Let’s face it, school is not always the most favourite event in some teenagers’ lives, especially when poor hygiene influences their self-esteem and subjects them to ridicule by their peers. 

Hygiene matters. A great deal. After all, good hygiene is essential for promoting good health. So it was a great idea to kickstart the year with a personal hygiene talk for the students – sharing with them the whys, the whats and the hows.

If you too want to be a good role model to the rest of your peers, then you should read on and remember to put the tips into immediate practice.

There are many aspects of personal hygiene – the most common ones being hair care, oral care, face care, body care and hand-feet care.

In this blog article, I am going to focus specifically on body care. After all, it’s no secret that out of the five aspects of personal hygiene – our body covers the largest surface.

 

Tip #1: Change Out Of Sweaty, Dirty Clothes After PE Lesson

Perspiring is our body’s way of regulating its temperature, flushing out toxins and balancing its salt levels. Our skin is the second most important organ of elimination after our kidneys. It’s healthy to sweat, but you certainly don’t want to smell.

In Singapore’s hot and humid weather, it’s hard not to perspire. But that should not stop us from practising good personal hygiene for our body.

Most, if not all, schools have mandatory physical education (PE) lessons. While some PE lessons are held indoors (either in the hall or sheltered areas), others are conducted in the open (think open field, grass lawn or basketball court).

Imagine going back to the classroom in a sweat-soaked PE T-shirt and shorts…I really shudder to think of that scenario.

If it’s not bad enough for one such scenario, let’s multiply that effect by 40 times by imagining a class of close to 40 students huddled in one classroom.

It is not only unhygienic for our skin to be in constant contact with sweat, dirt and impurities; it is worse to have to endure the stench that emits from the sweat.

Here’s what you can do: A practical and easy-to-implement tip would be to change out of the sweaty, dirty PE clothes after the physical activity lesson is over.

We all appreciate learning in a clean environment. And our body too will appreciate having a set of nice-smelling clothes to wear. So too will you be able to concentrate better in class.

 

Tip #2: Use A Deodorant Or Anti-Perspirant

Just like how earlier civilisations tried to overpower natural odour with sweet fragrances (typical examples would be Egyptians who created perfumes before 2000B.C; and ancient Romans who applied aromatics to their bodies), popular body care brands today too have come up with body care products to help combat body odour. The most commonly available ones which we can buy off the shelves are deodorants and anti-perspirants.

When there is increased body moisture retention on the skin and more bacteria growth, the smell (body odour) becomes even stronger. That’s when deodorants and anti-perspirants come in handy.

Personally, I will choose an anti-perspirant over a deodorant.

A deodorant helps reduce smell. But an anti-perspirant inhibits perspiration. To put it simply, a deodorant is more reactive whereas an anti-perspirant is more proactive. Besides, every anti-perspirant is also a deodorant.

I always believe in one mantra – that good hygiene and effective products must serve its purpose yet be easy to use.

Always choose an anti-perspirant that provides all day comfort and does not have an over-powering scent. For girls, a fruity scent would be nice. For boys, go for a woody scent.

Popular brands like Nivea have introduced three types of anti-perspirants – they are the easy-to-apply glide-on sticks, roll-ons and sprays. The decision you have to make is which one to choose. I like the anti-perspirant spray as it is more convenient and lighter to carry around.

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Tip #3: Consume The Right Foods

You may think it strange how consuming the right foods can help contribute to good body hygiene. Well, it’s indirectly related.

My own research has shown that consuming the right foods has a significant effect to help reduce body odour. And since we have to eat everyday, why not choose to eat healthy?

As a strong advocate of vegetables, I would suggest you incorporate foods that are rich in chlorophyll in your diet. You will never go wrong with green leafy vegetables like spinach, lettuce and kale.

Consuming green leafy vegetables has a powerful deodorizing effect. If you recall your science class, chlorophyll is vital for photosynthesis which allows plants to absorb energy from light.

If I were you, I will also consume foods that have anti-odour properties as they help you naturally smell good. All of our herbs (some examples include basil, lemongrass, mint etc) fall under this category, together with my all-time-favourite bean sprouts.

