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Even in Hollywood, performance can go just so far! Personal Branding is key:-)

Performance impacts your personal brand! Most of us think that performance is everything to your career. Sure, you have to perform to keep your job, but what distinguishes you from

I am sooooo frustrated hearing about Personal Branding. What does it really mean?? HELP!

Personal Brand Alignment Don’t stress out. It is not that complicated, but developing your personal brand takes a strong commitment, time and patience. You have to first wrap your hands

Business Stationery: the lost art of communications

Business stationery is the lost art of communication. Using it today can really make you stand out to others. Hard copy correspondences are more likely to be read in today’s

I have a friend that says he always uses one word of profanity such as “damn” or “hell” during an interview to show maturity and that he is relaxed. Is this a good thing?

Absolutely not! Using any type of profanity does not show maturity, in fact it is the opposite. Being too relaxed is not where one should be during an interview. Of

I was at a networking function and this one person tended to get too “close” when speaking with me and others. It made us a little uncomfortable. What is the rule-of-thumb when it comes to distance between people when doing business?

Whether you are doing business or socializing in our culture, (North America) the norm is what scientists call the “social” distance. This is about 4-5 feet distance between people, which

What is the best way to start a conversation besides making a statement about the weather?

Using an ice-breaker to start a conversation is sometimes more difficult than the conversation itself. Whether it is a networking event or meeting someone in a restaurant where there is

If everyone is sitting at the table for dinner or a meeting and a new guest walks into the room, should everyone stand upon noticing the guest entering? Does it matter whether the guest is male or female?

When someone arrives at the table, it is the responsibility of the host to stand and greet the guest. Be sure to say their name, have a good firm handshake

Who should order first at a business dinner? The host or the guest?

The host should allow his or her guest to order first. My recommendation is to have the guest of honor order first. The server should take the lead from there.

When arriving at the office for your interview, the appropriate protocol when introducing yourself to the receptionist is to state your full name, announce with whom you have the interview, the time of your appointment.

When greeting a receptionist for an interview appointment, you should state your full name first. For example, “Good morning (afternoon, evening), my name is John Smith and I have a

I have a presentation to my management team. I am 29 and fairly new to the company. It is my first time meeting some of the team. I really want to communicate that I am competent. My content is solid. I just want to make sure I have the right image to represent what I am presenting. Any suggestions?

I recommend going for a more authoritative look. This will help you set the tone of serious and competent. There are some simple things you can do. I have listed

What is the most common mistake women make when getting alterations?

For women, the most common mistake when fitting suits is ignoring the sleeve length. Tailors typically only alter what women ask for, whereas for men, tailors typically adjust the entire

I have heard that men are to wear over-the-calf socks when wearing a suit. Is this true?

Knee-length socks, also known as over-the-calf, should always be worn with a suit and tie, or for that matter, any business occasion. This includes business casual. The reason is that

Is it mandatory that I wear suit to an interview since I am interviewing for a business casual environment? My friend told me that no men wear jackets at all in the office where I am applying. Any thoughts?

Although many corporate cultures support business casual attire, it is always wise to wear a suit to an interview. The definition itself of “Business Casual” varies from business to business,

I would like to know more about business attire overall. What’s the new standard, which attire falls into which category, etc.

At CHUVA beyond we classify attire into the following categories. It’s impossible to put each item in the blog, but I hope this gives you some guidelines for building your

Nervous habits tend to me more prevalent when you are under pressure or stressed, particular in business meetings, interviews or giving a presentation. How can you reveal your nervous habits to maintain better control??

Nervous habits tend to surface when a person is under pressure or stressed; however, being nervous is normal. It is important to control them as much as possible. If you

I had a job interview and I kept fidgeting with my hands. I caught the interviewer “take note”. What’s the best way to avoid showing nervousness with my hands since that is the way I show it?

If you play with your hands, or tend to play with items when you are nervous, then do not allow your hands to touch. You can gently hold your wrist

I am a grown woman and I still get the occasional breakout. And of course it’s like the 3rd eye right in the middle of my face. How can I cover it up to make it look like I am not covering it up?

When covering acne areas you have to be careful. If you are not, you could end up with a cakey clump on your face. Next time you get acne, follow

How To Put On Concealer For Dark or Light Areas!

The purpose of a concealer is to cover up break-out areas or dark or light areas typically under the eyes as well as around the nose area. This blog is

President Obama and First lady On Oprah…how is their image? Feedback?

I watched the President and First Lady on Oprah today. I thought it was interesting what they each wore. They each were dressed correctly for their colors and styles. But

During a business meeting, if someone is crossing their arms does this mean they are shutting you out or they are not buying into what you are saying?

Experts themselves have different philosophies on the nuances of nonverbal communication. And although this is a very complex subject matter, let me simplify it for you so that you learn