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Global Image Group’s mission is to deliver the most cost-effective, high-impact image consulting services to forward-thinking individuals, professionals and corporations that want to define and refine their brand identity. Headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New YorkMiami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Dallas, Houston, London, and Dubai, Global Image Group is strategically located to serve clients worldwide. Established by Image Consultant Michelle T. Sterling, Global Image Group has been providing individual and corporate image expertise for over 15 years. We are a full-service consulting firm specializing in style makeovers, wardrobe evaluation and management, personal styling, and personal shopping. Our team of professional wardrobe and style consultants will help you increase confidence, develop successful business and social relationships, and achieve your goals from the boardroom to the living room. For more information, visit Global Image Group at www.globalimagegrp.com or email us to schedule an appointment.

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Global Image Group’s mission is to deliver the most cost-effective, high-impact image consulting services to forward-thinking individuals, professionals and corporations that want to define and refine their brand identity. Headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New YorkMiami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Dallas, Houston, London, and Dubai, Global Image Group is strategically located to serve clients worldwide. Established by Image Consultant Michelle T. Sterling, Global Image Group has been providing individual and corporate image expertise for over 15 years. We are a full-service consulting firm specializing in style makeovers, wardrobe evaluation and management, personal styling, and personal shopping. Our team of professional wardrobe and style consultants will help you increase confidence, develop successful business and social relationships, and achieve your goals from the boardroom to the living room. For more information, visit Global Image Group at www.globalimagegrp.com or email us to schedule an appointment.

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About Global Image Group

Global Image Group’s mission is to deliver the most cost-effective, high-impact image consulting services to forward-thinking individuals, professionals and corporations that want to define and refine their brand identity. Headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New YorkMiami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Dallas, Houston, London, and Dubai, Global Image Group is strategically located to serve clients worldwide. Established by Image Consultant Michelle T. Sterling, Global Image Group has been providing individual and corporate image expertise for over 15 years. We are a full-service consulting firm specializing in style makeovers, wardrobe evaluation and management, personal styling, and personal shopping. Our team of professional wardrobe and style consultants will help you increase confidence, develop successful business and social relationships, and achieve your goals from the boardroom to the living room. For more information, visit Global Image Group at www.globalimagegrp.com or email us to schedule an appointment.

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About Global Image Group

Global Image Group’s mission is to deliver the most cost-effective, high-impact image consulting services to forward-thinking individuals, professionals and corporations that want to define and refine their brand identity. Headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New YorkMiami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Dallas, Houston, London, and Dubai, Global Image Group is strategically located to serve clients worldwide. Established by Image Consultant Michelle T. Sterling, Global Image Group has been providing individual and corporate image expertise for over 15 years. We are a full-service consulting firm specializing in style makeovers, wardrobe evaluation and management, personal styling, and personal shopping. Our team of professional wardrobe and style consultants will help you increase confidence, develop successful business and social relationships, and achieve your goals from the boardroom to the living room. For more information, visit Global Image Group at www.globalimagegrp.com or email us to schedule an appointment.

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About Global Image Group

Global Image Group’s mission is to deliver the most cost-effective, high-impact image consulting services to forward-thinking individuals, professionals and corporations that want to define and refine their brand identity. Headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New YorkMiami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Dallas, Houston, London, and Dubai, Global Image Group is strategically located to serve clients worldwide. Established by Image Consultant Michelle T. Sterling, Global Image Group has been providing individual and corporate image expertise for over 15 years. We are a full-service consulting firm specializing in style makeovers, wardrobe evaluation and management, personal styling, and personal shopping. Our team of professional wardrobe and style consultants will help you increase confidence, develop successful business and social relationships, and achieve your goals from the boardroom to the living room. For more information, visit Global Image Group at www.globalimagegrp.com or email us to schedule an appointment.