Good personal hygiene is for everyone. It boosts our self-confidence and increases our perceived value among our peers. I would definitely want to smell good and look great. And the easiest way to good personal hygiene is practising good body care.

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An elevator pitch is a short and succinct, yet effective way of introducing yourself to others. The sole purpose is to get a telephone number, email contact or job opportunity.

It is crucial to know how to give an impactful elevator pitch because you never know who you are going to meet or bump into. As the saying goes “it’s not what you know, but who you know” that opens doors of opportunities for you.

Having taught thousands of students from both the universities and polytechnics how to craft impactful elevator pitches, I’m going to share this same 5-step formula with you in this blog so that you too can make it to the top. 

 

#1: Be Clear

Be clear on who your target audience is.

If you attempt to serve everyone, you end up serving no one.

Honestly, you are better off being an expert in a chosen niche.

Compare a personal trainer and a weight loss specialist. Who will you engage if you are looking to lose weight effectively?

Well, the personal trainer will likely know how to train clients to lose weight. But I’m equally sure his repertoire also includes muscle building, toning and all the other fitness works.

On the other hand, a weight loss specialist does nothing else except focus on weight loss. Day in, day out, weight loss is his one and only passion. In short, he lives and breathes weight loss. And naturally he becomes an expert in this field. And for this one reason alone, that’s why specialists always get paid more than generalists.

A good way to decide who your target audience is to segment up the market – for example: babies, toddlers, teenagers, youths, working adults, mid-career executives, foreign students, seniors, CEOs, mothers, SMEs, MNCs etc.

Ok, I’m sure you get the idea.

 

#2: Be Memorable

I’ve heard so many elevator pitches that are run-of-the-mill. Simply put, they are so bland and ordinary that I don’t get excited at all. And this is not surprising.

School does not teach students how to craft impactful elevator pitches. Even renowned business college schools don’t teach this art because it is sacred and largely individual in nature.

You can’t have two elevator pitches that sound exactly the same, can you?

The nuance, the words chosen, the way you say it all makes a huge difference.

In a world where our attention span gets easily hijacked, being memorable is key.

Say what you want to say exactly the way how you would want others to perceive you.

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#3: Be Crisp

When I say ‘crisp’, I’m referring to the length of the elevator pitch.

I’ve heard pitches that are as long-running as a Taiwanese soap drama that runs over 1000 episodes. OMG!

I’ve also heard pitches that are over faster than I can blink my eye.

Both will not make the grade.

A good guideline is 20 seconds. Anything longer, you should trim it. Anything shorter, you should add more meat to it.

Just think about this – 20 seconds is definitely manageable. Essentially, your elevator pitch is meant to be a hook that gets the other person or company interested to want to find out more.

Think of it like a striptease and not a full monty.

 

#4: Be Confident

Confidence is all about practice. Practice does not make perfect. What is perfect to you may be imperfect to me as we have different notions of what perfection entails.

Instead, practice makes permanent.

Practise your elevator pitch until it comes out of you naturally without you having to think of what to say next and how to say it. It should become second nature to you. No hemming and hawing.

Remember your body language, eye contact and hand gestures play vital roles too in helping you score brownie points.

 

#5: Use The Name-Drop Strategy

Now this is a bonus tip I teach my workshop participants.

Just like how we can AirDrop photos, documents and videos instantly on our iPhones, you must also learn how to use the name-drop strategy.

If you have worked or interned at a MNC, SME or government organization (internships are the in-thing nowadays at both universities and polytechnics), then include the name of that company or organization inside your elevator pitch.

Doing this gives you instant credibility and sends a message that you are not a complete novice trying to worm your way around. Instead you have had actual world experience in what you have just shared – regardless of your field, expertise or area of focus.

So there you have it – my 5 tips to craft an impactful elevator pitch. If I were you, I will get down to business and start drafting mine because it does take a few revisions to craft a solid one that wows. You will marvel at the power of the elevator pitch once you have complete mastery over it. Remember, you owe it to yourself to unlock the door of opportunity in front of you.

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