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A common concern many people have in obtaining a job or promotion at work is their lack of confidence which they feel will hold them back in a competitive job market.

10 tips on how to overcome this:

  1. Visualise yourself in the job and how good you will be. Think positive!
  2. Dress well to suit the position and ensure you feel as well as look good (be comfortable in your clothes). Dress for the job you want not the one you’ve got!
  3. Think positively and imagine yourself in the role.
  4. Good Body Language – Stand, walk and sit with upright posture, hold your head up high and give a firm and positive handshake.
  5. Smile! It relaxes the face and helps you feel more relaxed plus it helps build rapport with the person/s you are seeing
  6. Speak clearly, concisely and with confidence.
  7. Practise in front of a mirror.
  8. Remember to use 2 ears and 1 mouth, so listen attentively to what the interviewer or bosses say, but ask questions.
  9. Don’t be overwhelmed by the person’s position, remember they are human and can make mistakes just like you.
  10. Be yourself!

Finally, if you don’t know the answer to questions, don’t be afraid to say so or ask them to clarify what they mean. Sometimes it is the company jargon or their explanation that you haven’t understood.

Have some Goals

It is important to set yourself some goals, so that your self esteem and confidence grows. When you achieve your goals continue to give yourself some more. If you fail at anything put it down to experience, try again or move on. Regularly look at your goals, and if needed identify what skills you’ll need to achieve them and check out how you can obtain these skills.  Most importantly believe in yourself and your abilities and you will be surprised how well you will achieve them!


How to Have a Great Wardrobe – Step 2

By Angela Marshall, 19th Sep 2013

IMG_9504How to Have a Great Wardrobe – Step 2 Organise Your Clothes

Having a great wardrobe makes life so much easier, both for getting dressed as well as looking good for whatever you do in your lifestyle.

Last session was about sorting your wardrobe. Step Two – the next step – is about “Organising Your Wardrobe”, putting the clothes you want to wear back in your wardrobe but organising them into some order so you can easily decide what to wear and quickly choose different items to wear on different occasions.

Here are 7 tips on how to organise the clothes you wear in the Wardrobe:

  1. Hang or fold in drawers your clothes in groups e.g. women – jackets, suits, skirts, trousers, jeans, blouses, dresses. Men – shirts (casual/formal), trousers, suits, jeans, t-shirts and jumpers. Hang outfits separately unless only worn together e.g. suit.
  2. Store similar shades of colours together (put a different colour between black and navy).
  3. Shoes should be in shoe-trees and either in boxes or on a rack.
  4. Hang belts on a belt hanger, in order to prevent cracking.
  5. Keep jewellery and cufflinks in a box neatly. Stones and pearls should be kept separately in order not to scratch.
  6. Fold scarves in a drawer or hang over a hanger.
  7. Remember to sort underwear, swimwear and nightwear.

Next week I shall discuss Step 3- Planning What You Have and What You Need in your wardrobe.


Personal Grooming – Keeping Shoes Clean

By Angela Marshall, 28th Nov 2012

Keeping Shoes Clean

Over the last month we have had lots of rain in the UK and from seeing on the news the United States have also suffered with horrendous storms.  It means that we often need to change our shoes for walking outside particularly when walking through muddy areas.

Clean Shoes

During wet weather or during snowy winter weather it is important to take extra care that our shoes are kept in good condition.


  1. Good repair – ensure you shoes are in good repair, this includes wellies. Worn rubber soles can cause you to slip in wet or icy weather.
  2. Polishing shoes not only keeps them clean but provides a protective layer that repels water and dirt, keeping your leather shoes impeccably clean and presentable.
  3. Suede shoes – waterproof when new to prevent suede and nubuck from becoming damaged. Use a soft bristled brush or a suede bar to lightly lift away dirt. However, avoid wearing them in very wet weather.
  4. Casual, Sport or Walking shoes – these days often they are suitable to be cleaned in the washing machine. Check label when you purchase them.
  5. Shoe trees – to keep shoes in shape use shoe trees and when damp use newspaper.
  6. Spare kit – keep a shoe cleaning kit in the office to ensure your shoes are kept in supreme condition.
  7. Salt Stains – during the snow you may find your shoes have salt stains. Use equal parts white vinegar and water and dampening a small cloth.  Then use the cloth  to scrub the stained area.

Smelly or Stinky shoes

To avoid bad odour put baking soda into your shoes every night when you take them off. In the morning, take the shoes outside and clap the soles together to get rid of excess powder. Alternatively, use odour-controlling insoles or put your shoes in a sealable plastic bag and put them in the freezer overnight. The cold should kill any fungus or bacteria causing the odour. Always avoid wearing the same shoes two days in a row.

