“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself” a quote by GB Shaw, which inspired Greeshma Thampi to quit her corporate career to start a journey of guiding people understand and project who they really are. Greeshma Thampi is the Chief Image Consultant & Director at Avancé Image Management, a boutique image consulting and soft skills training company in India. The company was started in the year 2011, and has established itself as a leading provider of Corporate Training Programs as well as C Level Coaching programs in the space of Image Consulting, Personal Branding and Executive Presence.
What is Image Consulting?
When we talk about image consulting, it includes several factors such as Dressing, Communication, Appearance, Behaviour, business social and other multiple etiquettes. Finding and learning all these elements are not only Vital but also the need of today. She made it simple and invented her unique programs which is called “ABCD of Image Management:”
A – Appearance Dressing, Grooming & Self Presentation
B – Behaviour Professional conduct, Business Etiquette, Dining Etiquette, Cross Cultural Sensitivity and social protocol
C – Communication Verbal Communication, Written Communication and Body Language
D – Digital Presence Social Media Presence
The journey of success
Born and brought up in the city of dreams – Mumbai, Greeshma Thampi believes in excelling in whatever she does. Greeshma has studied business in during her graduation at Narsee Monjee College in Mumbai and post-graduation at Welingkar Institute, Mumbai. Post her MBA, she was working as Human Resources Manager with an IT company. She was happy with her career, but soon realized that she was unable to exploit her potential within a set of listed job responsibilities. As a student of management, she always wanted to start her own business.
One day while researching online for a fashion related business plan, she stumbled upon the concept of “Image Consulting”. The idea of Image Management struck the right cord and she instantly realized instantly that this was her true calling. It was certainly a huge turning point in her life. It was a career which was the perfect amalgamation of her skills and interest, providing the creativity, flexibility and challenges of entrepreneurship.
Image Management is a profession where you help others put their best foot forward. It includes everything from appearance management, communication skills, body language, grooming, etiquette, public speaking, online presence, etc.
She underwent meticulous training in Image Management and got certified as an Image Consultant. Post her certification and training, Avancé Image Management was born in 2011. They have conducted over 600 training programs addressing more than 11,000 corporate professionals and students. Their esteemed clients include – Reliance, Bank of America, Deloitte, Yes Bank, Johnson & Johnson, Tata Group, Oberoi Group, to name a few. She has also coached CEOs, Entrepreneurs and Celebrities through the one on one coaching program.
Awards & achievements
• Greeshma has featured on India’s first reality television show on Image Management, “Image Banani Hai” on Zoom Tv
• She has been interviewed on Radio City 91.1 FM
• Her story and quotes have featured in various newspaper publications like Times of India, Economic Time, Mumbai Mirror, DNA, The New Indian Express, Mid-Day and magazines like Femina.
• She is featured as an “Etiquette & Communication” Expert on Glamrs(dot)com , a leading video content company
• She is the Master Trainer – Femina Believe Learning Academy (Times of India group)
• She has trained hundreds of aspiring Image Consultants as Faculty at Image Consulting Business Institute (ICBI)
• She was Vice President -Membership at Image Management Professionals Association (IMPA) for 3 years. IMPA is the first association of Image Consultants in India and the Middle East.
• She was recently felicitated with the “Influencers Award” by Qween, for influencing the life of people through her training and coaching programs.
• She has been awarded as the “Best Guest Speaker” by Rotary Club – Versova, Mumbai
Image Management is a sunrise industry in India. Being a first mover in the industry definitely had its set of challenges for Greeshma. “One of the biggest challenges is awareness. But it has definitely increased over the past few years. More and more companies and individuals realize the importance of this subject in this highly competitive and global environment.
Greeshma has specialised programs for Senior Management, Middle Management, Women employees as well as Campus to Corporate Programs. We also conduct programs at Educational institutes. She has her priorities set, “We have experienced an exponential year on year growth. With awareness about the industry increasing and companies realizing the need for “branding” their employees, we are sure to look at least 30% year on year growth. We have also added unique programs to widen our offerings”.