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News, Tips & Updates From Mackenzie Image Consulting

News, Tips & Updates From Mackenzie Image Consulting

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February 2011 Newsletter from Mackenzie Image Consutling
February 2011 Newsletter from Mackenzie Image Consutling

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Published by: Shauna Mackenzie Heathman on Feb 21, 2011
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Subject:News, Tips & Updates from MICDate:
January 25, 2011 9:56:20 AM EST
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 News You Can Use
 jan 2011
 Don't let your fear hinder your success
 Advice from Shauna M. Heathman,Owner/Certified Image Consultant
Ilove to publicspeak ... an affinity most people don't share. The fear forpublic speaking (known asglossophobia)is believed to be thesingle most common phobia,affecting as much as 75% of thepopulation. Unfortunately, the fearcomes with consequences; it canimpede your career, possibilities forpromotion and other socialopportunities. However, a fear of public speaking does notequate to a lack of skills. And if you do share an affinity forpublic speaking, I'm sure you can attest to the fact that these valuable skills are never fully developed. There's always moreto improve, enhance and tweak.Since we've been doing a lot of public speaking coaching thisJanuary, I felt it timely to share a few basic tips and tricks youcan apply for your next big presentation:
Don't let your fear hinderyour successWardrobe Resolutions forthe New YearAdditional Reading
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Dress Strategically 
: The last thing on your mind whenspeaking to a group should be how you look and what you're wearing. Professionalism is key, but above all you want toeliminate as many distractions as possible. While you want tolook sharp, avoid any noisy jewelry, tight-fitting garments oranything that may draw attention away from the message you're verbally trying to send. If you're questioning a garment,ask yourself, "
What message does this send? 
" to see if it'scongruent with how you want to be perceived as a speaker. Inaddition, avoid any nervous tells by eliminating the source.For example, pull your up if you tend to play with it whenfeeling nervous or anxious.
Tell Stories:
Think about the things you remember longafter you hear a speech, attend a seminar or participate in a workshop. More often than not, it's the stories the speakershared. Whether they are personal stories, cause and effectexamples, or situational parables, stories are the best way tocatch and hold the attention of a crowd. Typically, sharing astory will also cause you to naturally boost your energy, reflectmore passion and appear more excited about your topic.
Practice, Practice, Practice:
I know you've heard it amillion times but it's preached for a reason. Ensure that younail the presentation by rehearsing as much as possible.Rehearsing does wonders for streamlining your message andmemorization. Sharing your talk with a friend or colleagueahead of time will also help you to prepare for any questionsthat might arise during the actual presentation. During themorning of, tape your notecards to the bathroom mirror. As you fix your hair or apply your make-up, rehearse your talk inthe mirror to yourself.
Talk Slow and Breathe:
You most likely know whether ornot you're a fast presentation talker (like yours truly). Moreoften than not, you can always afford to slow down. Did youknow that audience members retain more information theslower you talk? If you know you're a fast talker, avoid any caffeinated drinks prior to your speech. Also, make aconscious effort to take deep breaths often; and when you dopause to take a breath and it feels like lasts for a millenium, it was only a brief second to the audience.Follow 
Shauna on Twitter
for daily advice and insight!
 Mark Your Calendar: 
1.27 -
Charleston SaleSoiree
Memminger Auditorium7 - 10:00 p.m.MIC is a sponsor and Emcee1.29 -
SC Style Workshop
The American Theatre3 - 6:00 p.m.MIC is an expert speaker2.05 -
AICI Atlanta ChapterEducation Day
Atlanta Hilton Suites9 - 5:00 p.m.Join MIC at this CEU'dannual event2.10 -
Cynthia RowleyPrivate Shopping Party
341 King Street6:30 - 8:30 p.m.MIC hosts a night ofdiscounted shopping,cocktails and mini-makeovers2.18 -
Center for WomenAnnual Conference
Marriott Hotel8 - 3:30 p.m.MIC will be speaking on thepower of negotiation3.06 -
Distinguished YoungWomen
(formally JuniorMiss)Wando High School2:00 p.m.MIC is the emcee of this
Wardrobe Resolutions for the New Year 
 Advice from Megan Roberson, Assistant Style Consultant
Take control of your closet in 2011!Here is a list of simple tips to makethis happen:
Purge the excess:
It's importantto have a closet full of clothes youactually wear. Most of us wear only 20% of our wardrobe 80% of thetime. If you haven’t worn it in two years, get it out of there! We promise you won't miss itonce it’s gone. If losing weight is a New Year'sresolution, it's okay to keep a few basics that are just a bit too tight. However, if it doesn’t fit and probably  won't within a year, it's time to consign ordonate. Stocking your closet in smaller-sized garmentsin hopes of wearing them once you lose the weight oftenend up hindering your wardrobe and weight lossresolutions. Besides, when you do lose the weight, you're going to want to treat yourself to some new purchases!
Boost your confidence:
Know how to dress your body to its fullest potential. What colors, silhouettesand textures look best on you? It's important to know the answers to these questions because complementing your natural features leads to looking your absolute best. Shopping and putting together outfits will becomea breeze when you know what to look for and what todisregard. When we look great, we feel great, right? Somake it happen!
Cover all the basics:
Be sure you have the basics in your wardrobe. Basics are different for everyone and your personal lifestyle will dictate exactly what theseare, but here are some examples: a pair of great fittingdark denim, blazers or cardigans for layering, black dress pants or pencil skirts, and dressy tee-shirts. Basics help you mix and match your wardrobeeffortlessly. With the few things listed, a fabulous weekend look is comprised by throwing on dark denim,a dressy tee and blazer. Add some jewelry and you’reout the door!
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