Quick & Easy Color Secrets: Win the Day With Your Wardrobe | Kristen Palana | Skillshare

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Quick & Easy Color Secrets: Win the Day With Your Wardrobe

teacher avatar Kristen Palana, Professor, Award-Winning Artist, Digital Do-Gooder

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    • 1. Mini Guide to Making an Impact With Your Wardrobe (Color Psychology)

    • 2. Thank Your For Taking This Course. Please Review

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Learn how to have more of a say in how people perceive and treat you just by knowing a few easy-to-remember secrets about color.

After spending just 10 minutes in this course you'll know which colors will help you:

  • Inject a jolt of positive energy into a sleepy room.
  • Know the BEST color to wear at a job interview to give yourself an edge.
  • Ward off negativity and drama at home and at work
  • Understand what NOT to wear around babies and small children
  • Seal the deal in a presentation by projecting confidence and authority
  • Improve your image after a mistake or scandal
  • Be seen as more attractive by the opposite sex
  • and more of course....

This mini course, focusing just on the power of your clothing choices mixed with color psychology comes from my larger, comprehensive course called "Life Hack With Color Psychology: Increase Your Influence."

Use this 10 minute mini course and PDF cheat-sheet (attached to the project description) as one of your go-to secret weapons.

II'm a practicing award-winning multimedia artist and a former tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media and Program Director of Film & Digital Media at The American University of Rome (2006-2016). I'm currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Digital Media at American University of Myanmar in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma).

Since 2000 I've been teaching students all over the world using my tried and true custom approach (turning complex information into something simple, memorable, easy-to-understand in as short amount of time as possible) to ensure that you get the most important, relevant, and useful information that can be applied immediately. I also have been teaching online since 2014 on Udemy, Skillshare, and other platforms to over 30K happy online students in 165 countries.

Enroll and get started today and be making more of an impact in just a few minutes at home and at work!

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Kristen Palana

Professor, Award-Winning Artist, Digital Do-Gooder


My goal is to empower ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

I'm an award-winning artist and educator helping empower ordinary people around the globe to communicate effectively and tell their own extraordinary stories through a variety of media. I have created dynamic content for clients including UNICEF, The United Nations Population Fund, The World Food Programme, Children International, The Aid Myanmar Society, The B-52s, and The American University of Myanmar.

I have 19+ years of experience teaching digital media and creating innovative programs and courses for secondary, undergraduate, and postgraduate students as well as adults and children with no formal education in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. I've also been teaching tens of thousands of onl... See full profile

