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I just had an interview. Because of today’s technology, should I send a thank you note via email instead of a handwritten note card via snail mail? I am confused, please help!

You should send a thank you letter or note within 24 hours. The purpose is not only to thank them for their time, but to reiterate why you are the

The other day I had a meeting in a client’s office. She was at her desk. While I was taking notes I caught myself placing my pad flat on her desk. It felt awkward. Is there etiquette about taking notes?

When taking notes, be sure to ask your client if he or she minds. Place the notes where only you can see them. Do not use your client’s desk when

What is the best way I can sit during an interview? I often times feel too stiff. Any suggestions?

Having your lower and upper body facing directly to an interviewer gives you a more authoritative presence. Aside from your posture the position of the chair can impact your presence.

The new conservative look for women!

With business casual and fashion being more integrated with professional dress, things have changed. in the past, the most conservative look for women was a suit with a skirt. For

Understanding Modern Human Resources Management with Virginia Means

Recently I co-interviewed Virginia Means on the blog talk radio show, The Art of Image on Understanding Modern Human Resources Management with Virginia Means and how image and brand of

I recently had an interview. I was in the reception area with other and they were quit younger than me. When the receptionist asked us we wanted anything water, coffee or a soft drink, I said no, but a couple other candidates did. Am I missing something? Was that appropriate in the “new way of doing business”?

You did the right thing. You should NOT partake in any food or beverages. They will only get in your way. You should eat and drink prior to the interview.

The other day I was waiting to see a client in their reception area. I took notice of what others were reading while waiting to be seen. One was reading a novel of some sort; the other was reading a People magazine. It was then I thought, what were they “saying” to their client by what they were reading. Does this have an impact on what others think just by what you are reading?

When waiting in the reception area for a meeting you should select literature about the company, such as a brochure or an annual report. If those are not available consider

When visiting a client’s office and you are waiting to be seen where should you place the items that you have brought with you?

When sitting, you need to be thinking about getting-up. This is very important because when someone comes to great you, (hopefully you can see them coming) you should be able

I read that having good eye contact is the most important part of an introduction. The other day my client introduced me one of their new team members. When being introduced, she had great eye contact but not a good handshake. So what is the most important? The whole thing made me uncomfortable. Any suggestions?

When being introduced to others you should begin looking them in the eye, while starting to smile, begin the dialogue of introducing yourself, while reaching to shake their hands and

When going to a client’s office for a meeting, is it best to sit on a sofa or a chair while waiting in the reception area? I heard chair but do not know the reasoning.

Actually neither of them should be your determining factor. You should sit facing where you believe where someone may be coming from to greet you. For example, if there is

Personal Branding…Self-Awareness is Key!

Self-Awareness is Key when building a personal brand! When it comes to personal branding the key is Self-Awareness. CHUVA group created the 4-Level of Awareness when it comes to branding

I heard that there are a number of words per minute one should speak in order for their message to be comprehended clearly. Is there any truth to this? I speak fast and want to make sure I am being understood!

An average of 180 words per minute is recommended to keep your listener interested allowing them to better comprehend the message. Speaking too slow can make you appear very boring.

You are having a meeting with your boss and you disagree with what is being said, you can either react or respond. What is your typical style?

Oftentimes when one feels that someone is questioning his or her knowledge or abilities he or she can get defensive without even realizing it. When one does this they are

If you are in a meeting with someone and they do not have good or consistent eye contact with you, that means he or she is not listening and it is time for you to change your approach.

Just because someone does not have consistent eye contact with you does not necessarily mean they are not listening or paying attention. In business meetings many are multi-tasking and are

Does cocktail attire mean a short dress only?

Traditionally cocktail attire for women means a short dress only. The little black dress works great. In today’s environment you have some leadway. Consider a dressy pantsuit or a dressy

There are those who listen and those who wait to talk. Which one are you?

Contrary to popular belief, having the gift of gab does not necessarily make you a good communicator. Listening is the key! When you listen, you can respond with answers that

During a meeting, it is not what you say, but how you say it that “really” matters.

How you say something has more meaning than what is actually said, and can even contradict the spoken words. Like lyrics to music, words without tone (music) cannot really be

What is an image consultant?

An Image Consultant helps professional men and women ensure that every aspect of who they are and what they know and do is in alignment of each other so that

What are your thoughts about female associates wearing sleeveless tops?

There are many styles of Sleeveless tops. So you need to know the scoop…hint, avoid the scoop neck when wearing a sleeveless tops. Sleeveless tops are best if the strap

Carol B. Tomé, CFO of Home Depot

Recently I saw Carole Tomé, CFO of Home Depot speak at the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Not only was I impressed with her brilliancy, but as an Image Consultant I