Friday, February 11, 2011

Meeting Lynn Spence

Happy Friday!!

Today my class got the opportunity to meet and listen to Lynn Spence talk about her life, success, and advice about pursuing your career of interest in fashion and/or design. Lynn Spence is a style expert that appears on Citytv's Cityline, Around the House and Fashion Friday. It was a great experience and very informative to listen to her speak she is very energetic, outgoing, personable and funny.

My Classmates and I with Lynn Spence ( I am in the fuschia)

I will share with you some of the tips Lynn Spence gave us on how to be successful in your career.
  • EDUCATE YOURSELF about designers, trends and styles.
  • Read magazines it is the best way to stay current and learn new things.
  • Learn the language/ terminology of design so you can speak knowledgeably.
  • RESEARCH before meeting with a client or employer so you know what you are talking about.
  • Be trained in everything as much as possible.
  • Know who you are.
  • Stand your ground
  • The things that are the hardest for you to do, what you are scared of is what you should pursue. You will learn the most from it and get inspired.
  • Watch for trends everywhere you go.
  • Be confident, interesting, calm and different.
  • Never lower yourself to someone else's behaviour.
  • Be a sponge.
  • Stay ahead of trends.
  • confidence comes with knowledge.
Lynn told us about some of her rules and expectations for us to follow when we first start out in our careers. These are some examples of what she looks for in her employees.
  • Be prompt- 5 minutes early
  • Non smoker- she doesn't like people going out every hour to take a smoke break, you are there to work.
  • Be neat and tidy, dress for success.
  • Stay off your cell phone during work hours.
  • Self -motivation is important.
  • ASK if you don't know something.
  • Bring a notebook and write everything down.
  • Be a team member.
  • Start out being quite slowly bring out your voice and opinions.
  • Don't be personal, stay neutral in conversation unless asked, let the employer get to know you.
  • Be polite, outgoing, happy and smile.
  • Unless you are REALLY ill don't miss work, pick and choose what days are important to be at work so if it is an important day and you are ill don't miss it.
  • Put in effort.
  • Be ready to give your opinion when asked.
  • If you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything.
  • Know when to speak.
Lynn also gave us some great advice on what we should dress like if we want to be successful. She told us that none of the clothes have to be expensive, it all about how you put it together.
  • Have a uniform that can be changed up.
  • Have a few decent cardigans.
  • Buy a few stripped shirts.
  • Buy a few plain white shirts.
  • One really good blazer.
  • A few pairs of dark wash jeans with NO holes.
  • Scarves to top off the look. Pattern is always good.
  • One long Trench coat.
  • lipstick
  • Clean hair.
  • Little makeup.
  • Make sure your shoes are polished.

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