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Walking into the room with the small colourful plastic chairs was reminiscent of walking down memory lane – a time when we all went to kindergarten for our first taste of formal education.
 
Welcome to Montessori for Children, a popular private school for young children of preschooler age.

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With the continued emphasis on education by society, it has become inevitable for parents to kickstart their own children’s education earlier by enrolling them into such schools. According to many parents, the Montessori method has helped their children excel at what they are good at. It is interesting when I learnt that besides teaching children alphabets and numbers, they are also taught life lessons including how to groom themselves. As the Chinese saying goes, “a good habit takes three years to cultivate”. Thus, the focus on grooming has to start from young so that it becomes an integral part of your lifestyle…just like how it is second nature for us to shower, brush our teeth and wash our hair.
 
But in order to teach the children well, the directresses (whom we commonly call class teachers) must first be equipped with the knowhow so to transmit the necessary skills to the children. And lest you think they were bored, think again. The directresses enjoyed themselves endlessly. I can hazard two reasons for this.

First, the roles were now reversed. For once, they could become ‘children’ and listen to the professional grooming director share his experience. Second, the directresses-now-turned-‘children’ could sit in the oh-so-cute colourful plastic chairs and enjoy each other’s company as they come from different campuses in Singapore.
 
With my ‘children’ divided into two camps – one English and one Mandarin, I had the enviable task of switching between both languages and catering to both their needs and questions. If you ask, I had fun…And so did they too! If only…if only…The icing on the cake would have been if I had the chance to sit on that small little colourful plastic chair and take a picture with it as well…:)

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The biggest difference between corporate grooming and personal grooming boils down to this – are you focusing on the image of your company or yourself? If your focus is on self, then you are likely to be talking about personal grooming. If you are more concerned about the organisational branding, then corporate grooming is the way forward.

After all, mention corporate grooming and one immediately links it to dressing appropriately for the workplace. 

But if you think corporate grooming is only for the large MNCs, think again. Even small and medium sized enterprises should pay heed to it as it does speak volumes of who you are and how you do things.

Let me now you some handy tips on how to get ace your corporate grooming in today’s blog post.

People have asked me if corporate grooming means having to get the staff to wear some sort of uniform? Well, wearing something similar or a uniform (for lack of a better word) gives one a sense of belonging. It really depends on the nature of the industry. In professions like sales (manning product counters) or hospitality industries (hotels) or healthcare (hospitals), staff don a similar coloured attire.

While many will argue that wanting to create a corporate identity goes beyond the clothes, starting with the clothes may be the least intrusive of them all. After all, many of us (even if you hate to admit it) are stuck in a style rut. This means time has almost stood still for you. You are like a lost relic, entrapped in a time capsule from eons ago. While some may ask what’s wrong with this? Well…there’s nothing very wrong except you will be labeled as outdated. Being more specific, being stuck in a style rut means wearing the same styles over the decades, without even wanting to experiment with newer cuts, designs or colours. 

If you have had challenges deciding what to wear on Mondays to Fridays, then let that uniform take away all your worries.

Now that you have one less issue to worry about, what you focus on is your appearance and attire. By appearance, I am referring to your hair and makeup (for ladies). I’ve come up with a handy checklist.
 
1. Hair – Bunned up or neatly tied up?
2. Makeup – Too much or no makeup?
3. Accessories – Remember, less is more. Also, do check company policy to see what accessories are allowed.
4. Clothes – How to choose styles that flatter you and exemplify your personality/
5. Shoes – Are they neat and presentable? Or soiled and dirty?
 
If you need help, enlist mine today!  

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