Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Art Restored - From Dull to Gorgeous
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I happen to be a lover of art and value a truly incredible artist.  It seems that the best art never goes away; it just tends to fade away.  This is one of the reasons why I love what I do for men and women.  I can't even imagine the commitment of Michelangelo as he painted well over 5,000 square feet of frescoes in the Sistine Chapel or the vision he had as he sculpted King David.  I can't begin to comprehend the artistry of Leonardo da Vinci as he painted the Mona Lisa.  Regardless of their greatness, these incredible works of art do dull over time.   

As we all know, the Sistine Chapel had to be carefully restored amidst great controversy.  You can read about some of the great restorations of the finest paintings of the world whether sun, elements, damage or simply age restoration must take place as time goes on.  All amazing art needs to be touched up from time to time so that the original beauty can be restored.  The strokes of artists long gone are brought back to life.  After restoration, one can look at the work of art with a new excitement and a new desire which captures us in a way that has not been felt in years; perhaps decades.

This is what I have the privilege of doing each day.  I get to take the most beautiful art form in the entire universe and touch it up.  Imagine, having the opportunity to bring something worthy to the artwork of God.  He created something that is beyond any other creation women and men!  Each of us are perfect, beautiful and unique.  Like a great work of art, there is no duplicate, no copy.  Each woman created is different from every other woman, yet all are something to behold.  I have the pleasure of working with women, some who have forgotten their beauty, some who have been convinced that their beauty is long gone and some who feel that the sun and time have somehow taken away their need to be exciting - and I get to restore them.  

I can promise you that every woman can be brought back to a level of excitement!  Some women want to light the fire of a new desire for romance, others want to ignite a stagnant career, or be an example for their family: all of which I can help them do.  This is what MODA Image Consulting does - I am the person that touches up the beauty, brightens the canvas and energizes the sculpture.   MODA Image Consulting is the one that helps you get back in touch with your creator, and take what the world says has become dull and make it gorgeous again.  It may be a new fashion style, a new emotional attitude about life, or a better understanding of who you are and what you are capable of, but no matter what; I love helping a woman go from dull to gorgeous.  Each woman is a beautiful desirable work of art that is worthy of being noticed and ready to spark imagination and creativity all over again.  

There is only ONE MODA and there is only one person who understands that YOU ARE A WORK OF ART CREATED BY THE MOST HIGH and you are worthy of reflecting the Glory for which you were made.  Call us to set up a complimentary consultation...Let's restore some art and turn dull into gorgeous again.


Image | Brand | Fashion
Mila@modaimageconsulting.com | www.ModaImageConsulting.com
Direct: (615) 218.6831 | Office: (615) 567.6969

Consultations are always complimentary!

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Posted on 02/29/2012 8:32 PM by Mila Grigg, President
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Wednesday, 29 February 2012
There is only one BEST, and that is MODA
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IN THE SPIRIT OF SERVING OTHERS ~ This morning I had the opportunity to share what MODA Image Consulting does with some incredible entrepreneurial women.  I am always excited to share how I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve others while at the same time loving my business.  Success in business is never easy and requires unmatched perseverance.  Success in life requires a commitment to what you believe is true and success in relationships requires the ability to sacrifice self for the one that you love.  That said we should never forget that there can only be one BEST. When it comes to fashion, image and brand, there is only one leader in the industry, and it is MODA Image Consulting.  

I am grateful to have a website that has had more visits than I can fathom over the past year, to have hosted Fashion Events for retailers and charities across the country, worked with some of the most incredible corporations in the United States and I appreciate every customer who has hired me to help them do more than put on a nice outfit, but rather share my life experiences in a way that helps them improve the quality of their life personally and professionally.

Someone called me recently and said, "I see someone is hosting a "MODA Event" without MODA." They continued to say that I should be flattered as imitation is always the sincerest form of flattery. While I hope that everyone can get great advice about improving their lives; I must say there is only one BEST.  There are imitations and people who try to copy the best, but there is truly only one MODA event.  There is a significant difference in being a partner with a company in an event, and merely using a space for a private event.  An event without MODA is like hot chocolate without chocolate, a basketball game without nets, a car without wheels or a plane without an engine. You can drink hot water and get warm, but you are not really satisfied, you can go to a basketball game and see all the superstar players but it is wasted talent without nets, you can have a million dollar car but it is worthless if it has no wheels and you can all get on the latest and most impressive plane, but it's just another chair without an engine to take you somewhere.  The same is true for MODA and an event hosted by MODA.  You can have all the clothes, all the food, all the stores in the world and have a good event, but it will not be the best. You see, there is only one BEST in business and in each industry.  Only one real leader.

MODA Image Consulting is here to serve our clients and help them turn their fashion into a statement. We take clothes and create an action or reaction. We take a Brand and give it a face and a meaning.  MODA Image Consulting is the chocolate in hot chocolate, the nets in the game, the wheels on the car and the engine for the plane.  MODA Image Consulting is the best and we serve our clients in a manner that does more than change their attitude for a season.  Our focus is to change lives for a lifetime and to improve company success for the long-term. There is only one BEST, and everyone else is trying to be the best. Change your life, improve your company, turn your today into an action that creates a better tomorrow for you and the world around you.

