The Essential Tipping Guide for Everyday Life

The Essential Tipping Guide for Everyday Life Tipping is a very old practice, but it remains a source of confusion and debate for many.  While it is customary for us to tip the waitstaff when dining at a restaurant, do you know what to do if there is a “tipping jar” at a coffee shop or have multiple people serving you at a Spa? Tipping is important because it acts as an additional source of income for people working in a service industry.  As soon as a “tip” becomes expected (not optional), then it becomes part of a person’s wage or salary and thus negates the intention of a tip. Giving a tip is our way of saying “thank you” for doing a great job and demonstrating our gratitude to those who have served us.  Think of the Road Side Assistance person who came to your rescue when your car broke down, or the pizza delivery person who braved the Winter elements to bring you dinner, or the Bellhop who delivered your luggage to your room. There are many service providers that we encounter in everyday life.  When you find yourself engaging face-to-face with one of the following service providers, express your ...

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Business Meeting Etiquette: 12 Tips Every Professional Needs to Know

Business Meeting Etiquette: 12 Tips Every Professional Needs to Know 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 and superiors. In these situations, it is important that you demonstrate a strong professional presence and polished image in order to build credibility, trust and respect with them and leave a lasting, positive impression. To enhance your professional presence and image while Chairing or attending a business meeting, it is wise to implement the following 12 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 ...

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