How to Let Your People Skills Shine at Networking Events

April 23, 2018  |   Advice for Students,Blogs,Business Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

How to Let Your People Skills Shine at Networking Events As opposed to popular belief, networking is not about selling yourself.  It is about engagement with others and making purposeful and meaningful connections - some of which will turn into prosperous business opportunities and relationships.  The key ingredient to networking success is to focus more other others and less on yourself. Networking is an excellent opportunity that enables you to demonstrate your people skills.  No one will tell you explicitly, but its important to know that you will be judged by how well you handle yourself and others.  Your people skills play a huge part in helping you reach your professional goals, and that includes your networking goals A study done by Harvard University, The Carnegie Foundation, and the Stanford Research Institute supports this very fact.  The study found that technical skills and knowledge account for 15% of the reason you get a job, keep a job or advance in a job.  85% of your job success is connected to your people skills. An important people skill, which we all do at one level or another, is small talk.  Small talk is defined as polite conversation about matters of little importance, especially ...

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The Importance of Civility in Life and the Workplace

The Importance of Civility in Life and the Workplace Civility is cultivated by using basic manners and treating others with consideration, respect, understanding and honesty.  In her book, “Rude Awakenings: Overcoming the Civility Crisis in the Workplace,” Dr. Giovinella Gonthier defines civility as “being mindful of the dignity of the human being in your sphere at all times.  Civility is not so much about nice-ties as it is about the way we live our lives overall and the way we treat other people.”  At the heart of civility lies what we all know as the “Golden Rule” -  do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  This is the key principle of civility which should guide our behaviour towards others, both in life and the workplace. Civility is important to demonstrate in all aspects of our life if we are to live and work in harmony with grace, kindness and dignity with those around us because it impacts who we are and our relationship with others.  It does so in the following seven ways: 1.  Civility Fosters Respect:  every human being wants to be treated with respect by others.  Showing courtesy to others is the simplest form ...

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10 Ways to Make a Positive First Impression

10 Ways to Make a Positive First Impression It only takes five seconds to make a first impression. The people we meet quickly determine through their perception of us whether they like us, trust us, and want to do business with us. Implementing the following 10 tips in business situations when you are meeting someone for the first time will help you to make a positive first impression:   1. Manage Your Image.  Communication experts believe that 55% of the total message presented by a person during a first meeting consists of their personal appearance. How we dress does have an impact on people’s perception of us. People respond to and give more respect to those who are dressed professionally. 2. Project a Strong Professional Presence.  Professional presence is a necessary life, business and leadership skill. It broadcasts who you are and determines how you are seen, heard and respected by others. It impacts other first impressions of you and opens the door to allow others to discover and appreciate your innate skills. 3. Be Aware of Your Posture. Good posture instantly creates an impression of confidence and for others to see you as such! 4. Smile. The best way to make ...

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The Difference Between Afternoon Tea and High Tea

April 09, 2018  |   Blogs,Business Etiquette,Dining Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

The Difference Between Afternoon Tea and High Tea Growing up in Newfoundland, sipping tea instead of coffee was more of “the norm.”  I remember my grandparents putting on the kettle and making pots of Red Rose or Tetley orange pekoe tea to sip on for the morning, or to have whenever anyone was around and we were spending some social time together. The tradition of sipping tea made its way into our family through my mother, who was a huge fan of “afternoon tea.”  As a child, my mom enjoyed taking my sister and me to restaurants for  afternoon tea - our favourite part was the cakes and pastries!   As an adult, I remember accompanying my mom on a business trip to London, England where she treated me to a traditional afternoon tea service one day at an absolutely beautiful tea-house just across the street from Harrods.  It was such a beautiful and grown-up experience.  And the tradition continued when she hosted an “afternoon tea birthday party” for my sister and me when we each turned 40, at beautiful hotels that specialized in this service such as Hotel Newfoundland in St. John’s, and the Chateau Laurier in ...

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