Contact MODA, and together, we can share the BEST with everyone we know.


Image | Brand | Fashion
Mila@modaimageconsulting.com | www.ModaImageConsulting.com
Direct: (615) 218.6831 | Office: (615) 567.6969

Consultations are always complimentary!

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Posted on 02/29/2012 9:27 AM by MODA Image Consulting
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Tuesday, 28 February 2012
$10,000,000 Lost Over Employee Brand
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Within the past month, I have had the opportunity to witness the real cost of not training your company employees on the importance of representing the Brand of the company with their own Professional and Personal Brand.  I am blessed to have the privilege of serving some of the country's most financially secure individuals, and while meeting with such a client, I was privileged to see and hear a conversation that had drastic implications for one financial institution and great benefit for another.  I asked my client if I could share the story without names and here it is!

This particular client was not happy with his current financial advisor and was in the process of looking for another company to assist him with the management of his wealth.  He told me he had a quick phone call to make before we started our work together that day it happened to be with his lawyer and his accountant.  He asked them for their recommendations on the final two firms he had chosen to start a professional relationship with.  Quite honestly, both firms are well known and came with a slew of recommendations, write-ups and referrals.  My client's accountant recommended firm "A" because they had a long history of performance, were well represented around the world and offered all of the services that my client wanted.  The lawyer had an ongoing relationship with firm "B," and he could personally provide an introduction to the top money representative at the firm which he seemed to trust.  

About a week later I returned to continue my client's goals to create the best Professional and Personal Image that we could for him through fashion, etiquette and Internet Branding.  As we began, he asked me if I recalled the conversations he had with his advisors at our last meeting.  He commented that he met with several individuals over lunch with both firms and that he had chosen Firm "A."  He said that the comments he and I had shared about the value of one's Professional Brand and the company they represented played a significant role in that choice.  

He explained that the firm he had not chosen had attended the luncheon with representatives who were sloppy in their dress habits. Unfortunately, he listed a multitude of details that he was paying attention to per our conversation.  Shirts that did not fit, shoes that were dirty, hair that was not neat and dresses that were less than professional. He also noticed the way they greeted their servers and the hostess, along with their manners at the table.  Finally, he said the straw that broke the proverbial camel's back was their rudeness toward one another as he did not feel that they had respect for each other as they interrupted one another throughout the meeting.  He shared with me that he was not only looking for a company that had the current winners representing them, but said he was looking for stability, respect, integrity and any firm that allowed their brand to be tarnished by ill prepared and improperly trained representatives was not the company he wanted taking care of the details associated with his family and his business future.  

We have talked about the importance of looking beyond the numbers and allowing the image and behavior of the people being interviewed to be the guide as to the type of service they will provide.  We've known each other going on at least five years now and I have developed a great friendship with him and his beautiful family.  I knew I would want to share this perfect example with other businesses and clients so I asked him how large the account was that he was transferring to the new financial advisor.  In his own wonderfully sarcastic and very straight forward way, he said that shoes, clothes, fashion and manners just cost the other firm $10,000,000. 

Brand is not something;' it is everything to a company's success.  After I left his office, I was thankful that I could help a client in a manner that had nothing to do with fashion and style alone, but rather with his view on life and the pursuit of excellence in all he does and all who will help him reach his goals. 

MODA is in the business of helping individuals define their Professional, Personal and Internet Brands.  We guide companies to create an atmosphere of Excellence and ensure that money spent in creating a brand is properly communicated to the company employee as well as the customer.  Call MODA if we can help you or your business create the best Brand for success. 

Photo Source: www.istockphoto.com


Image | Brand | Fashion
Mila@modaimageconsulting.com | www.ModaImageConsulting.com
Direct: (615) 218.6831 | Office: (615) 567.6969

Consultations are always complimentary!

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Posted on 02/28/2012 3:05 PM by Mila Grigg, MODA Image Consultant
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Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Give the Perfect Valentine's Day Gift
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A VERY SPECIAL GIFT

What is better than the gift of confidence?

Are you still looking for the perfect gift for someone you love? MODA Image Consulting is offering 15% off of all services if you call before Valentine's Day! Call today to learn more about gift certificates, gift bags and how you can order one for yourself or as a gift!   There are few gifts under $500 that you can give someone that will last them more than a year or two, and even fewer are those that last a lifetime.

What about a gifts that makes someone feel special, confident and fun every time they are used. You can give anyone on your gift list the special gift of fashion, style, organization and confidence.  Please call us today for details!

Photo courtesy of www.istockphoto.com


Image | Brand | Fashion
info@modaimageconsulting.com | www.ModaImageConsulting.com
Direct: (615) 218.6831 | Office: (615) 567.6969

Consultations are always complimentary!

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Posted on 02/07/2012 12:00 AM by Mila Grigg, CEO
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Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Building your brand? Read HERE...
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"Old, Proven, and True: Brand Value for Sales"


Great salespeople and professionals in management do not happen overnight.  It takes practice, support and a mentor or two to create a career that will bring financial and family rewards. Today's young professional sales person can find that support and mentoring in some of the world's largest companies.  I know that I often have younger and older clients who call me and want me to help them create an image that reflects experience.  We get experience from practice and action in the field, and when you are starting out in a profession, we all need TIME.  So with this in mind, I suggest that the inexperienced professional practice some patience and look to align their personal professional brand with the brand of a company that has a proven track record.  There are some terrific companies in America that have been providing products and services for 75 to 150 years and they have stellar Brands that reflect the company's values, training, and commitment to success.  When a person can tie their own Personal Professional Brand to a proven brand in their industry of choice, they gain on the imputed talent and values of the company they are serving and in turn create a stronger Personal Brand with their individual clients and customers.

If you have a talent for selling products and services, but need some experience, you can create a ladder to wealth and success by joining with any of the great companies that have a rich history and solid brand that has been around for decades.  When you can tie your personal and professional brand to the proven brand in an industry, then your brand gains economic value and clout amongst your clientele.

We have all heard the line, "Fake it till you make it."  This thinking will bury you in today's Internet information age.  People can look up your professional and educational history and expose your lack of expertise in any given field.  My business is about helping companies and people create a brand that identifies with their customers as well as their peers and employees.  No high dollar suit, amazing smile or incredible fashion will get you further than your actual knowledge or talent; however, a great individual brand will open doors. You can always look professional no matter how long you have been in your chosen profession.

I advise my clients who work for a strong company with a strong history to do all they can to identify their personal professional brand with the Professional Brand of their company.  In some companies this is called the uniform, and for people in sales and or professional jobs, this is called your style and fashion.  Let me share a few ideas that can help you associate your brand with the valuable brand of a strong company.

1). The business card: The company name and logo should be the lead of the card, your name is secondary.  A card that is represented by a well-known and strong brand says that you are a team player, that you have resources behind you and that if you do not know the answer to a question you can get the answer from someone else in the company.  Your name should be in different font - this says you're unique, an individual and not just another worker in the machine.  If possible, put a favorite quote on the back of the card.  In the business of creating your brand, a one card fits all mentality is not the answer.  Learn to make your calling card a reflection of the solid Brand you work for and your unique ability and individualism.  People love the big companies; they hate being seen as a customer and not an individual.

2).  Your professional tools such as leather portfolios, briefcases, business card holders and pens are tools to associate yourself with the larger stronger brand that you are representing.  Include the name of the company you represent.  A properly placed logo on the exterior of your professional portfolio brief with your name underneath it will show that you are a part of something bigger than JUST YOU.  Give clients quality pens with your name and the company logo or name.  These leave behind items are a great reminder for your prospects and clients.  Do NOT leave behind cheap writing instruments or marketing items.  Your peers may do that, but you want to represent quality and integrity and not be seen as the person with all the gimmicks and cheap reminders.  Let people who use your pads, pencils, calendars and other items have something that will last and reflect your strong character and long-term commitment.  Remember that today's customer is looking for someone they can trust - and someone who will be around to take care of them for more than six months.  Invest in the sales tools you use and leave behind.  Associate your company brand with your name and services!

3). Use unique fashion ideas that can make a statement about you and the company you are representing.  For men, this can mean something like cuff links, or a monogram on the sleeve of a shirt.  I work with an insurance and financial products salesman that has cuff links made to represent his company.  They are beautiful, make a statement and I always notice them.  When I see them I think of the strength of the company that he works for, and I feel more secure with his product offering.  Ties and pens or pendants can do the same thing.  Professional looking jewelry that is appropriate for every occasion can associate the company name, reputation and brand with your brand.

We all grow and mature and our business and professional skills will improve.  These are a few of the steps that are a foundation for building your own individual professional brand.  Then you can take your fashion and style and utilize it to reflect your unique qualities and attributes.  This is what it means to create a Personal or Professional Brand that is unique to just you.  Never walk away from the power partner - the company that has an established history of success and value.  It is like money in the bank when your individual Personal and Professional Brand can be linked to historic companies and brands that have a track record.  Take time to reflect the power of the company you represent and do not hide from being part of a larger brand that has strength in its history.  

Success does not happen overnight.  A track record and few generations of success can help any professional succeed, especially while you are in the process of creating your own unique brand and history.

MODA Image Consulting is here to help the company and the individual to communicate, develop and utilize their brand in a way that brings them greater success. 

Photo Source: www.istockphoto.com


Image | Brand | Fashion
info@modaimageconsulting.com | www.ModaImageConsulting.com
Direct: (615) 218.6831 | Office: (615) 567.6969

Consultations are always complimentary!

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Posted on 02/01/2012 12:54 PM by Mila Grigg, President MODA Image Consulting
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