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Image, Confidence and Self Esteem related questions

I have low self esteem and I lack confidence

Both are related. Self esteem is a combination of the self Image that you carry about yourself and the amount of esteem others show for you. Confidence then is the outcome in most cases. The way you look has an effect on the way you feel, act and behave and based on that others react or respond to you. The reasons for low self esteem and confidence are always internal. Correct that and your life will change. You will benefit by attending a free workshop on Image Management for Greater Success.

I feel taken for granted

I often come across this issue especially from ladies. One needs to understand that no one can take you for granted without your permission. If you create such perceptions around you that give a feeling to others that you can be taken for granted then it will happen. It is important to check what you are communicating to others through your appearance, behaviour and communication. Once you correct that you will see that people will stop taking you for granted. You might benefit by attending a free workshop on Image Management for Greater Success.

I feel others get more opportunities in life even though I am more deserving

Getting more opportunities in life is largely a factor of impressions that you create. People decide about you in their minds within few seconds. Sadly most of the times we focus on what we think of ourselves and do not realize that what really matters is what others think of you. Your clothing, grooming and body language communicates a lot about you. Try and check on the Image that you are projecting. You can find that out by taking our Check Your Image Quotient Assessment which gives you a facility of self assessment as well as assessment by others. You can also attend a free workshop on Image Management for Greater Success.

I am not getting desired job even though I am qualified

Gone are the days where you got a job based on your qualification and technical skills alone. Today everyone has that. What really matters is the impression that you create and soft skills which are also referred to as employability skills. Work on the Image that you project and instil soft skills in terms of behaviour and communication. You can also attend a free workshop on Image Management for Greater Success.

I am not getting that overdue promotion

Usually when the times comes to decide who should be promoted out of all contenders, understand that everyone is good otherwise they would not be where they are. What is the extra edge that you bring to the table is what matters. Your seniors look for that spark known as the X factor. Would you be able to project an Image same as the organization, would you be able to create impressions, what kind of perceptions people have about you- all these factors go a long way in deciding the right candidate for promotion. Take our Check Your Image Quotient Assessment which gives you a facility of self assessment as well as assessment by others. You will also benefit by attending a free workshop on Image Management for Greater Success.

After a promotion I suddenly feel that I need to demand respect from team members rather than commanding it

This is one of biggest issues in the corporate world. There is a saying that when executives get promoted to managers more often than not companies lose good executives and gain bad managers. This happens because people do not realize that with a change in designation the role changes and along with new role, goals and typical occasions in life change. You now need to project an Image as per your new role. Sadly most people do not understand this and continue in the same manner as before as if there is no change. You will benefit by attending a free workshop on Image Management for Greater Success.

A job posting abroad eludes me even after my performance is up to the mark

When a company deputes someone for a job posting abroad that person carries the burden of creating impressions about the company in the eyes of people there. It is a tough decision for the company to decide whom to send. Obviously your past performance and skills matter but what is also seen is the extra edge that you have. Not only your appearance, behaviour, and communication skills are important but even dining etiquette can play a big role here. Take our Check Your Image Quotient Assessment which gives you a facility of self assessment as well as assessment by others. You will also benefit by attending a free workshop on Image Management for Greater Success.

My children do not show me the respect that I deserve

People often make the mistake of thinking that projecting a winning Image does not matter when dealing with family members. Nothing can be farther than the truth. Consciously and subconsciously people often react to the perception that they have of you and not the real you. You also need to look the part of a mother or father. Even in colleges this realization is coming now that a teacher needs to look like a teacher. If a teacher looks like a student he/she will be treated like a student. You will benefit by attending a free workshop on Image Management for Greater Success.

I hesitate in approaching people in social situations

This is largely a factor of low self esteem, confidence and at times lack of skills to engage people in small talk. When we feel sure about ourselves these problems go away. There is another bigger issue attached here. When you have complexes about your appearance and skills in a social situation you tend to avoid people however you leave an impression on them that you are arrogant because you are avoiding them. This damages your reputation majorly. You will benefit by attending a free workshop on Image Management for Greater Success.

I am usually confused about what to wear when?

Your roles, goals, occasions, personal style and personal characteristics of body shape, face shape and personal colors of eyes, hair and skin- are all factors of deciding what to wear when. Unfortunately most people have very little or no clue about these elements hence the confusion. You will benefit greatly by hiring the services of an Image Consultant. You can also attend a free workshop on Image Management for Greater Success.

I end up buying clothes and accessories that I do not use later?

