Your Personal Image Is Everything PART 1/3: Communication

Your Personal Image Is Everything PART 1/3: Communication
Your Personal Image Is Everything PART 1/3: Communication

Your Personal Image Is Everything

PART 1/3: Communication

This 3-part image consulting blog series inspects your personal image from 3 different angles: Your communication, appearance and digital presence. In the first part we look at your communication skills as a vital part of your personal image.

Good communication skills will get you further in life: They help you deliver your message and to sell your ideas. With clear communication you will always have a better chance of getting people on your side. You also have a better chance to make those achievements that you have dreamed of.

Improving your communication skills will enable you to work more efficiently and to avoid unnecessary conflicts. This all will, as a side product, free you more time to do things that matter to you the most.

You Are The Message

Communications skills are often the thing that makes it or breaks it. It’s almost impossible to remove yourself from the very center of your communication. In that light it’s safe to say that you are the message.

Your verbal and non-verbal communication need to support each other and to be fully aligned with your personal brand.

This way you are actively participating in removing obstacles away from your listeners. You are also giving them a better chance to understand you.

The core of your communication is your message that you deliver to the relevant audience. Your audience then receives the message and interprets it in their own unique way.

The path to mutual understanding is often riddled with interruptions and risks of misinterpretations.

You can only call communication successful once you have confirmed that the audience has indeed understood your message. Ideally the exactly the same way as you had intended.

Learn To Communicate Better

It is true that some people are natural born communicators. The rest can be assured that these skills can be learned and even mastered with the right motivation and effort.

There are many courses (live and online) available regarding this topic. Here at I on Image I am also very keen to help you improve your communication skills.

5 Ways To Become A Better Communicator

  • Become a better listener
  • Show genuine interest in others. You will be surprised how much you will learn!
  • Observe non-verbal cues in others and yourself
  • Get to know yourself
  • Learn to know how people are perceiving you

How Do You Come Across?

If you are the message then it’s paramount that you gain understanding on how people are perceiving you. Your choice of words is very important here. But they only get a meaning when they are put in the right context and said in the right way.

You will also need to be using the right tone of voice that supports the message and your personal brand. And don’t forget the power of your body-language.

It’s important to learn to be aware of the aspects of your non-verbal communication. I have listed seven of then here.

7 Aspects Of Your Non-Verbal Communication

  • Facial expressions, especially eye-contact
  • Posture
  • Gestures
  • Way of speaking
  • Sense of humor
  • Overall appearance
  • The intensity of your presence

With an image consultant you can approach these topics in a confidential, non-judgemental and encouraging environment. My approach is always gentle and has a strong emphasis on your strengths.

I challenge you and give you a push to the right direction. But I want to leave the real discoveries for yourself to unravel. After all, it’s one of the most rewarding parts of this learning process.

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What’s In It For You?

Some clients come to see me after hearing the same words from many different sources. They have decides that now it’s their time.

Despite some critics of yours being tough, it’s good to remember that you have full control of your own image. You can make these changes happen for yourself.

To help you make the shift in your life it’s good to think about the benefits you will gain when learning to be a better communicator.

3 Advantages of Gaining Good Communication Skills

  • Gain trust of people
  • Make a meaningful connection with people
  • Gain the engagement of people

Communication skills are some of the most important skills that you need to succeed in life. Here at I on Image I help you gain a better understanding of your verbal and non-verbal communication.

Learn to say what you want to say, in a way that nothing distracts your audience from receiving your valuable message.

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READ ALSO other episodes in “Your Personal Image Is Everything” 3-part blog series by I on Image

I am looking forward to help you improve your image!

This article was originally published on 3rd January 2018 and updated on 29th September 2020 with better structure and a new images.

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21 thoughts on “Your Personal Image Is Everything PART 1/3: Communication

  1. madidearsonladylike says:

    Such an important subject. Sometimes I feel like the more “digital” we get the more communication skills are seem to be fading. And really, nothing can beat a good interpersonal communication. Great focus points and tips. Thanks for sharing these.

  2. I on Image says:

    Thank you so much Ruth! I am very happy that you found my post helpful. Share it with a friend or colleague who would like to polish their communication skills. It’s a nice goal to have for 2020.

  3. I on Image says:

    Thank you so much Sabrina! The good news is that you can practice communication skills, for example with the tips I mention in the blog. It’s important to know that introvert way of communication is not wrong at all. In fact a lot that extroverts could learn from them. And vice versa!

  4. Lisa's Notebook says:

    Learning to listen is one of the most powerful skills we can acquire, I think. So often you can pick up clues from other people. Silence is hard sometimes but often it really is golden, you can learn so much. Great post, Jenni, thank you for sharing! Lisa

  5. Sabrina B. says:

    Good post. Communication is so absolutely important. I’m a bit of an introvert, but it’s an area I’ve been working on improving through the years.

  6. Ruth says:

    Such a great post! I have always struggled with communication skills and I still do. Even at work, I have improved on everything except for making conversation with customers. It’s so difficult for me! I’m sure this post will come in handy for a lot of people 🙂

  7. Ellie says:

    I think we can all work on being better communicators going in to the new decade! Everyone has one area for sure that they can work on 🙂

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