You Cannot Not Communicate
As you become aware of who you are and what’s your Ikigai, you gradually grow comfortable in your own skin. It reflects outside, on the surface, through your way being. Your congruence translates into confident body language and you shine through. You attract, You influence, You match and You build rapport. You may expect these to happen almost like Domino Effect as your mind, body and soul are parts of the same cybernetic system.
This language is far more persuasive than any spoken language. Your authentic image you create in the mind and eyes of others becomes your visual resume which could be further accentuated by your sense of grooming and etiquette.
What is considered good manners may vary from region to region, from one ethnic group to another, courteous people enrich their own spirit by making other people feel good and respectful. And, that is what etiquette all about. Being associated with Hospitality Industry ever since I post graduated in the same discipline to subsequently become a certified Image Consultant, I consider grooming and etiquette as major forces in creating your first impression. If you are motivated to learn, live and hone your soft skill and upgrade your Image, so that your outside inspires people to know more about inside, I will be happy to share my experience to help you enhance proficiency on Etiquette and Grooming as your Image Coach.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Image ?
The way we choose to dress, groom or behave is collective or individual effect of our state of mind, condition of our body and awareness of our spirit, which come about to others as a reflection of our identity.
This reflection of one’s ‘self’ in mind and eyes of others is deemed as one’s Image.
How we manage our Image?
How we choose to manage our Image depends on how we want to present ourselves in the World. Vivid or subtle elements in our dressing, grooming or body language serve as semiotic cues towards forming impression of us in others mind.
When these elements are in sync with who we are; authentic to our self; appropriate for our roles and occasion; complements our silhouette; our image is congruent and effectively integrated inside out.
First Impression is the lasting Impression – A Myth or a Truth?
This is neither an absolute truth nor a point which can be completely ignored.
The answer is simple. When we meet someone, we have never met before; they do not have any clue about who we are. Since they do not know us or have never met us before, they do not have knowledge about the person that we are. So, they judge us on the basis of what they see and hear. Everything else becomes secondary. The things that we say, the way in which we act and everything that indicates anything about our personality lays the foundation on which the other person builds an idea about our character. While a book shouldn’t be judged by its cover, many people are unlikely to read it if the cover is not inviting! Therefore, your first impression counts.
Individuals make impressions and judgements about people very quickly, very easily, and with minimal information. And once those judgements are made, they tend to be hard to undo.
– Dr. Vivan Zayas
How an Image Coach helps in creating Personal Brand through Image Coaching?
Image Coaching is about synchronising your environment with your beliefs, values, capabilities, identity. So if you have aligned your core values with your identity, you are congruent and you would have clarity about how you like to look on the surface, what Image you would want to project in public and how you would establish your personal branding which would empower you to standout in the crowd. You would naturally exude reasons for people to remember you!
Image inside out
There are great leaders from different walks of life, who chose to simplify their image so that they could concentrate on the big picture. Their image either reflected their purpose or pronounced their distinct identity.