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People skills, professionalism and protocol are never out of style. They’re important for career success and advancement. And, National Business Etiquette Week, annually the first week of June, is a good time to reflect on how to sharpen these skills. Even if your company does not provide personal professional development workshops, take the initiative yourself. Read business etiquette blogs and books. Even a chapter a night will provide doable nuggets and tips you can do yourself for upping your people skills, professionalism and protocol. The benefits? Greater confidence in business situations and greater professionalism as you represent the brand, image and reputation of your company or business.

For starters, here’s a business etiquette article I wrote for Tulsa Business & Legal News (for National Business Etiquette Week) in which I share relevant keys and tips to enhance your people skills, professional image and protocol: