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LATEST POSTS FROM IC's STYLE STUDIO

How To Prepare Your Brand As A Speaker

Do you have "Speaker" listed as part of your job description? 

Officially probably not but the truth is we are all speakers. 

Like most professional women you will be required to step up and speak whether it be on a stage, in a meeting room, at an event, on a podium, in a lecture theatre or pitching to key stakeholders.

There are usually two immediate decisions you need to make when invited to give a talk or present to a group: What am I going to talk about? And what am I going to wear?

For some of you the thought of "What am I going to wear?" can put you in a state of confusion and stress. I've worked with speakers where we have methodically planned out their outfits weeks ahead of schedule but I've also worked with speakers who call me in at the last minute for guidance (virtually the day before, YIKES!!!).

So to help you prepare for those all important speaking opportunities, here are my top five practical tips to help you navigate this great opportunity.

1. Align your personal style to your audience.

Each speaking engagement may require you to alter your personal style depending on your audience and objectives. Select three adjectives that give you a framework of how you want to be perceived. Whilst it's important that you consistently deliver on your personal brand, there will be times that you need to make slight adjustments so that you have impact and influence with your audience. There is a great concept called "Yin/Yang" that I teach my clients who are speakers and those who need to wield influence. Click here for more information.

2. Select your stage outfit.

Ultimately have this action completed one week prior to the event / session. This will allow you ample time to try on your outfit and rehearse. This will also help you visualise yourself in the moment and what you will look and feel like.

Avoid too many stripes, checks, small patterns and bright colours. Block solid colours usually work best. The fit of your clothing is also important. Ensure there are no pulls going across your hips or chest particularly if you will be moving about the stage.

Ensure you know what the background colour is. For example, some TED talks are held in a room with a black background so its best not to wear black otherwise you'll look like you have a disembodied head.

Here are good examples.


Don't forget to consider your accessories. Avoid dangling jewellery that could interfere with microphones. 

3. Make up

Wear powder. Sweating and shiny says to the world that you are nervous and untrustworthy.

4. Don't neglect your shoes

Test and break in your shoes. There would be nothing worse than trying to move around a stage or meeting room in pain. All women reading this post will know exactly what I mean. Don't forget that your shoes could be at eye level with the audience if you are speaking from a stage so make sure the heels and toe are in good repair.

5. Do you have a powerful final statement?

What message do you want to leave the audience with? Remember this is an incredible opportunity to let people know your "WHY" and what you stand for as a person. For me, my message is to help professional women close the leadership gap. Don't waste this moment!

In essence, think of every speaking engagement as an opportunity to create a TED-like talk. It's an opportunity to share your unique message and for your personal and professional brand to gain visibility and authority. Many professional women want to have more visibility and this is a great way to achieve it.

If you are a speaker or your corporate role requires you to do a lot of speaking and you'd like help in crafting your signature style, click here and book a time for us to chat.

Styling Your Success

Janette

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Personal Brand Training For Leaders

Your Personal Brand Is Inescapable. For Better Or Worse -- Every Leader Has One.

The second we meet someone we are deciding if you like them, trust them if they are capable and intelligent?

I do it, you did it, we all do it. 

Is it virtually impossible not to form an opinion about someone? 

And let's be honest, we also know clothing choices affect and reflect a leader's self-image and how they feel about themselves.

As human beings, if we have a positive reaction to someone we then subconscious start to notice and listen to other positive things about this person. We then take this information and use it to support our first impression which backs up our intuition. 

Psychologists call this snap decision making “thin slicing”. 

So why is Personal Brand development for leaders more important now than ever before? 

One of the biggest shifts in workplace culture over the past ten years has been how we dress in the office. For the majority of organisations, the two piece suit has been banished and replaced with smart separates.

Whilst professional women are relishing the freedom to choose clothing that better fits their personal brand, it's also come with some decision fatigue and stress. They are constantly trying to find the balance between dressing in separates while still maintaining a sense of credibility.

Our personal branding programs are designed to uncover the values and purpose of leaders and help them dress, speak and behave in a way that is guided by their values. This approach allows them to make decisions and interact with those they lead in a consistent way. Their inner compass and “WHY” guides their daily actions and enables them to earn the trust of their team members, peers and stakeholders.

