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A-Z of Dressing for Success – Letter ‘C’

Totally You A-Z (c)

Colour

Cool & Warm Colours 

This is a big one! Colour can make a huge difference to the impression you create. It needs to be appropriate to your environment, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be boring.
Black and a very light colour including white is a very authoritative combination and can cause others to become defensive if not worn with care. However if you combine black with a more striking colour (if your skin tone allows this – it can overwhelm some people) it becomes interesting, whilst still being powerful.
A more approachable business colour is navy, especially when combined with a medium strength pastel. This encourages good communication.
Red is a great colour to draw attention and can look dynamic worn the the right way. If you have a strong natural personality, wear red in small quantities.
Take care with colours such as lime green, orange or yellow as they can be perceived as frivolous in the workplace. If you love these colours and they express your personality, consider adding them in small doses or in your accessories as you can remove these easily if you need to quickly change your look.

 

 

 

Confidence

ConfidenceKnowing your style and the colours that work for you can add to your personal confidence. If you know you look good you can forget about what you are wearing and concentrate on doing what you do best!

 

 

 

Comfort

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In the context of clothes which compliment who you are, this is important. However, don’t let comfort become sloppy as comfort over style can cause you to fall short when making a strong positive impact.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do you use colour in your wardrobe? How confident are you of your look? Using colour and style to boost your confidence really works!

A – Z of Dressing for Success – Letter A

Totally You A-Z (a)

Appearance

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It may not be fair, but it is absolutely true, there are no second chances to make a great first impression. The way you look can be the decider when it comes to moving up the career ladder, getting a new job or meeting a new client. It also counts when making a great social impression. What we wear really does matter – make it part of your conscious self-marketing!

 

Adapt

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Know your own style, wear it well and always adapt just enough to meet the expectations of your client, the culture of the company you work for or the social occasion you are attending – be a ‘Chameleon with Style’!

Accessories

For women, you can add jewellery, scarves, belts, bags etc. to really enhance an outfit. Accessories ensure you are able to wear the same outfit to the same place again and again and it will look different every time. They lift a less expensive outfit and add colour to a neutral outfit.
For men it is all about a good watch, a quality belt (belts should always be worn if you have belt loops!) cuff links etc.
For both men and women, always use a good quality pen and use a stylish folder or neat pad for writing notes! Avoid scraps of paper, throw away pens and worst of all – plastic carrier bags or tatty ruck sacks!

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Look out for the letter ‘B’ coming soon!

Back to work with confidence & style!

It is now many years ago for me and yet I can still remember that feeling in my stomach when I realised it was time for me to re-enter the job market after having been at home for a number of years with my children.

What could I possibly do now? I had lost all my work skills hadn’t I? On top of that, I looked and felt like a ‘Mum’ in my eyes, my wardrobe had been reduced to mainly jeans, casual skirts and tops – oh yes I did have a suit in there somewhere, but it was now about 5 years out of date and to be honest a little tight in certain places!

I could now look after children – reasonably well, but not sure I could compete in the work place. However, what I didn’t think about was all those skills I had had to learn being a mum and how they could quite easily be transferred to the work place.

Organisation – the logistics of getting children to school, on to clubs, juggling housework, cooking and being there for your other half, takes some organising!

Listening – as a mum being a great listener is something we all do and take for granted

Negotiating – well that is obviously a key skill – bedtime, eating dinner, getting homework done, and much more all take negotiation skills.

Mentoring and Coaching – finding the best way to teach, advise, and guide!

Creativity – thinking of new ways to get things done, fabulous craft work with the children, maybe you have even got involved in some interior design in your home.

These are just five skills off the top of my head that so many mums have cultivated and use daily without even thinking about it. With  at times a little adaption and maybe in some areas a bit more training these skills are great assets in the work place.

As for your wardrobe – a little colour & style advice, a trip to the shops (you don’t have to spend a fortune) and you are back on track! Have you seen my tips over the last few weeks? Here is a summary!

  • Find time to clear out your wardrobe – throw away things which are no longer working for you
  • Understand how you want to be seen – what is your style and body shape
  • Think about where you want to work – what clothes would work best?
  • If the dress code is business casual, think about buying some great basics, then mix and match, personalise with accessories
  • For a more formal environment – invest on one great suit, if possible with both a skirt and trousers, then you can buy slightly less expensive tops to vary the look. You can also add your personality to this look with great jewellery.
  • Remember, great grooming is essential – you can have the most amazing outfit, but if your hair is a mess, you have bitten down nails and no make up or if your clothes are creased, have marks on them or don’t fit well – all your efforts will be in vain!
  • So to have time to ensure you can go out the door looking fab – organise your time. Decide what you will be wearing the next morning – including shoes, jewellery and make up and have it all set out ready.
  • And I make no apologies for mentioning this again – make sure your wardrobe is orgainsed! Make sure that only the clothes you are currently using are in the cupboard and if possible arrange to reflect your lifestyle – if nothing else, put work outfits together for easy access!

