Tips on Speaking Professionally

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Your speaking style may be preventing you from being taken seriously, even to the point of preventing you from getting a job or advancing if you have one. If you wish to be accepted as a professional, you must possess professional speaking skills, whether you are talking to one person or a group. Fortunately, you can acquire those skills with practice.

Develop Variety in Your Style

  • If you speak with a monotone delivery, you will bore those who listen to you. Instead, vary your speaking speed, deliberately pausing occasionally and raising your voice to make a point. Be careful not to raise your voice at the end of a sentence unless you are asking a question. Raising your voice in this manner turns a statement into a question and gives the appearance that you are uncertain about what you are saying. If you end a statement by lowering your voice, you will command more authority.

Get Honest Feedback

  • As you practice your speaking skills, ask for feedback from people who will give you supportive criticism. Join Toastmasters International to get coaching and practice in polishing your speaking style. You’ll get plenty of opportunities to get up in front of a group, who will provide encouragement while helping you improve your delivery. Study how other people speak. Listen to leaders of your company and watch their delivery style. There are plenty online examples of great speakers to emulate, such as on YouTube.

    HOW TO BE PROFESSIONALLY

    Behaving professionally is an implicit, tacit trait that makes you look confident. You must also act appropriately for the circumstances. Behaving in a professional manner is a talent that can make your life a success.

Watch your personality. The first thing that a stranger sees in you is your outward personality (your first impression) but not just your good looks and charms. So always have a winning personality that everyone seeks for. Joining personality development programs is a good idea to develop your personality.

Don’t boast. Don’t go around telling everyone how you survived Antarctica barefoot or how you climbed the Mt. Everest without using oxygen cylinder. It’s good to boast a little with your close friends and family but not with everyone. They’ll just think that you’re a show-off. Let them talk about their achievements, so that you have equal right to then establish your status. You must not be a self-centered person, but let other people express their views, on ideas upon the meeting table.

Listen. Don’t talk about you and your life only. Let other tell you about themselves, and listen to them. It’s a very good and professional habit to show interest in what they’re saying. Never ignore them while they’re speaking either.

  • It is not a good idea to interrupt the person who is speaking because one may get irritated. Realize the input you would like to make, and find the right time to do so.
  • However, if you disturb the person that you’re listening to, while they’re speaking — hopefully, this person will want to keep the conversation interactive, but remember, don’t go off the topic when disturbing their presentation or point of view.

Dress up professionally. It simply means wear the clothes in which you are comfortable with. The dress should strictly match with your personality or else people are just going to laugh behind your back. If you are a nerd type of guy, don’t go around with a punk type dress.

  • It is also a very good idea to make your own signature style regarding dress. For example, Steve Jobs wore his turtle neck, Levis jeans and white shoes in each and every keynote and public appearances.

Have simple hair styles. Make your style professional looking, wearing deodorant, cologne, perfume, etc. Make sure that your appearance does not reflect immaturity.

Learn to behave professionally. Look directly in the eye of people who are talking to you; don’t make weird faces and don’t stare too much either, doing this to make the speaker think that you respect him but are not intimidated by him.

Do not get overexcited about a product. No matter how hyped the product is, getting overexcited just displays immaturity. If someone has a product that you’ve been waiting to buy, don’t beg them to give it to you a few moments sooner. Keep your calm and your excitement under control.

Talk less, but talk with sense. Don’t talk too much with people unless it’s about sharing valuable ideas with the other people. Be sure to talk with logical, good sense. People should think that you are talkative, but in a good way.

Talk formally. Remember, while you are talking less, with clear sense, be sure to talk formally as well. Speaking informally will leave a bad impression on other people, especially if you are just getting to know a person.

  • Remember not to have the “holier than thou” and the “know it all” attitude; it just puts people off.

Accessorize yourself with some of the latest gadgets in the world. You must be updated with the latest world of fashion and technology and learn to walk with the modern times. Always accessorize yourself professionally.

Don’t ignore others. If someone asks for a necessary help, then please help them, but if a person shows up with a task which he/she can easily do but is too lazy to do it, then advise the person to “Do it for yourself.”

