What Does Confidence Mean to You?

What Does Confidence Mean to You?

What Does Confidence Mean to You?

When we think of the people who inspire us, who we look at and wish to be more like, one of the most common terms we use to describe them is ‘confident’.  They are filled with confidence, they are self-confident, they have confidence in what they are doing.  In sportspeople, amongst others, it can almost seem to move into arrogance but it gives them the drive to achieve great things.  For each of us, finding the meaning of confidence can help us develop it and become a better version of ourselves. (more…)

How to Create a Powerful Personal Brand

How to Create a Powerful Personal Brand

How to Create a Powerful Personal Brand

Powerful Personal Brand

At one time, when you talked about branding, you were referring to companies – their logos, their styles, the kind of products they were associated with.  But now, personal branding has become just as important as more and more people start their own business or work as freelancers.  So how do you go about creating a powerful personal brand? (more…)

Top 10 Skills All Leaders Need

Top 10 Skills All Leaders Need

Top Ten Skills All Leaders Need

What are some of the skills that leaders need to possess in order to thrive in the workplace? Here at Double C Coaching we know the importance that a good leader can have on your career. We also know the importance of being a good leader to others, here are the top ten skills all leaders need.

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Driving Success for Women in Business

Driving Success for Women in Business

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Driving Success For Women in Business

Although it’s easy to look at all the negativity in this world, sometimes just concentrating on the positives can be a great way to change our mindsets and opinions. After all, the last decade or so has seen a pretty wholesale change in the way that successful business women have been defined.

For any women who wishes to be successful in the world of business, it’s no longer a pipe dream or a silly idea. In fact, these days are long gone! You will find, quite easily, that driving success for women in business is no longer the impossibility it once seemed.

Driving Success for Women in Business

We asked some leading business women for their advice. TS Krupa had this to say “You don’t need to tear down other women in order to be successful. Instead, I would advise that you surround yourself with women who might be positions you want to strive to be in or other leadership roles and get to know them. You don’t have to ask them for favours or assume they will get you your next job but have lunch with them, listen to their stories what works for them or what hasn’t worked and use that to start building your own platform. The biggest thing in business is building your own professional portfolio and how you set yourself apart from everyone else. By developing these skills early in your career you will be a step ahead.”

Sandra Yeow, author of the upcoming book ‘Obstinacy Power’ adds “My advice for a fellow female who wants to be successful is to have determination and persevere on when meeting road blocks. Often the solution is just there when you are about to give up.”

Society is changing – and changing for the better in every possible sense. Now, you can quite easily explore the best ways to enjoy a more fruitful business career. The best route to finding the path to your own success, though, is to come through a coaching program.

How Coaching Helps Successful Business Woman

If you would like to learn how to become a successful business woman, then coaching is what you need. A qualified coach can be a major way to help you experience the real path to success. There are many ways to ensure that you have a long-term future as a business expert, and learning from a coach who you can trust and rely upon is going to be your most effective weapon.

The most successful women in business learn business practice from the best. Then, they use their practice to show the “gatekeepers” that gender does not matter. Successful women leaders, for example, can be the perfect way to showcase to you just how successful a woman can be in the business world.

The Power of Precedent

Let’s take one very quick example – Karen Brady. Karen works at West Ham United Football Club, in one of the most male-dominated industries on the planet. Using her business nous and her experience, Karen has helped West Ham move from their old stadium, the Boleyn Ground, to a new Olympic Stadium.

She used her expertise to help get West Ham a deal that is, to say the least, beneficial to the club. However, this had never have been seen in football before and wouldn’t have become a reality if it was not for the work of other successful business women to help break down these barriers.

By working with some of the most successful women in business you can see, and learn from, how they dealt with the depressing barriers that exist. You’ll find plenty of ideas and advice that works for you, ensuring that you can begin to move away from the old-school challenges that holds lots of women back.

The only thing that can stop you from thinking “I want to become a successful business woman” is quite simply your own confidence. With coaching from the right people, like Double C Coaching, you can find that you have the ability all along.

It’s when you are coached to use your confidence as a tool rather than a barrier that you can make drastic, considerable changes to your life moving forward.

The most successful women in business had to overcome very significant challenge in society to get where they are today. Now, with the right coaching to hone your mindset, you can do the same!

Dressing For Success

Dressing For Success

How to Land the Job Before You Even Speak

So, you graduated from a renowned university with countless awards, certifications and a GPA worthy of a gold star, but your less than impressive sense of style is ruining your chances of acing that job interview. Don’t fret, you will be dressing the part of a boardroom maven in no time!

While maybe a little unfair, the universal truth is that your appearance dictates the first impression you leave on anyone, especially when you’re faced with a potential employer. What statement do you want to make – you mean business OR you can’t even wrangle your life in enough to put together a tidy, appropriate outfit?

Did you know that a recent study found that 37% of job applicants are rejected because their clothing was deemed inappropriate by their prospective interviewers? While you may have all the qualifications of this prospective job opportunity, looking the part of the qualified, polished applicant can send your confidence levels soaring. If you feel good about your appearance, attire and what your resume will reveal about your impressive accomplishments, those pre-interview nervous jitters will be banished and you’ll be giving the best interview performance of your life.

