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It's my first time checking out the Changi Business Park. Located a stone's throw away from Expo MRT station, it counts among its clients all the major banks and of course DDI Asia Pacific International which I'm heading to to give my grooming talk. A global talent management company, one would naturally be thinking real hard on how to break the ice as these guys are really corporate. And besides, how can I value add to their lives stuff that they don't already know?

With these questions burning in my mind, I walked into the boardroom and was greeted by the staff.

Surprise, surprise...But the DDI staff really were a very fun and bubbly lot. We clicked from the moment my first slide came on. It's also a first for me today training a room of different nationalities as we had both locals and foreign talent :)

At first, I thought our foreign friends might not understand some of the local connotations but it seems that they have been well assimilated. And there's nothing much to worry about as grooming is international , cutting across all boundaries.

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What proved to be extra fun was when one gentleman shared why he was adamantly against ladies wearing platform shoes. After he shared, which got the room in laughter, I shared my views too on platform shoes.

Well, platform shoes do make one grow taller instantly - by 5 to 7cm. But try walking on platform shoes for long and one feels tired as it feels like walking on bricks. Worse, should you fall, you will fall flat on your face as it offers poor support.


So for the ladies who thought all was lost after I advised them to ditch their platform shoes, I offered a piece of advice which must have sounded like manna from heaven. Wear wedges instead!

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If you ask me what excites me talk after talk, workshop after workshop, it’s the satisfaction knowing I have made a positive difference in the lives of others.

What upped the excitement today was when one participant walked up after my talk and told me she had read my blog previously. Now that’s the icing on the cake to anyone.

I’m at the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) today for my grooming talk. Comprising a good mix of staff of different ages, MCYS is the second ministry I’ve been engaged after the previous health and fitness talk at MOE.

If you think civil servants are a rigid lot, think again. They certainly knew how to have fun and let their hair down too! I couldn’t detect any sense of hierarchy between supervisors and staff as they all blended in together. At one stage, the staff even poked fun at the supervisors, asking me what hairstyles would suit the untamed tresses of the female boss.

In any work environment, knowing how to create a positive first impression speaks volumes. This is especially so when one is interviewing for a job or aiming for that next promotion. Yes, work performance matters. Yet when it comes to comparing two employees with similar performance grades, estimated potential and length of service, I would still choose the one who is able to carry himself or herself with confidence. You don’t have to be a beauty queen. But you need to know how to look presentable and confident in front of your team.

Imagine a head of department dressing sloppily and yet hoping for the team to give their best in the forthcoming project. The image and the words just do not gel. If one is congruent, one has to be congruent in everything – from the dress, walk to the talk.


So there you have it! 
 
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