Looking after shoes enables them to last longer and shoes clean and in good condition form part of your personal grooming routine. People notice your shoes!

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In today’s competitive world doing a good job is what you are paid for, but looking stylish and giving that little bit extra will make the difference and help you to stand out from the crowd in a positive way.

Ask yourself:

  • How well do I represent my business and job with my appearance?
  • How well dressed am I today and how well are you representing your business brand?
  • Do you look good every day, not some days  (you need to show you are consistent in your appearance, as it indicates you are with your work).
  • Who are you and what type of business do you represent – creative, conservative, trendy or more relaxed in style.

I have been an image consultant , running my own business Appearance Management, for 15  years and help people with their personal image. I have written  books, “Being Truly You – Discovering your Own Unique Wardrobe Personality “, one for men and one for women,  which has a questionnaire so that you can work out your wardorbe personalities, often one more in work and one more in your personal life.

For more information check out wardrobe personality or to order a copy of my book Being Truly You.


By Angela Marshall, 4th Dec 2009

RBS brand is very much spoken about at present with the debate about bonuses. Unfortunately all the staff of RBS will be tarnished with arrogance, greed, self centred and several other adjectives. Yet it is a small percentage of staff that gets paid the large bonuses. However, as these people are suppose to be the best of the best, to help the company get back into profit, it would greatly benefit their personal image and personal brand if they were to take smaller bonus. This in turn would improve the brand of the bank and the general public would be more willing to support them. This is the very time that people look for strong leadership and good people they can look up to.

There are some leaders that are looking to lead by example, by taking a lesser salary,  and it will be interesting to see how well the new Managing Director of Allied Irish Banks does Cohm Doherty who has taken less pay. 

A strong personal brand can be tarnished overnight, as Tiger Woods is finding out. It will be interesting to see if his sponsorship will be affected.

Your personal image and brand is extremely important in helping you to achieve your goals but it is also important in helping you to feel good about yourself and with other people. Appearance Management helps people to improve their personal image.

Having a Passion and Enjoying Your work is Key

By Angela Marshall, 19th Oct 2009

People who do a great job in the hospitality industry are summed up as ASK. They have a positive Attitude, great Skills and Knowledge. We have just been the beneficiaries of this, at a wonderful week’s break at  La Residencia in Majorca.

This made me think  how much better life would be and how a company’s bottom line would improve if we all had the same attitude to our work. Companies need to think about the training of their staff and how to improve what image they portray. Management need to ask – Do their employees represent the corporate brand? Our personal image i.e. the way we look, sound and behave, has a significant impact on how our company is perceived. Looking good gives people confidence, good body language helps to portray a positive message and good manners, whilst not being commented upon, will, like bad manners, never be forgotten.

If you believe that how your people engage with your clients matters then we can help, so please contact, image consultants Appearance Management


Having good manners and professional etiquette are often ignored and yet are so significant, as they are part of your personal image. Manners have become more relaxed, especially when meeting the Royal family, however there are still many rules that are timeless and expected as part of professional manners. The key thing is to always treat people with consideration and respect, although this should be obvious, it is frequently a casualty in many workplaces.

In a business environment this means understanding the critical factors that can make or break a business meeting; impress a potential client or influence a first impression on your first day in a new job. When attending a meeting you should stand when a senior manager or top executive enters the room. Then wait until they offer their hand and when shaking hands ensure you always have a firm grip (although don’t squeeze). And look directly in the eye when greeting them. If you are the host ensure you offer your hand to your guest and welcome them with a smile.

 Remember: Always be conscious that your mannerisms reflect on your professionalism and that of your company’s business.

Appearance Management includes etiquette and manners as part of their workshops and personal consultations.

City Bankers and their Image

By Angela, 2nd Oct 2008

How a professional image can change in a very short time and yet it will take longer for City Bankers to be regarded as credible in the eyes of the general public. It is typically the 80:20 theory, only a small percentage of City Bankers have caused this problem, now the best way forward is for the banking industry to change the perception of who they are to the public. Each person’s individual personal image can make a difference.                       

In the current economic climate being brash, arrogant and flaunting your success is not a good personal image. I can think of one particular person who shines as an example to the world. Sadly last week Paul Newman died, one of the greatest stars in films over the last century. He knew how to behave, was a true gentleman, kind and thoughtful who gave no end to charity. He is an excellent example of how to behave as an gentleman, who didn’t abuse his good looks and charm, but instead was considerate to others less fortunate and yet enjoyed life to the full in a very positive and constructive way. Plus a happy and loving husband for over 50 years, a rarity in the movie world. Who said classic men are out of date?

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