Etiquette to Consider When Dealing with the Loss of a Pet

June 20, 2012  |   Blogs,Business Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

Etiquette to Consider When Dealing with the Loss of a Pet My sister’s beautiful dog - a chocolate lab named Jack - recently passed away.  Everyone who met Jack assumed she was male because of the name.  But Jack was a statuesque female who wore that name with pride.  And it was not short for “Jacqueline”.  Just Jack.  I called her “Jackie Brown.” She was 14 years old.  An integral part of our family, Jack taught us to follow her ways.....be happy in the moment.....appreciate the “here and now”.....let the ones you love know how much you love them every day.  I miss her and am mourning her death.  My sister is deeply grieving.  Jack was beyond an integral part of her life - Jack was an extension of her being.  Jack’s passing has created a hole in our family.  We miss her terribly. How can one console a friend or family member who is grieving the loss of a beloved animal?  Here are some etiquette tips to keep in mind so that you can be a source of strength and support rather than a hinderance: DO: Create an environment that provides your friend or family member the opportunity to talk about her feelings. Listen more, talk ...

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Part II: Laid-Off, Now What?

June 15, 2012  |   Blogs,Business Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

Part II:  Laid-Off, Now What? This is Part II of a blog series by guest blogger, Mary McCormick. Mary is the Director of Protocol Consulting and Training in Portland, Oregon,  She is certified by the prestigious Protocol School of Washington and has a lifelong passion for learning about and teaching etiquette.  Mary is a valued Business Etiquette trainer and guest speaker. If you, or someone you know, has been laid-off, you might find that people are eager to help. Layoffs have become increasingly normal and almost expected; any stigma attached to being let go is fast disappearing. People realize that helping others is good karma—and practical. In today’s business environment you have to be supportive. Here are some etiquette tips to keep in mind should you find yourself in such a situation (ref: Diane Gottsman): Don’t fight it. At least don’t get on the defensive and start taking jabs at the person delivering the bad news or engage in a shouting match over the fact that you have just wasted the best six years of your life. Begging, pleading or making excuses will not help the situation at this point. Take responsibility. If you are being let go for a specific reason, ...

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Laid Off – Now What? Advice on What to Do and Say if You or a Colleague has Been Laid Off

June 11, 2012  |   Blogs,Business Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

Laid Off – Now What?  Advice on What to Do and Say if You or a Colleague has Been Laid Off Please welcome guest blogger, Mary McCormick.  Mary is the Director of Protocol Consulting and Training in Portland, Oregon,  She is certified by the prestigious Protocol School of Washington and has a lifelong passion for learning about and teaching etiquette.  Mary is a valued Business Etiquette trainer and guest speaker.  This is the first part of a two-part blog series by Mary. There is no formula or a hard-and-fast rule on what—and what not—to say and do when a friend or colleague has been laid off, or if you have been let go. It's a situation that offers great potential for misunderstanding and hurt feelings as people who have lost their jobs are understandably sensitive, embarrassed, or scared.   Different situations clearly call for very different reactions. Be honest about what you're prepared to do. The question you should ask is: "What am I realistically able and genuinely committed to doing to help out?" It can be something small, like setting up a recurring coffee date or something more substantial.  For instance, if a co-worker mentions they’re going to miss your group lunches, set up a recurring lunch with friends – just be mindful of budget ...

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National Business Etiquette Week

National Business Etiquette Week BloomStra Consulting is joining the Protocol School of Washington in celebrating National Business Etiquette Week from June 3 - June 9, 2012.  Here are some terrific business etiquette tips from the PSOW: 1.  First Things First: Dress Make sure you have an ‘updated’ look and wear a little make up (“some make up” is professional).  Keep outfits neutral (black, grey, navy, taupe). Pull hair back if it’s long and hide the grey. Keep jewelry simple: Pearls – small and skinny for traditional; big and chunky for a trendy look.  Nails short and clean, light polish.  Shoes: closed-toe.  Men are judged by their shoes (keep them shined). Women: own a 3-piece suit (jacket, slacks, skirt) and two blouses.  Men, own a suit and one or two jackets with two tailored shirts. 2.  Making Contact Make eye contact 40-60% of the time, looking in-between the person’s eyes. The lower you gaze downward, the more it conveys a personal (not professional) relationship. Shake hands in a firm web-to-web manner. Avoid the ‘limp fish’ handshake (conveys weakness), ‘politicians gloved’ handshake (too personal), Queen’s handshake (offering just your fingertips rather than your palm ...

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Invitation Etiquette

June 04, 2012  |   Blogs,Business Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

Invitation Etiquette It’s party season!  Weddings, office summer parties, gala events, backyard barbecues - the summer weather inspires and raises our mood to celebrate!  If you receive an invitation to an event, it is important to recognize that your invitation comes with important obligations.  Here are some tips to keep in mind to ensure you are kept on the guest list: 1.  Understanding and Respecting a “RSVP” “RSVP” is an abbreviation for the French term “Repondez s’il vous plait,” or “Please reply.”  Proper etiquette dictates that you accept or decline the invitation within a day or two of receiving the invitation. 2.  How to Respond to an Invitation The invitation you receive will indicate the manner in which you should respond. If you receive an invitation via email, it is acceptable to respond electronically. If the invitation provides a number to call and contact person with whom to speak, ensure you call and speak to the appropriate person.  If you receive an invitation with a response card, fill out the card and send it in the mail. If the invitation indicates “regrets only”, this means that you reply ONLY if you cannot attend.  If your ...

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