power words

Using power words and phrases at work helps inspire a more enjoyable workplace environment for everyone. Power words help motivate, encourage and build mutually respectful relationships with team members, clients and customers. Negative words can tear down, intimidate and discourage. Pick the power ones. It’s part of good business etiquette. You can’t go wrong with… Read More


great-handshake

A great handshake in business communicates a message of warmth, sincerity and trust. While a great handshake might not get you the deal, you don’t want to risk giving a poor one. If it’s limp or just grips the fingers, it sends a message of weakness. If it’s a bone-crusher, it conveys lack of confidence.… Read More


business etiquette

Business etiquette is the polish that helps create courteous and respectful business environments and relationships with coworkers, clients and customers. High standards of professional manners are what makes interacting with others enjoyable and pleasant. And makes you look impressive! Here are 10 timeless business etiquette rules. Do a little self-assessment. Consider these marks of professionalism… Read More


10 Things You Should Never, Ever Say Over Text or Email Before you hit the send button on that text message or email, read this list of things you should never communicate through a screen. I was honored to be one of the “etiquette experts” interviewed for this Reader’s Digest article.  Using good “screen” etiquette… Read More


Emoji Business Etiquette

Emoji Business Etiquette The question, “Should you use emojis in your business email?” is one of the most reactionary topics in my popular “Email Etiquette” training session. We all use email in business but rarely do employees receive any type of formal training in the do’s and don’ts of what makes business emails professional, including… Read More


Customer service at the doctor’s office matters–and it’s noticed. When I was caring for my father in his latter years, I took him to many doctor appointments with various physicians. But, one particular office stands out–-his ophthalmologist-–because of their friendly front desk people and office staff. Here are eight things they did to make my… Read More


If your boss invites you to lunch, flawless dining etiquette is essential.  Whether you’re just starting out at the company or are a seasoned employee, meal time with the boss is a time to impress. In fact, the meal itself is secondary to the protocol and etiquette for business dining. Consider the event an extension of… Read More


How does one correctly address the newly elected President of the United States?  In the media, he’s being correctly referred to as President Donald Trump or President Trump. However, did you know that the President’s name is never used in his presence? And, on a related note, how does one refer to a former President?… Read More


The first part of each New Year I receive an influx of email inquiries about my business etiquette services. Companies and organizations are planning their professional development for the year, and I’m always thrilled to share how I may serve them. However, in these inquiry emails, several things catch my eye, including  the lack of… Read More