By staying open-minded, the sight of mosques throughout Istanbul no longer give me angst. All I see is the architectural representation of faithful people who I experienced to be both passionate and peaceful.
Staying open-minded is one of the most important things you can be, whether it’s when you’re traveling, or when you’re encountering people even in familiar territory. On my most recent trip, which included visiting the nation of Turkey for the first time, I realized how important staying open-minded really is.
My partner and I travel frequently, most often to Europe. So we always felt like we lived up to staying open-minded with relative ease. But, in the days leading up to this most recent trip, I was expressing my apprehensions. As a gay and Jewish man, how would I be received in Turkey? Would I be safe? In an effort to staying open-minded, I acknowledged those concerns, and “packed a full bag” of curiosity.
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.
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.
Think of a fresh approach to occupying a fresh “you” with your personal image. There’s plenty of iniquity to get riled up about in the world today. But not putting your best personal image out there would be one of the greatest injustices because you have total control of it.
A recent Wall Street Journal article questioning how jeans can cost $300 and up caused some Facebook fodder between two colleagues that caught my eye. I didn’t delve into their conversation, but I had previously read the article and thought it was interesting how people lament over the notion of premium denim jeans.
Now that the 83rd Annual Academy Awards have been handed out, it would be easy to give a sharp-tongued critique of whose stars came crashing down on the red carpet. But this is going to be different than other reviews. Instead, this is a constructive commentary about the red carpet fashions, which will attempt to explain why people are poor at self-assessing themselves, and why it’s possible everyone else sees what is so obviously wrong or out of place.
That’s right. You can literally drop pounds instantly by just getting your clothing tailored. If you look more full-bodied than you should in your clothes, it may be because of your how your clothes are fitting. When your clothes visually add pounds to your appearance, you are experiencing a situation I refer to as visual bulk. Visual bulk can weigh down how you look, and adversely affect your non-verbal communication, including the appearance of your posture and body language.
When thinking of updating your online photo, the obvious temptation is to pick up your own camera and snap a picture without much thought or planning. Just point, click, and shoot. But as the subject matter, your goal is to have a picture that best represents your personal brand and image. Solid planning goes a long way toward helping you get that visual message across to others.
When you think about creating a new look for yourself, what would you want to change? And why change it? Knowing both answers will help you come up with an action plan so you can be successful at reinventing your personal image.
No matter how excitedly busy my image consulting practice becomes, my clients’ needs are always going to be my top priority. Typically each month several new clients hire me as their image consultant to guide them through the image development process. These past number of weeks have been a madhouse, though, as a dozen clients individually and privately, yet simultaneously, have been going through various phases of this amazing growing process. During these very busy times, coincidentally coinciding with the weeks immediately preceding the holidays, it’s been foremost in mind to keep everyone’s project goals in mind without losing my own mind.