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Experts in the field of communication often quote the 55/38/7 “rule”.

The "rule" states people derive only about 7% of the meaning of a communication from the words themselves which the speaker uses (verbalized emotion), about 38% is based on tone of voice, and 55% from the speaker’s image and body language.”

The next time you are in a situation which involves speaking with your boss or potential clients remember the importance of body language and tonality. Image is also incredibly imortant especially when you're aiming to make an impression.

Simply keep in mind the numbers 55/38/7 and watch your approach in these situations improve.


 
 

Many people suffer from a lack of confidence in the workplace. It’s all too easy for self-doubts and fears to creep in and hold us back from realising our potential and achieving our dreams. Since the most successful people also seem to be the most confident people, confidence is an important part of our professional lives. Here are some tips for boosting your self-confidence in the workplace:

1. Celebrate your achievements – write a list of your past successes and give yourself due credit for the things you do well.

2. Practice, practice, practice – write a list of the areas where you feel you still need improvement, and then try to think of a way to get more practice at each one (e.g. volunteering to do more presentations or joining a public speaking group like Toastmasters).  The more you do something, the better you get at it and the less frightening it becomes.

3. Preparation – if you manage your time correctly you will feel calmer and more in control of your workload, which will increase your confidence.

4. Body language and professional dress – think about the way you present yourself at work. First impressions are very important in business if you want to come across as professional, capable and confident. Always hold your head up high, keep your shoulders back and make eye contact with the people you’re speaking to. Make sure you wear good quality clothes that are appropriate for the workplace as well as smart, functional and stylish.  If you look good, you’ll feel good too.

At Manifattura Donna we understand the importance of workwear that will boost your confidence. Every one of our designs has been tested in the most challenging business situations, such as meetings and presentations, before being passed on to the manufacturers. Shirts are longer – so that they will never come untucked during presentations and our dresses are made from an innovative fabric that doesn’t crease and will look impeccable all day long. There are lots of potential stresses in the workplace – don’t let clothing be one of them!
 
 
Everyone has had the feeling at times of drowning in work and struggling to keep up with deadlines and multiple commitments. When juggling work and family life, the importance of time management becomes even more critical. There are only so many hours in the day, but with a bit of pre-planning we can make more use of the time that we have.

Planning ahead only takes a few minutes, but it can save a lot of time in the long run, and help you to be more organised. Setting a daily or weekly plan of tasks helps you to prioritise what is urgent and what can wait. It also helps you to be more realistic about what you are able to do. It’s always better to take on a smaller number of tasks and do them well rather than taking on too much and leaving work unfinished or not doing it properly.

Always bear your long-term goals in mind and organise your time accordingly. Setting priorities, deadlines and goals for yourself helps you to stay focused and to keep on track. Once you have the road ahead of you clearly mapped out, you can concentrate on getting there.

 
 
 

Enduring style icon, actress, activist and princess, Grace Kelly is well known for her timeless beauty as well as for her roles in such classics as High Society, Rear Window and To Catch a Thief.

She retired from acting at the age of 26 when she married Prince Rainier and became the Princess of Monaco.  She was an active supporter of the arts, which led to the creation of the Princess Grace Foundation, a group that works to support emerging artists. She was also one of the first celebrities to speak for La Leche League, an organisation that supports new mothers and advocates breastfeeding.

In addition, Grace Kelly organised a yearly Christmas party for local orphans and became firm friends with Josephine Baker after a racist incident at a club in New York, in which she left the club in solidarity with Josephine Baker, vowing never to return (and she never did). She remains an enduring testament to true beauty both on the inside and on the outside.

"I would like to be remembered as someone who accomplished useful deeds, and who was a kind and loving person. I would like to leave the memory of a human being with a correct attitude and who did her best to help others." Grace Kelly.

 
 
Madame Clicquot – or ‘La Grande Dame de la Champagne,’ as she was fondly known – was widowed at the age of 27, after which she took control of her husband’s company in 1805. She was a businesswoman ahead of her time – shrewd, determined, and one of the first females to lead a company of men. Under her leadership, the business revolutionised the way champagne was produced, inventing a new technique that is still used by all the major champagne labels in the region to this day. It therefore seems fitting that, in her honour, Veuve Clicquot launched the first international award in 1972 to celebrate the achievements of women in business.

This year’s shortlisted candidates were recently revealed as Helena Morrissey (investment company CEO), Anya Hindmarch (designer) and Ruth Rogers (chef and restaurant owner). They represent another inspiring mix of female entrepreneurship, business success, corporate social responsibility and sterling examples as role models.

The winner will visit the Manoir de Verzy where she will have a vine baptised in her name to celebrate her legacy and acknowledge her life long relationship with Veuve Clicquot.
 
 

Louise Hay, explaining how thoughts and words influence your future.

 
 
Whether she was wowing audiences on stage with her barely-there dresses, or walking her pet cheetah (resplendent in his diamond collar) down the Champs-Elysees, Josephine Baker was a woman who went her own way, dared to be different and fought hard for her successes and her principles.

A dancer, actress and singer, she was the first African-American woman to star in a major motion picture and to become a world famous entertainer. Much of her life was spent in France and she even worked for the French resistance as a spy during the Second World War. She also supported the civil rights movement – and her refusal to play for segregated audiences helped integrate audiences in Las Vegas.

I did take the blows [of life], but I took them with my chin up, in dignity, because I so profoundly love and respect humanity.” Josephine Baker.

 
 
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman, abolitionist and humanitarian.

It takes courage to have a dream and to try to follow it. The act of making a wish – of acknowledging to yourself that there is something you want desperately – makes you vulnerable and sets you up for disappointment if you don’t win in the end. But it also opens you up to possibilities and new experiences and the thrill of trying and the excitement of what might happen.

It’s good to make wishes. It concentrates what you want into a clear single thought – and knowing what you want is the first step towards getting it. Dare to ask yourself what you most want out of life, and then have the courage and the honesty and the whimsy to wish for it.