Impulsive shopping can be fun but expensive and can result in buying things that you do not use later because they do not work for you. Your personal characteristics of body shape, face shape, personal colors of hair, eyes and skin should influence your buying decision in addition to the purpose of the garment or accessory. You can download free tips on these elements.

I secretly desire to look much better than I currently do?

Looking attractive creates a positive bias in the minds of others for sure. However one should understand that while not everyone is good looking, everyone can look good. You need to dress considering your personal characteristics of body shape, face shape; personal colors of hair, eyes and skin. You can download free tips on these elements

Career related questions

I am on sabbatical and looking for safe and lucrative options to start something of my own with flexi time

This is the need for most women today who took a sabbatical due to family and social reasons. The desire to do something remains however a full time job is not possible. There are several options in terms of taking a franchise or becoming self employed professional. For the people who have an interest and passion in style, grooming and training others, we offer an option to become an Image Consultant and/or Soft Skills Trainer and operate your independent practice with full business support. You can read this article written by me on entrepreneurship-making an informed choice. If you wish to explore options in Image Consulting then attend a free workshop on Career Opportunities in Image Consulting.

I am not happy with my current job and want to become self employed

Job satisfaction is a big thing in today’s world. Many people approach us precisely for this reason and to take guidance on the types of entrepreneurship and self employment options. There are several ways one can explore this. You can read this article written by me on entrepreneurship-making an informed choice.. If you wish to explore options in Image Consulting then attend a free workshop on Career Opportunities in Image Consulting.

I am looking for some career options for my marriageable age daughter.

Every parent dreams of getting their daughter married into a nice, affluent and supportive family. Two things become most important at this stage in life. One is enhanced grooming, styling, behavioural and communication skills in order to present oneself in the most appropriate, authentic, appropriate and affordable manner. This is essential as today most people look for a lifestyle partner more than a life partner. And second is financial independence in future. Usually girls attend several classes in grooming, makeup, styling, communication skills to take care of the first and undertake career courses like fashion design, interior design to meet the second.
ICBI offers an option to become an Image Consultant which takes care of both the needs in the best possible manner. Not only that your personality gets totally enhanced but you also acquire a fantastic career which allows you to work as an Independent Image Consultant with flexi-time and handsome earning potential. This is also one of the best ways to secure your daughter’s future as with this qualification she can always become self sufficient and take care of herself and safely walk through all uncertainties of life. To explore this option attend a free workshop on Career Opportunities in Image Consulting.

I am a youngster directly wanting to start off on my own rather than doing a 9 to 5 job

In this era of millennial this is a requirement for many youth. In fact surveys shows that more than 50% of the youth today do not want to get a job. They would rather explore self employment. The problem comes when parents or other family members have a view that a youngster cannot be self employed as it is against popular belief where self employment is associated with a particular age. Well, times are changing. You can read this article written by me on entrepreneurship-making an informed choice. If you wish to explore options in Image Consulting then attend a free workshop on Career Opportunities in Image Consulting.

I want to convert my passion for style, clothes and looking good into a lucrative profession

Believe it or not, looking good is an industry worth more than 80 thousand crores today in India. No doubt you have the right passion which can be easily converted into a very satisfying and lucrative profession. We offer an opportunity to become an Image Consultant and offer appearance management consulting, styling, grooming and many similar services. If you wish to explore options in Image Consulting then attend a free workshop on Career Opportunities in Image Consulting.

I am looking for growth in my existing job

Growth in job largely comes through up-skilling. If you are handling a team then the performance of the team will determine your growth. Training and guiding your team to create winning impressions and instilling soft skills in them can result in tremendous growth opportunities for you. If you wish to explore options in Image Consulting and Soft Skills Training then attend a free workshop on Career Opportunities in Image Consulting.

I wish to do something which has a huge impact on lives of others

Changing lives is the noblest profession in the world. If it can also become lucrative then it is an icing on the cake. We offer a career in Image Consulting and/or Soft Skills Training and this is a profession wherein every time you do your work well someone else becomes more successful. This profession gives you tremendous satisfaction, flexi working option and of course a great earning potential. If you wish to explore options in Image Consulting then attend a free workshop on Career Opportunities in Image Consulting.

I am an existing soft skills, product or process trainer looking for certification and structured learning in training skills

If your aim is to continue to do product and process training with greater knowledge and certification then we offer the most comprehensive Train the Trainer Program which is also accredited by National Accreditation Board for Education and Training, one of the constituent boards of Quality Council of India. If you wish to become a certified Soft Skills Trainer, we offer programs in Image Consulting and/or Soft skills Training. If you wish to explore options in Image Consulting then attend a free workshop on Career Opportunities in Image Consulting.

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