Projecting Executive Presence is the Key to Getting Promoted in a Challenging Economy – Global Image Group Training in Hong Kong, London, Dubai, New York and San Francisco

London, UK  – The global economy is showing signs of recovery, however the process is slow. Many corporations are still in a hiring freeze, thus unemployment remains high. Although you may have the skills, the experience, and the degree, your competition does as well. If you are seeking your long overdue promotion or are eager to secure a position at that high profile firm, you must demonstrate that you are the best of the best, and your image will set you apart. The way you dress and articulate yourself speaks volumes about your credibility.

Exuding executive presence is a skill that should be cultivated. It takes practice, diligence, and experience to ensure you project an all-around successful image to your colleagues and those interested in hiring you.

Consider the following traits of projecting a powerful image and determine how you can further incorporate these valuable traits into achieving your career goals:

  • Project a positive attitude and behave like a winner
  • Showcase your unique talents and capabilities – using them to your advantage
  • Develop your listening and empathy skills
  • Be open to learn from others
  • Cultivate relationships and seek mentoring from those you admire
  • Dress and articulate yourself for the position you wish to attain
  • Give praise and due credit to those around you
  • Engage in self-promotion – voicing your opinion at an opportune time
  • Negotiate for win-win situations
  • Trust your instincts and street smarts – timing is key
  • Take ownership in your position, inspire and lead the team

Projecting the image which will lead you to the top involves looking and acting the part. In addition to the appropriate business attire for men and women (click for an in-depth analysis of successful interview attire for men and women), before you step into an important business meeting or formal occasion, do a 30 second check to ensure you are 100% focused on the people and task at hand.

  • Check your hair for dandruff, teeth for food, and nose
  • Ensure your clothing has no stains and all buttons and zippers are closed
  • Women, ensure your makeup is flawless and natural looking
  • And lastly, wear your jacket to project professional presence and image power when in the office

First impressions are comprised of 55% visual impact, 38% non-verbal impact, and 7% spoken word – which means your image and first impression can literally make or break your chances of achieving your goals.  While your physical presence, your handshake and eye contact are individually important, a successful, powerful image comes from how you skillfully combine these components together.  As a professional striving to achieve credibility, your awareness, intuition and ability to respond accordingly and respectively in each business situation will affect how you are perceived as a professional.

Depending upon your industry, your smartphone, laptop, briefcase, jewelry and accessories are equally as important as your wardrobe.  The bottom line is that every professional only has one chance to make a strong first impression.  Once you have refined your image, you will be given ample opportunity to showcase your strengths and capabilities as well as demonstrate why you are, indeed, the right person for the position or promotion.

To receive in-depth training on exuding executive presence and making a strong first impression, register for Global Image Group’s Executive Impact Worldwide Training Program, offered in London, Dubai, Hong Kong, New York and San Francisco in 2011.  Read our executive client testimonials from the industries including mortgage brokerage, entrepreneurial training, software development, public speaking, and business consulting.  Now is the time to invest in your career development by ensuring you project the right professional image and executive presence for your industry.

About Global Image Group

Global Image Group’s mission is to deliver the most cost-effective, high-impact image consulting services to forward-thinking individuals, professionals and corporations that want to define and refine their brand identity. Headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Dallas, Houston, London, and Dubai, Global Image Group is strategically located to serve clients worldwide. Established by Image Consultant Michelle T. Sterling, Global Image Group has been providing individual and corporate image expertise for over 15 years. We are a full-service consulting firm specializing in style makeovers, wardrobe evaluation and management, personal styling, and personal shopping. Our team of professional wardrobe and style consultants will help you increase confidence, develop successful business and social relationships, and achieve your goals from the boardroom to the living room. For more information, visit Global Image Group at www.globalimagegrp.com or email us to schedule an appointment.

Why Hire an Image Consultant and Personal Shopper?

As global economic climates are changing, corporate environments have become even more competitive. Current and prospective employees are not only being assessed based on their work ethic and performance but also on their professional presence and image. Therefore in order to set yourself apart from the competition, hire an image consultant to assist you in projecting a confident, approachable and professional image – as a result income will flow easily and frequently.

