The question about how to buy a men’s suit in Silicon Valley always comes up with my male clients. Admittedly, not every man in Silicon Valley even thinks he should own a suit. I’m not trying to encourage people who live a more laid back work and lifestyle to change how they work and live. But one thing is for sure. Every man should invest in at least one good suit. The more often a man has the need for a suit, the more of them he should own.
A number of people have been asking me this year how and why I came up with the names of my personal image development programs. The term breakout has particularly generated the most interest, and maybe not so coincidentally, it’s my most popular program. Breakout is a word that describes the resultant place we arrive at when we forcefully escape or emerge from being confined, restrained, or trapped.
Many people think that image is fluff but they would be completely wrong. Now I know that what people think when they take on this view is that it’s selfishly self-focused to be image conscious. People think that image is fluff because it feeds the ego, that it’s a self-indulgent excuse to dress better, and to look like you’re showing off or that you’re trying to one-up someone else.
Do you think that it is hard to ask for help? Well, I sure as hell think so. It’s so engrained in me that it took having an all-out breakthrough moment to realize that, for me, it is hard to ask for help. This was such a ground shifting epiphany that I’m going to share the story with you so that we can all no longer have the belief that it is hard to ask for help.
If there’s a message to take away from the current exhibit The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860-1900, soon to close at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, it’s that the colors and styles you wear do matter.
Silicon Valley style is due for change. We can’t keep ignoring our sartorial side. Consider these ten reasons why our style must evolve.
As a long time image consultant, who mostly works with Silicon Valley based entrepreneurs and executives, I’ve pondered the brouhaha that erupted this past week everywhere in the media, even in Paris where I’ve been visiting, when Facebook C.E.O. Mark Zuckerberg showed up wearing a hoodie to meet with Wall Street investment brokers.
Think about your visual appeal. Are you as appealing looking as an iPhone 4S?
There’s little doubt that when it comes to our technology toys, and even other high-end toys such as cars, design is all-important in making a purchasing decision. But what about your own personal visual design appeal? Is it as appealing to yourself, and to others, as it could be?
It’s a big deal that your clothes impact or influence others. But what about choosing the right clothes so that they best impact you?
A recently published study by two students of Northwestern University’s Kellogg Business School provides insights into how to get the right mindset by choosing the right clothes. They created the term “enclothed cognition” to describe a process that affects your mindset based on the symbolic meaning and the physical experience of wearing your clothes.
Every time someone contacts me because he or she is interested in improving their image, our initial conversations begin by defining the concept of image. I ask each individual why he or she is interested in the possibility of working together. Their answers play an important part in defining the concept of image. Since image covers several fields of study, it’s important for me to understand how an individual is defining the concept of image. Not only does it end up being the basis for how we may work together, but it helps people get clear about why this is an important pursuit and goal.