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1 Dress for Success/Business Etiquette Presented By: David Smith, Jr.

2 Topics of Discussion t Dressing for success t Business Etiquette

3 Failure to Dress for Success t Letting your family choose your clothing t Letting your favorite sales clerk choose your clothing t Letting your designer choose your clothing t Letting an image consultant choose your clothing t Letting your background choose your clothing

4 Environment t We are preconditioned by our environment t The clothing we wear is an important part of that environment t It is possible to change your dressing style t People who look successful and well educated receive better treatment

5 Dress For Success t Not only individuals, but industries, professions, specific jobs, geography and climate dictate a natural clothing range that is easily identified through common and business sense

6 The Right Clothing will make you look: t Authoritative t Powerful t Rich t Responsible t Reliable t Friendly

7 We all wear uniforms t Uniforms are clear and distinct signs of class (upper middle/lower middle) t Socioeconomic level of our clothing t People react to our uniforms accordingly –I am more important than you –I am your equal –I am not your equal

8 Corporate Dress Codes t Most companies have dress codes t Many went casual during the 90s (business casual) and are starting to return to more formal dressing codes t Clothing styles were too relaxed (Tank Tops, Slippers, etc)

9 The Suit t The suit is the single most important garment worn by a business professional t Most expensive t Your status, character and abilities are judge based on your suits t Central power garment

10 The Business Suit t Suits are positive authority symbols, worn by people who make important decisions in our lives t We are much more likely to believe, respect, and listen to the person who wears a suit than the person who does not t In any level of society, suits are associated with authority, with position, and with power

11 Buying a Suit t Decide on: Color, Pattern, Texture, Weight, Material, and Style t Know your approximate size t Decide how much you are willing to spend t Buying a suit is a serious, thoughtful endeavor

12 What to look for in a suit t Feel the material and know what it is t Read the label t Look at the stitching behind the collar to see if it is neat, even and reinforced t Examine the lining (interior pockets) t Look at the workmanship of the buttonholes (plastic or bone) t Look at the pattern t Twist the sleeves of the jacket - should spring back into shape (final test)

13 What material to look for t The best material is wool: does not snag; fits well; does not lose its shape; is resilient; lies better on the body; warmer in winter; outlasts any other fabric t Second-best suit fabric is a polyester and wool blend - general rule is that the more wool the richer looking the material and the better the suit t Avoid any suit made with less than forty- five percent wool

14 What color to look for t Blue t Gray t Beige t Brown and shades thereof t Black (limited basis)

15 What pattern to look for t Solid suits (the best) t Rich and soft if they are standard business suits t Two types of stripes are acceptable: a very narrow vertical pinstripe (white or blue stripes) and chalk stripes - wider about 1/8 inch - tricky (Wall Street) t Plaid (mainly summer suits)

16 Psychological Association: Suits t Solid Navy: upper middle class t Solid Dark Gray: upper middle class, negative with lower middle class t Dark Blue Pinstripe: upper middle class, negative with lower middle class t Dark Gray Pinstripe: upper middle class, negative with lower middle class t Medium Blue Solid: positive with all classes

17 Psychological Association: Suits t Medium Gray Pinstripe: upper middle class, negative lower middle class t Medium Blue Pinstripe: upper middle class, negative with lower middle class t Light Blue Solid: Positive with both classes t Light Gray Solid: Positive with both classes

18 Psychological Associations: Suits t Dark Brown Solid: Positive with both classes t Dark Brown Pinstripe: Positive with both classes t Medium Brown Solid: Positive with both classes t Medium Brown Pinstripe: The only pinstripe suit that tests well with all groups in our society

19 Shirts t Most common and most acceptable material is cotton t Feels good to wear t Soft and smooth t Looks very rich t Breathes t Wrinkles (should dry clean) t Second best- blend of cotton & polyester t White is the most popular color

20 Business Etiquette t The Corporate Culture t The Job Interview t Business Attire t Complimenting dos and donts

21 Corporate Culture t Success in getting, keeping, and advancing in a job depends 85 percent on people skills and only 15 percent on technical knowledge and skills t Critical to know the rules of business etiquette t Relationships in the business world has always been based primarily on rank t The old gender rules have been discarded within the corporate culture

22 The Job Interview t The basics of corporate etiquette begin with the job interview - your overall demeanor may have a critical impact on your future t Dress conservatively t Enter the room, smile, and make eye contact with your interviewer. Then wait until you are asked to be seated. Dont touch anything on their desk. Thank the interviewer.

23 Business Attire t Never, ever underestimate the critical importance of attire within the corporate culture t What you wear says a lot about you t You can damage or even destroy your chances of success in business by dressing inappropriately t If your organization has a dress code, observe both the letter and the spirit of the code t If there is no dress code, observe the workplace and and ask your supervisor

24 Business Attire t Jewelry: shouldnt be obtrusive, and it shouldnt jangle. Avoid wearing rings on the right hand. Wear a watch (promptness counts) t Furs: Dont wear them in the business world t Shoes: Shine them t Briefcases: Keep them polished and clean

25 Business Appointments and Functions t Take off your topcoat t Give it up or hang it on the back of your chair - dont carry it around t Keep your suit jacket on in someone elses office t Dont scatter things around. Keep files on your lap. Put your briefcase or handbag on the floor, or keep it on your lap.

26 Two Types of Business Functions t Black tie formal: The correct term for tuxedo is dinner jacket. Black is always correct for men. White jackets are not. Women dont have to wear gloves, and never should shake hands in them t Informal, or semi-formal: slightly less dressy than black tie. Men should wear a dark business suit, a white shirt, and a dark silk tie with a quiet pattern. Woman should wear a dressy suit in an evening fabric, or a long skirt and blouse

27 Introductions t General Rule: People of lesser authority are introduced to persons of greater authority – Ms. CEO, I would like to intro….. A client is introduced first. t Look at and speak to the greater authority first; look at and speak to the lesser authority second t The person who is being introduced, or presented, is named last t Include background information

28 Introductions t Greetings t Upstanding (everyone should stand up when being introduced) t Shaking Hands (firm, not crushing grip) –Comes with eye contact –Is firm but painless –Lasts about three seconds –Takes only two or three pumps –Starts and stops crisply –Doesnt continue through the entire intro.

29 Introductions t Hugs and Kisses: In general, hugs and kisses are inappropriate in any business environment t Touching others in the workplace is impolite - includes patting on the back, arm around someone, or putting your hand on their shoulder t Dont address someone verbally by a corporate title

30 Titles t Titles are vitally important t In the company of others, show your boss respect by addressing him or her formally as Mr. or Ms. Smith. t Ms. is the appropriate address for a woman in business, regardless of what she chooses to call herself in her private life. Mrs. and Miss imply social, marital, and sexual distinctions that have no place in the business arena

31 The Workplace t Proper etiquette in the workplace generates efficiency, helps to eliminate distractions, and creates a pleasant environment

32 Workplace t Your Co-Workers (relationships) t Your Superiors (Respect) t Visitors (you are the host when in your office t Visitor should be greeted out in the reception area t Doors: If you reach a door first, regardless of gender, you should open it, go through it, and hold it to ensure that it doesnt hit the person following

33 Workplace t Elevators: If you are nearest the door, you get on the elevator first, then hold the door until everyone else has entered –If you are near the control panel, ask the others what floor they need and select those buttons for them t Smoking: Not allowed in most workplaces today t Telephone Etiquette: Speak unto others as you would have them speak unto you - when using the telephone, use your mouth for speaking only. Avoid chewing, eating, or drinking


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