Maintaining a professional image requires conscious thought and action.

Authenticity matters … and so does our professional image. How we present our authentic selves must take into account the fact that other people’s perceptions (about us) matter, too. The quickest way to lose credibility and authority is to lose our cool. It’s important to know what stressors trigger emotions and what that looks like from an outside perspective. Jess Dewell hosts panelists Frank DeDominicis and Scott Scowcroft to discuss when we are stressed, how begin stressed impacts our professional image.


Starting the Conversation…

  • When we are stressed, how does it affect our professional image?

Host: Jess Dewell
Panel: Frank DeDominicis, Scott Scowcroft

What You Will Hear:

It’s up to us to control our priorities.

Two ways stress impacts our professional image.

Recognize that we might be coping.

Positive ways to cope.

Evaluate an issue to find out if it is practical and worth the energy.

Tips to reframe a situation.

How competencies show up under stress.

Role of gratitude.

Impacts of reacting on self-image.

Repair a cracked or broken image.

It’s BOLD to recognize that we have stressors that affect our image.

Notable & Quotable:

Frank DeDominicis: We all respond to stress in different ways, personally, I love it.

Scott Scowcroft: Stress is a measurement of when we are out of our comfort zone.

Jess Dewell: When we think we’ve finally conquered something, there is something new waiting for us.

Jess Dewell: Coping is a way for us to get through, but it doesn’t allow us to thrive.

Frank DeDominicis: We are creatures of habit and we learn our values from early role models.

Scott Scowcroft: Choose to reframe what the situation is.

Frank DeDominicis: Often the emotionality, the pressure of problems, can be distracting.

Scott Scowcroft: Reframe a situation to look at it differently which opens up possibility as long as you don’t violate factual reality.

Frank DeDominicis: Sometimes emotional states aren’t attached to anything.

Scott Scowcroft: Forgive yourself and be humble.

Frank DeDominicis: It’s bold to explore adventurous ideas.

Scott Scowcroft: When we recognize stress and persevere in spite of it – that is the definition of courage.

Jess Dewell: Everything we do reflects our inner selves.

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Tags: stress, emotion, competency, coping, values, role model, reframe, discipline, pressure, influence, communication