Party Tips for Young Ladies

A few months back I met a lovely young lady named Amy on an airplane. Toward the end of the flight, she said: “I have an invitation from my friend Jane for her parent’s Spring Party. Could you give me few tips before I go to the party since I have never been to a grown-up party before?”

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We discussed a few tips and dress options, and later I thought that perhaps this sort of thing could be useful to many young ladies out there. I shared the following tips with Amy, and am now sharing them with you. At grown-up parties, it is best to:

  • Say “hello” to the host and offer to help serve the food/clean up
  • Speak politely; try not to be loud and rude
  • Introduce yourself and offer a friendly handshake with a good eye contact and smile
  • Ask questions; questions are often a good way to start a conversation
  • Take an interest in what is going on
  • Do a little research on your host; find out if they are a member of a club or group that your parents or friends belong to
  • Try leaving some room on your plate for your cup, so you can put your plate on your lap and eat from the plate and drink from the cup in a chair
  • At the end of the party give a friendly goodbye and say “thanks for hosting such a lovely party/evening.”
  • Write a “thank-you” card within 24 hours after the party; if you run out of time, a short and personal Thank-you email can suffice

Some may think these tips are old fashioned, but if you want to be successful in the future, these basic courtesies and acts of kindness are always winning and essential formulas for young ladies to follow.

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Budapest Taxis

Budapest taxisTaxi services are so widespread and common it seems that the taxi industry should have itself figured out and under control. Obviously, this isn’t the case. Sure, new startup companies like Über and Lyft are starting to innovate and revolutionize the marketplace, but traditional taxi providers are still extremely relevant and act as such.

The difference between taxis in Budapest and New York City is dramatic. New York City’s taxis are driven by (excuse the generalizations) frustrated, often unfriendly people. There are few dress requirements – it’s always a surprise. The taxi experience in New York is different every time one steps foot in a taxi. Sometimes there’s music, sometimes there’s a fresh scent, sometimes the seats are comfortable. This gives traditional companies a bad image. Nothing is standardized so they are being replaced by companies that are successfully standardizing a difficult to standardize industry. Consumers want what they expect – nothing less.

Budapest taxis are much better standardized. Every time you step into one of these taxis, the cars smell good, drivers are well dressed, and are polite. Even further, they understand English enough to professionally communicate with western tourists.

Budapest churchAs you step into a taxi in Budapest, you will be greeted and asked if you would like to listen to music. If you don’t want to listen, they won’t make you listen the music they like. As a passenger you are entitled to travel in an environment free of disturbing such as the radio, honking, and mobile phone by the driver.

Perhaps this is why these standardized companies like Über and Lyft have had less success integrating into Budapest than they did integrating into New York City. Budapest’s taxi experience is far superior to that of New York’s.

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Shanna Wu Pecoraro, AICI CIP

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Online Networking

Networking is a vital component to any business in any industry. The connections you make can either lead you to success or failure, and it is not dependent just on the number of people you know. To network correctly, a lot of thought, work, and time has to be put into this process of networking. As an example, a study by Aberdeen Group has found that 73 percent of 18-34 years old people have found their latest job through the connections they have, and it is likely that this number is increasing with the trend of increased usage of social media. As a result of this, online networking has become the best and most effective way to connect with others. A girl in the park bench

Online networking is definitely the most effective way to network right now, however, it has to be done with some factors in mind. When networking online, personal image takes on a higher importance level. It is important to make sure that any social media you use (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.) excels at showing the best version of yourself, the one you want everyone to notice. Grammar and spell checking your posts is a great way to make sure you do not make a fool of yourself online. Always proofread any content you post on social media. When using social media platforms that focus on job searching or providing data to employers, for example LinkedIn, make sure to have a complete and updated profile.

The dynamics of social media are worthy to be given a look at. There are many websites that provide information on trends and all types of statistics that can be helpful when trying to maximize your use of social media to reach out for others. Although it is important to like and share posts by others that may be interesting to you and your connections, make sure you also share your own opinions. This opens the window to discussion, which can eventually lead to better connections with others. On the same track, it is also a good idea to join groups that share a common interest. As an example, joining a group in Facebook that serves the purpose or connecting people is a great way to network with others. These groups usually share posts and have discussions, which lead to great networking opportunities.

