Presentations – Traps to avoid when you speak

Whenever you begin to speak, whether your audience is one person or a thousand, you want to get a specific message across.  Maybe you want your opinions heard at meetings, or perhaps you are giving a formal presentation, internally or externally.

Anyone who sets out to present, persuade and propel with the spoken word faces these major pitfalls: Continue reading

Men’s Dressing – Combining suits, shirts and ties

3 Plains (shirt, tie and suit)
Great look, very current. Best if there is some relationship between the colours, e.g. Navy blue suit, pale blue shirt and medium blue tie. The contrast/blend and tone will depend on what is right for your colouring.

2 Plains/1 Pattern (Plain suit and shirt, patterned tie)
Interesting variation, try to have some link in the colour scheme. It is difficult to work with two different colour stories.

2 Patterns/1 Plain
Most common combination for business, works best if colours relate. (striped suit, plain shirt and foulard pattern tie). If wearing a patterned shirt, you are perhaps better to go for a plain tie.

herringbone-stanwyck-stripe-navy-suit3 Patterns
E.g. birds eye suit, striped shirt and woven tie. Difficult to pull off, unless the colours are well co-ordinated. If you manage it you will look very stylish.

Why making an impact in meetings is important

Meetings are an ideal forum for you to make an impact.

If you are running the meeting, make sure you send out an agenda prior to the meeting with date and time, subjects to be discussed, who will be attending and a clear objective of what the meeting is there to achieve.  This last point keeps Continue reading