A day with Miss SA – Liesl Laurie
Spending a day with Miss SA Liesl Laurie, fine tuning communication, etiquette and presentation skills.“The Professional Impressions session has taught me how to capitalize my assets and downplay my liabilities. I’m ready to start my new journey of a fearless public speaker. Can’t wait for the next coaching session. Thank you Haydee and Nadeema for a phenomenal experience!” Liesl Laurie-miss SA 2015.
The Telesure Superwomen!
Telesure is the most profitable short-term insurance group in SA & owns leading insurance brands e.g. Auto & General & 1st for Women Insurance. I presented the “Superwoman Syndrome” to the most awesome group of ladies at Telesure. These are some of the comments: Nomvula – Today was my ‘It day’. My dream and my passion was re-ignited. I am ready to drop my ‘ superwoman’ costume. Mandy – Been to so many of these kind of workshops, but I really found this to be the most valuable and the best I have been to. Leilani – Exceptionally heart-warming, soul food! Jessica – Awesome heart, eye opening, mind changing. Lee-Andra – It was one of my greatest experiences. Annelie – Absolutely fantastic, every minute well spent.
On the move with the Gautrain
We were invited to the Gautrain Women’s Development Launch. Nadeema spoke on how to be a Phenomenal Woman….Lana – What a powerful presentation! Tshepiso – Well presented and refreshing. Nomonde – Nadeema is a super hero. Perfect, outstanding and exceptional. Lorraine – Learnt a lot about personal presence, conducting oneself in the workplace.
Webber Wentzel recognises PA’s
Webber Wentzel – one of South Africa’s leading law firms recognised & thanked their PA’s on Secretaries Day in CT & JHB simultaneously. The ladies (& some gents) were spoilt with an exquisite lunch, guest appearance by Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss and our presentation 7 ways to Command Personal Presence. Congratulations to Marie Vorster for winning the make-over competition. These are some of the comments received on the day:
• Bev – Well presented, Informative and amusing.
• Jody – Awesome and captivating presentation.
• Rashika – Great presentation – learnt so much today!
• Alicia- Such a motivation. So encouraging. Very informative.
FNB is Packaged for Success
The FNB Branch Managers were recently taken through a tailor – made Packaged For Success Workshop. They were such amazing delegates, here is what they had to say:
Lungi – The presentation was brilliant, energetic and so much fun. There was a lot of info to take away.
Reshmee – It was absolutely awesome. No moment of boredom.Louise – Brilliant, wonderful experience.
Innocent – Very passionate and professional. Gino – From start to finish was awesome.
Anglo goes for Gold!
We took the 2015 Anglo American Bursars through the Packaged for Success programme, these are some of their comments:
Simphiwe – I learnt life lessons and business lessons.Obone – Fantastic programme that I would recommend to anyone. There is a tremendous amount of self-awareness that comes off of it, outside of simply understanding how to make a professional impression.Tuswa – OMW, the presentation was 100% on point. It was very beneficial and inspiring.
One of the largest global accounting firms believe in “Building a Better Working World”. True to their brand statement, they recently appointed us to take more than 200 CT & JHB graduates through our “From Campus to Corporate” programme. Here are some of their comments:
Simone – Absolutely brilliant presentation that touches on such vitally important life and business skills.
Henry – The presentation was great and a wonderful eye-opener to the way we should conduct ourselves around others.
Deshanca – Excellent presentation. Really helpful to adapt from varsity to work.
Khuthadzo – Please keep doing what you are doing, it’s great. The research you put into this and acknowledgement of different backgrounds is lovely.
Training staff at CIB
An innovative short term insurance company, specialising in the SME market. This is some of the feedback:
Christian – It was absolutely fantastic! Best presentation I have been to in a while.
Jayne – Was a brilliant session. So grateful to have been part of this, so beneficial.
Taking the 12 Miss SA finalists through our “Command Personal Presence” presentation. With tips from how to wow your audience, to what to wear to an event to the art of small talk – they were “infotained” – see their comments. These ladies not only impressed us with their beauty but also with their smartness. You are all awesome and on behalf of the Professional Impressions team don’t forget…“You were born for Greatness”
The Gencare team really strutted their stuff on the evening of the 11th April. The ladies were breathtaking in their long evening dresses and the men very elegant in their tuxedos. Haydee took the guests through a Mind over Platter session …from the art of small talk to toasting etiquette to demystifying utensils and food by food etiquette. After a delicious 5 course meal all left with full stomachs and mindful knowledge of the ‘how to’s’ in formal dining. If you wish to know more about the fine art of dining email firstname.lastname@example.org
A Day with Miss SA – Melinda Bam
I spent a day at the home of the magnificently gorgeous Miss South Africa-Melinda Bam – helping her dress and undress!
