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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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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Mastering Color (as Image Consultants)

Frequently, we hear about someone with great credentials who doesn’t seem able to advance in his or her career. Yet someone else, less qualified, does. Why is that? It may be that the second person embodies a stronger visual credibility.

 

What is visual credibility, and how does it impact your clients? Visual credibility is the ability to sell yourself as the admirable, respected person that you are. The tool for empowering your clients to do that is all in the wardrobe, as well as in their grooming habits. It is important to remember that looks do matter, and that your clients have much more control over creating positive outcomes than they might realize.

 

At the same time, it is entirely possible for clients to make changes without taking drastic measures like plastic surgery, acquiring a $10,000 wardrobe, or spending two weeks at a health and fitness resort.

 

On February 13, Shanna Pecoraro and the NYC Image Consultant Academy will offer a class to help image consultants and stylists improve their color recommendations, which will help clients vastly improve their visual credibility.

 

In the program, consultants can expect to become stronger at:

  • Pairing colors that are uniquely flattering to clients
  • Matching the level of respect your clients receive with clothes that magically convey a high level of visual credibility
  • Finding ways to distinguish your clients’ unique personal style
  • Making improvements to your clients’ visual credibility within 24 hours

 

Take a look at our “Steps to Your Best Coloring” course in NYC on February 15, 2017 – and let us know what questions you may have. Additional details can be found below, and you can click here to register. In case you’re interested, our popular “FAST TRACK to becoming an image consultant” program is also taking place on February 14 – 20 in NYC. Click here for more info.

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Course information:  

“Steps to Your Best Coloring” – here, we “train the color consultant” in a program designed for image consultants, stylists, hair professionals, makeup artists and anyone who is obsessed with color in their lives.  The program is approved by the Association of Image Consultant International (AICI) for 0.7 CEUs. The program runs $650, and AICI members receive 20% off.

 

Description & Learning Outcomes:

Get ready for a hands-on, 7-hour course that will renew and enhance your understanding of the relationship between personal coloring and color theory. Go deep into choosing the best color palette for your clients. In this program, Shanna shares her unique three simple steps to finding the best color.  She will teach you how to see, identify, and match subtle nuances of color in skin tone, hair, makeup, and clothing.

 

By the end of this program you’ll be able:

  • Conduct color analysis effectively and with confidence
  • Define three properties of personal coloring
  • Identify the best color palette for each client
  • Identify the differences between right and wrong color effects on a person
  • Name the key characteristics of each color palette

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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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What NOT to Wear To Work

 

Dressing is not just an everyday routine – it’s an intellectual game. In the professional world, “properly dressed” is one of your duties, and have to take it seriously. It is essential to look prepared and put-together at all times. For those entering the workforce or for those moving into a different industry, it’s important to do a little research and figure out what’s most appropriate. In some industries, what’s sexy or edgy can be downright offensive in others. The space between these extremes is where creative thinkers and dressers can play.

 

Too tight

Too tight

We encourage our clientele to think of dressing for work just like they would any other game. First you get a little competitive; then you try to find the best looks for the best price, all the while making a positive statement and always looking polished.

 

Here are a few Don’ts for any professional workplace:

 

Torn or broken

Torn or broken

 

  • Avoid a plunging neckline or overt cleavage
  • Do not allow more than 3 inches above the knee with bare legs
  • Do not wear sheer or see-through fabrics with no foundation
  • Don’t show your undergarments (bra, underwear)
  • Do not wear clothing that is overly tight and formfitting
  • Do not show a visible midriff or open back
  • Avoid the “super low-rise.”
  • Avoid flip flops or slippers
  • Avoid “dramatic” or “cocktail hour” make-up
  • Avoid dramatic hairstyles
  • Do not wear anything torn or broken

 

Do you agree? Have we missed anything? Tell us in the comments below, or via your social feeds.

 

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Smart Travel: Packing With Ease

 

The light winter we had this year is nearly over, and if you’re anything like our team, you’re anxious to jump on that jet and set off to somewhere warm. Miami? Caribbean Islands? Hello!

 

Many of our friends and colleagues tell us that they love to travel, for business and personal purposes, but are quick to state that they worry about packing. Because these folks hate the packing experience so much, they put it off until the last minute, completing last-minute laundry sessions at midnight before their early flight.

Smart Travel

Smart Travel

 

Other common packing challenges include:

  • Packed too much
  • Packed too little
  • Favorite items get lost or damaged
  • “New” shoes end up being painful
  • The weather at the destination changes and you didn’t prepare for it.

 

If this sounds familiar..  you are not alone! Packing for travel could easily be the No.1 wardrobe headache shared by people everywhere. But to overcome this challenge, you have to think before you pack. For ladies, poor packing decisions can be replaced with smart choices. Here are some essentials for any traveler’s wardrobe.

 

Dos

  • Bring a dress. You can dress it up or dress it down.
  • Bring a rain resistant trench coat (that matches your color palette) for unexpected cold or rainy weather. It can easily work with any outfit
  • Bring a pair of no-iron pants that matches your color palette. Try it first to ensure it works with any of your outfits
  • Bring a cardigan in your color palette. Cardigans are a perfect layering piece. It can layer nicely under your jacket or over a dress and add volume, color, and sophistication to any look
  • Bring a pair of walking shoes, a pair of comfortable but dressy shoes for the business meeting or evening, and one extra pair as an alternate. Nothing makes a trip more miserable than sore feet
  • Accessories  –
  •  1.  A long chain necklace is your best metal – you can wear it with nearly anything!
  •  2.  A scarf that doesn’t require ironing is often one you can use for day or night
  •  3.  A cross-body bag in your color palette is perfect for security, comfort, and style

 

Don’ts

  • Do not bring delicate fabrics. Avoid bringing anything that can get torn or wrinkled easily
  • Do not bring white colors. Unless you have laundry service at your fingertips, white is not a good travel choice. The better option is to bring print t-shirts, tops or blouses which can easily camouflage small spills or dirt and won’t need immediate cleaning
  • Do not pack shoes you’ve never worn before
  • Do not bring anything that fits too snugly

 

The more you think ahead when packing, the easier it will become.  Try our tips out when packing for the next two trips you take. Trust us – it will get easier, faster, and less painful.  Soon, you’ll be just as excited to pack as you are to get up in the air!

For more image tips or info at www.nycimageconsultantacademy.com

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