As holiday parties kick into high gear, remember dressing inappropriately can change the playing field with clients and colleagues long after the holiday parties are over! Top 10 Tips for maintaining your personal and professional brand during the holiday season: Deck the halls – just not on yourself. Leave the Santa hat & antler headbands, glitter hair extensions, ornamental battery-powered necklaces & pins, shoes with bells, holiday sweaters & ties, novelty socks, plaid skirts & jackets at home! Instead, opt to be memorable for all the right reasons! One statement accessory is just the right touch! For women, if you are going to add a little bling, don’t overdo it! For men, a pocket square, cuff links, tie, or a statement watch adds just the right touch of sophistication. Daring to bare too much cleavage or skin---fatal mistake! Leave your micro-mini and plunging necklines at home! Counterbalance bare legs with a covered-on-top look. Showing too much cleavage can leave you isolated---while men might enjoy a little cleavage (or a lot), women definitely don’t want to look at other women’s cleavage. True story! Don’t look like Santa’s Helper – pairing a red dress with red shoes, a red bag or other [...]
The day after I posted my last blog about Maintaining Your Professional Brand During the Holiday Season, I received a call from one of my fav male clients in Texas. His question to me, “My wife and I have been invited to a holiday party and the invitation says, Holiday Attire. What the heck is Holiday Attire?” Many times the location can be an indicator as to what to wear. BUT don’t assume! Your best bet is to pick up the phone and call the host and ask for clarification because you don’t want to be over or under dressed. Several years ago I went to a holiday party and the invitation specifically said Cocktail Attire. One woman showed up in a racy red formal dress with a plunging neckline and long train. And yes, she had matching red lipstick and red shoes. OVERKILL! In addition, it was a business holiday party at the Chairman of the Board’s home---and she was indeed an employee of the organization. So, point being; don’t be THAT person who is wildly out of touch. Be sure to maintain your professional brand during this festive season. As the host of the party – you need to be more specific. [...]
By Jan Goss-Gibson, America's #1 Confidence Strategist Confidence can be fickle. One moment you are on top of the world, knowing you’ve got this then, a harsh word, an arrogant look from a superior, or a flash of a painful memory and your confidence has left the building! Would you like some practical empowerment tips so this will never happen again? Here are 3 simple, yet powerful ways to help you prepare in advance so you can hold on to your confidence! 1. Eat something in advance – When we are hungry, we act differently than when we are satisfied. Our nerves are more on edge, we can get a little cranky and certainly not be our best. Even if you are attending a dinner, eat a little snack before you go. Grab a handful of almonds, or eat a piece of fruit or a protein bar. One of the worst impressions you can make is to head straight to the food at a party. Watch for the subtle difference you feel when you are not focused on food at an event. 2. Empty your head trash – Comparison is a killer. There is only one “You” in this world. Don’t compare yourself [...]
Fashion blogs, magazines and reality shows are famous for comparing “who wore it better” after a big event. Pity the one who didn’t “wear it” quite as well as the other! I hope the paparazzi is not following you this holiday season looking for . Even if they are, I can give you the fool proof way to feel like a million bucks at your Holiday event. Do a little research and find out answers in advance! What is the dress for the event? Who will I connect with? Do I bring a gift? What do I bring? What do I say? When do I introduce myself? When do I eat? Which way do I pass the food? Where do I sit? What hand do I hold my drink in? Do I shake hands or hug people? Do I network and hand out my business card? How do I keep from feeling awkward? What do I say when I leave? The list is endless! Thanks to Jan Goss-Gibson, America's#1 Confidence Strategist, we have a simple way for you to navigate through the Holidays with grace. You can get your questions answered without feeling embarrassed from the comfort of your own home [...]
Melissa Murray, Image Architect and Style Expert sits down with Sandra Dee Robinson of Charisma on Camera to share insider secrets into the world of wardrobe and styling for camera and stage presentation. In this candid and insightful video, you'll learn: What should you wear on camera Style tips and techniques that reinforces your brand What a professional stylist can do for you What wardrobe mistakes might be costing you About the Host: Sandra Dee Robinson is a well-known daytime actress, TV and Radio Host, Product Spokesperson, wildlife advocate, CEO and Founder of Charisma on Camera Media Training Studio and Horsepowered Leadership Training. Sandra Dee is a coach, consultant and speaker for companies, entrepreneurs, authors, celebrities and well-established experts to help them develop their most powerful personal presence and leadership communication skills. She has appeared in major roles on Another World, Sunset Beach, Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, The Bay and guest starred on many prime time shows and films, like CSI Miami, Criminal Minds and Two and a Half Men… among others. She attributes her consistent success in this challenging industry to the lessons she now has honed into effective workshops and seminars.
