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Polish Your Persona

Polish Your Persona

By Janika LeMaitre
Learn from business etiquette and personal branding specialist Janika LeMaitre, how to "polish your persona" and earn greater respect by defining a sophisticated presence.

Janika provides a road map on self-awareness, self-presentation, dressing, dining etiquette, social media, personal correspondence, core values, and more.

You’ll learn the basic concepts behind what makes certain behaviors polished, how you can adopt these habits, and create an elegant reputation for yourself.

Visit her website: www.better-professional.com.
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Why Invest in a Personal Stylist?
In the final episode of Season 2, Janika and Maria discuss building a trusted team around you of people who provide services to help advance your agenda when polishing your persona. And, this may include a personal stylist. Their discussion covers how a stylist is a secret weapon for people evolving their style, how to look for one that compliments you and your needs, and questions you should ask yourself to prepare when interviewing a stylist. They end the conversation with three key takeaways to ensure you are well equipped for the next steps. For any questions, insights, and feedback, please email us here: inquiry@better-professional.com.
28:56
June 15, 2022
When & Why You Should Dress Boldly
Everyone has a different definition for what 'bold' means. But, how can you apply it to your physical self-presentation? The topics covered in this episode: • Using color intentionally. • Descriptive words for being bold. • Signature style and people who have their own. • Power dressing and knowing when you want to stand out. • How to balance intimidation and softness. Janika and Maria finish the episode with three key take-aways with hopes to motivate you to dress boldly for yourself! For any questions, insights, and feedback, please email us here: inquiry@better-professional.com. Visit better-professional.com to learn more about Janika's consulting services. And, visit mfdstyle.com to learn more about Maria's services.
24:49
June 08, 2022
How to Present Yourself as an Expert: Communicate Through Clothing
Janika and Maria provide light on why your self-presentation is as important as your message and how communicating your expertise through dressing can work in your favor. Learn about: • How and when people make assumptions by knowing the "seven-second rule." • Adhering to your own standards, circling back to capsule wardrobes. • Creating consistency to compliment your "brand." • The feeling you get when you dress a certain way. • The effect of fashion labels, tailoring, cut, fit, color, etc. They provide two key take-aways at the end of the episode. For any questions, insights, and feedback, please email us here: inquiry@better-professional.com.
21:21
June 01, 2022
Intentional Dressing: What Does That Mean To You?
Intentionally dressing to step into your persona is not without challenges. Some of the questions explored include in this episode: 1. How can you identify your changing needs? 2. What does it do psychologically for you? 3. Can you come up with your own practice helping you create alignment? Janika and Maria conclude the episode by providing a few take-aways to inspire you to take action for "dressing intentionally." For any questions, insights, and feedback, please email us here: inquiry@better-professional.com. Visit better-professional.com to learn more about Janika's consulting services. And, visit mfdstyle.com to learn more about Maria's services.
26:49
May 25, 2022
Myth Busters: Five Things to Ignore About Your Professional Wardrobe
There are some myths you may have heard about dressing professionally and in this episode Janika and Maria explain why they should be ignored! Common myths uncovered: • The concept of a 'uniform' is minimal, colorless, and always the same. • You must power dress in pant suits to show your status. • Color analysis is not effective. • Items are not worth tailoring and should be purchased off the rack to fit you. • Dressing for the job you want and how it is not always a true statement. Listen as detailed truths about each of these myths are unfolded. Know what will help you make better decisions with your wardrobe. If you have a topic you'd like discussed or questions you'd like answered, please contact inquiry@better-professional.com. Visit better-professional.com to learn more about Janika's consulting services. And, visit mfdstyle.com to learn more about Maria's services.
29:20
May 18, 2022
Is Decision Fatigue Real When It Comes to Dressing?