Be good at what you do. If you have several skills or talents, be best at it and never ever try to imitate others. You must always have a great deal of competence so that others will likely notice your professionalism.

Be respectful to others. Be it rich or poor, a CEO or regular staff, your grandpa or the garbage collector, you must respect everybody that you encounter. You must respect all jobs and talk to everybody with equal respect. Slowly, when people start noticing this trait, you’ll be respected.

Learn to keep a promise. If you’ve ever given a promise to somebody, then make sure you keep it. Doing this will make the person think that you are reliable and honest, a trait which will boost your professionalism.

Try to be punctual, not too nonchalant. Time should mean a lot to you. Always be on time for meetings, whether it is with your friends or your clients. Your punctuality will be remembered by other people, as being late drastically lowers the respect that other people have for you.

Don’t be overconfident. Do not show a grin, snarl or grimace. If some work or project is given to you, then don’t grin, or seem overly proud; just put your head up with a very slight smile (or anything else that makes people realize that you are okay with the work and the responsibility). You can also show this confidence at home, work or even on a date.

Pull out evidence when talking. Bring out factual information–citing a quote, offering, bringing forward evidence or support–for your issues. It will influence the person to whom you are telling a quote. But these examples must be related to what you all are talking about. Not trying to do so, will just make you appear to be uninterested in the conversation.

Don’t get overly emotional, proud, hurt or angry. Even it’s a funeral, or your friend’s Nobel acceptance speech, keep things simple and go for a firm handshake to congratulate each. Stay silent at funerals with no obvious tears in the eye; otherwise people may think that you are way too emotional to act professionally in all circumstances.

Tips

  • You can try to rehearse your professionalism, with simple style and a kind of formality everyday such as in front of the mirror (in the beginning phase).
  • Maybe you’ll be discouraged at the beginning but don’t give up’.’
  • You may become shy at first to act professional. But, as time passes by you’ll get used to it.
  • When you’ve made a promise to others and have a hard time to keep up the word, just offer some alternatives or other stuff to the specific person.
  • While behaving professionally, you must not often laugh or grin. Smile rarely, and that would make you seem serious upon your own life and to be seemingly to have no time to waste on silly jokes.
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What to Wear on a Romantic Occasion

Being asked out on Valentine’s Day can be romantic and  exciting. Whether your new boyfriend wants to take you on a sexy date or your  husband wants to treat you to an elegant evening dinner, you’ll need to dress  for love! Use these tips and ideas to figure out what to wear on St.  Valentine’s Day to make the holiday of love full of fashionable fun.

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Choosing Your Color  Wisely – Why Not Red, Pink or Hearts

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like wearing red or pink. While  these colors may be too bold for everyday wear, they are more than acceptable  for the holiday of love. When choosing your perfect red or pink outfit, think  about your skin tone and hair color. There are thousands of shades of both colors,  allowing you to wear one which will compliment your skin. Those with dark hair  can get away with bolder colors of red. Those with light hair should stick with  cooler shades of red or pink. However, those with red hair should steer clear  of red altogether and choose a nice light pink for the holiday. If you can  fathom wearing either red or pink in your outfit, consider celebrating the  holiday with accessories. Add a red scarf to your black suit or a pink belt to  your little back dress.

Get Flirty In a Skirt

If you want to look like you’re up for a little flirting  fun, think about choosing a skirt for your Valentine’s Date. Since this holiday  is extremely romantic, it’s a great idea for you to embrace your feminine style  and dress like a lady. A great red, pink or black dress is ideal. However, a  great A-line or pencil skirt can make just as great of an impression. Pair it  with a form fitting top, high heels and soft jewelry for maximum fashion style.

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Sexy Lingerie Makes A Statement – Even if it is Just  for You

Whether you plan on showing it off or not, lingerie is a  “must” on a Valentine’s Date. Lingerie automatically makes a woman feel more  feminine, sexy and attractive. Thus, it’s a great idea to buy something new to  wear under your clothing for a romantic date on Valentine’s Day. Even if you  don’t allow anyone else to sneak a peek, you’ll feel sexier just by having it  on.

