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Body image is our psychological experience of embodiment, providing us with a tangible shape or form for our intangible perception of our body.  Got that?  Body image is where it all begins as an infant, something we develop, order, and re-order throughout our lifespan.  What we think of our body may range between delight, disregard, and disgust and it profoundly influences our quality of life.
Negative Body Image, A Global Issue
Powerful attention to the body and the idea of having a perfect body is transmitted through the media and in everyday conversation with family and friends-parents and peers.  For women, the focus is on the pursuit of beauty through cosmetics, clothing, hair styling, nail enhancement, and dieting as well as cosmetic surgery.
Body image assessments reveal that a negative body image is experienced by virtually all women and girls, with men and boys also afflicted.  Dissatisfaction with the body is a major contributor to a negative body image and low levels of self esteem-of how we feel about ourselves as a whole.  Depression, anxiety, and eating disorders often follow.
Instilled in every society, negative body image is now a global issue of concern.  Pressure is on sub-cultural groups of individuals that idealize the perfect body.  This includes fitness buffs, gymnasts, athletes, dancers, models, and movie stars.  They do register higher rates of body dissatisfaction and eating disorders.  They, in turn, influence us so that satisfaction or dissatisfaction with our appearance will be a result of the degree to which we do or do not meet the socio-cultural ideal set up according to worldly standards.
The socio-cultural ideal woman is tall and thin, with moderately large breasts and long legs, large eyes, clear skin. If she’s light skinned, she wants to be darker.  If she’s dark skinned she wants to be lighter. The socio-cultural ideal man is tall and muscular, with broad shoulders and narrow waist, thick hair, scruffy beard, and also tan, if light skinned.  It is virtually impossible for women and men to achieve these ideals by healthy means.  Nonetheless, they are accepted and adopted as the reference by which to judge ourselves-invariably resulting in body dissatisfaction and a negative body image.
Tools To Facilitate A Positive Body Image
Changing our perception of the body often leads to a changed body image.  Clothing is a tool for us to use, an agent of change-both body changing and mind changing.  Specifically, changing the shape of our clothing can change our body image boundaries-easily improving our body silhouette.  Layering clothing works wonders to camouflage a body area or balance our body.  In turn, we may perceive and accept ourselves in a more positive manner.
Better yet, dress can effectively prevent body image problems from developing-effectively fostering feelings of acceptance through the ability to regularly recognize, select, and coordinate clothes that flatter the body.  The achievement of a more realistic body image allows for the positive application of visual design in dress (or vice versa), therefore enhancing our self-presentation as well as our everyday interactions and relationships with others.  This is image management and expressive image therapy in action, something we can do for ourselves.

It is truly more important to be healthy and whole than to try to match some unhealthy worldly standard.  My father used to say, “I’m pretty good for the shape I’m in.”  That’s a good attitude.  I remind us to appreciate our body and all it does for us.  It’s the vehicle that gets us where we want to go-even if the pace is slow at times.  Knowing your body type directs you to flattering clothing styles and coordination.  To learn more, get yourself to my Style for Life Retreat.  Be careful in all you do and make mindful dressing part of your everyday life.

Visit our website www.conselle.com or contact us at Conselle,
801-224-1207 or judith@conselle.com
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By Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliate

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Practice consulting with volunteer clients who are extremely different from you.

One of the challenges that image consultants face is knowing how to dress other people according to their personal coloring, figure variation, personal style and lifestyle.  Dressing yourself MAY COME NATURAL TO YOU, but teaching others what works for them, and not necessarily you, is not so easy.  Once you’ve done your homework…because you have taken the advice in tip number 2 and have mastered Wardrobe Strategies…it’s time to implement what you’ve learned.  The best way to do this is by asking a few people if you could “practice” on them.  Because you don’t charge them a fee, you’ll likely have no shortage of volunteers, that’s why we call these no fee clients “volunteer clients”.

Choose people who are both in your target market and different from you in terms of personal coloring, figure variation, personal style and/or lifestyle.  I have dark blonde hair, blue eyes, light skin, average height and build, and my personal style has a wide range.  My volunteer clients were so different from me!  One had black hair, very light skin, with hazel green eyes, a taller/larger build, with a very classic style.  My other volunteer client had dark brown hair, eyes, and skin, petite build, with a sporty/romantic personal style.  Boy did I learn from these two!  They were as different as night and day and expanded my understanding and appreciation for other women.   For example, I learned how to enhance the personal coloring of someone who is not blonde.    I learned about the fitting challenges that exist for so many people who are either taller than average or petite.  And personal style takes on a whole new light when considering such different personalities and backgrounds.  What a way to put my education to the test!  And what a great way to be prepared for the variety of clients I was soon to work with.

Practicing your skills on people who are vastly different from you is a wonderful way to help your clients look fabulous, which in turn, makes you a fabulous image consultant.  I couldn’t have done it without Conselle’s courses, however.  For MORE INFORMATION on how you can become a certified image consultant, click HERE.

A great education never goes out of style.

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By Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliate

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Before you can hope to build serious momentum in your business, become the master of the product you are selling.  Remember the book, The Little Engine That Could?   The poor little train full of dolls, toys, and good things for the boys and girls on the other side of mountain is stranded.  The big engines refuse to help.  The “Little Engine That Could”, who had never even been over the mountain, comes to the rescue. With a positive “I think I can” mantra and some hard work, that little engine eventually gains the momentum to pull the stranded train up and over the mountain, bringing good things to the kids on the other side.

