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good manners

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!



It is known that companies prefer to promote candidates that are attractive, but attractiveness covers many things. Looking and feeling good, having good manners, being well groomed as well as being well presented and conducting yourself with good communication skills, confidence and style. We are all judged on the way we look, sound and behave. The better we are at these the more chance we will be seen as an attractive candidate when looking for a job.

With so many people applying for the same job it is important to make yourself as attractive as possible.

At Appearance Management we help people to look, feel and be their very best.


The other morning I turned on the television, whilst changing to go out, and Trisha Goddard on Five programme was on. This is not something I would normally watch, however it was about etiquette and they had on some women who they were going to change from ladettes to ladies, so I thought I should watch it. I was amazed, in fact shocked, to hear that a few of the women go to Asda in their pyjamas because they are too lazy to change; one in her dressing gown with nothing else on. Three were sent off with some experts and were taught how to have better posture, speak more politely and how to use a cup and saucer. It had not struck me before that people use mugs all the time. The comments the women said after the session included how much more confident they felt and how much greater self-esteem they had.


The next day I had a business meeting in City Inn Hotel, Westminster and all the people were having cups of coffee and tea in cups and saucers.

For me, this is another example why we find “Etiquette & Manners” an important session in Appearance Management corporate workshops and why we also offer it in our personal consultations.





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"I am in the third phase of my life and having been a successful image consultant for 18 years, I now enjoy the freedom of blogging about life in general, especially fashion, grooming, etiquette and manners." Angela Marshall
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