If you would like some help with any of these areas, Book a session with me now – 07742 445243! You can do most of this yourself, but my clients tell me that it is so much easier – and more fun with some professional guidance!

 

A positive 2013!

It’s January, Christmas is over another year is just starting and although I want to feel energised and full of enthusiasm for 2013, it’s not easy. Where do you find the get up and go? What will make that key difference to help spark the positivity and start to make things happen?

I know that if I allow myself to feel sluggish and hide away in my study, playing with social media and hoping that miraculously loads of business is going to come flooding my way, then 2013 is going to be a very unproductive and depressing year!

Drawing in your strengths, if you have a clear idea of what they are is the key to getting started. I know that I am best talking to people face to face as I am passionate about what I do. I do however need to have some focus when I speak to people so today I am going to focus on:

1. Who my customers will be for the next year.

2. What they want or need from me

3. How I am going to contact them

4. How I am going to let them know, what I can offer and why they will get great value working with me.

I am then going to spend some time organising my wardrobe for the new year, so that I can get out there looking and feeling great with the confidence to network with inspirational people and continue to build my business working with individuals and business teams, helping them to focus on how they spark their positivity and start to make things happen!

What are your strengths? How can you make things happen?

Do you want to make 2013 the most positive year you have ever had?

If the answer is yes, then take your key strength and use that to kick start your year!  Wishing you an amazing, productive and successful 2013!

 

 

Back to Work Mum – Dressing for Interviews

You have decided that now is the time to return to work. May be you have been at home with your children for a few years and become used to a very relaxed way of dressing.

Is your wardrobe full of casual clothes which are great for what you do now, but maybe not so much for the work place?

Well the first step is probably the interview, so what do you wear?

 Here are a few hints and tips:

 

  1. Take time to find out what dress code is expected at the company where you have your interview.
    1. If you are not sure and can’t find any hints online, then call the person on reception if there is one, they are always great for inside information.
  2. If the dress code is for example business casual – always think about dressing just slightly smarter. Not over the top, but just enough to show that you have made a special effort.
  3. If you are going to a professional, formal company, comply with their expectations and add just a subtle touch of your personality – either with colour or accessories
  4. If you have chosen to wear a dress or a skirt – always wear tights – even if it is summer!
  5. Never be tempted to dress extremely casually even if their dress code is normally casual. Don’t ever go in jeans!
  6. Finally grooming is everything! Well groomed hair, an appropriate amount of make up (yes it is best to wear makeup even a small touch makes a big difference), a touch of perfume – never over powering, clean shoes, an appropriate bag to carry your personal belongings plus any paperwork required. Never use a plastic carrier or similar!

The key is to ensure you fit in with the potential employer’s expectations and stand out enough to show your personality, which may win you the job over the next person.

Remember that if you feel good it will add to your confidence and then you are much more likely to have a good interview.

If you feel you would like a few more tips and a chance to talk to other mums who are in the same situation as you, why not pop along to our Mum 2 Me Workshop on 4th October 2012 in Ewell Surrey – some great support and tips, plus refreshments and tools to help you re-build your personal and wardrobe confidence. All for just £25!

Give me a call on 07742 445243 to book your place NOW!

Ask about individual sessions too!

I’m a MUM! Why am I going back to work?

Great question! What do I want from working? For some it is all about continuing with a career that is fulfilling and probably something you have worked for, for a long time.

For others it may be about the necessity to work to support the household finances, or maybe you have been at home for some time and now feel you want to rediscover yourself, do something that will get you out of the house and make you feel like an adult again!

What ever your reason for heading back into the world of work, confidence plays a huge part, rebuilding your self esteem, remembering that you have some great skills to put into practice and getting up the courage to face possible interviews or maybe finding and engaging clients if you decide to work for yourself.

Part of feeling confident to face these challenges is about how we see ourselves and how we dress to face the world. It is important to understand the environment into which you are heading and to fit in enough to be accepted and to stand out enough to be noticed if you want to progress.

So here are some ideas:

Going back to an established career with the same employer

You will most likely know and understand the dress code, it is just about ensuring to dress well for your present circumstances as well as for work.

One tip – if you are buying new, and have young children remember to consider the fabric – is it washable?? Does it crease easily – if so avoid if at all possible! What colour is it, will it show all the marks? (Baby sick!) It is quite a difficult balance to make it work well!

Looking for a new job where the dress code is business casual

Three key points! Keep it simple, keep the basics neutral and add the interest and colour with appropriate accessories.

Great fitting clothes make all the difference, so don’t make do with something you have if it no longer fits well!

The higher end of fashion and the lower end of comfortable are best kept for outside the office and jeans are often off limits. You can still add your personality with a few well chosen accessories. Neutral colours give a great back drop to a well chosen scarf or necklace.

When choosing your accessories, you can reflect your personality through colour and style, but remember you are still in a professional environment.

Remember to reflect your personality in your clothes!

 Whoever you work for and especially if you work for yourself, it is always important to feel comfortable with your style as this really adds to your confidence. If you are working in a very formal environment and you have an artistic or very feminine personality, add subtle touches to show you personality – these can be added by the use of colour or perhaps the style of your dress or suit.

