The Importance of Managing Your Personal Brand

The Importance of Managing Your Personal Brand Everyone has a personal brand.  You are a brand if you do and a brand if you don’t! Our personal brand exists in the hearts and minds of everyone we come into contact with, such as our work colleagues, clients, community and networks.  Each person we meet forms an impression of who we are and what we or our organization / business / company can do for them. The people we meet will quickly determine, through their perception of us, whether they like us, trust us, and want to do business with us.  That’s the power of personal branding and why it is important that we are able to clearly, consistently and authentically convey our personal brand. A personal brand is the total experience of someone having a relationship with who you are and what you represent.  It is therefore important that you give some thought to your personal interactions - whether you are at a work meeting, a client meeting, a conference, a community fundraiser or a networking event. We need to be mindful of what others are experiencing when they are around us.  Through our personal interactions, we are constantly being evaluated, assessed or ...

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Celebrate National Etiquette Week!

Celebrate National Etiquette Week! "Good manners reflect something from inside--an innate sense of consideration for others and respect for self."  -  Emily Post It's National Etiquette Week (“NEW”).  NEW was established in 1997 by Sandra Morisset, a Protocol School of Washington children's etiquette consultant.  It recognizes etiquette and protocol in all areas of one’s life including business, social, dining, travel, technology, wedding and international protocol. The purpose of the week is to raise awareness of all people to act with courtesy, civility, kindness, respect and good manners in their everyday lives. It’s the little things that count.  Our actions have a huge impact upon others. Why not choose to act in a way that makes another human being feel special and respected? Acting with kindness, consideration and good manners helps to nurture friendships, foster meaningful connections with colleagues and clients, and create a much happier and healthier environment for us all. Consider making an extra effort to demonstrate these skills today and everyday and watch how your actions will positively impact another person, such as: saying “please”, “thank you” and “you’re welcome” every opportunity you have putting away your iPhone and focusing on the person in front ...

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Business Meeting Etiquette: 12 Tips to Enhance Your Professional Presence

Business Meeting Etiquette: 12 Tips to Enhance Your Professional Presence Whether you are chairing a formal business meeting at your office or attending one as a participant - it puts you in front of your co-workers, colleagues, superiors, and/or clients. In these situations, it is important that you demonstrate a strong professional presence in order to build credibility, trust and respect with your audience and leave a lasting, positive impression. To enhance your professional presence while chairing or attending a business meeting, it is wise to implement the following business meeting etiquette tips: 1.  Do your homework. Adequately prepare for the meeting as your contribution, whether as a Chair or participant, will be important to the proceedings. 2.  Dress like you mean business. People make assessments about your level of professionalism based on your physical appearance, so dress for success and let your personal image work for you, not against you. 3.  Arrive on time. Even better, be early. Respecting people’s time is of utmost importance.  Being on time demonstrates your commitment, dependability and consistency.  In turn, people will learn they can rely on you. 4.  Make introductions. If you are a meeting Chair, take the opportunity to introduce the meeting attendees to one ...

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