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Mastering the image consulting industry is a huge challenge!  It requires positive thinking, hard work, and a knowledge of psychological, social, physical and artistic aspects of image.  That’s a big load to carry my little engines!  Picture your clients, the wonderful people on the other side of mountain waiting for you to deliver them life transforming treasures.  Oh how they want those treasures!  To gain enough momentum to actually get to them, you need to master the material. Otherwise, you are not only disappointing your clients, but yourself and your own reputation…and potentially marring the image consulting profession in general.  So if you really want to know your business, you best do your homework.  AICI, Association of Image Consultants International, offers a list of reference materials as suggested reading for the certification exam.  There are a number of references listed there.  If you only read one book, read the book that will help you pass the exam, Wardrobe Strategies for Women by Judith Rasband.  This book is not only listed 4 times by AICI, but the author also contributed to the AICI Key Terms of the image industry which are on the AICI exam.  Wardrobe Strategies is the one comprehensive book that includes everything you need to know to pass the exam.  Master this one book and you will gain the momentum to have a fabulous and fulfilling career as an image consultant.  Or you may choose to learn directly from the author herself at the Conselle Institute of Image Consulting and be able to say “I knew I could!”

Get the Wardrobe Strategies book HERE.

LEARN ABOUT CONSELLE’S INSTITUTE OF IMAGE MANAGEMENT HERE.

Find the list of Recommended References for the AICI exam under Appendix A here:  http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.aici.org/resource/resmgr/AICI_Candidate_Handbook.pdf

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At the Conselle Institute of Image Management, students come from all over the world to study to become image consultants.

At Conselle, our mission is to make accurate, practical, and valuable image information available in an affordable, enjoyable, and instructional format empowering people to simplify and manage their lives more effectively; empowering people and organizations to significantly increase their performance capability in order to achieve worthwhile purposes through understanding and applying proven strategies of image management.

While attending Conselle, you will learn from Judith Rasband, the first individual to be awarded the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) Certified Image Master title, the highest level of certification available in the industry.  By studying with Conselle, you will receive the best and most comprehensive image education available.

The next 15-Day Educational-Training will be held March 5 – 19, 2011 at the Conselle Institute of Image Management in Utah.

Here are photos from a recent Educational Training in 2009.

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Learning about proper table settings with Judith Rasband (in blue) at the Marriot Hotel in Provo, Utah

“I researched every training program. I called everyone. I chose yours. It gives me everything. Even [your competition] says you give more than they do. That’s exactly what I wanted.”Dalia Berman, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

We invite you to join us for our next Educational Training on July 10 – 24, 2010!  For more information on attending an Education Training at Conselle, please email us at kathy [at] conselle [dot] com or read this recent post, Become an Image Consultant.

Copyright Judith Rasband and Conselle L.C. 2009

Judith Rasband is the Image Expert and would love to jumpstart your image consulting career!  Visit www.conselle.com or call 801-224-1207 to learn more.

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“Turn Your Passion Into Your Profession”

Become an Image Consultant!

Finding your passion in life and doing what you love is a lot harder than it may seem.  Even if you are lucky enough to identify image as your passion, turning it into a successful business or profession can be impossible without all the “right stuff.”

To become an image consultant, you must acquire essential and proven principle-based concepts, strategies, systems, materials, and tools with life-changing skills allowing you to work at the highest levels of personal and professional effectiveness.

We at the Conselle Institute of Image Management are prepared to be your partner for success.  We invite you to enter an exciting, fulfilling, and financially profitable career as a Conselle certified image management consultant and wardrobe stylist.

We want you to experience the joy of providing life-enhancing seminars and services designed to help each client look and feel fabulous from the inside out.  In the process of helping others, you will experience life-enhancing changes in your own life

To Become an Image Consultant You Are Going Where?

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Conselle’s newly extended 15-Day Educational-Training is held in beautiful Utah Valley, just South of Salt Lake City, Utah—crossroads of America.  We live with a marvelous advantage in Mountain America.  We see it all, from the best to the worst in fashion and image from all directions.

From Conselle’s vantage point, we’re better able to evaluate with a more objective eye, what comes out of the New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas fashion and image markets—international markets as well.

At Conselle we analyze and synthesize, projecting what works, what doesn’t work, and WHY—enabling us to prosper and continually advance the image industry, now fifty years running.

Receive All the “Right Stuff” for All the Right Reasons!

Conselle’s 15-day Educational-Training in Image Management is the most comprehensive and complete image education program available worldwide.  The Institute itself passes all requirements as a registered post-secondary school.

We have what you’re looking for to become an image consultant—what you need to succeed in the image industry.  The Conselle Educational-Training program provides the foundation on which to build your image career, with the reproducible framework to make it work for you and your clients.

Not to get caught up in the academics of learning, we strive to promote a passion for learning, to nurture the heart and soul of learning—engaging the interest and passion of the participant, and that could be you.

Throughout the program there is a continued application of your new knowledge and skills to achieve practical results with benefits your clients can see immediately.  All interactive exercises and activities are deliberately structured to allow you to put into practice what you have just learned about.

We strive to build your enthusiasm for the topics we present, again, to promote a passion for learning.  We stimulate greater personal development by tailoring subject matter to your interests and passion.  In learning, when you enjoy the process, you make more progress.  Add to that, we aim to introduce elements of fun and surprise into the entire program.  We laugh a lot!

When?

We invite you to join us for our next Educational Training March 5 – 19, 2011!  For more information contact us at kathy [at] conselle [dot] com or call 801-224-1207.

Come to Conselle to Become an Image Consultant

Copyright 2009 Conselle Institute of Image Management

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