Stuart and Double C Coaching are revealing some simple, yet powerful tips on how to dress for success – leaving a strong impression on the interviewer, boosting your self-confidence and skyrocketing your chances of getting hired.

 

Prepping for a Job Interview: Dress to Impress

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Dress According to Business Culture

Do a bit of research on the nature of your job and put some thought into how your job function should influence what your attire should be. If possible, swing by their office casually or visit the company website to get an idea of the workplace culture and what others wear to the office.  As the saying goes, “Dress for the job you want.”

For instance, if you are applying for a nurse post or daycare center, wearing heels might not be good idea, as the job involves a lot of movement, hustle and time on your feet – opt for a pair of sensible flats instead. Looking for a job that encourages creativity and requires artistic sense? Spice up your outfit with vibrant colored clothing or accessories, instead of corporate colors and showcase your flair for the creative. If you are applying for a makeup artist position, your own makeup should demonstrate your skills and look polished and wearable. Your clothing and makeup choices should demonstrate that you are fit and qualified for the position you are seeking.

Choosing An Outfit

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When deciding on what outfit or dress to choose, lean more towards conservative. Avoid anything that is revealing or could leave you with an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction mid-interview. Leave your casual wear at home – no jeans, sneakers or graphic tees. Structured tops that have at least a cap sleeve, pencil skirts, pantsuits and sheath dresses are all staple job interview attire.

You are allowed to express your personality through your wardrobe choices, even while going for a job interview. Work in some vibrancy, by breaking up a neutral suit with a pop of color in the way off a colorful blouse or scarf. Avoid neon colors, as these are hardly flattering for any skin tone.

Shoes need not be altogether boring, but make sure they are cohesive with your outfit. Avoid any open-toed footwear. If in doubt, a closed toed pair or neutral pumps are always a safe choice. Ensure that you have practiced walking in them and are comfortable with the heel height you have chosen.

After choosing your outfit, make sure all pieces are clean and free from any wrinkles. Your dress shoes or heels should be clean and not visible scuffed.

Choose the Right Fit

Your overall appearance should have a tidy, polished and professional look. Choose clothing that fits well and is in good condition. Ill-fitting clothing can you leave you looking sloppy, not to mention if you are uncomfortable in your clothing, that will translate into your body language. Pants too tight? Not only will this look unflattering, but you will be left fidgeting and losing concentration. If you have trouble finding clothing that fit your body shape, consider visiting a tailor to have your clothing professionally fitted.

Accessorizing Your Perfect Look

Jewelry should complement your clothing, but not overwhelm it. Leave your statement piece necklace that looked glamorous during your girl’s night at home. Opt for tasteful pieces that are classic in design, nothing flashy. When in doubt, less is more. Avoid any jewelry that makes a lot of noise as you move (think how distracting that bangle set will be to your interviewer, while you’re trying to explain why you’re the perfect candidate for the job). Wearing a tasteful wrist watch is a great idea, as it will allow you to have a peek at the time without whipping out your smartphone, which could leave a poor impression on your interviewer. If you’re interviewing for a position in fashion, research the latest trends and pick one to work into your ensemble in a fitting way.

Your makeup choices should make you look polished and refreshed. Avoid dark eye makeup or very heavy blusher. Think of makeup as a tool to enhance your natural beauty and keep the attention on you, not any glaring makeup snafus.

When deciding how to style your hair, think of timeless styles. A sleek up-do or polished ponytail is always office appropriate. Have curly hair? Banish any frizz with a styling crème and use a curling iron to tame any wayward strands.

Consider going for a manicure or giving yourself a spa experience at home with a DIY treatment. Nails should be clean and trimmed to an appropriate length. If you choose to polish your nails, opt for a nude or natural polish color.

Each workplace has a different tolerance of visible tattoos and piercings. If you have any doubt what your prospective workplace’s policy might be, assume it is more conservative. Dress to cover any visible tattoos and wear minimal facial jewelry.

Make Up, Hair & Hygiene

Your makeup choices should make you look polished and refreshed. Avoid dark eye makeup or very heavy blusher. Think of makeup as a tool to enhance your natural beauty and keep the attention on you, not any glaring makeup snafus.

When deciding how to style your hair, think of timeless styles. A sleek up-do or polished ponytail is always office appropriate. Have curly hair? Banish any frizz with a styling crème and use a curling iron to tame any wayward strands.

Consider going for a manicure or giving yourself a spa experience at home with a DIY treatment. Nails should be clean and trimmed to an appropriate length. If you choose to polish your nails, opt for a nude or natural polish color.

When choosing a fragrance, go for something subtle. Wearing a heavy, overpowering perfume is never office appropriate.

Bottom Line

Dress according to your business culture and the position you are applying for. Keep the above tips in mind while choosing your outfit, but always make sure that you feel comfortable in what you are wearing. You want to feel self-confident and your clothing choices are a great way to boost that confidence and allow you to be your true self. After you give a wonderful first impression, be sure to communicate effectively, keep proper posture and be mindful of your body language and always be confident in yourself and what skills and attributes you possess. Good luck (not that you’ll need it)!

 

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