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Title: Dress for Success/Business Etiquette


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

2
Topics of Discussion
  • Dressing for success
  • Business Etiquette

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

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

5
Dress For Success
  • 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
  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Rich
  • Responsible
  • Reliable
  • Friendly

7
We all wear uniforms
  • Uniforms are clear and distinct signs of class
    (upper middle/lower middle)
  • Socioeconomic level of our clothing
  • 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
  • Most companies have dress codes
  • Many went casual during the 90s (business
    casual) and are starting to return to more formal
    dressing codes
  • Clothing styles were too relaxed (Tank Tops,
    Slippers, etc)

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

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

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

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

13
What material to look for
  • 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
  • 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
  • Avoid any suit made with less than forty-five
    percent wool

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

15
What pattern to look for
  • Solid suits (the best)
  • Rich and soft if they are standard business suits
  • 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)
  • Plaid (mainly summer suits)

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

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

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

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

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

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

22
The Job Interview
  • The basics of corporate etiquette begin with the
    job interview - your overall demeanor may have a
    critical impact on your future
  • Dress conservatively
  • 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
  • Never, ever underestimate the critical importance
    of attire within the corporate culture
  • What you wear says a lot about you
  • You can damage or even destroy your chances of
    success in business by dressing inappropriately
  • If your organization has a dress code, observe
    both the letter and the spirit of the code
  • If there is no dress code, observe the workplace
    and and ask your supervisor

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

25
Business Appointments and Functions
  • Take off your topcoat
  • Give it up or hang it on the back of your chair -
    dont carry it around
  • Keep your suit jacket on in someone elses office
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Look at and speak to the greater authority first
    look at and speak to the lesser authority second
  • The person who is being introduced, or
    presented, is named last
  • Include background information

28
Introductions
  • Greetings
  • Upstanding (everyone should stand up when being
    introduced)
  • 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
  • Hugs and Kisses In general, hugs and kisses are
    inappropriate in any business environment
  • Touching others in the workplace is impolite -
    includes patting on the back, arm around someone,
    or putting your hand on their shoulder
  • Dont address someone verbally by a corporate
    title

30
Titles
  • Titles are vitally important
  • In the company of others, show your boss respect
    by addressing him or her formally as Mr. or
    Ms. Smith.
  • 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
  • Proper etiquette in the workplace generates
    efficiency, helps to eliminate distractions, and
    creates a pleasant environment

32
Workplace
  • Your Co-Workers (relationships)
  • Your Superiors (Respect)
  • Visitors (you are the host when in your office
  • Visitor should be greeted out in the reception
    area
  • 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
  • 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
  • Smoking Not allowed in most workplaces today
  • 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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