New Year’s Resolution Check-Up!

February 10, 2013  |   Advice for Students,Blogs,Business Etiquette,Protocol   |     |   0 Comment

New Year’s Resolution Check-Up! How are you doing with your New Year’s Resolution?  Most of us have great intentions when we take the each new year to reflect upon our past, evaluate our weaknesses and strengths, and plan our goals to build on both in the year ahead. But sticking to them can sometimes be our greatest challenge! I believe that behind a person’s success exists a positive attitude that provides the strength and gusto required to get her or him to that end. Attitude is the key to one’s success. You may experience some set-backs in reaching the goals you set in the New Year, but don’t give up!  Learn from your set-backs  and use them to propel you to keep moving forward. Here are some of my personal “attitude check-in” mantras that assist me in never losing hope, giving up, or believing that I can’t accomplish anything I put my mind to. They aren’t anything you have not heard before, but are still nonetheless powerful and motivating: 1. Wake up with an attitude of gratitude. 2. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. 3. Don’t live with regret; look for the positive lesson to learn ...

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8 Tips to Improve Your “Small Talk” Ability at Networking Events

8 Tips to Improve Your “Small Talk” Ability at Networking Events Networking refers to the art of creating professional opportunities by coming in contact with like-minded men and women of various backgrounds and developing mutually beneficial relationships with them based on trust, credibility and respect. People do business with people that they like. Networking provides us with an opportunity to start to build a rapport with another like-minded person or high-value prospect, 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. One aspect of being able to accomplish this is mastering the art of "small talk."  Based on research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation, and the Stanford Research Institute, technical skills and knowledge account for 15% of the reason you get a job, keep a job, advance in a job. 85% of your job success is connected to your people skills. "Small talk" is an important people skill.   It is defined as “polite ...

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