Small talk matters in the business arena. It’s part of good business etiquette and helps builds rapport with others. Small talk often leads to bigger things like new clients and new business. Here are five timeless tips to enhance your ability to make small talk anywhere your business takes you: 1. Keep the spotlight on… Read More


Stellar business etiquette skills are critical in any industry.  High standards of professional manners make interacting enjoyable and pleasant – with customers, clients, co-workers and guests in the office. In today’s competitive business arena, those who hone their business etiquette skills convey greater professionalism, confidence, and competence. These skills reflect on your company’s brand and… Read More


Business woman using smartphone

Good cell phone etiquette is a must in today’s technology-driven workplace.  And, it’s part of good business etiquette and office courtesy. Most people don’t intend to be rude on their smartphones. They just aren’t intentional about using these indispensable devices in a respectful, inoffensive way. Unfortunately, many companies still do not have policies on smartphone… Read More


After forty frustrating minutes at my nearby office supply store, I left without making a purchase. Two sales team members showed a lack of product knowledge—but even worse, a complete lack of customer courtesy. They didn’t get my order for 200 custom-printed note cards. Their competitor across town did. It was out of my way… Read More


Using good holiday office party etiquette is important since office events are an extension of your professional life. You are being observed by your supervisors and colleagues, as well as their spouses and guests — maybe even a few board members or clients. It’s a great opportunity to make a positive impression. In this article I wrote for the Tulsa Business Journal I provide 10… Read More


Networking events and conferences can be intimidating for many business professionals. This American Express Open Forum article in which I and others were interviewed explains how to master the art of meeting new people in business settings. From introductions to small talk to making meaningful connections and graceful exits, these tips will help you feel… Read More


Good smartphone etiquette has become essential since smartphones have become ubiquitous in the lives of  today’s business professionals. We are expected to be connected and accessible throughout our work day and beyond in some circumstances.  American Express Open Forum writer Katie Morell interviewed me along with others on how common sense and good business etiquette… Read More