Present Yourself

After our last article you should have a list of businesses doing business in the area you’re looking for. This is a great start, please keep organized and save this information as you continue moving forward. The next step is to market and present yourself to these businesses.

The first step in marketing yourself is to forget you. This isn’t a step in your Zen meditation; it means that you focus on the employer and not yourself. The businesses you now have in front of you are looking to make money. This is the main focus of any business and the reason they have been created. You need to forget yourself and your goals and realize that to get hired or to contract with a business you must bring something to the table.

A simple example of this would be a salesman. Instead of presenting yourself and hoping that you could be a good fit for them. Do some research on their products and services and then based on your experience tell them what you can do for them. Be confident in your proposal. If you understand their business and understand yourself you should easily connect the dots for them. Once the dots have been connected, and they understand what you can do for them you’re ready for the next step.

Next you need to work on your resume, make sure that you create your image as a worker who is interested in helping this business grow and not just your pocket book. The more you focus on your abilities and experience and how that can help them grow the better your application. In writing your resume, be very specific on what you can offer and how it will help them. Avoid being general in your abilities and experience. Be creative and professional in your resume and application. Online resumes, YouTube postings and other new market ideas are out there. Research the best options for your personality and market. You need to stand apart from the other applicants.

After creating your resume and presenting it to the businesses you’re interested in the number one rule is follow-up. Never assume that they will get back to you, never assume that they aren’t interested in you. You have a lot to offer them, how could they not want you. Make sure they know how interested you are in their business and never stop following up with them.

After presenting yourself to them, make sure you set the next step. An example of this would be sending your resume and then letting them know that you will be following up with them Tuesday at 3:30pm. Be specific with the time and date so they know how serious and organized you are in the process. This will also force them to be prepared for your call and get your application processed. After this step you’ll be prepared for the phone interview and setting a face to face interview. We’ll discuss this in the next article.

5 Tips For Dressing For Success While Presenting

“What should I wear when I present?” One of my coaching clients asked me this question recently. While it might sound more like a question for a style consultant, like my colleague Teresa Morisco on her Wardobe 911 blog, it’s also an appropriate question for a presentation skills coach like me.

In addition to your presentation content and delivery, how you dress and present yourself can affect the success of your presentation. Like your non-verbal communications, how you dress should support the message you are communicating and not distract from it. What you wear is particularly important in a high-stakes presentation, but it’s also important in any presentation, especially if it’s your first time speaking to this audience or you’re very nervous.

Here are 5 tips for dressing for success while presenting, no matter what the occasion:

1. Dress appropriately
What is considered appropriate depends on the audience and the venue. For example, if I’m performing improv comedy for entertainment at the monthly meeting of a women’s social club, I usually wear nice jeans. If I’m doing an improv workshop at a Fortune 500 company, however, I wear a business suit. If you’re not sure what is appropriate, ask the meeting planner or the person who invited you to speak. And if you’re not sure what looks good on you or what is age-appropriate, consult a style expert like Teresa or work with the personal shopping service at any major department store.

2. Dress comfortably
No, I’m not talking about wearing sweats or pajamas, but appropriate clothes that allow you to breathe and feel comfortable. For example, if you’re wearing high-heeled shoes that hurt your feet or pants with a tight waistband, you will not be focused on communicating your message. I have a client who feels very warm when she’s nervous – so I suggested she avoid heavy sweaters and instead, wear layers so she can remove a layer (like a jacket) if she’s feeling too warm.

3. Do a dress rehearsal
If your outfit is not something you’re used to wearing, practice wearing it while delivering your presentation. For example, if you normally wear khaki pants and a polo shirt, practice wearing the suit and tie so you’re not fidgeting with the tie or your shirt collar instead of focusing on your message.

4. Consider your props
If you’ll be wearing a lavaliere or clip-on microphone, plan ahead how you will wear it. Lavaliere microphones can be clipped easily on a tie or jacket lapel, but if you don’t have one of those, you have to figure out where else you can clip it. Also plan where you will put the microphone unit, especially if you don’t have a pocket or sturdy waistband.

5. Bring or wear something meaningful
Many of my clients find it helpful to have with them an item with special meaning. Especially if you’re nervous, having some kind of physical reminder of something special can help calm your nerves. For example, you could wear a necklace that your husband gave you, the watch you received when you got promoted or the ring you bought on your vacation to Hawaii. You could even keep something in your pocket, like a religious medal, or bring a special pen or business card case. Of course, you should not play with the item while speaking and it shouldn’t be distracting (no bracelets that clink loudly when you move your arm). The item is not a superstitious good luck charm, but a reminder of support and a boost of confidence.

When you do a final check in the mirror before you present, you should be able to smile at yourself and feel confident. If you follow these 5 tips, you and your audience will be able to focus on your presentation rather than being distracted by your clothes.

Olukai Womens Slippers Tips And Guides: If Your Slippers Hurt Your Feet, This Is What You Didn’t Do

Bearing this in mind, it is pertinent that you plan to overcome the issues prevalent with the cold weather condition. Buying Olukai Womens Slippers is one of the ways you can prepare for the upcoming cold season. How do you get prepared?

While waiting for the cold weather, start now to look for the perfect footwear; don’t wait until there is a rush for slippers because the high demand will create temporary scarcity. One of the vital markers of lack is an influx of low-quality products. So, during the rush for slippers, expect low-quality footwear incursion.

Don’t allow your feet to tolerate severe cold weather conditions because it can cause infections, foot odor, etc. When you wear slippers under cold weather, they keep your feet warm when you relax at home in front of your T.V set.

If by wintertime you discovered that your slippers are inadequate, it means you did not plan. In this article, you will find out the reasons you are saddled with bad slippers and what to do. Right now, you can start searching for Olukai Women Sandals or slippers and avoid problems.

What constitutes a bad slipper?

You have undoubtedly heard about wrong footwear, but what makes a slipper bad for you?

A slippery sole slipper for the winter season is a bad idea

Avoid wearing a slipper that has a slippery sole because, it increases your risk of falling and hurting yourself, particularly, when you walk on ice, snow, vinyl, wooden, and tiles floors.

Avoid unnecessary injury, invest in Olukai Womens Sandals or slippers; this is the best option for you. The soles of Olukai Womens Sandals and slippers are fitted with anti-slip features that provide comfort and support.

Shun non-breathable fabrics:

Non-breathable fabrics prevent air from reaching your feet. The idea of putting on slippers is to make your feet comfortable. Unfortunately, non-breathable materials can make them too hot for comfort even under cold weather. Poor quality footwear like the inexpensive and novelty-styled shoes entraps sweat and warm air, constituting a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi.

Wear shoes made with breathable materials like wool, leather, and suede to prevent foot troubles.

Bulky low-design designs:

During Christmas, when the weather is cold, footwear producers flood the market with novelty footwear. They are cheap, bulky, large, burdensome and, do not show your feet’ actual shape. Avoid this type of footwear because it’s difficult to walk and climb stairs in them.

Avoid patronizing novelty shoes, go for Olukai Womens Slippers because they are light and will not add weight to your feet.

No arch for support:

Many slippers especially the fragile, flat, and soft ones lack arch support. The problem with this kind of slippers is that they are poorly made and do little in assisting your feet suck up shock while strolling. Slippers without a shock absorber could cause pain in your lower limb.

When shopping for slippers, choose perfectly padded insoles that will support your feet.

Well, fitted slippers are good for your feet:

Slippers should provide perfect room space that allows natural feet movement. When footwear is too roomy, your feet move around constantly; the constant friction could dry out your skin, cause skin damage, hinder your pace, and cause injuries.