Makeup &  Hairstyles for Romantic Evenings

Valentine’s Date makeup should be suited for the activity.  For example, if your date is taking you on a romantic ice skating date in New York City, there’s no  need for full makeup and extravagant hairstyles. Instead, choose to keep it  simple and sweet with rosy cheeks, glossy lips and a neutral eye. Keep your  hair simple and romantic by curling it into soft curls and pulling it into a  ponytail.

However, if your date is in the evening think about using a  smoky eye makeup technique, red gloss on the lips and rosy cheeks. For extra  shimmer, skip the glitter (it’s only reserved for teens and young girls) and  instead use a champagne body shimmer on your cheeks and cleavage. In a pinch  you can substitute the genuine body shimmer for shimmering white eye shadow or  highlighting cream. An evening date requires more sophisticated hair so choose  a fancy up-do, a simple bun or loose and flowing curls.

Clothing To Avoid –  Keep it Elegant

Just because it’s Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you should  pull out the hearts and cupid imprinted turtleneck or the homemade holiday  sweatshirt. Instead, choose to be festive in a more subtle manner. You can  quickly add a sense of holiday fun to an outfit my using metallic accessories  to celebrate. A scarf with a metallic stripe in it or even a shirt with a  silver pinstripe can instantly scream “holiday” while still allowing you to  look classy and in fashion..

7 Tips Coloring Gray Hair

 

Whether you’re trying to cover up grey roots, all-grey hair or salt and pepper colored hair, trying to hide your grey can be very challenging. Many women and men think they only have the option of using an at-home all-over color dye from brands like Clairol, but the truth is there are several options for trying to cover gray hair.

How to Best Color, Style & Care for Your Silver Mane

 

 

 

Use Highlights To Hide Gray Hair:Many people don’t realize they can use highlights to help hide their gray or silver hair. Because gray hair often has an ash tone to it, some people can get heavy highlights and the gray will blend in effortlessly. Those who have premature gray hairs popping up often choosing this option, as it allows them to look youthful while covering the gray patches. Remember, often premature gray hair is a genetic issue, not just an issue for old people! Highlights often allow you to go longer in between your regrowth touchups, as well.

  • Use Low Lights to Cover Gray:While low lights aren’t nearly as commonly used or popular as highlights, they work brilliantly to cover up small areas of gray hair. Low lights are pretty much reverse highlights, where the procedure is the same but the color tint used is darker than your natural hair color. This allows you to get rid of your gray, without having to dye all of your hair and is also great for long or short hair.
  • All Over Dying Products for All Over Gray Coverage:If you have white hair all over your head or have so much you’d rather just dye all of it, choosing an all-over dying product might be best. Most often, it’s best to look for permanent (not temporary) dye, to ensure your gray gets maximum coverage results. If you’re experiencing any type of hair loss, going darker with an all-over dye can also often give the illusion of having thicker hair.
  • Tinted Shampoos for Small Areas of Gray:If you’re dealing with smaller areas of gray hair, you might be able to use tinted shampoos to help you cover your gray. These shampoos are only temporary coloring agents, but if you use them on a daily basis you likely won’t have to worry about maintaining your color. It will be a part of your everyday routine!
  • Try a Different Part in Between Dye Jobs:Use your hairline to your advantage! If your gray hairs are showing up mostly in your usual hair part, consider putting a zig zag part in your hair until you can get them touched up. This confuses the eye and can often camouflage your grays.
  • Accessorize that Silver Hair:Think about hair accessories. If even creating a new part doesn’t really hide your grays, think about wearing an adorable hat or hair scarf for the day. This is not a long term option, but it can help you out when you’re in a pinch!
  • Change Your Products:Aging doesn’t only wreck havoc on your body, but it can also cause changes in your hair. It’s important to reassess your hair as you age, which can mean you might need to change your hair products to match your changing hair characteristics. For instance, your hair may become more brittle, requiring you to use a more conditioning shampoo than you needed in the past. To get the best results with your hair, you’ll need to constantly be aware of its condition.

Sometimes you don’t have time to  cover your gray roots, but you might need a quick trick to disguise them for  the moment. If you want to style your hair to cover gray hairs quickly, use  these helpful tips!