When it comes to socializing with company executives, many employees get a case of social anxiety. It can strike at a company social event, sitting with senior management at a Chamber lunch…or worse, the dreaded elevator ride with just you and the company CEO! But, engaging with executives doesn’t have to give you clammy palms… Read More


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


Employees are often hesitant to attend company picnics because they are unsure about the proper business etiquette and protocol.  All the uncertainty about what to wear, how casual to be with superiors, whether to talk shop, and if it’s smart to outshine the boss in a volleyball game make them consider not attending at all.… Read More


Looking for a memorable way to entertain your visiting clients this summer—and show off a bit of your city’s musical culture as well? Then, look no farther than gourmet fare from your favorite deli combined with the melodic strains of Haydn or Mozart at outdoor symphony concerts offered in many cities across the country. Whether you’re in Manhattan… Read More


Co-workers on Coffee Break

Successful employees have good workplace etiquette that begins with “strong interpersonal skills” according to Joseph Grenny, co-author of the best seller Crucial Conversations. Interpersonal skills include common courtesies. However, sometimes it seems courtesy has gone the way of the typewriter.  Many business professionals spend 40 plus hours a week with coworkers, often in cramped quarters… Read More


Woman at business lunch.

At a business lunch, the focus should be on the client—not on a trail of ‘special sauce’ that escapes down the front of your shirt from an oversized burger. Two words: embarrassing, unprofessional. The best practice is to avoid ordering anything that would fall into the category of messy, awkward, hard-to-eat, or unpredictable. The benefit:… 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