How many decisions do you make each day? How can you create simplicity? What clothing choices are you making to set you up for success? Janika and Maria discuss the idea of creating efficiency and a streamlined wardrobing process. They also talk about why giving yourself an advantage and intentionally setting your day up ahead of time will create good energy. In addition, you'll learn two critical takeaways for guiding you around decision fatigue. If you have a topic you'd like discussed or questions you'd like answered, please contact inquiry@better-professional.com. Visit better-professional.com to learn more about Janika's consulting services. And, visit mfdstyle.com to learn more about Maria's services.
24:47
May 11, 2022
Gray Areas of Dress Codes
Dress codes are a topic of interest, and a sensitive one. Listen to Janika and Maria discuss their take on dress codes as they affect you today. They talk about the real sense of empowerment when you feel confident in your appearance, why it matters, and leave you with five key takeaways on how to develop your self-appointed dress code standard. If you have a topic you'd like discussed or questions you'd like answered, please contact inquiry@better-professional.com. Visit better-professional.com to learn more about Janika's consulting services. And, visit mfdstyle.com to learn more about Maria's services.
27:15
May 04, 2022
The Great Fashion 'Pivot'
Janika and Maria have a casual conversation about the impact of the past few years on how dressing expectations have changed. They explore how physically being in the workplace to working from home has impacted wardrobing, what is known as the 'great resignation,' and leave you with four must wear items when you're on a virtual call. If you have a topic you'd like discussed or questions you'd like answered, please contact inquiry@better-professional.com. Visit better-professional.com to learn more about Janika's consulting services. And, visit mfdstyle.com to learn more about Maria's services.
27:14
April 27, 2022
𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑫𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑬𝒙𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆: 𝑴𝒆𝒆𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑪𝒐𝒏𝒇𝒊𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔, 𝑰𝒎𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝑬𝒕𝒊𝒒𝒖𝒆𝒕𝒕𝒆 & 𝑺𝒉𝒐𝒘𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑹𝒆𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝑺𝒕𝒂𝒇𝒇
Season One Finale: This episode covers a couple of tips for confirming with your guest when and where you are meeting. Janika also explains the importance of knowing dining etiquette and why showing respect to the staff at any venue adds value to your reputation.
11:43
May 28, 2021
𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑫𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑬𝒙𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆: 𝑫𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒌𝒔, 𝑯𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒃𝒂𝒈𝒔 & 𝑪𝒉𝒆𝒄𝒌𝒔
Handle yourself with poise when drinking a beverage. Know where to place your handbag when seated at a table and gain clarity on payment for the check.
09:51
May 21, 2021
𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑫𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑬𝒙𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆: 𝑷𝒍𝒂𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑯𝒐𝒔𝒕 & 𝑩𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂 𝑮𝒖𝒆𝒔𝒕
No the 21 questions you should ask yourself when hosting. And, learn to plan ahead when you are the guest.
13:22
May 14, 2021
𝑪𝒂𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒓 𝑷𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈: 𝑹𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒄𝒉
Janika provides insight as to how overplanning specific details can help add to your reputation. And, think about how doing your research can help prepare you for get-togethers with new people.
11:29
April 30, 2021
𝑫𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝑪𝒐𝒅𝒆𝒔 𝑫𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒑𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒅
Be prepared for whatever attire is appropriate when it comes to dressing in the workplace and for attending events. 9:16 min – Casual/Lounge Wear 12:30 min – Business/Smart Casual 15:43 min – Business Attire 18:32 min – Cocktail Wear 21:43 min – Suit & Tie 23:04 min – Black Tie 27:00 min – Black Tie Optional 27:48 min – Unsure of the Dress Code?
30:29
April 23, 2021
𝑺𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏: 𝑨𝒄𝒄𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒛𝒊𝒏𝒈 & 𝑩𝒂𝒄𝒌 𝑼𝒑 𝑷𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒔
To accessorize or not? The points explained by Janika will help you decide how to add to your outfit. Not overdo your look. She will also provide tips about how you can get ready for the unexpected.
09:36
April 16, 2021
𝑺𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏: 𝑯𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒃𝒂𝒈𝒔, 𝑬𝒎𝒆𝒓𝒈𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒚 𝑲𝒊𝒕 & 𝑺𝒉𝒐𝒆𝒔
