Blog 3 - I know who iam

I Know Who I Am

The road to self-improvement can properly begin once we figure out who we are, and that’s admittedly easier said than done. So if you’re having a difficult time knowing yourself, we’ve got a few tips on self-discovery:
• Make sense of your past.
Take a step back and look at what’s happened in your life. Were there any experiences or events that created such a big impact on you? Or were there moments that hurt you too much that until now, you’re still not over them? Making sense of your past helps you understand how and why the way you are right now.
• Your thoughts or others’ thoughts?
Sometimes we tend to think a certain way because the people around you think that way. So, try and really see if your opinions and beliefs are really yours, or something that everyone has just forced on you. Knowing your thoughts and ideas will solidify your own personality.
• Organize!
If the world around you is messy and chaotic, that’ll affect the way you view yourself, and get in the way of figuring out your identity. Start small – clean up your room, make a schedule for important meetings and days, this’ll help you move forward, and clear the path towards self-improvement.
• Rely on yourself.
If you don’t have self-worth, you’ll always be swayed by others, and lose yourself in what others think you are, rather than what you really are. So, start doing things by yourself even if they may seem scary at first. Book your own appointments. Learn to drive. Be self-reliant. It’ll help you be more confident and confidence is powers!

It’s a difficult journey ahead, but not one that can be done with enough effort and resilience. Learn the Art of the Pitch at JRP.

Blog1 - First Day Fashion

First Day Fashion

A first good impression can be hard to make; but it could probably be easier when you’re 100% sure you look good. Check out our first day fashion suggestions here.

It doesn’t matter if it’s your first day at a new company, or your first working day ever. First days are always pretty nerve-wracking. While we can’t help you remove all those nerves completely, we can help you be a bit more confident when you step through those doors – by helping you choose the perfect outfit to wear on your first day. After all, it’s been proven that a great outfit boosts confidence and increases productivity! So, here are our tips for your first day fashion:

• Know the dress code.
No one wants to be that person who wears either a shirt-and-jeans combo in a corporate setting, or that person wearing a three-piece suit while everyone’s a bit more lax. So, find out if your office prefers a more casual look or more formal clothing from their employees.

• Remember your commute.
If you’re going to have to fight through a throng of people on the train, the bus, or even in line for that taxi, maybe try to think of an outfit that won’t end up a wrinkly mess once you get to the office.

• When in doubt, go neutral.
Bright and outrageous outfits tend to be a silent way of grabbing people’s attention. And as the new guy/girl, you’re already doing that on your own, so you don’t want your outfit to be the first thing that speaks for you. Stick to black, brown, tan or navy pieces. They look great on everyone, and will help you blend right in.

• Make sure it fits.
Essentially, anything that’s overly baggy or too tight has a tendency to look unprofessional. So try to find something that’s comfortable but also fits properly!
With these in mind, find an outfit that works well for you, and make sure to walk in that office with confidence, because Confidence is Powers!

June Blog 2 - wedding

Finding the Perfect Wedding Gift

It’s officially wedding season, and it seems like everyone’s getting married. So, with a seemingly infinite amount of possible gifts out there, it’s going to be hard to choose what you’d like to give a newly-wed couple. A rice cooker? A frying pan? What do you buy? What’s your budget? Well then, read up on our wedding gift tips!

-The Registry.
If the couple has a registry in any particular store, the safest bet would be to get them something from there. They’ve already listed down what they want, so you’re 100% sure that they’re going to like what you’ve gotten them. Just make sure that you include a heartfelt message on the card.

-Something Personal.
If the registry seems impersonal to you, then go ahead and get, or make something personal for the couple. It could be a framed photo of the first time they’ve met, or some customized coffee mugs for your caffeine-dependent couples. This tells your friends that you really know them and wish them happiness for their future.

-Grab a Friend.
If you can’t afford that big ticket item that you’re sure your friends would love, and you don’t want to buy them something that’ll fit your budget, but isn’t as impactful, then ask your group of friends to split the big ticket item gift with you. That way, you get to give your friends something nice, and not break the bank in the process!

-Cover the Basics.
Try to focus on things that are casual, or the couple could use in their day-to-day lives. Plain towels, and utensils may seem boring, but are really functional that the couple will end up using them.

-No Home Decors.
That sculpture may seem like the coolest, and most interesting piece of (affordable) art, you’ve seen, but you don’t know if the couple agrees with you. Remember, you never really know anyone’s taste, and it’s their home. So best let them make the decision of what to hang on their wall, or display on their shelves.
Learn more about the Art of the Pitch at JRP.

June Blog 1- A Toast To the Groom

A Toast to the Groom

So, imagine this: your older brother is about to get married and he asks you to give a speech at his wedding. Without thinking about it, you say yes automatically because he’s your brother; you love him and you’d do just about anything for him. Then, you realize that – wait—you’ll be giving a heart-felt, emotional speech where you’re likely to cry in front of at least a hundred people. Don’t worry, we’ve got some tips on how to make wedding toasts and speeches less terrifying.

-Do NOT wing it!
While it’s tempting to just come up there and speak from the heart, it’s probably better if you’ve written down your speech a few days before the wedding. On the day itself, remember to bring cue cards! It helps organize your thoughts and ensures that you don’t forget names like the bride’s great grand-aunt from her mother’s side.

-Know your audience.
Knowing your audience makes a huge difference in what your speech will contain. Remember – do NOT under any circumstance, tell any incriminating, gritty story about your brother (or cousin/friend/etc.) in the presence of their grandparents, boss, or new in-laws. Save it for the round of drinks with the people who will appreciate these stories later.

-Test it out.
Whether it’s practicing in front of your best friend at the dead of the night in your living room or hours before the wedding at the reception venue, it’s important that you rehearse this speech. Know whether or not you’ll be using a microphone; if you can move around, or if the projector at the venue works if you’re using a PowerPoint presentation.

-Make sure you mean it.
At the end of the day, your loved one just wants to hear how much you care for them; how happy you are for them, and how supportive you are for this new chapter of their life. So, make sure that you mean the words that are coming out of your mouth.
Learn more about making speeches and the Art of the Pitch at JRP.

Your Application Check-list

Your Application Checklist

It doesn’t really matter if it’s your first or your eighth job. Job interviews will always be terrifying! There are so many things to remember before going in for an interview. To help you lessen the stress and constant internal panic, we’ve compiled a checklist for your application must-haves below:

    • Your resume
      Bring several copies just in case!
    • A pen and notepad
      …because you never know if you have to write down any essential information during the interview itself.
    • Company research
      While waiting for your turn, it would be best to familiarize yourself with the company you’re applying to.
    • Directions and company contact info
      You know – just so you’re sure you won’t get lost.
    • Breath mints or gum
      It never hurts to have a minty fresh breath during the interview!
    • Handkerchief
      Tension sweat is a real thing. Remember to bring a handkerchief to wipe any sweaty palms or forehead.
    • A folder
      You’ll need a place to put all your resumes, and references in so you can stay organized and that you don’t rustle around your bag looking for all of it.
    • A smile
      Let them know that you’re excited to be around! It’ll ease both you, and the interviewer.
    • Confidence
      Be confident but not cocky! When you start out confident, it’ll be easier to get through the rest of the interview.
      Learn more about confidence and the Art of the Pitch at John Robert Powers.

Learn more about confidence and the Art of the Pitch at John Robert Powers.