For the past ten years, we've partnered with top tier organisations around the country such as Ernst & Young, Westpac, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, Toyota, Novartis, Roche, Australian Institute Of Company Directors, Sanofi, Stockland and many more and have delivered over 300 personal branding workshops for:

  • Internal talent development programs
  • Women's leadership programs and forums
  • Internal and external networking events
  • Onboarding programs for graduates
  • Sales team/management meetings and conferences

During this time we have also styled over 3000 professional women for success. What I know to be true is that when women dress to reflect who they really are, their confidence skyrockets and that's when they do your best work. When a woman is confident she can truly transform a situation, a thought, a discussion, a result. 

Take a look at some of the personal branding workshops we've conducted recently.

Our workshops are designed to help leaders bring who they are to what they do and how they do it and then presenting and communicating that with authenticity and confidence. Women no longer want to leave their "real" selves in the car park before walking through the front doors of the office. 



So how can authentic personal brand development better skill leaders? What are the benefits to the individual and the business?

Organisations who embrace diversity and empower employees to bring their whole self to work increase the attraction, retention and engagement level to the organisation.

Leaders who operate with an authentic personal brand instil trust and credibility so they can deliver results through others; supporting, directing, coaching and leading their team to continually maximise performance. When leaders perform at their best, so will their team(s).

If you'd like to learn more about our corporate personal branding workshops for leaders, click here and book a click here and book a 15-minute conversation with Janette.

If you'd like a copy of our workshop brochure, please send me an e-mail, janette@imageconsultants.com.au

Styling Your Success

Janette

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Autumn Style Staples For The Professional Woman

If you're anything like me I'm welcoming Autumn with open arms. Having barely survived a horrendous summer in Sydney, I'm looking forward to layering up this Autumn / Winter. 

Winter is approaching and while some of you are probably still in denial about the departure of summer - it's the perfect chance to refresh your winter wardrobes and curate stylish cold-weather outfits that are fit for any office.

With every new season, clients always want to know: 

  • What are the new trends
  • Do they suit my dressing style
  • How can I integrate them into my existing wardrobe


So let's take a look at what's on offer this Autumn/ Winter 2017 and if these trends are right for you.

1. Structure

This trend suits a woman with a dressing style personality that is classic, dramatic and alluring. A sleeveless structured dress can be easily layered with a silk blouse or alternatively, it can be worn with a tailored blazer teamed with boots and tights. There are many structured long line vests that can easily integrate with work trousers or with jeans on the weekend.


2. Softness

This trend suits a woman with a dressing style personality that is feminine and classic 
Silk seems to be the fabric of choice this season. The softness of a silk blouse always looks great when teamed with a structured piece such as a sleeveless vest or leather jacket. By the way, the red dress from Scanlan & Theodore is divine when teamed with black or navy knee high suede boots.


3. Natural

This trend suits a woman with a dressing style personality that is natural sporty, classic or feminine. From experience, I have found that women with a summer seasonal profile really appreciate natural fibres such as cashmere and silk. They appreciate the smoothness of the fabric against their sensitive skin. Cashmere sweaters are also showcasing on a bigger scale this year. They are great to team with all your big ticket pieces such as pants, skirts, coats and jeans.


4. Colours

Monochrome step aside for some unpredictable brights. Think fuchsia, red, lavender, military greens, metallic shines, midnight blues and spicy mustard. My advice is to always have your personal colours assessed first before you venture out and start spending large amounts on pieces in the wrong colours.

Just remember that as a professional woman your style and personal brand is an opportunity to tell others who you are and where you're going, without compromise. 

So don't buy any piece that doesn't truly reflect the real you. 

Click here to schedule a complimentary 15-minute call and learn how I can help you create a personal brand that makes you feel confident and tells the world where you are going.

Let's together close the leadership gap.

Styling Your Success

Janette

P.S If you'd like to nail your Personal Brand, come and join me and 20 other professional women at the #1Styling + Branding event for professional women. Click here to register.

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