Image Consulting in the 21st Century

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9780970359506: Image Consulting in the 21st Century

NEW BOOK PROVIDES CAREER ADVICE ON IMAGE CONSULTING

Image consulting is considered one of the best home-based businesses for the 21st century, especially for women. Now the first book about the image consulting industry, entitled Image Consulting for the 21st Century, has just been published by the Academy of Fashion & Image (AFI).

Author Brenda York-McDaniel drew on her 25 years in the profession to describe what the idustry is like, what opportunities it offers for the future, and what it takes to succeed in the business. The book will particularly benefit those who are considering careers as part time or full time image consultants. In addition, it advises new consultants on how to get started and provide experienced consultants with ideas to enrich and expand their practices.

What do image consultants do? According to York-McDaniel,"They advise and coach people on their apprarance and presentation skills--from what they wear, to how they talk and carry their bodies,to the etiquette they use in business and social situations." Who are good candidates for the profession? "Those who are interested in fashion and like helping people, mothers who are want flexible schedules, and soon-to-be retirees considering second careers, she says.

Highlights:

Describes background and personality traits of typical image consultants and incorporates thumbnail sketches of recent AFI students.

Lists advantages and challenges of image consulting. Includes candid comments from practicing consultants about what's ahead and how the industry can be improved.

Gives practical advise on getting started in the profession such as writing a business plan, setting up an office, identifying and developing a clientle, marketing services and what to charge.

Advises on corporate looks for the 21st century(including business casual) describes some tricks of the trade, and provides recommendations for expanding client services.

Traces the history of the image consulting industry from John Malloy's Dress for Success in the mid-1970's to the present day.

Provides a list of resources, including training and certification programs, professional associations, and products for image consultants. Highlights

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About the Author:

York-McDaniel is the director of AFI, which she established in 1983 in McLean, Virginia. Now located in Phoenix, Arizona, AFI trains an certifies new image consultants and provides continuing edcation to experienced consultants.

York-McDaniel is a nationally recignized expert in the field of image consulting. She has appeared on television and radio and has been featured in many publications, including the Chicago Tribune, Entrepreneur, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Newsweek, N.Y. Daily News, People magazine, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

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