Downton Abbey, here we come. Those addicted to the PBS drama, like me, can’t help but notice that a large part of the series is centered around food. Many scenes feature formal dinners where the dress is black tie or white tie, and the Crawley family and ... Read More »
Here are the top 30 things that make me crazy when I’m trying to talk to people. I’ll bet most of them drive you crazy, too.
2. Lack of eye contact
3. Holding side conversations
4. No response ... Read More »
Whether you’re being served at a table or you serve yourself, the rules of courteous behavior still apply. Here are 10 basic rules to follow when you’re on a cruise and faced with serving yourself at a buffet.
1. Thou shall be patient in line. Buffet ... Read More »
Make no mistake: You are judged by your handshake. A firm, friendly handshake with good eye contact shows self-confidence. And far more than you realize, you unconsciously judge others by the way they shake your hand. When a person shakes your hand easily and earnestly, he or she ... Read More »
What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do. — John Ruskin
Ruskin may have said it best. We all have a story with a beginning and an end. What’s ... Read More »
There are several ways to guarantee that your next business meeting is a success. Making a good impression is key. Here are fifteen tips on how to do just that.
1. Be on time if not ten minutes early for an appointment.
2. Be ... Read More »
Giving criticism of any kind is difficult, though it is often the job of managers and business executives to do so. If we want to be helpful when correcting the mistakes of others, we must always be mindful of the way we do it. Of course, accepting criticism ... Read More »
We all know that doctors are often unable to meet their appointment times. The waiting room is called that for a reason. But you can make the wait more pleasant for yourself and others by following a few guidelines.
• Don’t sprawl out on the ... Read More »
Because it’s so fast and so convenient, texting is now the No. 1 form of communication. But because this tool is so powerful, it has ground rules and responsibilities. Since texting has no boundaries or face-to-face communication, it can cause misunderstandings and even lend itself to abuse. Words ... Read More »
Internationally speaking, it pays to think globally and act locally. When traveling abroad, it’s important to learn about the people and culture you are doing business with, so as not to be misunderstood or appear rude. Here are some tips for businesspeople and other visitors traveling in ... Read More »