Mandy Lehto, PhD, is a Best-Self Coach, Writer & Personal Presence Expert
Mandy Lehto is a Best-Self Coach who specialises in working with people who are world-class, or are aiming to be. Her expertise is in helping clients to exude powerful, authentic personal presence. Mandy has a PhD from Cambridge University, and was a Director at an investment bank in her previous career. She writes a column for Psychologies magazine and blogs at www.mandylehto.com
So someone ticks you off. You get the wrong milk in your Starbucks' latte. Your boss berates you during a meeting. A jerk cuts the queue when you're already late. It rains on your new suede shoes (I've been there, and feel your pain).
So your mood is radioactive, and though you've noticed it's not serving you - or anyone around you - it can be hard to snap out of it. Here are three road-tested methods I use when I feel the mental toxicity building.
It seems red lipstick can help us to exude confidence and power. But there's also an overtly sexual element to the red lip. Studies confirm that red lipstick draws attention to the mouth, especially from the opposite sex.
Tony Glenville, Creative Director of the London College of Fashion, says Mirren's BAFTA look 'worked well because the pink toned with her usual hair colour, rather than being a complete change or a very harsh, silly tone.'
As an image consultant, I work with people every day who have garments and accessories which they feel give them super-heroic powers - or some variation thereof. Welcome to the transformative power of clothes.
17/02/2013 22:12 GMT
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