This fixable thing could be costing you business or that great job

 In Career Change

Are you selling while smelling? We have all encountered a person who just stunk-like-a-skunk and seemed completely oblivious about it. Could you be sporting bad breath, body odor or too much cologne and inadvertently be making it unpleasant for people to do business with or work alongside you?

I read somewhere that between 14 and 25 percent of Americans and 35 to 45 percent of the entire world’s population has chronic bad breath. Another source quoted 1 of 6 people as having some kind of body-related odor problem. But if a person has bad breath, wouldn’t they know it? The answer is no and the reason is “acclimation.”

What is Acclimation?

The people at breathauhtority.com explain it this way: Basically, our body acclimates, or gets used to, its own odors and smells and then learns to ignore them. If you stop and think about it, acclimation makes a lot of sense. If we were able to smell our own breath, we wouldn’t be able to smell our food, or a bouquet of flowers, or any of the other smells we encounter on a day-to-day basis. There is a simple way to experience the smell of your own breath. Wash your hands and then lick the back of one hand with your tongue. Wait about 10 or 15 seconds so your saliva can dry. Then smell your hand.

You might need to ask a trusted friend or family member if you smell overpowering. If you determine that you are stinking-it-up at work you might need to keep a toothbrush and toothpaste available to use after lunch, use a less direct method of applying your perfume or bring a fresh change of clothes to use on those long days. Feeling fresh and appealing will add to your confidence, and anything that builds confidence belongs on your to-do list.

“We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies.”  ~Roderick Thorp, Rainbow Drive

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