Finding the Fun at Work!

Finding the Fun at Work! Let’s face it, we’re at our best when we’re having fun.  Fun makes us feel happy and engaged with others, and lets the best version of ourselves shine through.  There are opportunities to have fun in everything we do - we just have to be open for it.  And that includes in our work.  When we have fun together, we feel better connected to our colleagues and organization, trust builds, and productivity increases. Fun + connections + trust = productivity. Here are 5 suggestions about how to increase your fun, or create opportunities to have fun, while at work: 1.  Host a corporate retreat. Invest in your people and they will give back.  Implement team-building exercises that bring laughter and enjoyment and really make people feel connected. 2.  Want to take the work out of ‘networking’ and have fun with conversation! Listen proactively to the people with whom you have conversations in order to learn as much as you can about them.  Find out about their interests, travels, favourite restaurants, etc.  Keep the stuffy “work conversation” out of the conversation - at least to start.  Build a rapport - discover the person’s ...

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Networking: How to Make a Powerful Entrance and Your Presence Known

Networking: How to Make a Powerful Entrance and Your Presence Known When you attend a networking 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 a networking event and their presence will be noticed. 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? It’s just a waste of time. One of the most important features in showing up at any networking 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 a powerful entrance at ...

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10 Etiquette Tips to Help you Shine at Business Cocktail Receptions

10 Etiquette Tips to Help you Shine at Business Cocktail Receptions In business, many important events take place after traditional work hours.  After-hours business cocktail receptions are a valuable venue for networking and provide the opportunity to connect with new people and build relationships. The key to your success is knowing how to work the event! When attending a business cocktail reception, the messages you project through your professional image and presence should indicate that doing business with you is a pleasure. Here are ten etiquette tips for making a positive first impression upon the people you meet and opening the doors to relationship building: 1. Dress for success.  Communication experts believe that 55% of the total message presented by a person during a first meeting consists of that person’s personal appearance. Like it or not, how we dress has an impact on people’s perception of us; and their perception is influenced by their first impression of us.  It only takes 5 seconds to form first impression, so make your image work for you. Your image is your visual resume. Wear appropriate business attire. By making a positive first impression through your physical appearance, it will open the door to people wanting ...

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Wedding Guest Etiquette

Wedding Guest Etiquette Wedding season is here! If you are invited to a wedding, your main role as a wedding guest is to attend the celebration with an attitude of consideration and respect for your hosts and their very special day.  Here are 5 tips to help you demonstrate this: 1. RSVP  Immediately RSVP is French for “please respond” (répondez s’il vous plaît). Your most important obligation as a guest at a wedding is to respond to the invitation immediately, especially if you are unable to attend. At the very least, it allows your hosts enough time to give an accurate count to the caterer. There is usually a card to return with your reply. 2. Respect your Invitation The invitation will be addressed to the people invited. If you may bring a guest, your invitation will read “Your Name and Guest.” If it does not, it is not your place to ask your hosts if you can bring a date or your children. If your children are invited, they will either receive their own personal invitations or their names will be listed under yours on the envelope. Do not add their names to a reply card ...

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Dressing Room Etiquette: 5 Tips to Consider When Trying on Clothes

May 07, 2018  |   Blogs,Business Etiquette,Image Management   |     |   0 Comment

Dressing Room Etiquette: 5 Tips to Consider When Trying on Clothes Have you ever considered that your behaviour when shopping and trying on clothing in a dressing room can have a positive or negative impact on others, such as a Sales Associate or another customer? Here are 5 do’s and don’ts to consider the next time you go shopping and are trying on clothing to ensure your dressing room etiquette is up to par.   1. Treat the Dressing Room with Respect.  Treat a store’s dressing room as you would you own personal space, such as your bedroom.  Keep it clean. Don’t leave behind any garbage, eat in the room, or leave hangers or clothing on the floor.  Consider that any mess you make, a Sales Associate will have to clean up after you. 2. Be Kind to the Clothes.  When trying on clothing, treat them as if you already own them.  Be careful when trying on a garment not to stretch it, tear any seams, break any zippers, or get any makeup on it.  If you decide not to purchase what you have tried on, place the item back on the hangar, right-side out. Return it to the Sales Associate the way ...

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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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Mingle All the Way: 10 Etiquette Considerations for Your Office Holiday Party

Mingle All the Way: 10 Etiquette Considerations for Your Office Holiday Party The holiday season creates many opportunities for us to mingle and celebrate with our colleagues.  Most businesses will host an annual holiday party to mark the season and demonstrate their gratitude to their employees for a year of hard work.  It is important to remember however, that the annual office holiday party, though wrapped in a social context, is still a business function. How you behave will be observed and remembered by someone whose opinion can potentially impact your career.  It is important to let your professional presence shine at these events to ensure an enjoyable and successful evening for all. Here are 10 etiquette tips to consider as you mingle and celebrate the holiday season with your colleagues: 1. Not Going is Not an Option The office party is part of your job. It is a time for co-workers and colleagues to gather together outside of the day-to-day workplace for some fun and well-deserved recognition. If attending your office party feels like a chore then it’s time for a mind-set change. Put on a smile and see the event as a networking opportunity. 2. Recognize the Opportunity to Advance Your Career The office ...

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Halloween Office Party Etiquette

October 19, 2017  |   Blogs,Business Etiquette,Image Management   |     |   0 Comment

Halloween Office Party Etiquette Halloween is just around the corner! No doubt, many of you will be taking part in Halloween festivities at your office with your colleagues.  Here are some etiquette tips to ensure your office party Halloween celebration stays fun without any spooky consequences! 1. Participate.  So dressing up for Halloween at your office many not be your thing. However, would you rather stand out for having a costume that rocks, or stand out because you are the only one without a costume? Take part in the festivities by wearing a costume and demonstrating that you are a team player. 2.  Halloween Dress-Up for Success.  On that note, make sure you choose an office appropriate costume. Much like "dressing for success" by the clothes you choose to wear during your regular office days, your choice of costume can have an effect on your professional image and career aspirations. Do not draw negative attention to yourself by wearing a costume that could be deemed in poor taste. Nothing too provocative, tight, short or revealing, or too political. If in doubt, play it safe, and err on the side of being more conservative with your costume choice. 3. Stay ...

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What You Need to Know when Buying a Business Suit

What You Need to Know when Buying a Business Suit When you think of a polished, professional and powerful “look,” a person in a  business suit is usually what comes to mind.  A classically styled suit is the mainstay of a good business wardrobe and deserves utmost consideration, especially given the dollar investment. In addition to styling details and colour, it is important to consider a suit’s fabric, tailoring and fit.  While high price does not guarantee high quality, be prepared to pay a fair price for a good suit.  Not sure where to begin? Here are 7 tips you need to know when buying a business suit: 1.  Check for Quality Fabric. Fabric accounts for one-third to one-half of the cost of manufacturing a suit. Fabric should appear fluid and feel soft, but not spongy. Smooth wool worsteds are amongst the best buys in suiting fabric.  Because they are tightly woven, they better retain a tailored shape and hold a crease.  Worsted fabric is usually lighter weight than wool flannel or tweed, making it more comfortable wearing it year ‘round.  Wool/polyester blends are also amongst some of the best buys. Polyester increases fabric strength, reduces shrinkage, stretching and wrinkling. Wool increases ...

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