Undercover Leadership Skills in Your Elevator Pitch

We’ve all read the stats telling us that 80 – 90% of communication is nonverbal. Appearing confident, willing and able connotes strength in many situations, even to folks you don’t know, and even when your verbal or written message isn’t delivered the way you intend. As you’re thinking about your goals for the rest of 2017, consider our Visual Brand 3 Cs as the secret to leadership success!

 

Courtesy of Showtime/Billions

 

Your Visual Brand 3 Cs: The Secret of Leadership

 

Clarity – Is your visual brand clear? Think about what you do: Position, title, and responsibility…. Does it match your business card? If not – change it! Being clear with your 1-sentence intro of yourself when someone asks, “what do you do,” is imperative.

 

Connection – Does your image match your industry, service, and your lifestyle? If not – think about the way your style might be updated to increase opportunities for yourself and your company.

 

Confidence – Are you confident in your look? Are you comfortable with your style (dressing)? If not, hold your shoulders back, greet people with a smile, and you’ll start to feel strongly very quickly.

 

If you need more help with this – don’t delay, hire an image consultant today!

 

Image consultants can help you with everything from posture, speaking tips, wardrobe, and styling, to the way you carry yourself, shake hands, and handle etiquette in various professional situations. We are here to help. www.nycimageconsultantacademy.com

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Buying Tips for the Amateur Shopper

Sometimes, shopping can feel like a chore. From crowded stores to missing sizes to shipping delays, the modern shopper has a lot of (often painful) logistics to navigate in order to go about looking and feeling good. While personal shopping can take time, it often proves to have been worthwhile in the long run.

 

While parking lots, sidewalk traffic, and online shipping ETAs are out of the hands of image consultants, we do know a few things about style, sizing, and substance. Consider these tips next time you need to focus on the task at hand simply:

 

  • Shirts – Always go for a good fit (shoulders, waist, the back, and the front closure should be all be in place and yet moveable), and go for a sturdy fabric
  • Jeans – Try to find a dark wash with the right amount of stretch that also fits well with your body. I’d suggest to get one extra pair, and then hem one pair for flat shoes and another for heels
  • Raincoat – Go for a timeless style trench coat. It can lift up an outfit and will never go out of fashion
  • Dark Colored Suit — A great-quality dark suit is a wardrobe essential. Spend more on at least one well-tailored gabardine suit in your best color
  • Dress – A dark dress, in your best color palette, will fit well for nearly any occasion
  • Jacket – A perfect fitted jacket can instantly upgrade your overall look. Look for a jacket that fits the widest part of your body, with jacket shoulders that sit on your shoulders comfortably
  • Professional Shoes – If you can afford it, purchase one pair of high-quality classic pumps per season that can endure daily use. Look for soft leathers that breathe, have extra cushioning, and that have comfortable heel heights (your feet will thank you!)

 

Our next “Personal Shopper” 1-day training is on May 29, 2017. If shopping is your passion and you’d like to shop for others, this is the class that will help you find out if personal shopping is for you! www.nycimageconsultantacademy.com

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Bundle Up with Style (Your Winter Hats!)

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Winter doesn’t seem to be letting up, and the coldness requires a heavy parka, gloves and a hat most days. While practical and protective, often our warmest wares are bulky and make us feel less than our “most attractive” selves.

 

One of the easiest ways to combat the bulk and flatter your face is to consider your winter hat collection.  Sometimes, changing the way you wear your hat or finding one or two new ones can create the more desirable look you crave.

 

Here are some of our trusted winter hat tips:

 

If you have a Round Face: go for hats that have sharp lines and decorative with tall crowns that are as wide as your face. (Newsboys are a good example)

 

If you have a Long Face: go for a hat with a crown that should be deep enough to cover most of your forehead. (Wide brims are also best)

 

If you have a Square Face: good for a round hat. (Beanies are easy and cute!)

 

If you have a Heart-shaped Face: go for a medium-sized cloche to encase your beautiful features.

 

If you have an Oval Face: nearly any style will work. Be sure to pick colors that compliment your eyes, skin tone, and figure. In winter, darker colors often work best with the widest range of coats, scarves, boots and other accessories.

 

Could you use some help with the way you consult with clients to define their tones, shapes, and overall wardrobe planning? Click here to see our next image consultant training schedule.  Let us know your questions! And, stay warm!!

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Kindness & Courtesy in 2017

kindness & CourtesyWith January comes change, each and every year. But this year, change is even more exaggeratedly in the air. Tomorrow, Donald Trump becomes 45th President of the United States. Through the past year+, we’ve witnessed an incredible volatile campaign that finally concludes this week, and tomorrow, a new chapter begins. Some in our community are nervous; many are excited. Most of the rest of us waiver somewhere in the middle.

 

Politics aside, one practice we can all keep the top of mind this week (and beyond) is – being kind, and being courteous. The two go hand in hand.

 

Kindness begins at home, by greeting your family, friends, roommates, and neighbors with a friendly smile and greeting each day – even when you’re feeling stressed or anxious. When it comes to colleagues, giving good eye contact to acknowledge their ideas, presence, and contributions means so much – even when you have pressing matters to tend to on the smartphone in your hand.

