Whether you’re 25 or 55, it’s important to polish your Valentine date etiquette, especially if it’s a first date…or it’s been a while since you’ve dated. Don’t let poor manners and social faux pas turn what could be a fairy tale event into an evening of foibles and lament. Here are eight ways to polish… Read More


Business Team

No one would dispute that today’s gloomy economic news is a concern for workers everywhere. But, did you know that using workplace etiquette to show courtesy and respect to those in your department or team is a winning way to build up your team? Workplace etiquette pays in two ways for you and your team.… Read More


No matter who you are or what you do, the way you dress and present yourself has a major impact on your success. In fact, when you walk into a room, it only takes 60 seconds for someone to form an impression of you based on your clothing, your mannerisms, and your manners. A great… Read More


Employees are often hesitant to attend company picnics because they are unsure about the proper business etiquette and protocol.  All the uncertainty about what to wear, how casual to be with superiors, whether to talk shop, and if it’s smart to outshine the boss in a volleyball game make them consider not attending at all.… Read More


Inappropriate business casual attire

Casual Friday is designated as a day when professionals may dress in business casual attire.  Often this means employees may wear nice jeans, casual slacks, casual tops (women) and nice polo shirts for men. Bottom line: appropriate Casual Friday office attire is part of good business etiquette.  The goal is to still present a professional… Read More


Looking for a memorable way to entertain your visiting clients this summer—and show off a bit of your city’s musical culture as well? Then, look no farther than gourmet fare from your favorite deli combined with the melodic strains of Haydn or Mozart at outdoor symphony concerts offered in many cities across the country. Whether you’re in Manhattan… Read More


Co-workers on Coffee Break

Successful employees have good workplace etiquette that begins with “strong interpersonal skills” according to Joseph Grenny, co-author of the best seller Crucial Conversations. Interpersonal skills include common courtesies. However, sometimes it seems courtesy has gone the way of the typewriter.  Many business professionals spend 40 plus hours a week with coworkers, often in cramped quarters… Read More


“Business casual” can be a confusing term any time of year, but especially when the hot, lazy days of summer hit. Proper summer business casual attire shows respect for yourself, for others in your workplace, and for your clients and customers. Pushing the “business casual” envelope too far can damage your credibility and the image… Read More


Woman at business lunch.

At a business lunch, the focus should be on the client—not on a trail of ‘special sauce’ that escapes down the front of your shirt from an oversized burger. Two words: embarrassing, unprofessional. The best practice is to avoid ordering anything that would fall into the category of messy, awkward, hard-to-eat, or unpredictable. The benefit:… Read More