Monday, October 20, 2014

Motivational Speaker to Help Library Patrons Dress for Success

Jackie Martin is the founder of
A Matter of Motivation, as well as
an Independent Certified Coach,
Teacher, and Speaker with
The John Maxwell Team.
Motivation and leadership coach Jackie Martin will present a seminar for women entitled “Dressing for Success: Putting Your Best Self Forward” on Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sharon Forks Library at 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming.

The seminar aims to explain how career-minded women, including teens and college-bound young women, can put their best selves forward by presenting an appropriate image during job interviews, college admission interviews, and any time it’s necessary to make a good first impression.

“The biggest mistakes women make when dressing for interviews or other important events are to wear clothing that fits poorly or is too revealing, wearing too much jewelry, or ignoring the appearance of their feet,” says Martin.

There are plenty of strategies that women can use to dress professionally, even on a small budget, says Martin.

 “First, take stock of what you already own and know which pieces are appropriate for interviews and business events. Then when you’re shopping, search online for great deals and then supplement with pieces from outlet malls, consignment shops, and discount retailers.”

Part of the seminar will focus on stretching your wardrobe dollars by purchasing classic pieces that can be used several seasons and then accessorized to look on-trend. Style Fashions, a local consignment store, will stage a fashion show demonstrating how to find complete outfits on a small budget.

Dressing to be your best professional self doesn’t end with the proper clothing for women. It is also important to accessorize properly, maintain a well-groomed hairstyle, and apply makeup appropriately for a business setting. Another portion of the seminar will include presentations from Jodi Bond, a Mary Kay Cosmetics consultant, and tips on wearing just the right accessories from Park Lane Jewelry.

“Good grooming, including hair, makeup, and even fingernails are like icing on the cake. They give us a polished and finished appearance. Not to mention how it makes a woman feel when she knows she’s having a good hair day,” stresses Martin.

After dressing for success, women need to be able to communicate effectively during interviews and business meetings. In another segment of the seminar, Martin will address verbal and nonverbal communication strategies to help participants communicate their strengths and appear calm and confident in any professional situation.

“We’ll have fun exploring the ways to make the best first impression,” says Martin of the seminar. “We’ll also discuss how looking good on the outside can make you feel more confident on the inside.  Standing tall, making eye contact, and giving a firm handshake will help you start off on the right foot.”

Jackie Martin is the Founder, Coach, and Chief Motivational Officer of A Matter of Motivation. In addition to hosting seminars for the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce and teaching continuing education courses on leadership at the University of North Georgia, she is also a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher, and Speaker.

Participation in Dressing for Success: Putting Your Best Self Forward is free, but registration is requested. For more information or to register, please visit