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We all have an image, whether we design it consciously or not. How we look and feel about ourselves is heavily influenced by our childhood experiences and our self image as an adult. Look at photos of yourself as a child and of you now and note the differences. Clothing and appearance are among the most important criteria we use to judge people. Why? Because clothing in a business environment covers 90 per cent of the body, so inevitably it makes a very powerful statement. Gloria Starr, an international professional speaker on impression management, etiquette, leadership and outstanding communication skills believes that clothing and presence is a silent and powerful language, a visual shorthand.
Successful people generally look successful by wearing clothes that looks attractive on them. They ensure that they are always well-groomed, well-spoken and they walk with confidence. The message that comes across is that they feel great about themselves. A strong positive and confident message comes across when you feel comfortable about your clothes, hairstyle and personal appearance. Is your personal presentation a true reflection of you at your best? There are lots of smart people languishing in the lower echelons of companies and one of the main reasons may be their lack of understanding the importance of image, personal presentation and effective communication skills.
Companies place a premium on dress, manners, effective body language and the subtle rules of knowing precisely what to say and do in any given situation. As companies scramble to break into new markets and win global contracts, image has become the key that opens the door. The demand for skills that enable executives to perform appropriately in business and social circles has skyrocketed.
Key players in the corporate arena are masters of communication and corporate vision. The truly successful are aware that everything about their personal presentation and their corporate trappings must be co-ordinated and polished to project a message of congruency. Professional posturing and positioning is taking place at all levels within companies. Employees need to be aware that they are company ambassadors. Gain the competitive edge and the raise in salary, benefits and positioning that comes with the knowledge of outstanding personal packaging with a personal and confidential image coach. This coach will help you overcome any issues that block you from being confident; assist you with posture; grammar and diction; dining skills; presenting yourself to an audience. Anyone can learn these skills.
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