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?”

Garden partyGarden Party 1

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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Blending Shades: Colors of the Year

Just before the holidays, PANTONE announced their Color of the Year Selection for 2016, which resulted in a first for the color authority: a blending of two shades. Rose Quartz and Serenity, paired side-by-side, suggest a calming union that signifies a sense of connectedness and mindfulness through color.

 

So, how does this blended color affect your clients’ wardrobe planning in Spring 2016?

Chances are, you’re already getting comfortable with the color. If you’re an Apple fan, you’ve already witnessed the incredible popularity of the Rose Gold iPhone 6S, which Apple re-used for its launch of the smaller MacBook laptop last year. Very similar color shades are popping up on sweaters, pens, eye make-up – and nearly everywhere it seems to scream SPRING!

 

The colors of the Spring 2016

The colors of the Spring 2016

Once you’ve determined your client’s optimal color palette, consider the Rose Quartz and Serenity as best for those with a Soft Palette, or those with Cool Palette (our Pocket Color Compass –Steps To Your Best Coloring book can help you do this). Darker shades and combinations of the two colors may provide attractive options for nearly all palettes’, especially for ladies’ pants, skirts, accessories (think scarves, gloves, glasses), and gifts this year as well.

 

So keep your eyes open for Rose Quartz and Serenity, but bear in mind that these are trendy colors (truly of the moment)and may not be best for your skin tone or that of your clients. Here, we chose the top nine colors for you to try on next time you shop. Send us a photo or video, and let us know how these shades work for you!

 

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Your Personal Style

photo-1446214814726-e6074845b4ceYour image is so much more than the clothing you wear and the way you walk. Your image is the relationship between your outfit, your poise, and your personality. Similarly, color psychology does not necessarily say that including red in a color palette automatically makes it passionate or energetic. What’s important in a color palette is the red, the gray, the black, and the blue’s relationships together. Gestaltism says that the sum is other than the parts. We notice the relationship between red and blue before we notice the colors red and blue individually.

This observation carries to your personal image. A $10,000 suit means nothing if a man is slouching. The fine details of your image must all be coherent and consistent in order to effectively portray your image.

Although there are guidelines to follow when trying to appear a certain way, every person should have their own style. Many different looks can communicate the same message to others. This ‘margin for error’ is the room for your creativity, your personal style, to flourish.

Being an individual is an extremely important piece of the puzzle that is often overlooked. Utilize research-backed strategies to portray the right image, but do so in a unique way. This is why it is so important for professionals to understand the philosophy and thought behind personal image and not just the shallow elements. Actually understanding it is the key to adapt, at any given time, to market and industry changes. If, one day, the way people perceived the color red changed, you must be able to identify that and find a new way to communicate what you were trying to.

Your personal style allows for some buffer through consumer trend volatility, so don’t worry. Just keep in mind that things change and, with it, so should your style. Accurately communicate who you are to others and everything else will follow.

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Shanna Wu Pecoraro, AICI CIP

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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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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.

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Shanna Wu Pecoraro, AICI CIP

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Cocktail Party Etiquette

Cocktail parties are high profile events that people love hosting. It is a great way to keep in touch with friends and acquaintance. It is also a great opportunity to develop new friendships that can potentially lead to professional relationships. Although free food and drinks can be found all over the place, cocktail parties are the best opportunities you can get to socialize with new people. However, these type of parties have an etiquette to follow, and it is important to follow it in order to leave a good impression on those that attend the party. Here are some of the most general rules to follow at any cocktail party:  Office party 3

Invitations and arrangements – As a host, it is important to always make plans depending on the number of guests on your list of invitees. Seating arrangements and appetizers are examples of things to plan along those lines. As an invitee, make sure to inform the host of the party whether you will be able to attend the invitation or not.

Showing up on time – Usually the time “starting” time of these type of parties are a time range rather than a set time. 30 minutes after the start time is a good time to arrive.

Follow the dress code – Do not try to just show off your clothes at the party. Follow the dress code the host has set. If you are not sure what the dress code is then just ask the host of the party.

