What are you “saying” before you speak a word?

Is looking stressed and unprofessional taking away your personal power and positive professional impact?  Appearing rumpled or haggard downgrades your professional image.

Portraying a harried image – regardless of how well you do your job or how smart you are, places you at risk of damaging your professional reputation, of hitting a wall in your career, of not making the most of your pitch to potential clients. Continue reading

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6 Things you need to do to network successfully

As a professional in business or as a business owner, do you find yourself going to professional networking events without a really clear idea of what you want to gain from it?

Are your staff attending network events but wondering about the value of their efforts?

In this economic climate, professional networking is more important than ever if you want to be successful, win new business or connect with other like-minded people. However, the thought of networking leaves many people cold. To ensure the success of your professional networking endeavours, you need to:

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Donate a bag – give a child an education

It is said that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time! That means that we have an awful lot of clothes in our wardrobes which rarely see the light of day.  My experience in working with clients in wardrobe weeding sessions that this is true and it also applies to accessories! In particular, I find that women often have lots of handbags and belts that they rarely if ever use.  Perhaps they bought on impulse, were given a gift of a ‘good’ bag or simply the bag is the wrong shape, wrong colour, too big/small etc! 

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Compliments – giving and receiving!

What is it about us that makes accepting a compliment so uneasy? Or sometimes, just downright difficult?! Is it an Irish thing? Is it an age thing?  When someone says to us ‘You look great’ we immediately deflect the attention by brushing it off and saying ‘I got this in a sale for half nothing’ or ‘you must need new glasses’ or ‘no, I really do look awful’!  We do it all the time!  Why?

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How To Dress between the Seasons

Spring/Summer fashions are urging us to move away from winter clothes but the recent cold weather is making it difficult to make the wardrobe transition. Dressing between seasons presents a few challenges, particularly from winter to spring as we are longing to wear more colour and shed a few layers.

The film and TV world seem to be dealing with this by wearing a great deal of black and white, which is terribly uninspiring. Monochrome is one of the key trends for Spring Summer 2013, but our wardrobes need a bit of a boost!

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Get More Life Out Of Your Clothes

  • Launder less frequently if at all possible – washing and drying clothes frequently shortens their lifespan due to the heat and the friction involved in washing. Try wearing clothes multiple times between launderings.
  • Use a non-biological powder which is kinder to fabrics – and to your skin. Avoid fabric conditioner – they are usually full of chemicals. Always check the label for washing instructions.
  • Wash clothes on a cooler cycle in the washing machine – perhaps 30° – kinder to your clothes and saves energy too!
  • Line dry your clothes as opposed to putting them in the tumble dryer.
  • Always turn dark clothes inside out when machine washing and this will preserve the colour longer.
  • Zip up any garments as the teeth of the zip can cause damage to fabrics in the washing machine. The same applies to Velcro fasteners.
  • Check garments frequently for wear and tear – i.e. hems, buttons etc., and repair anything that’s needed.
  • Never put anything back into the wardrobe after wearing without checking for stains or any signs of wear and tear.
  • If you are wearing suits regularly, consider having them pressed as opposed to dry cleaned unless they really need it.
  • Storing your clothes in an organised way will ensure that you get the most life out of your wardrobe. Invest in good hangers, particularly for suits and jackets. Store non-hanging items flat and folded – this avoids the crumpled look or having to iron before wearing.
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