10 Secrets of a Great Handshake

The handshake is the most important professional greeting in business today. It is something most of us do often, particularly in business. We shake hands.   We shake hands with long-time friend, old acquaintances and with new clients and colleagues.

The handshake is a part of the first impression we make. Together with the first impression we make with our appearance, body language and grooming, it is the handshake that is the first point of physical contact.

 wet fish handshake

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Top Tips for Staying Chic in the Cold

Staying Chic in the Cold
Ok, so the temperatures are down and the snow has come! No matter what the season, we all want to look good.  This can be particularly challenging in the depths of Winter.  Here are our top tips to keep you looking stylish, no matter what the weather!

 Twiggy for M&S Woman Animal Print Furgora Beret Hat with Angora, , catlandingTwiggy for M&S Woman Shearling Double Breasted Long Coat, , catlandingPure Cashmere Crew Neck Jumper, CANDY, catlanding            Hibernates Scarves               

All looks from Marks & Spencer. Scarves from Avoca Hibernates collection.


  1. Layering is always a good idea at this time of year as it allows you to adjust outfits to suit your location (ie warm offices, chilly public transport);
  2. Cashmere jumpers and knitwear are winter staples, but its imporant to choose the right style for your body shape.  Choosing a bulky style will add unflattering bulk.  One colour pieces are the most versatile.  Wool dress, wool skirts and wool trousers are ideal for cold weather.  Make them current by wearing with a medium to high block or wedge heel for indoor and opt for the flat shoes or boots when contemplating wet, snowy conditions.
  3. When it comes to footwear, a good pair of leather boots will keep your feet dry.  There is a huge array of affordable ‘snow’ footwear for the outdoors available in many high-street shops such as Dunnes and Mark & Spencers.
  4. The most important part of your winter wardrobe is the coat.  Finding the right coat for your body shape will pull together any winter outfit.  Generally speaking, a shaped, fitted coat will suit best.  If you are petite (under 5’3″ avoid a long coat).   If you don’t have one, there are still many great coats in the sales at knock-down prices.  Opt for a neutral colour such as grey or black or camel.
  5. Accessorise them with coloured scarf, gloves etc.  It is said that we losemost of our body head through our heads, so, invest in a stylish hat to keep your warm and stylish!

Working Wardrobe-Irish Tatler Business Annual 2013

How we look counts for much more than what we say, so ensure that your wardrobe shouts success with practical advice from Frances Jones



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Radio interview discussing how image matters and how to make the most of yours!

Radio interview on Dublin City FM with Ellen Gunning, discussing the do’s and don’ts of making a great first impression!  How paying attention to detail can really vamp up your look.  Also, what to wear for interview or when pitching to a new client. What do women notice about men?  What do men notice about women?  Does appearance matter? Does image matter? How do our European public figures rate in terms of their image such as Christine Lagarde and Ankela Merkel?  Some tips and advice on dressing for success.



Dublin City FM radio interview on how to look great


Your Professional Brand Is Crucial To Your Career Success

Up to 26% of how we present ourselves influences our chances of what it takes to get promoted.  A recent study by the Centre for Talent Innovation says that being perceived as leadership material is essential to being promoted into leadership roles.

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