Socializing – Always offer a handshake when meeting a new person. Offer genuine smiles. Give your name and ask for the other person’s name too. Remember these parties are made to meet and talk to people, so take advantage of it and make the most out of your time. Always be polite when retiring yourself from a conversation: When talking to a group of people, excuse yourself from everyone in the group. When talking to a single person, try to get them to meet others with you, if not, then you can walk off by yourself without feeling guilty. Be authentic when talking to others and as motivational speaker Jonathan Sprinkles said to me once “Always be interested rather than interesting”.

Eating – As a guest, always make sure you’re eating small portions. Make sure to eat small bites you can chew up quickly in order for the eating to not interrupt your conversations. Cocktail parties usually have waiters walking around with appetizers or a buffet to line up for.

Gossiping – Do not do it. Gossiping can show disrespect and can be misinterpreted by others. Keep your topics away from gossip. Cheap talk is not for these events. You want to learn more about other people and have them learn more about who you are, so make sure to stay away from those other topics.

Drinks – Alcohol will be present at almost every party, and drinking it is a regular activity at these parties. However, make sure to drink with moderation and away from your limits, to not embarrass yourself in front of others and to be safe in situations where you might have to drive home for example. When holding drinks, use your left hand to hold your drinks in order to always have your right hand available for handshakes and greetings. Familiarize yourself with the different types of glasses and how to hold them.

Saying goodbye – Do not sneak out. Always thank the host and say goodbye. This will show your appreciation for the invitation. Remember you got invited to the party because you are appreciated by the host, so make sure to keep up a good impression by maintaining discipline and good manners, which will also help you make new connections with people you did not know before!

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Shanna Wu Pecoraro, AICI CIP

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Dressing For an American Event

Life is full of events that require different attires. Dressing in certain ways is part of the event one attends. From high school graduations to weddings, it is important to understand the basics of dressing for all the events that one may encounter in life. Some are formal, some are semi-formal, and some are just casual. In any case, there are certain guidelines that can help one in deciding the correct and most proper attire for every occasion since this affects our personal image. Here are some tips and advice on how to make sure to be well dressed for any of event.

The first step in figuring out what to wear to any event is to decipher the invitation. This means to look in the invitation first. Most events have set guidelines on what should be worn and what should not, which is beneficial in narrowing down choices to just style and color. Different places tend to use different terms, but here we will use American terms, which differ from the English and European terms. The best way to follow the different dress codes is to follow these simple guidelines:

Black Tie: In these events, a tuxedo is expected. Weddings, operas, balls, charity dinners, and receptions are some of the events at which you can expect to see this dress code. Black Tie may also be referred to as evening dress.

Polo store

Black Tie Optional: In these events, a dark suit is just as acceptable a tuxedo. This is a product of evolution in dressing standards, which became more and more relaxed. As a result, instead of excluding those without a tuxedo from the events that required them, it was decided to just include them. For these events, if you own both a tuxedo and a dark suit, just choose the one fits you the best, the one that fits your image the most. If you only own a suit and not a tuxedo, remember the suit is just as acceptable as the tuxedo, so there is no need to buy one. However, if many more of these events are expected to be present in the future, buying a quality tuxedo is a better option.

Semi-formal: A dark suit, crisp dress shirt with a non-obtrusive pattern, and a conservative tie. For these events, tuxedos are not expected, and, therefore, should not be worn.

Black Tie event

Business Casual: For these events, ties are optional, but dress shirts and nice pants are required. Sports jackets or blazers are optional, but might be a nice addition to the outfit.

Casual: Fit well, free of holes and wrinkles. That is the best way to simplify the expected outfit for these events. Jeans, cotton trousers, and shorts are acceptable. In cool weathers, button up casual looking shirts are a good option, whereas for warm weather simple collared polo shirts that fit nicely are a better option.

