I contacted Joanna following a change of jobs. I quickly felt that I was out of the loop from an image perspective. Colleagues would be surprised by my level of responsibilities and I felt less and less confident. The turning point came when I realised that my image was not only complicating my current work, but also any future career in this company.
Joanna and I agreed to work on all areas of my personal impact – appearance, body language and communication, starting with creating a new wardrobe and working on gaining professional confidence. While I was convinced that a ‘simple’ overhaul of my wardrobe would be sufficient, the techniques she gave me to deal for example with difficult professional situations proved as, if not more, important for my image.
What I appreciated with Joanna was the focus on what I wanted and not only what she thought I should do. We worked for example on a classic but colourful wardrobe. This suited my industry, without taking out my personality and giving me more confidence in what to wear. She used a similar process for the techniques. The latter allowed me for example to dramatically improve my relations with senior management. As I was now taken more seriously, I have more and better relations, no longer needing to justify my presence, but instead concentrating on what needs to be done.
While working with Joanna might seem a substantial investment, I would not hesitate to do it again. It allowed me to really take possession of my role and be more confident in my abilities.