Tips for the Professional Business Traveler

Many positions require travel. Finding ways to be organized and efficient are key. Here are a few:
1.) Look at your week and think about the situation your will be going into. Consider the people you will be interacting with. It will play a part in your wardrobe planning.
2.) Check the weather, plan accordingly.
3.) If you attend different locations during the week,

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Eyes on You

Glasses have become quite popular in the recent years. They are an accessory that can be the “exclamation point to your style”. For many they are the necessary accessory for visual needs. Purchasing a quality frame and lens is a worthwhile investment into yourself. Most optical store technicians are helpful in finding you frames and addressing the fit of the frame on your face. What they may not know is your style? What are your career needs, your brand? And what color is most flattering on your skin type. I would like to offer you some tips prior to going to the optical store. You may find this information useful in feeling more confident picking out your next frames.

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Does your look speak positive of you?

I recently read a quote from Tom Ford “Dressing well is a form of good manners”.
Ill fitting clothes can look cheap, poor quality, you look too fat, you look too skinny, frumpy, shabby, poor economically, odd, strange, the list could go on. I encourage people to invest in their clothing. It is much better to spend more for quality than to have a lot of cheap clothes. Be mindful when you are investing into your wardrobe. The one size fits all item is probably not a good buy.

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It starts with the “D”

I talk about 1st impressions being the A B C D’s of your image. Appearance, Behavior, Communication, and Digital message. in todays world your image really begins with the D, followed by A B & C. These days, the digital connection happens before you meet face to face-and often a judgement about you is made before you’ve ever met.

For example…Let me introduce you to my granddaughter, Socora Jade Stoner born on 6/7/2017. It was an interesting delivery that can best be told by her parents, Amy & Ryan, but I would describe the experience as exciting, stressful, humorous, and sweet.

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Are you being overlooked?

In my career I have had the opportunity to work with professionals from various backgrounds. I have observed how their image could either gain them success or be over looked. I recall a women that I worked with whom I will call Jane. When Jane came to see me she was quite upset with the status of her career. She had worked for this company for 7 years. A hard worker and desired to climb the corporate ladder within the company. Unfortunately promotions and pay raises were not happening for her.

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How to Present Your Best Self

How many of you have spent hours, if not days, preparing a speech or a presentation? So much time and effort goes into the preparation of a project. That same consideration should be given to how you present yourself.

I suspect many of you are in positions of leadership that require you to speak or present your product, perhaps before large crowds or around a table, all eyes and ears focused on you. Your personal appearance adds credibility to your message.

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5 Keys to a Lasting Resolution

How many of you made a New Year’s Resolution? I hope you have. It’s truly empowering to accomplish something that challenges you.

Recently, I found a research article by Scranton University in the journal of Clinical Psychology showing 45% of people usually make a resolution, 17% infrequently, and 38% never make resolution. The accompanying Top 10 list showed weight loss as the #1 resolution. UGH…

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“To Beard or Not to Beard”……That is your Question?

Beards are popular these days! The question is however, is it a good idea in your profession? I observe many styles of beards, some are attractive and well groomed. Some look ratty, stinky and just plain nasty! (In my opinion). There are some interesting studies on beards and mustaches over the years. Trendy styles that date back to the late 1800’s to present day. Popularity of mustaches in the 20’s to goatees in the 90’s, and stubbles and full beards currently. Beards can also be associated with age, maturity, and manhood. Some other studies discussed the psychology of beards.

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Listening, how well do we listen?

Listening…we all know that it is a good thing to do, but do we really listen to others so they feel heard? I recently read an article put out by urbanconfessinal.org. How to listen when you disagree: A lesson from the Republican National Convention.

The writer made a great point in his article about listening to someone even though you may not share their view on issues. Issues like abortion, pro life or pro choice. I appreciated the way the writer behaved toward the individual he was talking too.

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Are we too casual?

Are we getting too casual in our work attire? Research states we are. An article by Robert Half at cpapracticeadvisor.com reports that 4% dress very formal. 21% somewhat formal, 61% somewhat casual, and 13% very casual.
The topic of how teachers dress was discussed by author Harry Wong in his book “The First Day of School”.
Another recent research article done by PayScale called Style vs. Salary reports that those folks in the category of Business formal made the higher incomes.
It is interesting the attention that is being made on how people dress in their industries. Is it because we know that in seconds those first impressions of a person are being judged? Is their concern that the manner in which people dress gives a message they don’t care? Not caring about self does it also indicate not caring for the customer? I find it interesting that the formal attire folks make more money but our attire is becoming more casual. So how does this work?

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