Glancing around the room I couldn’t help but notice the discomfort level rising. This was not intended to be a public shaming, rather an opportunity to see how we often make our wallets the unintended home for everything. For some it’s morphed into a catch-all and a traveling junk drawer that wastes time when looking for something, and isn’t a true representation of the professional woman you want to present to the world.
Was my wallet unique in its size or color or contents? While I think it is organized and meets my needs, I soon realized that there were some things that could be removed. Are you the woman pulling out a banged up, over-stuffed wallet that could double as a purse with receipts falling out and too thick to close? Is that the impression you want to leave a client or colleague with? What else does it say about you as a professional? Do I want to do business with you? Perhaps not!
Hope is not lost and the following tips may be of help:
• Invest in a quality leather wallet- people notice this • $100 cash is a reasonable amount to carry and not a horror if lost or stolen • Generally 2-3 credit cards and your debit card are sufficient for primary and back-up/worst case scenario • Keep gift cards at home unless you know you will be shopping at the store on that day. Remember, they have the same value as CASH! • Your driver’s license for ID purposes • A family or pet photo to remind you of your other, real connections