I can honestly say in the 13 years that I have been consulting for Miss South Africa-Melinda has been an absolute delight to work with and she really “walks the talk”.
She makes me “Proudly South African”.
Miss South Africa
One of my most exciting projects each year is working with the Miss SA semi-finalists. I took 32 gorgeous ladies through powerful personal branding and etiquette principles. Here is some of the feedback and pics from the day:
Kylene – “The most moving workshop I have ever attended. Haydee, you are an incredible woman – a woman of integrity and honour who makes a difference in people’s lives.”
Melinda – “I liked the fact that she made it completely interactive, practicing everything. She understands that learning put into practice sticks in our minds. It was inspiring.”
Cindy – “Amazing, the most powerful workshop I have ever experienced. Thank you.”
Loreal – “Absolutely eye opening, educational, informative, helpful and motivational. An amazing experience.”
Charlotte – “I thoroughly enjoyed the entire presentation and felt that the end really clarified the reason we are here and that we are all in this together.”
The evening after my Miss SA presentation the girls were put through a cocktail function task. The judges for this were: myself, Sonia Raciti (Miss SA-1998), Sonia Booth (model & former Miss SA runner up) and Kieno Kammies (Radio 702 Talk Show Host).We scored the semi-finalists on criteria based on what they had learnt from my presentation e.g. appropriateness of dress, networking skills.
I was impressed by how well each of the ladies put the theory into practise. There are definitely some strong contenders for this year’s competition.
ACSA – Airports Company Port Elizabeth
I celebrated Women’s Day with the ladies from the Airports Company in PE. They ranged from Security to Admin Officers. Bongiwe Pityi (Assistant General Manager at King Shaka Airport) wowed us with her insights and personal story. I presented personal branding and the Superwoman-this is some of their feedback:
Lumka – “The presentation was superb.”
Bulelwa – “It helped me to be proud of whom I am and have big dreams for myself. Haydee is motivational and encouraging.”
Bongiwe – “What makes Haydee’s presentation special is that she personalises all her messages, this allows the audience to connect with her.”
Beauty – “Keep up the good work, I for one am inspired and uplifted.”
Feroza – “Great hearing from someone so “real”-not just talk”
Dineo – “Wow I needed to hear this message today!”
Michelle – “A great dose of inspiration!”
Denise – “A great PICK ME UP”
“Fantastic presentation” Rafia.
“It was great. Informative and useful” Angel
“It was a real eye opener for me as a young woman in a working environment.” Storm
“Thank you, I will certainly go forward with your words echoing in my head when shopping for clothes in future.” Brenda
Consol Head office
“Haydee’s sharing of her personal experiences made the presentation so valuable.”
“Life altering, Thank you.”
“It was beautiful and inspiring.”
“It was dynamic, absolutely excellent and uplifting”
“You can’t better perfection, it was absolutely wonderful.”
Miss Earth Finalists
Eskom’s Group Technology Division celebrated Women’s month by treating their ladies to a day full of INFOTAINMENT on 3 and 4 August. From Engineers to Technologists-this is what some of them had to say:
Thuli – “There are so many words to describe this presentation but I will stick to profound.”
Mpho – “This session has to be heard by every woman, this was extraordinary.”
Caroleen – “I have never experienced such a motivational and emotional experience – Thank you.”
Thandazile –” This is the most intensely healing and therapeutic function I have ever attended.”
Silindile – “What a powerful presentation. Essential tools for a better life, Thank you.”
Nedbank Winter School 12 & 14 July
Nedbank launched their first CA Trainee Programme last week. It was an intensive 3 day programme attended by 35 talented University students who had been hand picked for this once in a lifetime opportunity. I took the Trainees through the Power Etiquette and Image principles and this is what some of the delegates said about their experience:
Simone – “Thank you Haydee for the presentation, the story of your personal experiences have definitely been the most powerful part of this presentation; if not the last 3 days. It has helped me in a very personal way, thank you.”
Sifundo – “Powerful motivation, you have changed my life.”
Ntebaleng – ‘Thank you, you really changed the way I view life. God bless you.”
Aobakwe – “I feel good about my style because some of the things that were mentioned were related to me, I know I am going to be the best dressed CA thanks to Haydee.”
Day 1 covers ettiquette in the workplace – part of this session is learning how to shake someone’s hand correctly. Often the men question how to shake a woman’s hand as it is commonly misinterpreted that men should shake women’s hands softly. This is definitely incorrect. It must be a firm shake that resonates respect.
The delegates learn how to hold a glass and plate whilst at a networking function to ensure a free hand at all times.
Body measurements are taken to reveal what type of body shape each delegate was.
