There are only three scenarios: the man pays, the woman pays, or the meal is Dutch, that is, both participants pay their way. On a “traditional” first date, where the man has invited the woman to a meal, he should always pay. Among friends, checks are usually ... Read More »
Put your best foot forward, because it’s all about the first impression. Remember: You only have one shot! There are three B’s for every interview: Be prepared, be polite, and be on time. But here are 20 more specific steps to a successful interview:
1. Learn ... Read More »
When was the last time someone in your party asked for a separate restaurant check? Well, it’s still done every day, but it’s a pain for the servers, and some restaurants won’t do it at all. Splitting the check by each person handing over his or her ... Read More »
Ever feel queasy about going to an event where you don’t know other guests? Talking to strangers does not come naturally to many people, but it’s important to learn to do so. Social events are your opportunity to make new friends and business acquaintances.
Here are ... Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
A handsome business card, properly presented, always makes a good impression. A business card is an extension and expression of you. It should be given in such a way as to make the recipient remember and want to contact you. You should know when to present a card, ... Read More »
Treating your colleagues with respect can gain you a winning edge and create a win-win situation for everyone at the office. Here are some basic rules of etiquette in the office and at office parties.
• Have respect for those around you, and show a keen ... Read More »
Long ago, the famous poet Oscar Wilde said: “The world was my oyster, but I used the wrong fork.” Today, in the toughest, most competitive arenas, knowing which fork to use and when is important, and speaks volumes about our social skills.
In today’s global and ... Read More »