Individuals make instantaneous assumptions about you by merely assessing your dress, grooming and body language. The “rules” about professional dress and behavior are not as clearly defined as they were in the 80s and are perpetually changing every decade. Business casual, often referred to as smart casual, has also evolved in the last 30 years and this is where the assistance of an Image Consultant and Personal Shopper is invaluable.

Certified Image Consultants and Personal Shoppers have specialized knowledge and training in dress, grooming, body language, etiquette, and professional presence. Consultations are tailored to meet your specific goals and needs. Beginning with your current wardrobe, an Image Consultant and Personal Shopper will make suggestions on the appropriate color, style, and fit suitable for you. An image consultant will also suggest additional investment pieces that will help you present yourself with more confidence, competence and credibility – ultimately increasing your earnings potential.

Working with an Image Consultant and Personal Shopper is an investment in you.  Dressing well, purchasing brand name items and reading fashion magazines doesn’t necessarily mean you are projecting the right image for you. It merely states that you are interested in fashion and style. Take that interest one step further and find out what your clothing says about you. By working with an image consultant, your current challenges will turn into opportunities. Receive more compliments; feel more prepared for every occasion; and save valuable time and money by avoiding wardrobe blunders. Your return on investment is noticeable and feeling more confident is priceless.

 

Enlist the help of an image consultant and personal shopper today and watch your earnings potential soar.

At Global Image Group, our mission is to deliver the most cost-effective, high-impact image, etiquette and communication consulting services to forward-thinking professionals and corporations that want to define and refine their brand identity. Global Image Group is a privately-held company headquartered in San Francisco, California, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC, Las Vegas, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Toronto Canada, London UK, Sao Paulo Brazil, Monterrey Mexico, Tokyo Japan, Hong Kong and Dubai. For more information, please contact us.

The Necessary Art of Networking and Professional Presence

Networking with Executive PresenceIn such tumultuous times with companies laying off employees in flocks and those employed are concerned about their job security, having many friends in influential places and cultivating acquaintance relationships can be a benefit. Networking is an important job-hunting tool that is surprisingly often overlooked. In order to gain a strategic advantage in the job market- whether you have a job, are looking for one or wish to advance in your career, networking is key. An opportunity can come from anywhere; hence it is important to put yourself out there. At this point you might be wondering, ‘where do I start?’ Before taking your networking journey, you must first establish and hone your professional presence. Professional presence is basically your personal brand, which includes dress, grooming, body language, and etiquette. Self-promotion begins with overcoming nervousness or insecurities. Be confident in yourself and your abilities and this behavior will reflect in both business and social situations.

Tip # 1: Do Research and Identify Your Goals for Networking
Once you have established your professional presence, you should identify your professional goals and see who you can align with. Ask yourself the following questions, “Why are you networking? At what stage are you in your career?” Your research and networking strategy will be dependent on whether you are employed or unemployed, and/or shifting careers or further establishing one. Once you identify clear goals, you can do focused research. Some suggestions on where to start: industry organization websites, industry news websites, and career websites.

Tip # 2: Pull From Your Own Network
As you are building your network, reach out to a few people that you already know, like, and trust, and who also work in professions related to or in yours. Try to meet these people in person to market yourself, and indicate your knowledge of your industry and goals. Make sure that the person is clear about your objectives so that time is well used. Depending on your objectives, you can use the time to learn more about the industry or a specific position, and market yourself. Be prepared. Your contact may know someone who knows someone looking to hire.

Attend Networking Events to Increase VisibilityTip # 3 Attend Some Industry or Networking Events
Getting out and meeting new people in your industry is the easiest way to build your network, particularly since your conversations will be focused. While at the event, be sure to be accessible, come early for the “social hour” prior to an event and spend time mingling after a corporate dinner. If you come to the event with someone make sure that you two aren’t joined at the hip the whole event. This is a great opportunity to learn about new practices in your industry and key players in your area. Remember to bring plenty of business cards to the event.