Style Profile Blog Interview with the BEST! Sara Christensen Part II We had such an amazing response from our first interview with Sara Christensen a Private Weight Loss Coach, we decided to keep the dialogue going and get real and raw! Here is what she has to say and how she helps women all over the world look and feel their best! And you might be asking – Why is this so important to Styleology Group? Because Melissa Murray, Founder of Styleology Group, is a client of Sara’s and knows first-hand that she is the BEST in the BUSINESS and she is taking on Sara’s challenge to lose 10 pounds in 30 days! What makes her the master of her craft — enjoy the second part of her blog interview below and join Melissa for Sara’s 10 in 30! Lets do this together! OK, let’s get real – how much weight can a person expect to lose when working with you? 10 pounds in 30 days - if they’re committed to a jump start. It’s truly nothing short of miraculous how much weight the body sheds when it’s getting what it needs. I teach women to nourish and care for themselves in a way [...]
Style Profile Blog Interview with the BEST! We requested an interview with Sara Christensen, a Private Weight Loss Coach. Here is what she has to say and how she helps women all over the world look and feel their best! And you might be asking - Why is this so important to Styleology Group? Because Melissa Murray, Founder of Styleology Group, is a client of Sara's and knows first-hand that she is the BEST in the BUSINESS and she is taking on Sara's challenge to lose 10 pounds in 30 days! What makes her the master of her craft --- enjoy the blog interview below and join me for Sara's 10 in 30! Lets do this together! While we all think we know what a Private Weight Loss Coach is; what do YOU do? Oh my - what is it that I don’t do for my ladies? Honestly whatever they need to be successful, I do. I help them change that nasty little voice in their head from being their worst critic to being their biggest fan. I help them plan meals and eating and exercise. And I hold their booties accountable to all of that. That can mean [...]
As a featured panelist at the Connected Women of Influence (CWI) CEO / Executive Panel Forum, I was asked to speak and share my views on the topic of Charisma: The “It” Factor, Who Has It, Who Doesn't and Why You Should Want This in Your Business. http://youtu.be/_mIuOH50v-4 In this post-CEO Panel Forum video, I share some highlights and lowlights of Charisma and Charisma killers. While I am an expert in the art of Personal Brand and Brand Management; we’ve all made mistakes and here I dish on myself---total candor and I hope other women don't make this mistake. I talk about the impact of your personal brand, reputation and how to gain credibility after a poor first impression. - The Definition of Charisma - Who Has It and Who Doesn’t - How You Dress Impacts Your Personal Brand - Mistakes Women Make and How to Avoid Them - The Art of Being a Great Listener - Creating Your Personal Brand - First Impressions - Executive Women
Several weeks ago I was the keynote speaker at the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Board Retreat. These wildly savvy executive women were on fire and were there to step up their game! No subjects were off limits and beyond the laughter, we had some important dialogue that every woman in the business world needs to know. In the video below, you will see that our time together sparked an entirely new video series that is fun, funny and most definitely candid. My presentation covered these hot topics: Cleavage - How and When or EVER! Employee Dress Codes and Ramifications of Not Following Company Dress Code Policies Feeling too Tall or too Petite When Working with Men Body Language and How it can Work for or Against You The Art of Eye Contact How to Go From the Board Room to a Construction Site and Still Look Professional Age Appropriate Hair Length - When to Cut or Not to Cut Accessories Being an Asset or Distraction If you would like to hire Melissa to speak at your upcoming event, click here.
From working in the corporate world to owning your own business – there is a major transition in building your own personal brand that compliments and completes your business brand. First, let me say congratulations to stepping out on your own. Whether you are an entrepreneur, solopreneur or running a big business, you now have an opportunity and permission to turn your personal brand upside down and shake things up! If your former job left your wardrobe constrained by a lackluster and conservative dress code or you simply need to pump up the volume with your new business brand; here are tips for making your existing wardrobe work for you, plus a few insider secrets. Defining your personal brand doesn’t have to be painful. Think of it as an opportunity to reinvent yourself. Remember when you went off to college and were able to leave all of those embarrassing K-12 moments in the past and create a new persona when you arrived on campus? Well, this is the exact same opportunity! It is an exciting journey that can catapult your business or leave you stuck in the past. For those of you who are ready to accelerate your personal brand, [...]