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.
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.
Did you know that your glasses are a point of interest? Glasses can be seen as a “historical” marker or popular or amazing! As I travel around I find peoples choices of glasses interesting.
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.
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.
It's hard to know. We're influenced by peers, media, and our professional roles. I recently sat in on a round table discussion with a diverse group of women discussing whether or not to wear panty hose. After one woman reached out to a large law firm on the west coast for feedback, it was reported many women in the firm chose bare legs.
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.
Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." ~By Clement C. Moore I love this book! When our children were young we read it hundreds if not thousands of times during Christmas. Now we read it to our grand-kids with the same enthusiasm! We also loved the '12 Days of Christmas' song and often came up with our own verses! I hope you too have special memories to reflect on. According to Google, The Twelve Days of Christmas was a song written during the Puritan Movement in England, when, during the years 1558-1829, Catholics were not allowed to practice their faith. The song actually has two meanings, the literal and the subtle translation that only the Catholics knew. I also learned that the Twelve Days of Christmas began on December 25th and ends January 5th.
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,
The New Year is always a good time to think about what you want to accomplish, and I find writing it down is quite powerful. Recently I looked back on my journal for the beginning of 2017. Did I achieve everything? No. I was pleased, however, with the list of goals I made and the things I did accomplish.