Tip # 4 Take Risks and Be Creative in Your Journey
Be creative and assertive not only about how you build your network, but about how your personal brand will leave an indelible mark in others’ minds. Naturally, the more accessible you make yourself, the greater your odds of building a large network and gaining new opportunities. With the advent of high technology, ubiquity is almost required. It can be time-consuming, but professionals should focus on social networking sites like LinkedIn, a business-oriented site with over 37 million members. According to the company, requests from people using the service to find jobs are up 48 percent. Recruiters and hiring managers are using creative ways to find and evaluate qualified candidates, even social networking sites.

For further assistance with establishing your professional presence before your networking journey, contact Global Image Group. Also, look for future blogs specifically on networking for career changers.

5 Tips On How to Recession Proof Your Job According to Training Management and Soft Skills Training Consultants Michelle T. Sterling and LeeAundra Temescu

With economic uncertainly at levels not seen since the Great Depression, many employees are seeking ways to recession proof their careers. Many professionals and executives have found the professional development and soft skills training route to be their answer.

The numbers are staggering. Citibank planned 50,000 in layoffs, Ford Motor Company – 20,000, Sun Microsystems – 5,000. Some of the layoffs are department based or program based but many are discretionary and entirely based upon your soft skills and your abilities to project professional presence. Managers decide who stays and who goes. In general, those who are viewed as underperforming will be cut and those who have unique and valuable skills will stay.

Here Are 5 Tips On How To Recession Proof Your Job:

  1. Project Professional Presence. It’s all about the subtle, unspoken details of how you present yourself, how you enter a room, the tone of your voice and the confidence in your persona. It’s as simple as sitting up straight at your desk to how you command the boardroom. Projecting and maintaining the professional image you want to present speaks volumes about your credibility.
  2. Develop Your Soft Skills. Being able to assess your audience, knowing what to say, when to say it and how to say it are all vital in your ability to hone your soft skills. People like working with others who seem approachable, trustworthy and personable especially in cut throat environments. It makes working with you so much more enjoyable.
  3. Behave Like a Leader. Take ownership for your work and the projects delegated to you. Take initiative and offer to take on more responsibility if you have the bandwidth. Leaders are often self-motivated to execute and make things happen.
  4. Cultivate Your Professional Relationships. This doesn’t mean you should sleep with your boss! Often times breaking the ice is hard. If you start the day by saying hello to your colleagues and fostering polite conversations in the elevator or in the restroom, you’re on your way to developing good relationships with your co-workers. Creating win-win situations and being able to manage your relationships with your colleagues above and below you projects executive presence.
  5. Hone Your Communication Skills. Developing a clear, focused, and compelling core message, understanding your audience and getting the information you need to organize and write a speech that compels your audience to act are all important aspects in developing your communication skills.

Executive Impact, a program designed to address the professional image and soft skills training management concerns of professionals worldwide, has been a unique asset to many of our clients in enhancing their value and marketability within the firm. According to Image Consultant Michelle T. Sterling, Founder of Global Image Group, “The truth is many people have good technical skills and can do the job. What sets a person apart and puts them ahead of the pack are the so-called ‘soft skills’ – image, behavior, communication. Employees who have executive presence are the ones that companies want to retain and nurture.”

Executive presence isn’t something that comes naturally to most people but it can be learned. Sterling, in conjunction with noted communications coach, LeeAundra Temescu, have been training individuals on these critical skills through a series of seminars offered around the world for several years.

Temescu says, “The most gratifying result of these seminars has been the fact that many of our clients have gotten promotions or better jobs simply because they learned the skills that enabled them to, for the first times in their careers, convey their expertise with professionalism and poise.”

The seminar offers participants a unique approach that focuses not just on dress or communication but presents both in an integrated manner that highlights all aspects of executive presence.

The Executive Impact Seminar is being offered in San Francisco and New York while the Worldwide Executive Impact Seminar is being offered in London, Dubai and Hong Kong in 2009.

Join the many and recession proof your career today.