Dining Etiquette: Top Ten Tips for Business Success

September 14, 2011  |   Dining Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

Dining Etiquette: Top Ten Tips for Business Success In the competitive business arena, dining savvy and skills are a must whether you are conducting business locally or abroad. People judge others by their table manners. Next time you attend a business event that takes place over a meal, apply the following ten “do’s and don’ts” to ensure you leave a positive first impression and create an opportunity to build business relationships. Do’s: • Avoid talking with your mouth full. Take small bites as you will find it is easier to answer questions or join in table talk. • Wait until you have swallowed the food in your mouth before you take a sip of your beverage; however, if the food is too hot, take a quick sip. • Understand the table setting. Your bread plate is to the left of your dinner plate and your water glass to the right. Use your utensils from the outside in. • Place your napkin on your lap as soon as you sit down. If you leave for a few moments during the meal, place your napkin on your chair. When you leave at the end of the meal, leave your napkin to the left of your ...

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Ten Ways to Make a Great First Impression

September 13, 2011  |   Business Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

Ten Ways to Make a Great First Impression It only takes five seconds to make a first impression. That’s it. Like it or not, people judge others and form their opinion of you from the moment they first meet you. This especially holds holds true for business relationships - from an initial job interview to interactions with colleagues to meetings with potential clients. To ensure you start any business situation off on the right foot, consider the following ten tips so you leave a great first impression: Dress for Success People respond to and give more respect to those who are dressed professionally. If you appear polished and put-together when you first meet somebody, they will be more intrigued by and more responsive to you. Have a Firm Handshake We notice people non-verbally by their touch, and the way we touch someone in business is with our handshake. When you are first introduced to somebody, give him or her a warm welcome and a firm handshake. There are few things worse than a limp or "dead fish" handshake when you first meet somebody. Extend your right hand with the thumb up and fingers out. Meet the other person’s hand ...

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Business Card Etiquette

September 12, 2011  |   Business Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

Business Card Etiquette How you present and use your business card is an important part in building a professional relationship. Your business card represents you and is part of your visual communications package. It should be given to someone in such a way that it is remembered and kept by the recipient. Here are some tips to consider next time you hand out your business card, especially if you want to leave a favourable impression and see business grow: Do’s: Present the card with the print facing the recipient so the recipient will not have to turn it around to read it. Carry cards in a card case to keep them fresh and protected such as in a handsome leather case. Before attending an event, always put a supply of cards in your suit pocket for easy access. Keep them in the right pocket and place cards you receive in your left pocket. Present your business card to the receptionist each time you visit a company. It helps the receptionist announce you. When receiving a card, take the time to look at it because ...

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Ten Tips on How to Master a Job Interview

September 01, 2011  |   Advice for Students,Business Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

Ten Tips on How to Master a Job Interview Given my experience managing recruitment at both a local law firm and Canada’s largest national law firm, I possess a unique perspective as to what employers are seeking in potential employees.  Whether you are a student who will soon be graduating from college or university and applying for your first job, or are an experienced professional seeking a career change or advancement, here are some tips to consider if you wish to master your job interview:   Be Alert This may seem obvious, but be well-rested and alert for your interview. Potential employers want to know that you are engaging and energetic.  No doubt you will be nervous and may have some difficulty turning off your brain the night before a job interview. Keeping this in mind, do not drink caffeine too late the night before and try to get to bed a little earlier than usual as you may require extra time to fall asleep. Be sure to set your alarm clock with enough time to get ready for your interview the next morning without feeling rushed. You want to arrive at your interview as cool, calm and collected as possible so ...

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