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.

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The Cringe Factor and Your Bottom Line – Why you need to make the most of every opportunity.

Cringe-Factor_Image_MattersSpeaking with an associate recently, he recounted a story to me whereby he arrived at a new client meeting where his sales director was already present. He cringed when he saw his colleague. Why? Because of how unprofessional the man was dressed. Because of how poorly he looked in terms of his personal appearance – poor attention to detail, poor grooming, scruffy shoes, a shirt and tie that had seen better days. Overall, a generally unkempt appearance that was disappointing and not representative of the business as a professional and established organisation. Continue reading

How to pack like a pro for your summer holiday

You are looking forward to your well-earned Summer holiday, but the thought of packing just fills you with dread! The number of women who tell me that they pack ‘The kitchen sink’ (whether its business or holiday travel) just in case!!

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11 Top tips to help you find the most flattering swim wear for your body shape!

Are you looking forward to getting into a swimsuit? Perhaps you are dreading it. Most women feel very challenged when it comes to buying swimwear – here are out top tips to help you make the most of your body shape this summer!

1. Get the right fit – sounds obvious but anything too tight will be very unflattering whilst wearing something too big will make you look saggy.

2. Remember the basic rules of style when choosing patterns and designs of fabric. Straight bodylines look better in geometric designs and the florals/circles/dots suit the curvier bodylines. Also remember scale of pattern – if you are tall you can opt for larger patterns whereas if you have a petite frame, go for smaller designs. Designers of swimwear often go over the top with large scale patterns which will make all body shapes look enormous and out of proportion.

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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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A picture paints a thousand words…..

Have you ever trawled through social media and made snap decisions about someone purely based on how their picture looks?  A simple search on Linkedin reveals a vast array of, dare I say it, scary, unprofessional profile pics that are totally unsuitable for anyone trying to promote a business or a career.
Are you uncomfortable with the thought of having your professional picture taken?  Have you ever felt that photographs do not do you justice?  Perhaps you have to have a professional portrait taken for business or for social media and dread the thought.
While being photogenic comes naturally to some people, for most, it can be a bit of an ordeal.  There are a few tricks that can help anyone look better in photos.  Here our top tips:

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10 Tips for Transitional Dressing

The days are bright and sunny, it’s April and we are all thinking of the month ahead and hoping for a repeat for last year’s fabulous warm weather.

However, although spring is definitely here, there is still a nip in the air, particularly in the early mornings and evenings.  It’s what I call fashion limbo.  For some women, they love it and can’t want to get out of their winter clothes and into their white linens whilst for others, dressing for warm weather fills them with dread.

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