Attitude: the Key to Success

May 26, 2015  |   Blogs,Business Etiquette,Image Management   |     |   0 Comment

Attitude:  the Key to Success I believe that behind a person’s success - in life and in business -  exists a positive attitude that has provided the focus required to help that person achieve his or her goals.  Attitude is the key to one’s success. Here are some of my personal “attitude check-in” mantras that I would like to share that have assisted me in keeping a positive attitude and believing that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to.  I find them to be very powerful and motivating - especially when I need a little boost: 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 in each and every situation, no matter how difficult or disappointing. 4.  Learn something new everyday. 5.  Because you are here, you are important. 6.  Don’t envy your competitors; learn something from their success. 7.  When all else fails - smile. 8.  Have a good handshake. 9.  Never be afraid to ask for help. 10.  At the end of the day, take stock of all of your blessings. To your success!

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Business Social Events: How to Make an Effective Entrance & Work the Room

May 14, 2015  |   Blogs,Business Etiquette,Image Management   |     |   0 Comment

Business Social Events: How to Make an Effective Entrance & Work the Room When you attend a business social event, are you noticed when you enter a room?  Do you want to be noticed? Have you evaluated the kind of entrance that you make? Do you feel comfortable approaching new people and having conversations with them? Many people believe that all they have to do is “show up” at an event and their presence will be known. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “80% of success is showing up.”  What this means to me is that there is 20% of hard work on my part to effectively and successfully make my presence known.  Otherwise, what’s the sense in showing up? One of the most important features in showing up at a business social event IS the entrance you make.  This is simply because everyone watches the entrance to a room.  Humans are curious creatures.  It is therefore important that you give serious thought to evaluating the entrance you make given the fact that you WILL be noticed when you enter a room, whether you like it or not! Here are eight tips to help you make an effective entrance and work the room at a ...

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Eye Contact: How to Present Yourself with Confidence and Authority

Eye Contact: How to Present Yourself with Confidence and Authority Eye contact, when used properly, can enhance your professional presence. Direct eye contact is vital in the business arena if you are to present yourself with confidence and authority.  It tells the person with whom you are speaking that you are listening to them - and it actually makes you a better listener. When speaking with a person in a business situation, direct eye contact will help you to focus your attention wholly and completely on that individual.  By doing so, you will make the person with whom you are speaking feel important, valued, respect and heard - 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 ...

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