Did 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!
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
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.
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.
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
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
Perfectionism is not a quest for the best,
It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves,
the part that tells us that nothing we do
will ever be good enough – that we shouldtry again.
– Julia Cameron, author, poet, playwright and filmmaker
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.
You may already have noticed that being brilliant, the best or even working harder than anyone else is not enough to help you be successful in your chosen career these days. There is even research to show that only 10% of career success is down to ‘doing the job’. Continue reading