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1. Mini Guide to Making an Impact With Your Wardrobe (Color Psychology): All right. So this is a quick and dirty guide to using colors a little bit more effectively in your life in terms of what you're going to wear. Why do we care about what we wear? I'm certainly no fashion plate, but, um, when I am getting ready in the morning, I consider the kind of day that I think I'm gonna have if it's going to be hectic. If it's going to be, um, you know, if I'm going to be dealing with people who might be sleepy, whatever it ISS and I will choose particular colors so that I can help influence the situation, whatever it might be. So I'm not gonna get into all the things that I get into in the main course, but I'll just talk a little bit about color in terms of how they affect other people. When you wear them so very quickly, let's go in and have a look at what happens when you wear red. Red is an energizing color, and it's very it's a very good color to wake up everyone in the room around you, so I tend to wear this color on an early when I'm teaching an early class nine oclock on a Monday morning, and I know that the class is gonna be a little bit sleepy because it will help wake up everybody in the room. It's also a great color to wear on your first date. Studies have shown that men who were surveyed about their dates attractiveness always rated their dates higher when they were wearing red, as opposed to other colors. But be careful. If you're like me, I tend to avoid red because it also tends to be the most fattening color when worn. So use sparingly. If we go toe orange, I'll just click on any off my orange pictures Here. Orange is very similar to read because it can get people fired up and make them feel energetic, enthusiastic. It denotes creativity. So if you want to give off, um, feelings off creativity, energy, enthusiasm, someone that sort of exciting, then you might consider wearing orange. And it doesn't have to be, you know, full on orange pantsuit. That might be a bit too much, but even just little accents of orange like an orange necklace or ah, scarf. Something like that can also inject a little bit of enthusiasm and life into your wardrobe and therefore into your presentation, a class you might be teaching, um, or a meeting that you have to go to. So if we go to yellow, I'll try to find a nice yellow to show you Here. Yellow is considered a youthful and cheerful color as long as you're not wearing a really harsh yellow like this one, for example. Ah, yellow this actually the color that's most difficult for our eyes to process. So if you're wearing bright yellow, you can wear that harsh yellow. If it's maybe in small doses again, if it's, you know, earrings or ah, scarf or just a small accessory and necklace or, um, part of your outfit, then this could be really cheerful, bright, enthusiastic, lively. And it will just make people feel that way about you. All right. Green is one of my favorite secret weapon colors. We'll go over here to the green board in the class. Participating green is the color that I would wear on a busy Tuesday when I know that I have Walter well, classes and meetings and I'm gonna be dealing with difficult people, maybe people who are working with software and they're having meltdowns or they have a lot of demands. So green is a color that automatically calm is people down? It's the easiest color for our eyes to process. And if you're wearing green, people are less likely. I can't say that 100%. You won't get any drama, but people are less likely to take out their drama on you, and you'll automatically put them at ease. When I was flying with my five year old in my three year old back in December for Christmas , I dressed them in green and blue and myself in green so that the other passengers would be a little bit less freaked out about having to sit next to next two small Children. Also, it put my kids at ease to have me dressed in green. There were more relaxed, more calm, and, believe it or not, we had a pretty good flight. So green is a wonderful color for warding off chaos. Blue is, I would argue, the best choice for a job interview for presenting yourself as a leader as someone that's loyal, trustworthy, someone on top of their game. Blue is a color that creates chemicals in your body that put you at ease. And people are much more likely to trust you if you're wearing blue. And you may have noticed that a lot of politicians also wear blue or blue ties. If you see that they're going and they're gonna have a difficult meeting when they have to negotiate something, then they'll often be wearing, Ah, dark blue. So dark blue actually is the stronger shade of blue to wear in a situation like a job interview on important meeting. Ah, presentation where you want everyone in the room to trust you and to think of you as an authority in your subject. All right, purple is a color that's associated with wealth and spirituality. It's actually quite a nice color to use if you wanna come across as enlightened. So you know, tech gurus and financial gurus take note. Um, beware, though, because purple is a color that women like a whole lot more than men do. So men will not respond to this color as well as other women might. So it's just worth noting that there are some subtle gender differences with purple. Also, you should know that in some colors. Excuse me. In some countries like Italy, where I'm living purple is actually seen as an unlucky color. So just be careful in terms of what country you're in. Brown is a great color for coming across as down to earth, honest. But this is a color that men like a lot more than women. I'm kind of weird because I really love brown. And so, um, those gender differences don't apply to me, But men are shown to be seen as kind of like a fuddy duddy or out of it out of touch with reality when they wear a brown suit. So men should be careful about wearing this color. But it can be a really great color for honesty and for getting people to believe in what you're saying. Gray in silver are kind of neutral colors. They're sort of classic colors, and I think that this is a really great color to wear if you wanna combine it with other types of colors, for example, if you wanna, you know, put put the red or orange bright scarf on, or something that's a little bit more lively can go really nicely with silver. So silver's kind of classic. You'll come across as modern, neutral, etcetera. One of my favorite colors white is, ah, color that we associate purity and innocence with cleanliness. If you want to come across as crisp and clean and a blank slate, maybe you could go for some white and it will have that effect. It also has a feeling of neutrality to it. Now, my very favorite color, Um toe where if I want to come across as a new authority as someone with confidence, then I would definitely wear black. I use this color when I'm going to make a big presentation to a big room of people, and I need to convince them that I know what I'm talking about and I don't take any crap. So yes, it is a rebellious color. This color is especially helpful for you introverts. If you're like me, I'm an introvert. Er and I am not, you know, jumping up on the table, the life of the party, at any conference or meeting or thing that I'm in. I I tend to communicate best with people when I'm speaking with them one on one or in a small group, and I don't like having to compete with a whole room of loudmouths or, um, really exuberant extroverts so black can also be a really good color for drawing attention to yourself. Teoh coming across is more confident and assertive, so yes, it also is an aggressive color. But that could be a good thing, as opposed to a bad thing. So think of it as assertive as opposed to aggressive. All right, and finally, pink is a color. Let's see which one color we'll do this one. Obviously, it's associate ID with femininity, and it's actually a color that makes people tired. So do be careful, however, if you're using sort of like a bright fuchsia pink and also comes across as female power. So even though you know we have a whole bunch of other colors we can use for power and confidence if you're a woman, Ah, hot pink color can actually highlight you as being a powerful and confident woman. So that was my little rundown on the major colors and what you can do toe Wear them specifically. If you click on the resource is Tab and this lecture, you'll find my little cheat sheet that you can download and print and hang up in your closet or somewhere in your room so you can make more informed decisions in the morning when you're getting ready for work or for anything else. So you that you can have a slight psychological advantage based on what you're wearing. So if you thought that this was pretty cool, do check out the full life heck with color psychology course, because it also gets into other ways that you can use color psychology to your advantage at work and at home. All right, I hope it goes well, let me know. Take care. 2. Thank Your For Taking This Course. Please Review: thank you for taking this course. I hope you found my tips and tricks helpful, clear and easy to use for yourself. Please remember, you can always ask me a question by starting a discussion or by contacting me through my website or Facebook page. If you did find value in this course, please do take a moment to leave a rating or review. Your feedback helps me best provide a high quality course experience for you and your online classmates. I also look forward to giving you personal feedback on your project. Click the project, but and under the video lessons to start. Thanks so much for being a student in my online classroom. I hope to see you again soon.