May 2017 Monthly Tips

All of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You. – Tom Peters in Fast Company

May Tips For Communication & Image Success

Tip for Organizations:

Question:
We have a new organization SVP and each member of my team will have a one-on-one with him. How should the team members prepare?

Answer:
Dress one step above what they would normally wear. Prepare three main points to share about their main responsibilities and some easy general personal background information. Use active listening to learn about the SVP. You have the power to set the tone of what you want the first impression to be!

Communication Question:

Question:
How can I take the time to answer a question without seeming nervous because of feeling rushed?

Answer:
To improve answering questions quickly without seeming nervous you need to practice the following: Repeat the question by saying “I want to be sure I heard you correctly. Did you ask …? Then, if you still need more time ask for more clarification. Do it thoughtfully to project sincerity.

Presence  Question:

Question:
In a recent Chicago Tribune photo, we noticed basketball stars wearing suit jackets with short sleeves. Will this become a norm for jacket styles?

Answer:
Those basketball players suffered broken arms. The shorter sleeves helped them wear a cast or provide room for the arm to heal without binding the broken area. Will these modified sleeves become popular? I doubt it for the average consumer. However, the fashion industry is always looking for the next style hit for men so we never say never!

The Art of Business and Social Interaction®

Question:
Today’s political environment has become toxic at worst to highly controversial at best. How can I change the subject without seeming rude?

Answer:
It is important to let people express their views without seeming intrusive by disagreeing with them. A safe way is to let them talk and then change the subject by asking a question that is totally unrelated. Make the question neutral. For example “Can you recommend a good restaurant to try? We’re up for some adventuresome eating!”