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You have spent a great deal of time and effort in picking up your new skill in image consulting.

Under the guidance of your trainers and mentors, you were able to do all that is required of an image consultant and even laugh at yourself when you make mistakes.

But not more. Now that you have graduated from your course, you have to face clients on your own and do so professionally.

The thing is, it might take time to set up your image consulting business. Or you might not be ready to get on with the business immediately. Whatever the case, you should put your newly acquired image consulting skill into practice as soon as possible.

You need be able to handle the process comfortably and communicate with your clients confidently to help them improve their personal image. Especially with more complex concepts like personal colour analysis, you would not want to fumble in front of your client, or worse yet, give the wrong colour diagnosis. And you are bound to make mistakes in the beginning.

Starting your business on the wrong foot and getting a bad name for yourself is certainly not the way you want to begin!

In fact, a good training would include practical sessions so that you receive guidance during such hands-on sessions. As the saying goes, 'what you hear, you forget; what you see, you remember; what you do, you understand'. Image consultants who offer one-to-one coaching or mentoring programmes on top of your training are certainly a plus because you get personal guidance to improve on specific areas you might be weak in.

For a start, you could do consultations for your family members and friends. Treat them as you would a real client so that you can practice your client communication as you go through the analysis and consultation process. The questions they ask are similar to what your clients have. Making mistakes in front of people you know is better than mishandling a real client. Your family and friends would understand if you do since you are still new in the field. Let them know that these initial practices help you to sharpen your skills and knowledge. The more you do, the better you'll get.

So, as soon as you complete your course, start practicing the new skill and keep doing it. By the time you stand in front of your first real client, you will be able to handle the consultation with flair.

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