Handbag Etiquette When Dining Out

Handbag Etiquette When Dining Out Have you ever thought about where the proper area is to place a handbag when dining out?  I have been asked this question often and was inspired to share my thoughts because this is a common dilemma for many women.  During the day, I usually carry a larger handbag than the one I would carry to go out in the evening. The size of one’s handbag has an impact on where it can be placed. The rule-of-thumb is that it no matter what the occasion, it is a big no-no to put your handbag on the dining table. It is considered rude.  When you think about it, our handbags have been placed on more public washroom and restaurant floors than we can count, so for hygiene reasons alone, common sense should dictate how inappropriate it would be to set your handbag on a dining table! My daytime handbags tend to be large because I practically put everything I need in that bag - from my keys, to my makeup bag, to my computer!  If you have a business lunch or are meeting someone for coffee for instance, it is appropriate to place your ...

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The Power of Eye Contact: A Confidence Building Tool for Business Success

September 09, 2013  |   Advice for Students,Blogs,Business Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

The Power of Eye Contact:  A Confidence Building Tool for Business Success Direct eye contact is vital in the business arena if you are to present yourself with confidence and authority.  Eye contact tells the person with whom you are speaking that you are listening to them - and it actually does help to make you a better listener. When speaking with a person in a business situation, direct eye contact will help you to focus your attention wholly on that individual.  By doing so, you will make the person with whom you are speaking feel important, while you look in control.  A definite plus in the business world. The rule-of-thumb when it comes to making direct eye contact is that it should be made 40 to 60 percent of the time during a conversation. Anything less than 40% and you may run the risk of being perceived as shy, shifty, hiding something or lacking self-confidence. If, on the other hand, direct eye contact is made more than 60% of the time during a conversation, a person may feel put on the spot, examined, or under a microscope. During a conversation, your eyes should support your words. Use smiles and frowns. Both give your face expression. ...

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