As effective as social media is, online networking is not the only way to make connections, and it also is not as effective if not linked with what can be called offline networking. As great as you can make your profiles and posts look, you can never be as effective in giving off your best personal image as in a face-to-face interaction. After making connections online, make sure to arrange in-person meetings, phone calls, or even video call meetings. Make sure to attend any conferences or presentations that you may find from the groups you have joined or people you have added. An in-person discussion can leave a great impact. Offline networking is crucial in keeping those connections you make, as it is important to nurture a network you want to grow. As final advice, always do your research and know the market is as full of competitors as it is of opportunities, hence why being intimidated should not come off as a surprise. Always do your research on what you want to do, and take your time to make sure you give it your best.

What is your favorite online networking strategy? Tell us on Twitter @nycimageacademy.

Shanna Wu Pecoraro, AICI CIP

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Office Etiquette

The way we behave can deeply impact the way others perceive our personal image. Bad manners or not following the proper etiquette in different situations can deeply hinder our progress in the workplace. Many of us have mastered proper etiquette for dining situations, but it is important to note that proper etiquette extends to any social events. Parties, cocktails, and even interactions in the office such as meetings or encounters with co-workers, are expected to be respected by certain social conventions that we just call etiquette. The best way to establish good relationships with the people that surround us at work is by behaving properly, in order to leave a good impression, and improve the way we socialize with others. Here are some basic guidelines to follow at the office: business meeting

Cellphone updates can wait – Using your cell phone during meetings or presentations is disrespectful, and it shows the person you are supposed to be paying attention to that you are uninterested in what he/she has to say. Therefore, attend to your phone outside of these situations. If you decide to use your cellphone during these events, this might strain your relationships with your coworkers.

Respect personal space – Regardless of the setting in which your office is, it is important to always respect personal space. Shooting an email as a way of communication before you try to chat or approach a coworker is a great way to show your respect for their personal space and their time. Pretending those walls of the old private offices and old cubicles are still there is a great way to learn how to respect others’ personal space.

Respect the dress code – Dressing up or dressing down might be equally bad calls for the workplace. Dress to fit in with the others. Ask around or follow the lead of your boss or coworkers that have been at the office for a longer period of time. Dressing too formal is just as bad as dressing too casual for work; that is why it is important to do your best to fit in.

Always be prepared to learn – At the workplace it is important to be confident with the work you do; It is, however, important to not be arrogant. Always be open to the ideas of others, and be respectful when sharing your own ideas. Don’t hold back in sharing, but don’t close your ears to ideas that may help improve your own work, especially from those who are more experienced than you.

Personal affairs are to be kept out of the workplace – Two examples: Job searching and gossiping. These two things can wait. Gossiping in the office is unproductive, not just for you but for your co-workers as well. It is distracting and it creates an unprofessional environment. On a similar note, do not use company resources to search for a new job. A lack of respect and loyalty is all that can be accomplished by performing a job search at your job.

Are your co-workers polite? Tell us on Twitter @nycimageacademy.

Shanna Wu Pecoraro, AICI CIP

For more information visit http://www.nycimageconsultantacademy.com

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First Impressions

First impressions are a reality: They influence the perception people have on others. In business, books ARE judged by their covers, and we are nothing short of literary works walking around trying to be noticed by passionate readers that are looking to find books that fit their interests. As a result of this, one needs to make sure to work on a cover, one that shows the story to be told; one that attracts and stands out. In this article we will discuss the importance of dressing for success, why it is important, and how to make sure we are able to do it.

It is not necessary to go over many studies in order to prove the importance of dressing for success, but it is a nice addition, in order to assess the better the reasons why it is relevant. According to a survey of business leaders published by the Center of Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania, two-thirds of the employers said that when it comes to getting ahead, image makes a major impact. In addition, a 2012 study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, subjects who donned doctors’ lab coats scored higher on attention-related tasks than did those who did not. There are evident psychological phenomena that factor into the importance of dressing for success, and knowing how to harness them can help us prepare a better personal image. Jennifer Baumgartner, Psy.D, a clinical psychologist, author of You Are What You Wear, said: “We tend to directly correlate financial success with the characteristics that help achieve prosperity, such as discipline, hard work, and intelligence. Due to these subconscious associations, we may give the person we believe to be successful a higher salary or more opportunities.” There is an implicit correlation between our commitment to our personal image and our commitment to our jobs, or this is at least how employers see it.

An emphasis on a competitive market can be found in every business related article one can find. However, this is not one of those situations that can be overlooked. Modern marketing strategies revolve around ideas that make the individual stand out. Disruptiveness is a way to do this, and by putting aside its negative connotation, it is actually a very neat strategy in our quest to be differentiated from others. Many people want to be the “regular guys” at their jobs, but dressing more extravagantly might help you stand out in more ways than just your clothing. It might even attract attention from your superiors, as someone who steps aside from its coworkers.

