Ever wondered what those 3 words mean for you and your journey towards achieving all your professional goals?
Today, Brenda Khambule, owner of 10oneHUNDRED Image and Style Consulting reveals three essential ingredients your own recipe for professional success. Brenda Khambule will be speaking at the Executive PA Seminar on the 12th June 2013 at the Crowne Plaza, Rosebank, Johannesburg.
How do you influence others?
The meaning of power varies from person to person. Power can be defined as the ability to influence others. The dictionary describes it as the ability to do something or to act in a particular way, especially as a faculty or quality. Given these definitions, look within yourself and ask: How are you influencing others? Are you aware that one of your greatest influences is your outward expression? How do you use this power to highlight your most professional expression and to present a holistic polished delivery?
To create your own personal power, you need to have a clear and concise plan as to what your goals are and where you’re going. You even need to go so far as to imagine what you would look like when you have that power. The key is self-awareness. Here are some steps to help you get started:
Step 1: Stop and look in the mirror.
Take cognisance of the fact you may be “filling in the gaps” when it comes to how you see yourself and how you really are. So pause for a moment. Take it all in. Are you comfortable in your own skin? Does the picture before you compliment the vision you have of yourself now and in the future? Do your emotions change how you see yourself both positively and negatively? Be honest. This is your chance to have a deeper relationship with yourself.
Step 2: Be aware of the image and brand that you are presenting.
You are a canvas and people perceive you based on the image you are portraying. Have a clear idea of what brands your life portrays. You are multi-faceted person. So be cognisant of all your brands.
Step 3: Consider your professional wardrobe.
Put together a wardrobe that is reflective of not only of who you are, but of your vision of who you want to be. When dressing always consider the environment you’re dressing for. A professional look is exactly that. It is a look that is suited to the profession that you are in. It is important to keep this in mind when choosing a professional wardrobe.
It will make it easier if you are aware of the brands you are. When dressing each morning keep in mind which brand you are getting into and “suit up” appropriately. Let’s say you were an astronaut, you wouldn’t dress the same way to spend time with the family as you would on the moon. But many of us do that, we wear “a space suit” all the time and wonder why parts of our lives and brands aren’t allowing us optimum success. For the office, your power and professionalism needs to shine bright. What you wear helps you appear more credible.
Remember, by practicing these three steps you will be more conscious of your own personal brand and how you portray yourself to the world of work. Something as small as mastering your external appearance can help secure your personal and professional success.
Brenda Khambula will be speaking on the 3P’s (Polish, Professionalism and Power) at the Executive PA Seminar 2013 at the Crowne Plaza, Johannesburg – The Rosebank on the 12 June 2013. Other speakers include award winning PA’s Anel Martin from Telkom and Priscilla Bouwer from Microsoft. Noeleen Maholwana-Sangqu, presenter from 3Talk will also give insights to designing your own recipe for success. For more information, contact Magdeline Matlatse on +2711 706 6009 or email@example.com.
Brenda Khambule, Owner, 10oneHUNDRED Image and Style Consulting
Brenda Simphiwe Khambule is a qualified fashion designer with 16 years of extensive experience in the clothing industry. An owner of 10oneHUNDRED, a lifestyle and image facilitation firm specialising both external and spiritual aspect of grooming. Brenda has worked for magazines varying from True Love, to O Magazine South Africa and Drum magazine amongst the many. She believes all individuals have a shining beauty, both within and without, and strives to help her clients express themselves, while tapping into their personal concept of style.