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Optimal Impact ~ Your Best You

  
Newsletter from Janice Hurley
April 2014

Life After College   

Things Change After College -- Columbia University published a study that said while you were in school you thought your future was guaranteed if you were voted Most Likely to Succeed.  However, once you were in the workplace, success was more likely to be yours if you were voted Most Popular.  The traits for popular were defined as Trustworthy, Motivated, Serious, Decisive and Hardworking.   The descriptive word for those traits had changed from Most Likely to Succeed in College to Most Likeable in the Workplace.  Being likeable in the workplace is no longer associated with the person who brings in baked goods and remembers birthdays, but instead, the person whose actions and character garner respect.  I had the honor this week of speaking to graduate students from ASU's W.P.Carey School of Business and with college graduations weeks away, I thought this was an interesting study to share.  
In This Issue
Life After College
Dining Etiquette
Accessories
Executive Coaching
Menswear
Photo Tips
Email Etiquette

Dress for Success

Business Makeover: Are you Dressed for Your Job of the Future? 
Business Makeover: Are you Dressed for Your Job of the Future?

Dining Etiquette 


Whether it is business or social dining --  knowing how to keep everyone involved in a conversation is both an art and a valuable skill.  Most of us know how to carry on a one-on-one conversation but did you know that when you are the host or the person who has the attention of others it is your job to try and engage everyone present at your table equally?  One way to do this is to make sure you don't just address your conversation and eye contact toward one person but to try and speak to each one present equally. And a good conversationalist is conscious of not keeping the conversation focused on them and they know not to make themselves the hero of their own story.
    

Accessories  


Your Evening Handbag --  what is in your closet ready and waiting for your next evening event in terms of a bag or clutch? The optimal clutch is large enough to carry credit cards, a compact, lipstick, your business cards and your cell phone.  The right handbag for evening will not be made of suede or leather since those materials are too casual for cocktail or formal attire.  Marmi shoe store has some of the best bags for evening I have ever seen.  Unfortunately none of them are listed online but I found over 20 fabulous options when I shopped in the store.  This handbag is soon to be gift wrapped and sent to my delightful host at this year's Hinman Meeting.  Because many of us would use a clutch on a limited basis, it's always good to keep this purchase on the lower end of your budget.  Now when it's a gift.....that's a different story, right?

Executive Coaching  

  

I am fortunate to be able to do a large amount of executive coaching to a broad spectrum of individuals from varying industries. One common reason my coaching services are requested (by the individual or a company on behalf of their employee) is to help the client project more confidence. While often skilled, they are not respected.     

 

Your body language speaks far louder than your words and it should be working for you rather than against you.  Both men and women are encouraged to notice how much space they take up when sitting in a chair or attending a group meeting.  Because women, for the most part, are perceived as having less influence than a man, a woman wants to work extra hard to avoid the inclination to appear smaller. Rather they should take up as much space as possible in their chair and, when appropriate, their elbows should be on the conference table while leaning forward.  

      

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Menswear   


A gentleman buttons his jacket when he stands. And, he buttons all but the bottom button.  So on a 3-button jacket, he buttons the top 2 while on a 2-button jacket, he buttons just the top button.  And, on a single button jacket he buttons just the one. Typically, men unbutton their jackets when sitting.  A man should not buy a jacket that will not button. When a man stands to take a group photo, buttoning his jacket will allow him to appear taller and slimmer which is often the goal.☺ For a woman, it is nice if a jacket fits so well that it can comfortably be buttoned.  Sometimes, however, it is more flattering for a woman to leave her jacket unbuttoned because it can flatter the chest area by dividing it visually with the linear lines of the open jacket.
 

Photo Tips 



Color and Contrast
-- there is just nothing cuter than the natural warm smile of a child is there?  Any time you can get your subject to look directly into the lens, you're going to get connection.  It's not always the easiest thing to do, talking to someone, particularly a child, while staring into the blank hole of a lens but it makes for a great photo.  Color and contrast are important in clothing as well as the photography.  Another option on setting up this photo would have been to have this cutie on more of a contrasting background.  But for me, I am tickled to see the rock background showcase those adorable freckles.  Do your photographer a favor and NEVER ask your children to say "cheese".  Thank you very much.☺
   

Email Etiquette 

   
It is an ever present challenge to keep up with the emails we receive each day.  I don't know about you, but I seem to be added to new email lists constantly. It requires daily attention to weed through what I need and want to read.  Without a doubt, the #1 complaint that I get from employees in corporate America still involves emails. Two suggestions, if you don't mind: 1) When in doubt, err on the side of being too formal rather than too friendly in your response; and 2) Acknowledge receipt of emails received even if you can't provide a complete response or information requested at that time.  At least let the sender know you received their email and that you will respond in full soon.    
   

 

 

  

 

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