Day 2 is entirely focused on image in the workplace and how branding yourself as a person allows you to differentiate yourself amongst your colleagues/fellow students/employers etc
A part of the “Packaged for Success” workshop includes “homework” which the delegates put up and are “marked” by Haydee which allows the delegates and the companies to see how their staff think regarding the image of the company and how it relates to success.
Suit and trouser length measurement.
ABSA Capital – Pioneering Young Women Conference
The evening of 5 July was one of Glitz & Glamour. At an elegant cocktail party held at the Radisson Blu Haydee presented “Packaged for Success“ to 60 young ladies who had been selected from all over SA to attend the intensive 3 day “Pioneering Young Women Conference” held by ABSA Capital. Celebrity guest for the evening was none other than Miss SA Bokang Montjane. All the ladies had their body shapes analysed as well as posed with Miss SA. A great time had by all!
This is what some of the ladies had to say about their experience:
Tihologelo – “I am really speechless; I didn’t realise how important dress code is and feel more confident already. This is truly a great thing you are doing.”
Anelisa – “You are truly passionate in what you do, thank you for your enlightenment and sound knowledge.”
Sharon – “I believe a lot of young woman would benefit greatly from this presentation, therefore organising such events in universities and high schools would be amazing.”
Vuyiswa – “Keep up the great work, you truly are a pioneering woman.”
Sibahle – “It was beautiful, Thank you.”
Barclays Bank Botswana
On 31 March, 12 and 13 April I visited Barclays Bank in Botswana and presented my “Packaged for Success” workshop to the staff. The workshop was received well and this is what some of the delegates had to say:
“Thank you Haydee and thank you Barclays for offering me this opportunity, my life will never be the same again. It was 100% spot on, I loved every minute.”
“It can change a number of mind-sets in the organization as well as behaviour.”
“This is a fantastic presentation and I would not hesitate to recommend it to any organization.”
Miss South Africa – Bokang Montjane
On Thursday 07 April I took Miss SA – Bokang Montjane shopping at the elegant Jenni Button Sandton store where we selected some awesome outfits that will allow her to attend different functions whilst at all times looking chic and elegant.
On Monday 28 March we conducted an in-depth personalized consultation with the vivacious MISS SA -Bokang Montjane. She was a “cool” lady as her best suited colours had cool undertones. On Friday next week I will be taking her shopping to Jenni Button and Europa Art Shoes. Will keep you posted!
The Ernst & Young Graduate Programme
Over the last four weeks we have been working with the new graduates of Ernst & Young. The Packaged for Success course is set over two days with the first day focusing on etiquette and the second day focused on image. Over the two days the graduates learn the importance of personal branding, the correct handshake, body language and business card etiquette and on the second day we cover areas like what colours suit their skin tone and how to package themselves in the correct workplace attire. The course covers a variety of topics and lessons which will benefit them throughout their lives.
This is what some of the graduates had to say about their experiences:
Mosh – Excellent session, Thank you Haydee for the inspiring and fun two days.
Thuli – Motivating in every aspect not only in fashion but emotionally and spiritually as well.
Jimmy – Grabbed our attention from start to end, everything was perfect; the planning, structure and content of the presentation.
PIAA Conference November 2010
I am honoured to be the co-founder of the PIAA (Professional Image Association of Africa) together with Minnette Luus. On Dec1 we held our first annual conference. A new legacy in the South African Image Industry has began and I am proud to be part of it.
The PIAA strives to combine all the facets of total image into one organization. We want to establish a network of image experts which includes anyone that wants to, or is already involved in the image industry. This association is for any professional in image or image-related fields e.g. fashion designers/buyers, stylists, fashion journalists, beauticians, hair-stylists, make-up artists, dieticians, wellness and fitness instructors, plastic surgeons etc.
If you are in these related fields and wish to become a member visit www.piaa.co.za.
Sincerest thanks once more to our MC-Lorna Potgieter and speakers Marisa Daly & Marija Ruygrok.
Gallagher Estate – Johannesburg.
Expian hosted their annual conference at Gallagher Estate and they treated 500 Credit controllers to a full day conference . 3 lucky winners from the audience won a quick one hour make-over. Haydee and her team really did a magnificent job, the winners were absolutely thrilled with the final outcome. Click here to view some more before and after results.
Sita Fashion Show:
Revlon Realistic Rise up Imbizo Event 27 October:
Revlon has joined forces with various sponsors to equip 30 aspirational women with the fundamental tools to inject their lives with confidence. Professional Impressions as well as the very successful and inspirational Thabiso Sikwane( DJ Fresh wife) gave a presentation to 30 lucky winners at the Revlon Realistic Rise up Imbizo. Other well know faces like Anga (Face of Revlon) and Khabonina Qubeka(Singer) also added to the spectacular day.
Anga( Face of Revlon), Haydee, Thabiso Sikwane