empty unit with no air conditioning. And excessively sweaty is never a good look.
I was lucky that my clients did not hold it against me, despite the fact that they were from the south where that sort of weather is a norm, and were unfazed by the tropical climate that was tormenting me. At one point, they even said to me “You didn’t have to get all dressed up for us, we’re from Virginia, we aren’t fancy”, and overall they were generally very sympathetic towards my struggle.
They were great people, and meeting great people like them has been the highlight of my day every day since I started. I love meeting new people, and using my knowledge and resources to help them, and now I get to do it every day. I think it’s safe to say I am officially Living the Dream!
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