The Power Of Personal Branding, Authenticity, And Entrepreneurship With Mike Payne

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They can smell you from a mile away… And it has nothing to do with your cologne. People can ALWAYS tell when you’re trying to be something you’re not. “Everyone wants the original. They don’t want a duplicate of something else or a slightly less awesome alternative.” – Mike Payne. Before we dive into the importance of personal branding and business, let’s discuss who Mike Payne is for a second. Mike is a creative strategist, part-time sneakerhead, and co-founder of ThisIsFancy.ca He and his team help startups and small businesses develop notable brands and meaningful, human-centred experiences. He’s so cool […]

Why These Common Office Style Mistakes Could Be Hurting Your Career

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Fun, laid-back, and successful… Who doesn’t want their style to reflect those personality traits? If you’re someone who takes their career seriously, isn’t it worth paying attention to ALL of the factors that influence your success or failure at work? Of course your expertise is one of the most important ones, but there are other details that play a role. How you show up and present yourself is also a reflection of your inner-dialogue. If you care enough about landing your dream job, getting a raise, or being a offered a promotion, you’ll be willing do what it takes. Your […]

Quality vs. Quantity: How To Decide What’s More Important When Building Your Wardrobe

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“How much should I spend on my clothes?” Sound familiar? It’s a question that comes up frequently. Check out this interesting fact… According to Esquire magazine, the average man spends just over $1,000 each year on shopping. Here’s the catch — they only wear 13% of what they buy!! If that sounds familiar, think about how much money you might’ve wasted over the years. Honestly, it could be in the thousands of dollars. This is likely the result of not knowing how to add pieces to your wardrobe that work with what you currently own. But there’s another reason why […]

Why These Hidden Benefits Of Grooming May Make You Rethink Your Routine

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Attention to detail… It applies to every area of our lives. It’s what makes great men stand out from the rest of the crowd. Most of the time it’s associated with anything competitive, like sports. Why can’t it apply to our sense of style too? At the end of the day we are competing to make a good impression and to stand out from other men. Maybe it’s to get the attention of a cute girl, gain recognition from your boss, or respect from a complete stranger. Since you never really know who you’re going to run into while you’re […]

How To Maintain A Professional Image Outside Of Work Without Feeling Flashy

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Picture this… It’s Saturday night and you’re out for drinks with your buddies. Not a care in the world. But wait… Out of the corner of your eye you notice one of your clients or coworkers walk in. An important one too. While nursing a crisp pint of lager your mind starts racing. You’re out having a good time and it’s the last thing you want to think about right now. So you dressed accordingly. An outfit made up of a “well-worn” pair of jeans, an old (yet comfy) t-shirt, and scuffed up sneakers. A perfectly appropriate outfit for a […]

Turn More Heads: 7 Simple Grooming Hacks You Can Apply Today

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Short and sweet… That’s how a gentleman’s grooming routine should be. This means getting straight to the point and getting the job done. If you’re like me and consider your time valuable, the last thing you want to do is spend countless hours fine tuning your look. Thankfully there’s a way around that!     The importance of proper grooming can’t be stressed enough. Not only is it a good hygiene practice but it also says a lot about how a man views himself. A lack of grooming is usually a sign that a person doesn’t care enough to invest […]

How To Connect With Influential People Even If Nobody’s Heard Of You

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Networking… The idea of it doesn’t always leave a good taste in your mouth. And for good reason. Most guys do it wrong and that often leads to rubbing people the wrong way. Always expecting to gain something — but how can you get something if you haven’t offered anything in return? The ability to connect with influential people is a critical skill, especially if you’re motivated to advance your career. Over the last two to three years I’ve noticed a significant improvement in the calibre of people I’ve been able to connect with. This includes very successful businessmen, key decision makers within […]

3 Non-Verbal Signals That Sabotage Your First Impressions

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Power, presence, and warmth. The three factors that create a good first impression. This applies to nearly every situation you’ll find yourself in. Whether they realize it or not, your boss and co-workers will take notice of your non-verbal behaviour. When you’re out for drinks with your buddies, the cute girls at the nearby table will also pay attention to your body language. Typically this is done on a subconscious level. This part of our brain processes up to 95% of ALL OF OUR THOUGHTS.    This means that even if we’re not aware of what’s going on, our subconscious brain is […]

How Improving Your Style Helps You Advance Your Career

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It’s true. Think about why we’re always told not to judge a book by its cover. That’s how our minds have been conditioned to react when first exposed to something or someone new. We can’t help it. Though you may catch yourself making a snap judgement and will likely give a person the benefit of the doubt, a conclusion about them has already been drawn.   Are you familiar with the fight or flight response? Snap judgments are a byproduct of that. Our brains are hardwired to react rapidly in order to protect ourselves from potential harm. In this case, when […]