If you are not sure what kind of outfit is expected from you at any event you are invited to, the best and most efficient way of finding out is to ask, in most cases, the host directly. If the host cannot be reached, try to contact someone participating at the event. In any case, if you are not sure on what to wear, try to wear an outfit that can be adapted to an event. If you show up over or under dressed, you can just excuse yourself to the bathroom and modify your outfit accordingly.

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Shanna Wu Pecoraro, AICI CIP

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Dealing With Difficult Clients

Difficult clients are one of those obstacles that will show up in any business. Customers being unhappy, not satisfied with your service/product, or just being difficult for no apparent reason, are always going to appear, and dealing with them in the proper manner can be crucial. Although these clients can be problematic, they are just a challenge that can be overcome, and transformed into an opportunity. Some general steps can be followed in order to deal with difficult clients, although more specific actions are to be taken in different industries. Nonetheless, knowing what to say and how to say it can be tracked down to tips and techniques, that can help these problematic situations help our business grow, while also establishing better relations with our clients.

In order to deal with unhappy clients, our mindset has to change. The priority in these situations is to shift into a customer service mindset. Regardless of our point of view in the situation, we have to simplify the circumstances to: The client is unhappy, and it is up to me to solve the problem. This way we give the client the situation 100% of our focus. Once our mindset is adjusted, we will be able to listen to what the customer has to say. Listen actively. There is a reason why the client is approaching us in the first place, and that is, they want to be heard. Neutral statements, such as “Let’s go over what happened”, or “Please tell me why you’re upset” can be perfect starters, as they notify the customer that we are ready to listen to what they have to say. Allow no interruptions in these situations, including from yourself. Focus on listening. Do not rush trying to solve the problem or having an answer ready, as this will distract you and not give you a good idea of what the customer is complaining about.

Showing the customer that you are paying attention to them does not come from just listening to what they have to say. There are cues that customers unconsciously look for in order to feel like they’re being given the attention they expect. When it is your turn to talk, repeating what the customer has said to you in your own words will show the customer you understand the situation from his/her point of view, and that you were paying attention in the first place. This may also help calm down the client and reduce some of their stress.

After all of this, it is up to you how you’re going to solve the problem. It is up to you to learn from the situation that has been presented to you by the customer. The effectiveness of your customer service can help your relationship to the client grow, but it may also improve your company’s approach to business.  So, present a clear solution, whether you tell the customer exactly how you will fix the problem or you will take your input in how your client thinks the problem can be solved. Take action, and follow up, that way you will have dealt successfully with a difficult client, and you will be ready to face any other obstacle that might be presented to you in the future.

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Shanna

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Color Psychology in Image

It is no secret that appearance is a big factor in any business person’s success. Whether it is the entrepreneur or the professional, personal image is an aspect of anyone’s career, and it should be treated as such. In this article, we will discuss how psychology can be incorporated into our personal appearance in order to improve the effects of our personal image on others. In this case, colors, and how they appeal to different emotions, will be discussed, in order for the reader to be able to apply these factors into their professional lives, and work towards success.

Color psychology is a growing field that involves the study of how colors can affect human nature, in terms of emotions and cognitive processes, therefore, if a statement proves to not make the entrepreneur or the young professional comfortable, there is room for flexibility in the applications of color psychology. However, extensive studies have been done, and the way colors can affect humans have, for the most part, been proven in a scientific context. It is helpful to study the generalized meanings and assumptions for different colors that have derived from these studies:

