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Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124
Incorporates: Librarian Career Development

Online from: 1979

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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First impressions: the power of personal style

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Title:First impressions: the power of personal style
Author(s):Eleri Sampson, (Specialist in personal communication skills, runs a training and consultancy business, Positive Images, in London and is the author of The image Factor A Guide to Effective Self-presentation for Career Enhancement)
Citation:Eleri Sampson, (1995) "First impressions: the power of personal style", Library Management, Vol. 16 Iss: 4, pp.25 - 28
Keywords:Career development, Perceptions, Personality, Self-development
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/01435129510087022 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Discusses how to replace negative perceptions of librarians with positive ones. Asks key questions about personal style at work: how do I come across? How do I behave? How do I sound? What is my image profile? Who is my audience? Presents a checklist of what is an appropriate image for a professional and what to avoid. Discusses the five linked elements of personal perceptions – appearance, body language, communication style, presence and reputation – and proposes ways to promote a positive image.

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