 

Each of us, as family members, workers and as citizens, has a social responsibility to our environment and our communities. Being kind to everyone, even to those who are unkind to you, will pay back in spades someday.

 

Simple acts, like holding the door for people behind you, or returning the shopping cart to the store, make a big difference. Thinking twice before sharing a juicy piece of gossip that might hurt more than help, shows kindness. Writing a handwritten thank you card, or adding a little extra tip for service workers, shows gratitude as well as courtesy.

 

What helps you remember to be kind and courteous during your difficult days?

 

For more image & etiquette info at www.nycimageconsultamtacademy.com

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Ace & Jig: The Best Up-and-Coming Brand of 2016

From their cursive-y logo to their 2016 Fashion Week video, Ace & Jig have created a look that is all-at-once 1970’s Mary Quant meets 1992 Ce Ce Peniston realness. They have created and are marketing a truly modern-met-vintage aesthetic.  Based in ultra-hip Brooklyn, the growing fashion brand is making a name for itself in ladies circles everywhere. We thought we’d ponder a bit on why.  ace-jig

First off, Ace & Jig’s looks are often created with mixed patterns. After years of solids in so many fashion spaces, mixed colors and patterns add a sense of vibrancy that most catwalks haven’t seen since the 90’s.

 

Politics is certainly playing a role here. With a new President about to step into the White House, a sense of humor and irony is one major consideration the fashion world offers us.  Ace & Jig’s looks are funky, sassy, and a face-slap to those who can’t accept bright ideas, diverse people, and of course, mixed patterns. Our circles are connected.

 

For those of us who are image consultants, the rules to follow are changing. Ace & Jig seems to embrace the fashion victim in us all – they accept that the off-sized, baggy and uber-comfy can reign – even in high fashion.  Consultants should take heed and get a little loose with definitions, structure, fabrics and accessories. Diversifying your closet will diversify your creative brain – and your life!

 

What do you think about Ace & Jig?

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Best Practices on Tipping and Gifts During the Holidays

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The holiday season is in high gear, and as can be expected, tipping and gift giving during the season for service persons can often become a tricky thing.  A few best practices have served our clients and team well over the years, and we hope that by sharing them, they may help you, too!

 

First, you should always consider your budget first. If you don’t have the budget to give cash, you can always provide a homemade gift accompanied with a handwritten Thank You card. This speaks volumes to those you work with.

 

If you are giving cash, you should consider your relationship with the service provider and the quality of the service you have received on *most* occasions. Consider your location and area, how luxurious the service you’ve been getting is, and remember – if the service professional has been charging you a grandfathered rate this year, you may want to increase his/her tip a bit.

 

For home care, you might consider giving a babysitter up to one evening’s pay, and for nannies or housekeepers, up to a week’s extra pay. Barbers and hairdressers could get extra based on the cost of a haircut, and dog walkers typically get up to one week’s pay. The big question in New York City is always around doorman and supers: how much should a family give?  The average rate is $15-100 for doorman, and $20-100 for supers, depending on how luxurious your building is and the years of service held by the doorman and super.

 

One final helpful hint: Mailmen working for the USPS may not accept items such as cash, checks, gift cards, or any other form of currency. But small gifts that have less than $20 in value (or snacks and beverages which are not part of a meal) can be accepted during the holidays. 

 

Let us know – what other best practices do you follow when it comes to holiday tipping and gifts?

 

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Picking the Right Pair of Glasses

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Last week, we were just about to move past the “back to school” sales and promotions that have created lines in stores and on e-commerce sites for the past 5-6 weeks. While working with a client on seasonal wardrobe update, he asked for help with selecting a new pair of eyeglasses. After two years of the same pair, he was ready for a change.

 

Our client’s primary interest was to create more definition around his eyes – using the frames to make his blue eyes pop while quite literally framing his face. We ended up spending several hours on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, testing frames and having lots of laughs while trying on various sunglasses, eyeglasses, and other in-store accessories. We narrowed it down to 2 pairs: a stunning midnight blue pair from Face à Face at Occhiali’s store, as well as a cobalt blue pair from Warby Parker, at their upper eastside shop.

 

In case you are looking to refresh your fall look, a new pair of eyeglasses can make a huge difference – and sometimes, a faster and more distinctive difference than shopping for new fall eye colors or lip liners. Here are a few tips that can help you with eyeglass selection:

  • Consider your face shape before choosing glasses. For example: If you like to balance your round face, go for glasses with an angular shape. It is always flattering
  • A wide bridge between the lenses often fits better for the person with wider set eyes.
  • Consider the weight of frames you currently have and think about an adjustment period if you end up finding frames that are heavier
  • Consider other glasses you have. Assuming your prescription hasn’t changed, ask yourself what color and glasses “look” will best communicate the image you hope to portray next season.
  • If you wear contacts daily (or have perfect eyesight – lucky devil!), consider finding a pair of eyeglasses with no prescription. Style-only glasses are fun to shop for, and can make you appear smarter, sexier, and more confident in all sorts of instances.

 

By the way, our client ends up snagging the midnight blue pair which made his blue eyes pop. Let us know your eyeglass finds and selections below, or via our Twitter handle @nycimageacademy

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