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A sharp-looking suit or jacket is the easiest and most effective way to portray power and authority. The most formal suit is dark, cold and neutral – which means navy blue or charcoal. The suit should be made of fine wool; I usually look for wool that’s rated at least ‘Super 100’. (The number indicates the number of fibres per inch.) Invest in the best quality suit you can afford and that is practical for your business. The most formal suit is solid in color, but a pinstripe pattern is also acceptable. The more obvious the pattern, the less professional the image.
• When you receive the invitation, respond as soon as possible. • Let your host know if you have food restrictions, but do not indicate likes and dislikes unless you are asked. • Your host will let you know what time to arrive; if there is some confusion, it is best to ask. In North America, arrive at the time specified, or within 15 minutes, but not earlier.
• Let guests know what time to arrive, and at what time the meal will be served. • Ask if there are food allergies or restrictions, but do not discuss the menu with guests. • If your event is formal, invitations are in writing, and your guests will arrive 5 to 10 minutes before the appointed hour. • Ensure that all guests are introduced.
The good news is that there is hope. Our knowledge of brain chemistry has evolved significantly over the past few years, and we now understand the causes of diet failure. Even more exciting - we now know how to use brain chemistry as the foundation of a successful weight management program.
As we are now aware that thought is vibration, and that vibration affects matter, even the thoughts and feelings that go into the creation of the fabric and the garment can have an effect (usually non-consciously) on our own frequencies. Nicole Bridger, a Canadian fashion designer, puts an affirmation label in each garment. The first recipient of the Design Forward Award from FTA (Fashion Takes Action), not only sustainable fabrics, but positive relationships and high ethics have contributed to her success. According to Nicole, “we strongly believe that the energy that we put out into the world is important for our own spirit and for others”. www.nicolebridger.com
It used to be that “eco fashion” meant rustic, itchy fabrics and earthy, drab colours. But today’s Green fashion is high quality, luxurious, soft fabrics in cutting edge, designer styles – and usually with superior characteristics and a lower cost than traditional fabrics.
You will likely get a rush of energy going through your system prior to the presentation. If you label this rush as fear, and try to stop it, this energy may be released through shaking, perspiring, flushing, and butterflies.
Have you ever declined an opportunity to speak because of anxiety? Or experienced a less-than-stellar presentation because of nerves? Regardless of your level of comfort, you can transform immediately into a confident, powerful, engaging and effective presenter.