10 Tips to Finesse Your Networking Savvy for Business Success

October 29, 2012  |   Advice for Students,Blogs,Business Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

10 Tips to Finesse Your Networking Savvy for Business Success People do business with people that they like.  What is one of the best ways to start building your contact base and create opportunities to increase your business?  Network!  Networking provides professionals with an opportunity to come into contact with like-minded men and women of various backgrounds and develop mutually beneficial relationships with them based on trust, consideration, credibility and respect. It also provides professionals with an opportunity to start building a rapport with the people or high-value prospects you meet at networking events and create the potential to continue to build that relationship long after the networking event is over. In order to do so, it is crucial that you are able to conduct yourself with confidence and poise during a networking event to ensure that you project a professional image and always leave a great first impression.  Follow these 10 tips to finesse your networking savvy for business success: 1.  Do your homework.  Have a plan or strategy for each networking event you attend. Is it simply to extend your network?  Is it to connect with a particular target market with whom you have been wanting to do business? 2.  Dress ...

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Dining Etiquette: Top Ten Tips for Business Success

Dining Etiquette: Top Ten Tips for Business Success Understanding and possessing proper dining skills is vital in today's business world. Many important business meetings take place outside of the office and conducted at a restaurant over a meal. People equate poor dining manners with poor business practices.  Good table manners allow you to concentrate on the important task of any business meal - and that is to participate. 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 ...

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The Power of Thanksgiving

October 05, 2012  |   Blogs,Business Etiquette,Dining Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

The Power of Thanksgiving "Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted."   Aldous Huxley Happy Thanksgiving!  Like most people, I am looking forward to an extended weekend (though I do have to devote some time to work) and enjoying a delicious turkey dinner with family and friends. Most of us live very busy lives with many demands upon our time.  Given the hustle and bustle of our day-to-day regimes, I believe that many of us loose sight of the things for which we should be grateful.  We often miss opportunities to act in a civil manner by making a difference in each and every one of our human encounters because we barely have enough energy to keep up with our own schedules, responsibilities and obligations. Thanksgiving provides us with a powerful reminder to take the time to pause and acknowledge the things for which we should be grateful and to stop taking things for-granted. While there are so many things I could provide etiquette advice about with respect to Thanksgiving celebrations - such as host duties, guest duties, or how to give a proper toast to the host - I would like to pass ...

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