Do you dress to impress ?
What do you take that question to mean?
Is it asking whether you dress smartly, colourfully or outrageously?
Dressing to impress is normally said in relation to a job interview or another situation where the spotlight might be on you.
Whatever you take it to mean, the answer is ‘Yes, you do dress to impress’, however unconsciously
There can be a lot of confusion around what constitutes personal branding so perhaps a useful place to start is by saying what it’s not. It’s not about logos and letterheads. Logos and letterheads are part of your business branding. While of course there’s a connection between the two, i.e. a good business brand for a solo entrepreneur should reflect their personal brand, they are absolutely
How much of a risk taker are you? How safe do you like to feel?
There’s a matrix that you can apply to risk taking with 3 key issues to be balanced against each other. These are: the likelihood of the worst outcome occurring, the level of seriousness of that worst outcome and your own competency or skill level.
The idea of this matrix came to me when I was on a paddleboard, considering
How often do you use the word try? How often is at an excuse to appease someone, and how often is that someone you?
‘I’ll try to get to the event.’ ‘I’ll try to get this finished on time.’ ‘I’ll try to eat healthily.’ You probably have your own similar phrases. Try might be replaced by I’ll do my best. The implication is the same. I did try!
On the surface, perhaps
What sorts of things create tension in your life? When does that tension tip over the edge and become stress?
We hear a lot about stress today and how it impacts our health in a negative way, which it definitely does. An excess of ongoing mental stress affects your physical as well as your emotional well-being.
Stress causes the body to produce an excess amount of adrenaline, but often with
Have you ever been put on the spot to answer a question, when you know that the answer you give doesn't give the full picture or may even be misleading?
Have you ever had to categorise things or people that don't fit neatly into any of the options available? For example, if you were asked to assess yourself for your skill on using social media and whilst you’re a whizz on Facebook you don't
To what extent does your posture affect your mood, and vice versa? Is one more powerful than the other?
The truth is that they have an ongoing mutual impact on each other, so trying to identify which is more important is a bit of a chicken and egg situation.
It’s easy to overlook how small changes in posture can affect your mood. How do you sit or stand when you're feeling confident and
Have you ever taken in a role that was previously fulfilled by someone who had done a great job, been really popular, or worse still, both?
Perhaps the others in the organisation didn't want that person to leave and weren’t too open to you as the new post holder.
It can be a daunting task, not helped when colleagues and friends remind you that you have big shoes to fill.
How disappointed are you when you don't quite achieve something that you were working towards?
That might be something as simple as a deadline you wanted to meet or it could be a personal goal you've set yourself, such as climbing a mountain or learning a new skill. Within a business context it might be to launch a new product by a set date, to reach a certain sales target.
None of these
Have you ever stopped to think about all the different roles you play in your life – and for whom? There are probably more than you think.
When you first came into the world you were somebody's son or daughter. You will also have been someone's grandchild. Possibly someone’s niece or nephew, brother or sister.
The list will then have grown as you have. You will have been someone's
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