As an entrepreneur or small business owner you are the face of your business, and so it’s important that you stay ahead of the game. I know from experience that when I started my own business I put my own professional development on hold, putting business matters first. I know now this was a big mistake, any investment in yourself is an investment in your business.
Equally, if you work for a company and are serious about building a career, then in the current economic environment you need to take control of your professional development, because your employer may not. Companies are cutting training and development costs, recruitment freezes are in place and redundancies are becoming common place. This is no time for complacency you need to ensure that you Shine brighter than your competitors and colleagues. You may be very good at your job, but what other qualities do you bring to the organisation? Are you just a safe pair of hands or a real Brand Ambassador? People need to see, hear and experience how you add value to your business. You need to demonstrate visually, verbally and non verbally what sets you apart from your colleagues, how you look, how you communicate and how you behave is crucial? If you are serious about progressing your career don’t leave things to chance your career and your Professional Development is in your hands, you are the master/mistress of your own destiny so make sure you invest in yourself and your future. Shine offers a range of soft skills training courses in the following subjects: Image, Communication, Body Language, Etiquette and Behaviour.
Perhaps you are at a particular stage in your career or professional Development.
- First job or just graduated
- Looking for your next promotion
- Changing careers
- Returning to work after a career break
- Starting your own business
- Expanding your business
It’s an exciting time, you have your career ahead of you and you are in pursuit of your first job. You may not have had a job before and so you are not conversant with the world of business. The corporate world is very much a world of first impressions. People form impressions within the first forty seconds of meeting you and your professional image, dress and appearance accounts for a massive 55% of that first impression. A Professional Image Management workshop will show you how to make the correct first impression, first time every time. Or why not consider Interview Image and Impact to help you secure the job you want. Whether you are just starting out or you are a mature student, investing in your professional development will help propel your career.
This is when you have to Shine brighter than your colleagues, to stand out from your peers. Developing your own Personal Brand will put you at a significant advantage and differentiate you from your peer group. You see whether you have consciously developed a Personal Brand or not you will have one, just ask your colleagues. Just as companies market their products and services you can learn how to market yourself, my one day Personal Branding consultation will show you how to develop brand you. Having a credible brand is an imperative in part of your career and professional development.
Your Personal Image and Impact is a combination of visual, verbal and non verbal communication, many of us are unaware of the sub conscious messages that we are giving out through our voice, body language and demeanour. Make sure you are conscious of what messages you are sending out to people and how it might be perceived.
You may not have worked for a number of years and are feeling hesitant or less than confident about this return to working life. If you work at a senior level then Professional Image Management will ensure that you always look the part, while Personal Impact will ensure you always make the right impression when attending interviews or in the Boardroom.
You have broken free from corporate life and you are starting your own business. When you start a business it can be a busy time, there’s so much to do that you forget to invest in your own professional development. However when you run a small business then you are the business. Everything you say and do, the way you behave has an impact on the way you are perceived. You are quite literally or should be a Brand Ambassador for your business. The way you conduct yourself, your communication skills, your image and appearance will have a huge impact on your success. To truly capitalise on ‘brand you’ the why not book a Personal Branding consultation and reap the benefit of your investment for business, for pleasure and for your own self esteem.
You may have a successful business that you started, but suddenly it is expanding quickly. It’s an exciting time but this means you now have to move out of your comfort zone and try lots of new things. You may be required to present to clients or run Board meetings. You may be the customer face of your business, the person who has to ‘seal the deal’. You may have become an authority or be considered an expert in a certain area. Just because you are an expert in a certain area doesn’t mean that you can always effectively communicate your knowledge to others. Talking to groups and making effective presentations is a skill that can be learned.
Any or all of my Professional Development courses will add value to your capabilities and that of your business. I offer 1-2-1 personal coaching for any of the soft skills and I can train or coach you at my Hertfordshire base or at your place of work. If there is something in particular that you need and don’t see then please give me a call to discuss 01442 255314.
If you want soft skills training for a group of employees then please contact our sister company Modus Operandi on 01442 244654, further details are shown on the website, www.modusoperandimarketing.co.uk .