IMAGE - A Vital Tool For SUCCESS
"Looking attractive in any situation is an advantage in almost any situation."
The hands-on lunch session usually ends up as a very fun practical session as it involves role play and learning by experience...
You are in the company of VIP guests at a posh
five-star restaurant. You panic, a million questions rush to your mind: Am I dressed
right? Will I remember which fork to use for the salad and appetiser? What should I say
and how should I say it? Should I smile without showing teeth or just a little?
Image is a powerful tool and projecting the RIGHT
kind of image, be it personal or corporate, is vital for success.
According to Dolly Kee, director
and principal consultant of Image Power, in a corporate environment, your image can give
you the competitive edge that is crucial in ensuring success. "People who
are skilful in making good impressions generally command a higher degree of
personal power, trust and credibility."
"Another vital factor is knowing how to
handle yourself properly in your daily interactions with other people - this can help you
achieve greater interpersonal impact. Ignoring these essential fundamentals of business
etiquette and protocol could lead to unintentional offence and embarrassment," Kee
Some elements that affect your image include
non-verbal signals such as your physical appearance, voice, facial expression, dressing
Kee's company, Image Power,
conducts custom designed workshops and modules on a personal and interactive basis. At the
moment, she is conducting 3 modules : Grooming For Success, Professional Etiquette and
Fine Dining at Carcosa Seri Negara.
Under the Grooming For Success module,
participants will learn the importance and impact of conscientious grooming, good business
dress sense, body language as well as visual poise and deportment. According to Kee,
looking attractive in any situation is an advantage. "An improved image means an
improved self-image and this will boost your self-esteem and make you feel better, more
confident and self-assured," Kee said.
Under the Professional Etiquette
module, participants learn the finer points of good manners, business etiquette vs social
etiquette, greetings and introductions and the proper use of cutlery and crockery.
The Fine Dining module will guide
participants through a 3-course lunch session. "This particular module is
conducted at Carcosa Seri Negara so participants can have a feel of the surroundings,
" Kee explained. "In fact, this module usually ends up as a very fun
practical session as it involves role play and learning by experience."
Participants emerge from Kee's workshops with
improved skills of communicating more effectively through their image tangibles,
projecting greater poise and personal confidence in dealing with people at all levels.
The Grooming For Success, Professional Etiquette and Fine Dining modules comprise a one-day workshop; however, participants may choose to do any one module or even all three.
The Star ( Supplement ) - September 9, 1999