In my career world, there is a person that has a reputation of being tough. She’s a super power with a lot of clout and extremely intimidating. Everyone in my career circles dreads crossing into her presence. One day, I was directed to set up an appointment with her to go over new strategies. <insert dramatic music here> Stress kicked inas I pictured myself being reduced to tears by the mere look from her piercing eyes. This called for the <duhn! duhn! duhn! (dramatic rift)>Power Suit. A Power Suit is the outfit
We all have those days where we wake up and the thought of leaving the comfort of our cozy beds is unthinkable. Laying quasi-awake anticipating the day, you have to make the decision of what you will wear and that just makes the bed that much more appealing. The choice to wear the “old stand-by” comfortable or familiar outfit, is the easiest one. It isn’t a “power suit”, it doesn’t have a statement, no one typically comments on it ever but it gets you by when you don’t feel you
You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.” Zig Ziglar Your wardrobe choice, how you put it together and how you carry yourself, can make a difference in how the world perceives and treats you. Watching how a person’s life can be transformed by making some wardrobe, style and behaviour adjustments, has been the inspiration for many a Hollywood flick. Here are a few of my favourite “clothes-make-the-man (or woman)” movies: Pretty Woman A story of a love affair that begins when a prostitute is
When I am researching for articles, posts or material for VNC Image & Etiquette, I have many words that I will use in my search that are related. I’ve included them here. Let me know of words that you might think of and include them in the comments below. Etiquette Manners Image Wardrobe Style Fashion Look Leadership Career Success Civility Kindness Courtesy Mentorship Career Politeness Positivity Optimistic Friendliness Thoughtfulness Respect Self-esteem Confidence Congeniality Social Grace Charm Protocol Butler Poise Elegance Class
I’ve been working for many (many, many) years towards getting a business off the ground. The vision began with a joke between a friend of mine and myself. We were both career counsellors at an employment agency and were commenting on the need for some of our clients to understand the importance of their attitude, wardrobe, manners and behaviour choices. We thought it would be funny to have our own etiquette business to teach these necessary but absent skills. After some time and several clients later, I began to
These are women that I see as role models. They are women I’d like to have at my supper table and who I’d love to sit down and chat with. From what I know of them (and of course that is through the lens of the media) they exemplify the following characteristics: Criteria: • Often seen smiling • Present positively • Sense of humour • Well – groomed • Well dressed • Courteous • Humble • Giving • Authentic • Not afraid to look silly • Courageous • Confident •
Whether we like it or not, agree with it or not, judgments will be made about us. If we do not take into consideration how we look or act, these judgments may not be in our favour. Furthermore, these assumptions may not only be made about us but could be made about our positions, our departments and/or the organizations we work for. Therefore, it is very important to put thoughtful consideration into our appearance and behaviour.
Some people just stand out. At the grocery store, maybe it’s that one cashier that you always go to, or the guy in the suit standing next to you in line at the bank machine. For whatever reason, some people just “catch our eye”. What is about them? Are you one of those people? Not sure? Here are some things to consider if you want to “get noticed”: 1. Posture – Memorable people walk, stand and sit with their heads up and shoulders back. They are looking forward and don’t
When I was first making the transition from high school to university (many years ago now), I signed up for a summer “warm-up” program to help ease the anxiety of moving to the next stage in my life. One of the workshops I attended was an overview of what to expect in a university class versus a high school class. There were some valuable tips I picked up in the seminar that helped me survive as a student and I wonder what would have happened if I didn’t take it.
I try to keep an open-mind about people. One thing that drives me crazy and tends to make me judge quickly is the sound of someone dragging his/her feet when walking. Perhaps the person harbours an injury and cannot fully pick up his feet. Or maybe she has traipsed through snow and accumulated so much ice on the bottom of her shoe that it’s physically difficult for her to manage the extra weight. These could be legitimate reasons for that irritating sound but what I tend to think when