Optimal Impact ~Your Best
Newsletter from Janice
When we think of professional attire,
we tend to focus on just the clothes we wear to
work. But, in fact, it all counts.
Every time someone comes into contact with us they are
assessing how well we present ourselves. Strive to
look as ATTRACTIVE and SUCCESSFUL as possible on a
consistent basis - and this certainly includes our
casual times. Our bodies change and pants are the
least forgiving article of clothing we probably
have. It can be tempting to think that just
because our pants zip they fit without taking a look
from behind.....no pun intended. Jeans, the right jeans,
can flatter and be one of the most versatile articles of
clothing in your closet. Styles change and they
change by areas of the country. But in most cases,
the bigger, baggier jean is less flattering and less
professional than a dark wash and fitted
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What Is Important To Them?
or the answer to that question should be the primary
focus for all of us when we are interacting with
Because, unless we show the
needed attention to the answer of that question, we are
just guessing at trying to meet someone else's
needs. We end up wasting time and sometimes
offending someone with whom we are trying to make a
connection. And, as obvious as that statement
might seem, it is rarely....and I mean rarely
the #1 focus as it should be. Instead, the two
most common thoughts we seem to want to focus on
- Let me tell you how much I know and
who I am......
- Let me tell you what is important to
me and we will focus on you later......
very important communication skill to develop is to
really listen to the first sentence or two that you
speak when communicating with others. You are
setting the tone right away to make the listener either
feel comfortable and valued or just a recipient of your
emotional needs. I don't care if you are selecting
a website developer or a nanny - if they don't first ask
you what is important to you - move
You Happy? What Brings You
You really are
the only one that can determine the answer to that
I believe that we are the only one
responsible for our happiness.
No one else
can read our mind nor are they responsible for our
happiness. I like and appreciate nice things - I
always have. My mom tells the story of my outlook
on shopping while in high school. She said I
always wanted what was unique and higher
quality. Therefore, when each of us 3 girls
were given $50 for our clothing allowance, my sisters
came home with 4 outfits and I came home with only
two. Buyers remorse? No, not at all. I knew what I
liked and what I liked wasn't the same thing that my
mom, or my sisters, liked. Not a problem.
What is a problem is if we like something, and are
fortunate enough to own it but don't take the time to
This is my table right now
at home. It is set with china that I haven't used
in 15 years and sterling silver that I don't use often
enough. I was prompted by the napkins that my son gave
me for Christmas and now I'm enjoying this table
adornment. Many times we have things we enjoy
tucked away for "special occasions." Isn't today
Your Email Signature
What does your
email signature say about you?
etiquette, including the importance of paying attention
to how quickly you respond and how well you present
yourself, takes a larger precedence every day.
Having a signature with all the information that your
recipient would need to know about you is very
Make sure that you don't have the font
too large such that it looks like you think you're too
important but large enough to read your logo.
Should you choose to use a photo, select one that is in
proportion to the rest of your
well worn, "down to a penny-a-wear" handbag has led a
good life but.......it's time to let go.
This neutral color bag was used again and
because it held so much and because it
blended so well with summer clothing. Because it was not
made from real leather the bag did not cost very much.
But, this man-made material cannot be repaired. The
plastic has pulled away from the hardware by the handle
and there is no way to fix that. The reason I bring this
up is that often times our very favorite items are the
ones that are so well worn from use and also very, very
hard to part with. Look at some of your favorite jackets
and check to see if there are wear patterns on the
elbows or your favorite ties - are they looking a bit
limp or perhaps stained? It really does not matter how
much you love that accessory or clothing item - if it is
not serving you well - let it go.
of the opportunity to have me right there next to you.
Send me photos of yourself and we can talk
about how you want to be perceived in your current work
environment and where you think you might now be falling
Meet Marianne. This young
woman's employer, a doctor in Georgia, invests in each
of his new team members by using me as their virtual
consultant. Many of us already have a business
suit, but we're not sure what it would take to make it
look current and polished. Marianne sent me
pictures of the clothes she was wearing each day of the
week, we had a phone conference and then she went
shopping. She was an excellent student and is a
great example of someone who might want to choose
dresses over pants.
There are 5
changes that we made in the first two images (before and
after). Can you spot all 5?
the new look of my website at janicehurley.com.
Can you find the bunny ears?! Many thanks to Pat
Lee and Heather Sasser at VideoEnvy
for their great work!