Head-to-toe designer pieces, timeless suit, sloppy genius, trendy, young and casual, or rainbow bright, the style you can take on is filled with countless possibilities, and it is up to you to decide what image you want to convey to others, and which one supports your approach to work. As an example, a man working at Wall Street who wears bold suits and colorful ties, will give off, from his image alone, that he is one to take risk. On the other hand, if you’re a financial planner, and you dress with the “sloppy genius” style, you might convey the message that you will be sloppy with your employer’s money. Hence, why it is important to evaluate the possibilities that fit the market we will jump into before deciding what kind of dresser we will be. Do not underestimate the importance of dressing for success, because to others, you are your personal image, and first impressions are greatly impacted by your clothing alone.

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Shanna Wu Pecoraro, AICI CIP

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Are You A Gracious Holiday Guest?

With the holidays near at hand, invites to a party in the home of a friend or colleague presents an occasion to celebrate the season with a group. Is your holiday etiquette ready to shine this season?  Are you a gracious holiday guest? Our tips below may help if you need a refresh:

  1. RSVP! Be sure to RSVP to your host in the manner they’ve requested (in writing, via phone call, etc.) Once you accept an invitation, hold the commitment and make sure to be on time.  If a schedule conflict looks unavoidable, let your host know as early as possible to allow for proper planning and adjustments.
  2. Dress for the occasion – Check with your host or hostess for the dress code if it hasn’t been specified in the invitation. Formal, casual, or theme parties may require extra shopping and preparation on your part.
  3. Be prepared for both warm and cool indoor temperatures – If your jacket is the show piece of your outfit, be sure you can take it off and still look appropriate in the layer that’s underneath the jacket. Prepare for a chilly room or the outdoors by bringing a festive shawl or a nice-looking cardigan.
  4. Don’t be a Pepe Le Pew! When preparing for an intimate gathering, go light on perfume, or even better, avoid the perfume altogether. Many people are allergic to scents or turned off by heavy colognes and perfumes.
  5. Be prepared for parties in a house that has a “no-shoes” rule. Make sure you feel confident with your pedicure, and that you’re comfortable in your outfit without shoes. Always be sure to wear clean socks or hose with no holes in them.
  6. If you have food allergies, don’t make it a problem for the already overworked host or hostess. Eat before the party, or offer to bring a dish to share. If you have pet allergies, bring your allergy medicine with you. Look for a chair that’s wooden or leather and avoid sitting on the upholstered chair.
  7. Keep your mobile phone use to a minimum, and ask people nearby before you take a group photo. If you need to check in with the babysitter, step outside to make the call.
  8. Watch the host or hostess for signs of fatigue. If either of them starts yawning, gets up to clean, or stops pouring wine, take the hint and wrap up the evening by giving your thanks and offering one last time to help with cleaning up.
  9. Send a note within 24 hours to thank your host or hostess for the special event.

Now go out, have fun, and be merry this Holiday Season!

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Shanna Wu Pecoraro

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Top Five Reasons to Work with an Image Consultant

Our favorite clients are the often times the ones who don’t really seem to need help.  They look fairly put-together, and they laugh at the thought of seriously revamping their image.  What they don’t realize is that sometimes, it doesn’t take much (time, money, or focus) to change the way your peers perceive you.  And in that much time, you can change the way you think about yourself.

Here are Top 5 Reasons To Work with an Image Consultant

  1. Image consultants can undo the effects of aging on your body; through the right clothes, accessories, and makeup techniques, image consultants can help you turn back the clock and look more fit – without surgery!
  2. An image consultant can help you utilize 100% of your wardrobe (instead of the 9 – 15% that so many people seem to use). By hiring a professional to help you edit your closet, you’ll get dressed with ease!
  3. If you hate to shop, this one’s for you! An image consultant will select items for you that exceed your expectations; by taking the “thinking” part out of it, you’ll streamline your look and be able to focus on the “doing” instead of the “getting dressed” part of doing. By narrowing your focus to the items that flatter your build/coloring/profession, you may also save money!
  4. An image consultant can help you spice up your relationship with a significant other; a professional can help you spice up your wardrobe with colors that make the “real you” pop and be drawn to the eye.
  5. An image consultant can help you build a real “look”, or a style, which says so much about who you are. Your friends and family will soon know you as much for who you are as for how confidently functional you appear.

If nothing else, image consultants help people every day walk with their heads (and bags and shoes) held a little bit higher, ready for their day, brimming with confidence.  Let us know how we can help you today!

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Shanna Wu Pecoraro

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