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This article nails it. It’s true. Knowing etiquette means knowing what to do, and knowing what to do gives confidence.

Good manners give a child the confidence to face anything and feel comfortable…


Want to bring your career to a halt or worse?

If your answer is “no” then you ought to consider what you should and should not talk about at work.

We must control both what we say and how much we share in our professional life. The word “professional” turns many people off because they associate it with corporate stuffiness.


1: the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person(see 1professional)

2: the following of a profession (as athletics) for gain or livelihood

Consider the “conduct, aims, or qualities” of professionalism in relation to your conversation at work.

Success in your career can hinge on the appropriateness of your casual conversations at work. Aim high! Here are two resources that will help.

Do you ever feel awkward making an introduction?

Do you know who to introduce to whom?

Does it matter?


Or, maybe you have figured this out—care to share any tips, pointers, or thoughts on how to introduce people without fear?

Maybe you’re comfortable in personal social situations, but a bit uncertain in professional social situations.

Please share your experience!

We’ll talk more about introductions as the week progresses . . .

Have you had any awkward moments making introductions—something memorable that occurred?

Or, how do you feel when you are introduced in a way that is respectful and courteous?

For several decades I worked with professional communicators. Many were highly professional presenters, capable of capturing and holding the attention of thousands of people as they delivered their messages. A few were masters, true masters of the delivery of the spoken word. I had the pleasure of serving with some of these masters while they were at the very peak of their careers.

Being able to attract and hold the attention of an audience is an impressive feat. But what happens once they walk off the stage, come out from behind the podium, or once the camera is off? How one handles themselves before and after a presentation can actually hold back a person from being all that they can be. Often, this is the “neglected edge.”

Perhaps you excel at preparation, study, and welcomed innovative communication techniques.

Congratulations! But what if one falls short of the mark in the common arena of social interaction. I have know many, and so have you, who were just unaware of their personal presentation in social settings, but the majority of issues are from people who are aware yet simply unprepared.

Why not prepare for all possible situations – communications and social interaction?

Too many professionals are not aware of how loudly their actions speak. The truth is: ”Everything Speaks!”

This is why I chose to shift my focus from creative communications to corporate etiquette and international protocol: because it is more salient than creative communication!

While continuing to work on traditional communication projects, I have over the past several years been training and studying for this shift. I’m pretty excited about it. I have something to offer not only the leader, the boss, or the recognized presenter in the organization, I have something that can make every staff member, regardless of title a polished professional. And unlike leadership conferences that staff may attend year after year after year, business etiquette training can will “stick. It can make a difference with just one application.

Think about it this way. Look at those rusty saws in the photo above. What sense would it make to put a elegant new handle on one of those and leave the blade rusty and dull? Or better yet, suppose I polished only one side of the saw blade? Think about your training and development of self and staff the same way. Is there are “rusty” side that may embarrass you in front of staff, guests, or clients?

Everyone can use a little professional polish! Shoot me an email and let’s discuss.

I have a little quiz for you. It might be a revealing way to determine whether or not you need to upgrade your wardrobe for business. Ready? OK. Answer this question and if your answer is “yes” then you need a clothing intervention.

Did you spend more time picking out the skin for your iPhone, iPad or Android than you did picking out what you wore to your last business meeting?

Don’t get the wrong impression; I appreciate the appearance of a sharply dressed smart phone just as much as the next person. But unless you intend to hold your phone or tablet in front of you all day, it is not likely going to be the first thing people will see. It also has very little to do with the first impression you make on a client.

How you present yourself at work should be given as much thought as how you would present yourself if everyone you will encounter today were to be rounded up and sat in an auditorium to hear a presentation from – YOU!

Judge Not!

I know what some of you are thinking. You want to point out that we are not supposed to judge people by what they wear. You are absolutely correct.

Meanwhile the rest of humanity will continue to judge you; if you do not pass the standards they are looking for, you will be passed over for someone who does.

Do not judge others, but do not be shocked that others are judging you. It’s going to happen.

Do you suppose you will have any luck transforming the world from being judgmental by dressing in a manner that is too casual or “original” when you go to work?

Choose Wisely . . .

Only you can make the right decisions and improve your personal presentation, and the presentation of your iPad case.