I am manning an exhibit booth at a tax conference in Nashville. One of the interesting things about being behind the exhibit table is people watching. (Before you jump all over me for "watching" instead of "engaging," I do plenty of both. That's just part of the gig.)
The people I am watching are CPAs and/or attorneys. Some come dressed in suits. Some come in wrinkly jeans and ill-fitting polo shirts. And then there is everything in between. Certain people, by their dress and demeanor, draw others to them. Some, again by their dress and demeanor, seem to build a wall around themselves.
Folks, if you are in professional services, dress and act the part. Even if you are with peers, how you present yourself is important. For what it's worth, here is my advice: