How to Effectively Dress for Success [3 Easy Rules]

Here at LNE Consulting, one of our biggest keys to success is having high standards. This, in part, means dressing professionally and looking the part. They say that your appearance subconsciously dictates how you are perceived by others. So it only makes sense that dressing professionally boosts your reputation and can help you expand your network.

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That doesn’t mean you have to spend 4 digits on a suit or splurge on a pair of nice dress shoes. Looking professional can actually be boiled down into a few basic rules. You’ll come to find that it’s not as difficult as you think.

Rule #1: Be clean and crisp

It doesn’t matter what brand you wear or how much something costs. The truth is, if you take care of your clothes properly then you’re bound to look presentable. A $200 shirt can actually look worse than a $10 shirt if it’s not properly cleaned and pressed. What it comes down to is cleaning your clothes per that little label on the inside, hanging them on a hanger, and ironing them if need be. If you take care of your clothes, they’ll take care of you!


Rule #2: Find a color medium

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It’s hard to take someone seriously when they look like a bag of skittles. The way you dress is a testament to who you are, so feel free to give it a little flare, but keep it professional. Throw in one or two articles of clothing that make your outfit pop – but that still allow you to be taken seriously.


Rule #3: Dress for the occasion

Most people have an outfit or two that makes them feel invincible. Be sure to have a sharp suit and well-kept shoes on reserve so that you’re ready to look presentable if you’re invited to an event or a meeting with a client. Never underdress. It’s significantly harder to overdress than underdress, so play it safe by pulling yourself together!

It’s not about your style or how much money you spend on clothes. It’s how you present yourself with what you have. At LNE Consulting we know being professional is the name of the game, and dressing appropriately is a large component of that.

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When Will the Marlins Dethrone The Nationals?

LNE Consulting has waited patiently for the Marlins to start making the playoffs for years. But as of right now, the Nationals won’t allow that to happen.

The Washington Nationals have replaced the New York Mets as the powerhouse in the NL East. Bryce Harper and co. have gotten exponentially better over the last three seasons making it difficult for any other team in the division to clinch a playoff spot. The real question LNE Consulting has is when will the Marlins takeover?

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Well, the Marlins have a long way to go but they’re certainly moving in the right direction. Last year they finished a few games below .500 which is better than 20 games under like they finished in 2015.

The unfortunate part is that the Marlins don’t have a specific strength. They are the middle of the pack in hitting and are in the bottom half of the league in the major pitching statistics. The good news is there’s hope.

The Marlins have been using the last few drafts to beef up their pitching rotation. While most of these pitchers will spend some time in the minor leagues or finishing their collegiate careers, the Marlins will soon have a deep pitching rotation. Not to mention their most recent first round draft pick, Trevor Rogers. This kid can really sling it and he’s only 19. That’s called setting yourself up for your future.

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Let’s not forget a few of the other good things the Marlins have going for them.

Marcell Ozuna might be the most slept on player in the league right now. He’s led the entire team in home runs, batting average, hits, and RBI’s for most of the year. Most of the team has a decent batting average but Ozuna has separated himself from the rest. He’s in his mid 20’s and has a bright future ahead of him if he ends up staying with the Marlins.

The pieces will start coming together in due time but the Marlins can’t panic. Their core is strong, they just have to keep building one year at a time. Who knows, the Marlins could be a few years away from a World Series. You can bet LNE Consulting will be rooting for them.

5 Outdoor Activities That Will Keep Summer Going in September

September is here, and with school starting again it may not feel like summer anymore. At LNE Consulting, we have found other ways to keep the summer fun alive despite the coming fall. So before the September responsibilities set in for good, try and get out to try a few of these fun activities.

  1. Bike Riding! To be fair, this can be done in any weather – especially here in Florida where we’ve got sunshine year round. With the summer heat subsiding, September is a great time to pick this hobby up again. If you are able, pack a picnic and bike somewhere remote with friends. Enjoy the beautiful weather with a beautiful ride!
  2. Jet skiing! Check out the local jet skiing options available on Hollywood Beach or some of the other beaches nearby. Get out on the water and make some memories.
  3. Go on a boating excursion. Check out some of the available rental places near us in Hollywood, FL or, if you’re feeling adventurous, take a trip out to the Florida Keys and check out some of the wildlife out there! It will still feel like summer from the bow of your boat.
  4. Try canoeing in West Lake Park, not far from LNE Consulting’s office in Hollywood, FL. There is a wonderful waterfront site for canoeing and picnics, make a day out of it and plan some time before things get busy this fall. Just don’t tip the canoe!
  5. Head on over to the Anne Kolb Nature Center, where there are beautiful hiking trails, an observation tower, an aquarium and even mangroves that you can paddle through in Kayaks! With so many options, this center is definitely worth a day trip.

So, even though it’s September, it doesn’t have to feel like fall yet. While we enjoy beautiful weather all year long in Hollywood, FL, it can still get busier once fall hits and responsibilities begin again. So find some time to keep the freedom and fun of summer alive, and from all of us at LNE Consulting, we hope you make some wonderful memories!

Celebrating National Left Handers Day:​ 5 Quotes From Famous Left-handed People [LIST]

Here at LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL), we celebrate originality! Did you know that only 10% of the world’s population is left-handed? To some, it may seem like a disadvantage because the world is essentially built to fit right-handed folks! Smudging ink on your hand while writing on a piece of paper, unfitting “righty” desks in the classroom, and even screwing in a light bulb, the life of a lefty is full of frustrating obstacles. In celebration of National Left Handers Day on August 13th, here are 5 quotes from famous left-handed people!

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Jerry Seinfeld, the famous stand-up comedian, and star of hit TV show Seinfeld is a lefty! Considering that he wrote all of his jokes and all of the scripts for Seinfeld by hand, being a lefty had to be frustrating for Jerry. The superstar knows hard work and determination like the back of his hand (pun intended) and understands the necessity for new challenges because it’s all part of the process!

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Morgan Freeman, the golden-voiced actor is also left-handed! He is an epic movie star who also has a successful career in narration due to his soothing voice. Freeman clearly believes that actions speak louder than words – a principle that we also stand by here at LNE Consulting!
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The producer, philanthropist, actress, and talk show host sure does have her hands in a lot of creative outlets – her best hand though? You guessed it – her left! Oprah has always maintained a very positive outlook on life and the world around her, which is why it is not surprising that she is so successful. Like all successful people, Winfrey acknowledges failure, but only as an opportunity to keep moving forward!

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As an author, philanthropist, investor, and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates is one of the most successful left-handed people alive today. Co-founding Microsoft is not something that happens overnight, especially since the company was started in Bill’s garage! His patience, hard work, and determination are what made him the enormous success that he is today!
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The Canadian singer and businesswoman is one of the most famous performers in the industry! Celine Dion also holds her microphone with her left hand! Of course, not just her microphone – she is an all-around lefty! Celine understands that we cannot always control the hardships that life throws at us; however, we do control our reaction and response moving forward!

 

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5 Podcasts That Will Get You Excited For Your Morning Commute [LIST]

At LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL), we know how unpredictable traffic can be, especially if you have a long commute to work. The radio can be repetitive and frustrating at times, especially when you’re aiming to prepare your brain for a productive day of work. Podcasts are revolutionizing the daily commute – offering compelling stories and hours of intelligent and informative entertainment. The best part? They are free and available right on your smartphone!

Here are 5 captivating podcasts recommended by LNE Consulting that will make your drive to work more enjoyable!

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 11.56.28 AM1. S-Town is an enthralling 7 part series that focuses on the life of an antique clock restorer named John B. Macklemore. Sounds boring, right? Well, he turns out to be one of the most intriguing and intelligent people on the planet — with secrets, conflict, and twists galore.

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 12.01.40 PM2. For those who are intrigued by the supernatural, The Black Tapes is the best thing going! An open-minded reporter, Alex Reagan, investigates ghosts, apparitions, and spirits while exploring the evidence of hauntings around the world. The Co-star, Dr. Richard Strand, is a nonbeliever who relies solely on science and tangible, proven evidence – almost always dismissing supernatural experiences as a hoax. Unlike S-Town, The Black Tapes is fictional; however, that opens up a lot of room for a gripping and tremendously spooky story. This podcast will make traffic breeze by, whether you’re on your way to LNE Consulting or running errands!

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3. Crimetown takes you to 70’s and 80’s Providence, Rhode Island, where crime and corruption were all the norm in the political system. The studio is planning on working on a new area, new crime, and new story every season – but so far, season one is the only collection that has been published. Season one is a fascinating look into the political career of Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, the mayor of Providence from 1974-1984. The story documents his infamous political career, as well as his connection to the mafia, with real interviews from ex-mob members and people in Buddy’s circle.
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4. The Nerdist Podcast, hosted by the geeky, charming, and well-spoken Chris Hardwick, is a wonderful way to hear the thoughts and opinions of famous and successful people in an informal setting. Essentially, each episode is an hour or so long interview with a stirring guest. However, like most interviews, it does not sound like a press release. The guests are completely open and engaged, answering brilliant, yet casual questions from Chris. It’s like sitting in on a conversation between two buddies! His guests have included Jake Gyllenhaal, J.J. Abrams, Keanu Reeves, and even Bill Gates!
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5. History buffs unite! Check out Hardcore History. Hey, even if you have no prior knowledge of ancient civilizations and traditional academic history, you will love this podcast if you are looking to learn – and we sure do love to learn here at LNE Consulting. Dan Carlin has an unorthodox way of making history enjoyable while blending journalism and drama to create a stimulating learning experience. It is a great podcast to wake your brain up and provide you with some new information to share with your coworkers!

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3 Quotes From Football Stars to Pump You Up

The wait is over! Pre-season is finally here. All of us at LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL) are thrilled to have our beloved Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays back. Football is for friends, family, food, and entertainment — perfect for decompressing after work and right before Monday. In honor of football’s long-awaited return, here are 3 quotes from some well-known, hard-working, and successful football stars.
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“I don’t care about three years ago… I don’t care about two years ago. I don’t care about last year. The only things I care about is this week.” – Tom Brady

Tom Brady, the 5 Time Superbowl Champion, lives, breathes and plays with an urgent sense of hard work. He maintains an immaculate diet, practices as much as possible, and has shattered records throughout his career. Champions do not dwell on the past – it is a powerful mindset that is a prerequisite for success and one that we promote here at LNE Consulting.
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“You know, I never looked down the road and said, ‘Hey look, one day, the Hall of Fame.’ It’s always about playing each and every game 100 percent and I thank my teammates for getting me into the Hall because football is a team sport, not an individual sport” – Jerry Rice

The NFL Hall of Famer holds multiple records in the NFL while being selected for the Pro Bowl 13 times and named All-Pro 12 times. Rice’s 20 years in the NFL were impressive ones; however one of the reasons that he was so successful was because he was attentive and in the moment. It is not intelligent to dwell on the past, but it also important to remember to stay in the moment and not worry about the future. Always give 100% in the moment and the future will be taken care of.

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 “Success isn’t owned. It’s leased – and rent is due every day.” – JJ Watt

JJ Watt, who is a defensive weapon for the Houston Texans, is a powerhouse player who has set NFL records and played through injuries to prove doubters wrong. He understands that success is not a one-time deal that is over and done with – that’s why you need to stay consistent and work hard every single day. We operate on that belief daily here at LNE Consulting.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the Month of June

June has arrived and all of us at LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL) are happy to see the beautiful weather that summer has brought us. While we are still hard at work, we spent a little time getting to know what interesting things this month of June has in store. We found out 10 interesting facts about the month of June that are worth a read!

1. June 2nd is National Donut Day, a day dedicated to celebrating those circular treats that we can’t get enough of. Glazed, jelly, creme, you name it – we love it. Tip: Many donut franchises offer free donuts on this day, so be sure to take a moment and see if any stores near you are participating.

2. The word June is thought to be derived from the word Juno. Juno was a Roman Goddess and the wife of Jupiter. In Greek mythology, Juno’s name is Hera and Jupiter is the Roman counterpart of Zeus, king of the Gods.

3. June is considered the prime month for marriage. This could be due to the weather or the fact that Juno is the Roman version of Hera, the Greek goddess of love and marriage.

4. Some experts believe that June was actually named after the Latin word “Junius” meaning, young and that May was named after the word “Maiores,” meaning old. Since June is the first month of summer, it represents a time of rebirth and growth.

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5. June is National Rose Month. This month is dedicated to this classically beautiful flower, the rose. Be it red, pink or white, take the time to give a loved one an elegant rose or head over to somewhere that sells rosebush starters. What goes together better than summer and flowers?

6. Alexandrite, Moonstone, and Pearl are the birthstones for people born in June. Alexandrite represents health, learning, and longevity, Moonstone represents calming change and new beginnings and Pearl represents faith and purity.

7. The June beetle is a type of beetle originating from the Scarabaeidae family. It has been given its name because it commonly reappears in the month of June when plants are in full bloom and there is plenty of foliage to eat.

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8. The Wimbledon Tennis Championships are the oldest and most prestigious Tennis tournaments in the world. They are held during the last two weeks of June and the finish in early July. 

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9. June 19th is fathers day! And while you probably already knew this, an extra reminder never hurt when it comes to honoring dad, or any father-like figures that are important people in your life. 

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10. June 21st is the longest day of the year. It marks the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. The sun will be out for nearly all 12 hours of the day, so enjoy the extra daylight and maybe do something fun!

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Have a wonderful June!