  • Black is a color that can express two opposite poles: Authority/power and submission. Black is stylish and timeless, and allows its effect to be ultimately decided upon who wears it. As a result of this, black is considered a dangerous color in business affairs, as it can express a total different position than it is intended to express. Therefore, it is a color that should be avoided as allowed by one’s circumstances.
  • White is a color that has typically symbolized purity. For example, doctors and nurses typically wear white to imply sterility. In fashion, a similar phenomenon appears, in which white is considered a neutral, light color that goes with everything. In business, white is a go to color that can go along with other colors in order to manipulate the message we want to send with our image.
  • Red, an emotionally intense color, stimulates the body and resembles strong emotions. It attracts attention, and it is therefore a color that can be used to the entrepreneur’s or professional’s advantage depending on the situation. In circumstances in which one wants to be the center of attention, wearing red might just be the answer on what attire to put on for the occasion.
  • Blue, the color of the sky and the ocean, is a peaceful, tranquil color that can also resemble loyalty. It is the color recommended by consultants to be worn at job interviews because of its expression of loyalty. The color blue has also been linked to productivity by studies, in which settings of color blue have shown to increase the results in a variety of activities.
  • Green is strongly linked with nature. It is the color that causes the least stress to the human eye, and it is therefore a refreshing color. As far as it concerns a business person, dark green represents a masculine, conservative, and wealthy image of the person that wears the color.
  • Yellow, contrary to green, is the color most difficult to take in for the human eye. It is an overpowering color, which links to its enhancement of concentration. In terms of business affairs, yellow is a color that definitely attracts attention, but it should be evaded in most circumstances as studies have shown that although it is an optimistic color, it is also a color that can make people lose their temper more often (People tend to lose their temper more often in yellow settings).
  • Purple is the color of royalty. It connotes luxury, wealth, sophistication. In the world of business, purple is a color worn to express this attributes, and it is usually left out in situations in which these attributes do not want to be conveyed.
  • Brown is one of the most solid and reliable colors. It can be reassuring and comforting, as it encourages orderliness and organization. However, because of its abundance in nature, it can also convey lack of sophistication and a sense of dullness.

Color psychology: truth or hoax? Tell us on Twitter @nycimageacademy.

Shanna

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Personal Image For Young Professionals

What makes a person emulate the style of another person? Why is it that the person dressed in a tailored suit and tie is upgraded to first class, over the one in jeans and a t-shirt? What makes a person enter a room and command attention without uttering a word, while his colleague goes unnoticed? The answer to these questions, and many other, lie in the power of personal image.

A person’s image is tied to the perception others have on him/her. Therefore, the way one dresses is crucial in a quest to achieve success. In this occasion, the spotlight will be for young professional college students. As young professionals, these college students already start attracting attention in a business world where the millennials are the ones in charge right now. However, as the upcoming generation to take over control, college students are to work for their success, and because of the importance of personal image in achieving this, it is important to discuss some of the ways in which to get around dressing.

One of the most important ways to assess how to dress in different environments is very simple: Ask. In new settings, such as a new office job, the best way to get around the question of “what to wear?” is to simply ask the company what dress codes are in place. The question can even have a positive influence on the superior’s perspective on you, as you show interest and planning in your new job. Besides asking, it is always good to look around and see what people in the environment you’re new at are wearing. However, there is an “ultimate rule” that should be followed in every situation you may encounter: You can never be overdressed for an occasion.

As mentioned, one can never be overdressed for an occasion, or at least that is the mindset that everyone should follow in a professional setting. This leads us to another great rule to follow: Dress to impress. It is important to be able to convey a strong first impression, and the only way we can achieve this is by LOOKING good. The value and purpose of personal image is not to be underestimated. Therefore, in deciding what to wear, it is always important to think about the question: “What do I want others to think of me when they see me?”

On a more generalized note, there are some other rules that can, and should, be followed outside of a professional context. As college students, it is important to drop the “Highschooler appearance”. The “Logo Mania” that takes place in many wardrobes is something to be avoided by a young professional. Remember, you want to express who you ARE or aim TO BE, therefore you don’t want to be walking around showing others what brands you’re wearing. Besides this, it is also important to remember that hair is a part of your personal image. Although it is not a piece of clothing, it still affects the way others see you, and it is therefore a factor to take into consideration.

Overall, the whole purpose of dressing “correctly” as a young professional college student is not to follow a certain pattern on what is acceptable to wear, but rather to dress for success. The purpose of dressing appropriately for different occasions is to adapt the perceptions of others to what we want them to perceive. Just as by acting a certain way you make others link that behavior to their sense of who you are, dressing a certain way will also affect this perception.

How has your personal image affected your life? Tell us on Twitter @nycimageacademy.

Shanna

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