Need some more help?

 Give me a call on 07742 445243 or take a look at the Mum 2 Me workshop 

Individual one to one sessions available if preferred

Mum 2 Me the next instalment

Being a mum is great! Well most of the time!

We mums do however tend to spend so much of our time thinking about the family, that we often forget that we are important too.

I remember when my children were small, how little time I had to think about what I was going to wear that day – well, what did it matter anyway the baby would probably be sick over my shoulder within an hour and I would either have to live with it or change!

My wardrobe became a practical jeans and T shirt or at best easy to wear summer dress and shorts area. I no longer wore heels – far to difficult to run after a toddler in.

Then I thought about going back to work. Oh dear! What could I wear? It still needed to be practical as the school or nursery run needed to be done too. I really wish I had known then what I know now about how to dress successfully for me in my own personal situation.

I hope these few tips will help any mums struggling with some of these dilemmas.

  • Before you buy any new clothes – check what you actually do have.
    • Does it fit?
    • Is it in good condition?
    • Do you like it?
  • What is your body shape?
    • Chose something which compliments your figure – showing off the bit you like most and disguising the others
  • Think about how you want or need to look
    • What style of clothes will give you that look?
  • Don’t spend lots of money
    • At first just buy some great basics – trousers/ skirts etc and a number of tops you can interchange (Take a spare with you if you are still at the baby sick stage!)
    • Try and avoid black if you can!
  • Organise your wardrobe
    • You can then quickly and easily find things that work together to make a great outfit
  • Finally remember to accessorise
    • A colourful scarf or striking necklace can add great personality and colour to any outfit.

If you feel you would like some more help or advice, please give me a call on 07742 445243

Want a real confidence boost? Take  look at our Mum 2 Me Workshop on 14th June 2012 http://totally-you-consulting.co.uk/workshops-events/

 

From Mum 2 Me

 

It is now many years ago for me and yet I can still remember that feeling in my stomach when I realised it was time for me to re-enter the job market after having been at home for a number of years with my children.

What could I possibly do now? I had lost all my work skills hadn’t I? On top of that, I looked and felt like a ‘Mum’ in my eyes, my wardrobe had been reduced to mainly jeans, casual skirts and tops – oh yes I did have a suit in there somewhere, but it was now about 5 years out of date and to be honest a little tight in certain places!

I could now look after children – reasonably well, but not sure I could compete in the work place. However, what I didn’t think about was all those skills I had had to learn being a mum and how they could quite easily be transferred to the work place.

Organisation – the logistics of getting children to school, on to clubs, juggling housework, cooking and being there for your other half, takes some organising!

Listening – as a mum being a great listener is something we all do and take for granted

Negotiating – well that is obviously a key skill – bedtime, eating dinner, getting homework done, and much more all take negotiation skills.

Mentoring and Coaching – finding the best way to teach, advise, and guide!

Creativity – thinking of new ways to get things done, fabulous craft work with the children, maybe you have even got involved in some interior design in your home.

These are just five skills off the top of my head that so many mums have cultivated and use daily without even thinking about it. With  at times a little adaption and maybe in some areas a bit more training these skills are great assets in the work place.

As for your wardrobe – a little colour & style advice, a trip to the shops (you don’t have to spend a fortune) and you are back on track!

If you feel you would like a little help take a look at the Mum 2 Me workshop on my workshops and events page, it may be just what you need to get you thinking positively about your return to work. http://totally-you-consulting.co.uk/sample-page/workshops-events/

Good luck with your return to work and your journey from Mum 2 Me!

 

 

Personal Branding – Your Emotional Finger Print

Your Personal Brand is the emotional finger print you leave on others!

When you are not in the room what do others say about you? What impact have you made on them? What is their perception of you?

What is a personal brand? – It is about how you present yourself in your posture, your body language, your facial expressions, your clothes and the accessories you wear as well as your attitude and communication. It is the ‘Real You’ that you want the world to see and to buy into.

Successful personal branding is about firstly knowing who you are and how you want to be seen, either as the owner of your own business or as a key member of the organisation where you work.  It is then  about effectively controlling and influencing how others see you and think about you. Everyone has a personal brand, however most people do not clearly understand what this is and how important it is for them in today’s world of social media and tough employment markets.  Your brand is more than just marketing and promoting yourself,  it needs to be about the whole you!

Your personal brand is about :

1.   Being authentic – having good self-awareness – drawing on your strengths and values

2.   Knowing what you want to achieve – having a clear vision

3.   Presenting yourself in a conscious, coherent and consistent manner – it needs to fit together and make sense!

In the current environment it is becoming more and more important to have that extra edge, your unique personal branding can be make that difference.

As Dr Hubert Rampersad says in his paper on Authentic Personal Branding ‘ It is therefore important to be your own brand and to become the CEO of your life’

If you would to know more about how to discover your personal brand then give me a call on 07742 445243 or take a look at my Personal Branding Web page http://bit.ly/y0wIIK

 

 

 

 

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