Jean Paul Gaultier: Statement, or PR Stunt?

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Jean Paul Gaultier added his two cents into the size zero model-rexic debate by putting a size 20 on the runway during his Paris show yesterday morning.

Bravo. But – did he do it for the PR, or to make an actual statement? My guess is a bit of both. I guarantee you that Gaultier wouldn’t have made it into the Daily Mail today had he used the classic waif.

So does it work? What do you think?

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  • Carrie D says:

    Peter, the home security company my Mom uses has the best greeting when they answer the phone. It’s simply, how can we make your day better? It always makes me smile

  • Carrie D says:

    Peter, the home security company my Mom uses has the best greeting when they answer the phone. It’s simply, how can we make your day better? It always makes me smile

  • Carrie D says:

    Peter, the home security company my Mom uses has the best greeting when they answer the phone. It’s simply, how can we make your day better? It always makes me smile

  • Carrie D says:

    Peter, the home security company my Mom uses has the best greeting when they answer the phone. It’s simply, how can we make your day better? It always makes me smile

  • Tom Larsen says:

    We use Thank You cards every day. They are on staff’s desk and told to write one everytime they’ve had a pleasant client on the phone. This works because NO ONE is sending thank you cards anymore!

  • Tom Larsen says:

    We use Thank You cards every day. They are on staff’s desk and told to write one everytime they’ve had a pleasant client on the phone. This works because NO ONE is sending thank you cards anymore!

  • @curojo says:

    These are some excellent ideas. So glad my simple suggestion was worth a mention too – thanks, Peter! Being proactive is exactly the point. By paying close attention, you can not only answer a question, but really help with what’s needed – then anticipate what someone will need next. If you can relate to your customer, you can ask yourself, “What would would make me really happy in this situation?”. I love Carrie D’s comment too – if I go about my day thinking, “How can I make someone’s day better?” it makes me smile too and is a win win all round.

  • @curojo says:

    These are some excellent ideas. So glad my simple suggestion was worth a mention too – thanks, Peter! Being proactive is exactly the point. By paying close attention, you can not only answer a question, but really help with what’s needed – then anticipate what someone will need next. If you can relate to your customer, you can ask yourself, “What would would make me really happy in this situation?”. I love Carrie D’s comment too – if I go about my day thinking, “How can I make someone’s day better?” it makes me smile too and is a win win all round.

  • Thanks for the mention Peter! I agree with your suggestion about reading body language. If someone is really upset, they could be just directing their anger at you when the source of the anger may really be somewhere else. You are their conduit for frustration; they are just channeling all their anger and frustration due to some other sore situation in their life directly at you. It could be a health issue, or difficulties in a relationship, or a marriage breaking up, or they just got up on the wrong side of the bed. As soon as you can identify what will help alleviate that, you’ll help them tremendously.

  • Thanks for the mention Peter! I agree with your suggestion about reading body language. If someone is really upset, they could be just directing their anger at you when the source of the anger may really be somewhere else. You are their conduit for frustration; they are just channeling all their anger and frustration due to some other sore situation in their life directly at you. It could be a health issue, or difficulties in a relationship, or a marriage breaking up, or they just got up on the wrong side of the bed. As soon as you can identify what will help alleviate that, you’ll help them tremendously.

  • Caron Moore says:

    Interesting response from Chris Brogan, when it’s a fact he crumples up business cards as soon as peoples’ backs are turned and promptly forgets them, unless they’re in his little clique.

  • Caron Moore says:

    Interesting response from Chris Brogan, when it’s a fact he crumples up business cards as soon as peoples’ backs are turned and promptly forgets them, unless they’re in his little clique.

  • Regis Dudley says:

    Love love love this. Thanks, Peter.

    This is a little one, but I always make an effort to comment when I notice a significant change in someone’s hair or personal style. It takes guts to make a big change, and people are often vulnerable after a significant transition.

    They don’t always feel comfortable and sometimes misinterpret silence as a sign that you don’t like or approve of their change. For this reason, I always bring up a new ‘do, or a bright outfit. Boosting someone’s confidence is a nice thing to do in general, not just with clients!

  • Regis Dudley says:

    Love love love this. Thanks, Peter.

    This is a little one, but I always make an effort to comment when I notice a significant change in someone’s hair or personal style. It takes guts to make a big change, and people are often vulnerable after a significant transition.

    They don’t always feel comfortable and sometimes misinterpret silence as a sign that you don’t like or approve of their change. For this reason, I always bring up a new ‘do, or a bright outfit. Boosting someone’s confidence is a nice thing to do in general, not just with clients!

  • Regis Dudley says:

    Love love love this. Thanks, Peter.

    This is a little one, but I always make an effort to comment when I notice a significant change in someone’s hair or personal style. It takes guts to make a big change, and people are often vulnerable after a significant transition.

    They don’t always feel comfortable and sometimes misinterpret silence as a sign that you don’t like or approve of their change. For this reason, I always bring up a new ‘do, or a bright outfit. Boosting someone’s confidence is a nice thing to do in general, not just with clients!

  • Regis Dudley says:

    Love love love this. Thanks, Peter.

    This is a little one, but I always make an effort to comment when I notice a significant change in someone’s hair or personal style. It takes guts to make a big change, and people are often vulnerable after a significant transition.

    They don’t always feel comfortable and sometimes misinterpret silence as a sign that you don’t like or approve of their change. For this reason, I always bring up a new ‘do, or a bright outfit. Boosting someone’s confidence is a nice thing to do in general, not just with clients!

  • Anna Pham says:

    Thanks Peter, those ideas are simple yet brilliant at the same time,especially when little things that we pay attention to can make significant changes in our success.

  • Anna Pham says:

    Thanks Peter, those ideas are simple yet brilliant at the same time,especially when little things that we pay attention to can make significant changes in our success.

  • Anna Pham says:

    Thanks Peter, those ideas are simple yet brilliant at the same time,especially when little things that we pay attention to can make significant changes in our success.

  • Anna Pham says:

    Thanks Peter, those ideas are simple yet brilliant at the same time,especially when little things that we pay attention to can make significant changes in our success.

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  • sid@bitts.co.in says:

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  • sid@bitts.co.in says:

    I like the response given by johncorcoran. It truly helps. Thanks for sharing.

  • To succeed, you just have to be one level above crap – very true and inspiring.

  • To succeed, you just have to be one level above crap – very true and inspiring.

  • To succeed, you just have to be one level above crap – very true and inspiring.

  • To succeed, you just have to be one level above crap – very true and inspiring.

  • To succeed, you just have to be one level above crap – very true and inspiring.

  • To succeed, you just have to be one level above crap – very true and inspiring.

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