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  • 1. Smartin-Up Your Personal Brand and Professional Presence By Sindy Martin Smartin International
  • 2. Before You Enter the Room
  • 3. How People Evaluate You
    • 55% Body Language and Appearance
    • 38% Verbal Tone of Voice
    • 7% Verbal Content - Words
  • 4. What is a Brand ?
    • A brand is not a name or a logo. It is not a product, service or business. It is a promise , an expectation and ultimately an experience .
    • The strongest brands in the world own a place in the consumer’s mind and when they are mentioned almost everyone thinks of the same things.
  • 5. Let’s take a lesson from the big brands !
  • 6. Your Professional Brand Template
  • 7.
    • You only have one chance to make a good impression!
    • A person will size you up in a matter of 15 seconds as you walk into the room!
    • Like it or not, the first impression that you make is visual. So paying attention to every little detail – from head to toe – is important.
    Your Appearance and First Impressions
  • 8. Your appearance can directly affect your relationship with others on the job and the work environment.
  • 9.
    • Increase your career potential by continually increasing your skills.
    • Never let down on your looks, starting fresh and neat every day.
    • Have a positive attitude.
    • Your actions speak for your own personal commitment to do the best job possible. It also speaks for the company.
    Dress for positive job performance.
  • 10. What is the difference between Business Casual and Traditional Business
  • 11. Guidelines for Appropriate Business Attire
    • Casual Business Attire for Women   Jackets, sweaters, plain T-shires, blouses, and twin sets for sweater sets, worn with slacks or skirts and black or brown leather shoes.
    • Casual Business Attire for Men   Long-sleeved, button-down shirts, V=neck sweaters, sports coats, blazers, and polo shirts worn with khaki pants or other slacks and black or brown leather shoes.
  • 12.  
  • 13.
    • Traditional Business Attire for Women   Suits, pantsuits, dresses, skirts, dress pants, blouses, sweaters, and dress shoes with hosiery. Dress shoes include high quality loafers and pumps.
    • Traditional Business Attire for Men   Suits paired with white or light blue long-sleeved dress shirts. Dark colored socks that are mid-calf or full-calf which coordinate with the color of the suit. Dress shoes, which include wingtips, plain- or cap-toed Oxfords, and plain or tasseled loafers. Solid-colored silk ties.
  • 14.  
  • 15. Ill-fitting clothes
    • The classiest outfit can be a nightmare if it is too baggy in the bum or if a button at the chest is pulling. Be sure that your clothes have mobility--no too-tight shirts, pants or skirts.
  • 16. Too much cleavage
    • Showing too much cleavage at work is the No. 1 fashion faux pas.
    • Studies show that women who dress in revealing attire in a professional environment are more often passed over for promotions than women who dress more conservatively.
    Bottom line: If you want to get ahead, ditch the low-cut top .
  • 17. Too-short skirt
    • Wearing a micro-mini may send the message that you're trying to compensate for skills you lack in other areas.
    • The knee is a visual anchor. People's attention will be drawn downward when they approach you, instead of toward your face where it should be.
  • 18. Clothes should be in good repair.
    • Pants with frayed hems should not be worn. Avoid this by purchasing the correct size and length of pant.
    • Discard shirts that have frayed cuffs.
    • Discard any clothing that shows severe wear like cotton that has begun to pill.
  • 19.
    • Periodically make a personal assessment of your wardrobe and appearance such as hairstyle and grooming.
    • Update your clothing to match current fashion.
    • Refurbish or purchase new shoes when needed.
  • 20. Good grooming habits to improve appearance and self-esteem.
  • 21. Good Grooming
  • 22. About those nails… Nails should not be longer than 1/4 inch past the top of the finger. No polish or clear polish only. No artificial nails!
  • 23. Your makeup should be conservative and professional. No Extreme Makeup.
  • 24. Hair
  • 25. Jewelry
  • 26. Tattoos should be covered.
  • 27. No toothpicks, gum or cigarettes.
  • 28.
    • Thinking positively about yourself means that you hold yourself in high esteem. If you look good, you reflect self-confidence.
    • Companies wants people that display self-confidence. Your clothing, the way you walk, talk and stand tells people what you think of yourself.
    Clothing and good grooming can improve confidence.
  • 29. Before You Enter The Room
    • Be on Time – 10 Minutes Early is Best
    • Dress Up not Down
    • Show No Piercings or Tattoos
    • Grooming – Hair, Nails
    • Don’t Chew Gum
  • 30. Entering a Room
    • How are you perceived when you walk into a room?
  • 31.  
  • 32. Introductions
    • A person with a higher rank or status receives the introduction of someone of lower rank or status.
  • 33. Your Elevator Speech
    • Have your 30 second, 60 second and 2 minute commercial ready.
  • 34.
    • The Proper Handshake
  • 35.
    • What about those huggers?
    • What about people that stand too close?
    • What about people that touch
    • you on the shoulder or back?
  • 36. Eye Contact
    • When you are having a conversation with someone and you want to leave a friendly impression, be sure to keep looking at the person frequently while you are talking.
  • 37. Business Cards
  • 38. Business Cards
    • Since people are protective of their email addresses and other contact information, it is considered poor form to simply ask someone for their card WITHOUT giving a specific reason for requesting it.
  • 39. Use Proper F.O.R.M. for Small Talk
    • F – FAMILY
    • O – OCCUPATION
    • R – RECREATION
    • M - MOTIVATION
    30-Day Rule 80/20 Rule
  • 40. Protocol for Cell Phones and Bluetooth Ear Piece Devices
  • 41. Follow-Up
    • Interview – Email and hand written note
    • Networking – Email
    • LinkedIn – Connect that day
    • Phone – Call in 5 days
  • 42. Questions?
  • 43. References
    • Developing as a Professional by Marilyn Manning
    • Business Etiquette, IBTA Press
    • http://humanresources.about.com/od/dresscodesforwork/ig/Business-Casual-Dress-Code.-5BX/Business-Casual-Dress-Code.-5Bl.htm
    • http://www.fotosearch.com/photos-images/cigarettes.html
    • http://ezinearticles.com/?Dress-Codes-for-the-Office---5-Tips-on-What-Not-to-Wear-for-Men&id=979976
  • 44. Smartin International
    • Business Etiquette and Professionalism
    • Dining Etiquette
    • Presentation Skills
    • Workplace Civility
    • Understanding the 5 Generations and Multiple Cultures in Today’s Workplace
    Contact Sindy at 336-687-1933 [email_address] www.smartin-up.com