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  • Image is about how other people perceive you. Ultimately like communication skills, your image is based upon my bias, my ego, and my interpretation of you, your actions, how you look, and how you act. \n\n\n\n
  • Is this me?\nWhat is an image?\n\nAn image is a projection, but is not real and is subject to perceptions and bias. \n
  • Ask the group to tell me their definitions of professional.\n\nUsually appearance oriented to suits, etc. Push back with can and exterminator be a professional?\n\n\n\n
  • Is this professional?\nSteve Ballmer crazy video\nThis is the CEO of a multi billion dollar company. Pension plans depend upon him. This can't be professional can it?\n\nProfessional is in the eye of the beholder. To huis audience, a bunch of developers, this wasn't unprofessional, but rather exciting and motivating and geeky enough for them. \n\nSteve Jobs iPhone release presentation video.\nIs this professional?\nHe's not dressed professionally, but he is considered one of the most powerful presenters in the world. Beyond professional. \n\nHickenlooper Suit video running for Mayor of Denver\n\nThis man is now the Governor of Colorado and he still is the same and I suspect that within 15 years or so you'll be deciding whether to vote for him for President of the United States\n\n\n\n\n
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  • The personal brand.\n\nBrand you\n\nSounds almost fake or insincere and a significant portion of public are\n
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  • Appearance\nProfession\nPerception - important\n
  • \nSteve Ballmer\nBusiness Cards\n\nClothing?\nHair?\n\nBill Gates\nMark Zuckerberg\n\nEye of the beholder\nPerception of the perceived\nVery difficult to account for the culture or background of the person\n\nProfessional can be of a profession, but can also mean to do a job as expected and to do it well\n\n\n\n
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Building a professional image Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Building AProfessional Image Brad NickelVP of Marketing and Development Laundry & Kling, Inc. seasite.com brad@ClickBrain.com
  • 2. One thing to remember...
  • 3. Its all about ME!
  • 4. Is this me?
  • 5. professional?(what is it? What does it mean to you)
  • 6. Is this professional? (Steve Ballmer video)
  • 7. Why / when is image important?
  • 8. Branding can be real...
  • 9. Write down the "image"
  • 10. Write down the "image"
  • 11. What is an image?
  • 12. What is professional?
  • 13. Define your image10 descriptions...
  • 14. What would mom say?
  • 15. Now, what do you want your image to be? Why?
  • 16. • Father • Great Boss• VP of Marketing • Horrible Boss• Teacher • Mean• Husband • Silly• Outspoken • Loud• Crazy • Leader• Loving • Follower• Pretty Fearless • Strong
  • 17. Is it possible for us to"build a professional image"?
  • 18. Is it possible for us to"build a professional image"?
  • 19. Is it possible for us to"build a professional image"?
  • 20. What can make you appear professional?• The work you do and how your do it• Your appearance• How you speak• Your writing skills• How you handle stress• Presentation skills• Certifications / Degrees• Ethics• Manners• Mannerisms• Loyalty• Friendliness
  • 21. Its all aboutPERCEPTIONS
  • 22. We spend most of our livesWorrying about what other People think about us.
  • 23. How are perceptions formed? First Perceptions can be
  • 24. Components of first impressions
  • 25. Gender
  • 26. Age
  • 27. Appearance
  • 28. • Age• Appearance • Eye contact• Body Movement• Personal Space• Touch• The words you s
  • 29. Body Movement
  • 30. Personal Space
  • 31. Touch
  • 32. The words you say
  • 33. What is a perception? • An opinion based on • appearance • past action • gossip / opinions of others
  • 34. • Culture • Bias • PrejudiceWhat can impact perception?
  • 35. How do you build "Brand You"?• Many of us start with appearance: • Professional wardrobe • Hair • Weight
  • 36. Ultimately its on us• Reality• Who are you?• Rather than build an image, you can be a professional• Ethics, value, demeanor• Must come from within
  • 37. We can all smell a rat• People that are not real• People that refuse a trust relationship• People who manipulate situations to their advantage all the time• People who are more worried about their image than the actual work they do
  • 38. Once you play the perception/image game, it can be difficult to quit.
  • 39. How can you build aprofessional image?
  • 40. Solid, but not elaborate(dont create extra work) appearance
  • 41. Hard workbut dontwork hard
  • 42. Online management
  • 43. Truth?
  • 44. Deliver on promises and commitments
  • 45. Speak your mind,but professionally and with compassion
  • 46. Offer help with no strings attached
  • 47. Begenuine and honest
  • 48. Driven by our EGO
  • 49. We spend most of our livesWorrying about what other People think about us.
  • 50. Imagine how much better life would be... If you could turn it off
  • 51. Less imageMore you!
  • 52. What is his image...
  • 53. Secret is that we are usually not what we project or hope we project...
  • 54. Be the perceptionyou want people to have
  • 55. What do you want your image to be?
  • 56. Building AProfessional Image Brad NickelVP of Marketing and Development Laundry & Kling, Inc. seasite.com brad@ClickBrain.com