Do people see you as greedy or wise?

COLOR_WORD_PURPLEDid you know that purple was the most expensive colour dye to create?

The earliest purple dyes date back to about 1900 B.C. It took around 12,000 shellfish to extract 1.5 grams of the pure dye – barely enough to dye a single garment the size of the Roman toga. It’s no wonder then, this colour was used primarily for garments of the emperors or privileged individuals.  Put simply, purple signified wealth and extravagance.

Whether we consciously realise it or not, we still today, have an awareness around purple and wealth.  You can use it to your advantage though.

My advice…if you are negotiating money in any form, avoid wearing purple as you run the risk of giving the impression you have enough already (if it’s a pay-rise) or that your prices are too high (if you are selling).  If however, you are teaching, advising or presenting then purple is your friend, giving people the impression you have a wealth of experience and wisdom.

Colour has a huge impact on our thoughts!

 

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

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

Why Attitude is King

Positive thinking doesn’t mean you bury your head in the sand and ignore the bad. Positive thinking just means you approach the less pleasant aspects in a more positive manner. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst. Continue reading

What makes you better than someone else?

Provocative question…

In reality time is what shows people whether you are better.  Whether you do what you say you’ll do and when you’ll do it.  In the beginning however, people take a guess.  The suss us out by what you choose to project through the impression we make.

Just for 5 minutes, take stock of how you want to come across to people and then look in the mirror and be honest with yourself.  Do you walk those wishes or is there room for improvement.

Now look at your emails and letters – do they convey your values or are you often rushed for time and not able to really get across the benefits you bring.

In fact look at every aspect of how you look, sound and behave and take steps to make changes where you feel changes are needed.

It’s a worthwhile exercise and could make a huge difference to your success.

Gravitas

This is a commodity that is growing in demand. The Oxford Dictionary definition is solemnity but in business it means status, self awareness and authority.  Those who have it exude it.  They do not need to explain themselves and they have integrity.

Gravitas is not something you are born with, but you can develop it.  There is no quick-fix for looking, sounding and acting with more authority.  But there are many tips and techniques which can help you project gravitas. Continue reading