Save Your Flip-Flops for the Beach

July 11, 2012

There’s nothing I love better than a relaxing day at the pool or the beach, but I would never consider wearing a business suit to either one, would you?

So it came as a bit of a surprise to me when I saw the attire worn by close to half the women in attendance at a business conference and networking event I attended a few weeks ago. Skin-tight micro skirts and 3″ heels; lightweight, low-cut dresses down to the floor with flip-flops; shorts and t-shirts.

Yes, it’s hot outside; we want to be comfortable and stylish – and, it’s good personal policy to remember that you are always on stage, even when you are a spectator at a business conference.

People are watching, and they will make decisions in a nanosecond about working with you (or not) based on how you present yourself.

Be impeccable with your presence.

Here are a few tips to help you coordinate your summer business attire:

Buy light-colored suit separates; a lightweight blazer or summer cardigan can “business up” a summer dress or sleeveless dress shirt when you have to attend a meeting.

Dresses and skirts should fall close to your knees when you stand. Anything shorter is inappropriate.

Remember that it is unprofessional to show too much skin, so avoid sheer garments, unless you are wearing cover-up undergarments of the same color.

Avoid plunging necklines.

Wear dressy sandals or open-toed heels or flats. Flips-flops are never appropriate for a business setting – not even the designer brands.

A high-end brand worn inappropriately is less acceptable than a fit-you-well, classic piece from a thrift shop.

When in doubt, it is better to overdress than underdress.

Wishing you a fun and fashionable summer!

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Starting Fresh

June 13, 2012

April 2012 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Exciting things happen in spring, don’t you think? The equinox ushered in the season, you celebrated Easter or Passover, paid Uncle Sam or thanked him for the refund, and are giving your home that wash-away-winter Spring cleaning.

It’s also a good time to take a look at your business and your brand.

I tell the people in my public workshops that in a competitive marketplace, everything counts – your stance, your clothing, what you say, the way you say it, and the reputation you hold.

Just for Today: Make a list of the things in your business or brand that need a refresh or upgrade, and take one step towards making it happen.

Then let me know how you’re doing!

Happy Spring!

Jill


Your Personal Brand Matters! Jill visits with Betsy and Ellen on their TV Show, “Spectacles”

September 21, 2011

Step Out in Style, including the Scrumptious Brand of YOU!

April 12, 2011

Join personal branding image coach, JILL JORDAN at the remarkable women’s boutique on Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak — BELLOCCHIO UPSCALE RESALE on MONDAY, MAY 2ND and awaken your fashion senses along with creating your unique, signature style.

Jill will help you polish your personal brand image so that others will think of YOU first — whether going for that job interview, looking for a promotion or simply to get your point across in a conversation. YOU are the brand that people buy. What does yours say?

You will have the opportunity to gather with friends, meet some new ones, and hear from the proprietors of BELLOCCHIO — CAROLYN JOSEPH and CAROL DOWLING — as they share their story on how they built this award winning upscale resale shop and continue to be successful during a challenging economy. Their brand continues to grow!

The evening will conclude with a private shopping extravaganza, along with some wine and cheese.

RSVP. Seating limited.
Tickets: $20 with a portion donated to HAVEN

http://bellocchio.eventbrite.com?ref=eweb

See you there! For more info call 248.408.2432


Powering UP!

March 30, 2011

Powering Up ~ How America’s Women Achievers Become Leaders by Anne Doyle

Check out this recent interview and then pick up the book ~

http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/political/spotlight_on_the_news/turning-women-achievers-into-women-leaders


Brand YOU! – March 28th

March 6, 2011

WORKSHOP – MONDAY, MARCH 28th – DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY – LIVONIA CAMPUS – 6-8pm

Do you have a personal brand?  How effective is it?  Having a powerful personal brand is the most effective way to clarify and communicate what makes you different, special and valuable to employers and clients.  How do others perceive you?  Join us Monday, March 28th to work on creating this powerful, clear, positive BRAND of YOU!

Fee: $39 (and bring a friend for just $1 extra)