What does your handbag say about you? Is an emergency kit necessary? How do your shoes impact your persona? In this episode Janaka addresses all of these topics.
11:46
April 09, 2021
𝑺𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏: 𝑪𝒍𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 & 𝑼𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒈𝒂𝒓𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔
Gain clarity on the fundamentals of clothing from Janika and be aware how to keep your undergarments ‘under the radar.’
12:51
April 02, 2021
𝑺𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏: 𝑶𝒏 𝑷𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒕 𝑴𝒂𝒌𝒆𝒖𝒑
Learn how to achieve a more polished professional make up look with tips given in this episode.
10:22
March 26, 2021
𝑺𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏: 𝑵𝒂𝒊𝒍 𝑪𝒂𝒓𝒆 & 𝑭𝒓𝒂𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝑺𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏
Know why your nails and fragrance can make or break the impression you make on others. Learn the measures you can take to ensure you give an elegant one.
13:21
March 19, 2021
𝑽𝒐𝒊𝒄𝒆 & 𝑳𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒖𝒂𝒈𝒆: 𝑮𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓 𝑷𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒔
Janika helps you understand what to do when someone tells you they preferred pronouns. Also learn how you can adapt with the times and use pronouns for yourself.
07:58
March 05, 2021
𝑽𝒐𝒊𝒄𝒆 & 𝑳𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒖𝒂𝒈𝒆: 𝑳𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒖𝒂𝒈𝒆 𝑩𝒂𝒓𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒓𝒔
Learn Janika’s tactic that you can use to break through language barriers with ease.
06:04
February 26, 2021
𝑽𝒐𝒊𝒄𝒆 & 𝑳𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒖𝒂𝒈𝒆: 𝑺𝒑𝒂𝒄𝒆, 𝑭𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒓𝒔, 𝑷𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒈 & 𝑭𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒍 𝑫𝒊𝒂𝒍𝒐𝒈𝒖𝒆
Janika guides you to break the habit of using crutch words in your speech and how you can embrace pausing for a fact. Also, find out about formal dialogue and when you can use proper phrasing to your advantage.
11:43
February 19, 2021
𝑽𝒐𝒊𝒄𝒆 & 𝑳𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒖𝒂𝒈𝒆: 𝑻𝒐𝒏𝒆, 𝑷𝒊𝒕𝒄𝒉, 𝑷𝒓𝒐𝒋𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏, 𝑺𝒑𝒆𝒆𝒅, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑴𝒖𝒎𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈
Understand why the way you use your voice matters in this episode. Examples and techniques are provided to help you become more confident speaker.
11:05
February 12, 2021
𝑺𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝑨𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔: 𝑪𝒐𝒏𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝑬𝒙𝒊𝒕 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒈𝒚
Janika gives you her two-step checklist to recognize a conversation hijacker. She gives you a strategy to make a seamless exit.
07:23
February 05, 2021
𝑺𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝑨𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔: 𝑴𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒔 & 𝑪𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝑷𝒉𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝑬𝒕𝒊𝒒𝒖𝒆𝒕𝒕𝒆
Here why the use of good manners helps you come across as polished. Know what is expected of respectful cell phone behavior.
08:50
January 29, 2021
𝑺𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝑨𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔: 𝑬𝒏𝒈𝒂𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑪𝒐𝒏𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 & 𝑳𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈
Knowing which conversational tropics are okay and what you should avoid are covered. Janika also provides pointers on how to listen with more intention.
10:23
January 22, 2021
𝑺𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝑨𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔: 𝑷𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒍 𝑺𝒑𝒂𝒄𝒆 & 𝑴𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒇𝒖𝒍𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔
Understand what are acceptable boundaries of personal space. Learn a simple formula to begin practicing mindfulness.
08:34
January 15, 2021
𝑺𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝑨𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔: 𝑩𝒐𝒅𝒚 𝑳𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒖𝒂𝒈𝒆
How is your body language interpreted? Become aware of your gestures and learn from Janika the best practices to build your confidence in this episode.
13:59
January 08, 2021