Tis the season for workplace holiday parties. They’re a great way to unwind and get to know co-workers better. But, employees have to remember that it’s still a work event. Even though it’s called a party, it’s not the time to let loose. You’re on stage, being observed by coworkers, supervisors, and maybe even a… Read More


Millennials prefer texting, but phone skills remain essential. If you’re a Millennial, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that boxy thing on your desk by now. It rings and you can talk on it. But, you can’t text on it or download apps. Is it still a necessary part of your office gadgets? Yes, it’s still a relevant… Read More


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Etiquette Thank-you notes are an important and timeless aspect of business and social etiquette. They’re a gesture of your gratitude and respect. They should be sent to anyone who gives you a gift, hosts a party, has entertained you for dinner or overnight,  or went the extra mile for you (I.e., your cat sitter also… Read More


In the world of tipping…from the dog groomer to the pizza delivery person to the massage therapist…what’s the appropriate compensation? Diversity Woman Magazine tackled this topic in their summer 2015 issue, and I was honored to be the etiquette consultant they contacted for advice. Here are nine tipping dos and don’ts to help you navigate… Read More


Good business etiquette also means good smartphone etiquette. It used to be that one of the worst office blunders was taking someone’s food from the fridge or pushing the business casual envelope a little too far on Casual Friday’s. Now, some of the worst blunders are from cell phone mistakes. According to a nationwide survey… Read More


Working in a cubicle can be a tough endeavor. From a lack of privacy to noisy neighbors, getting your work accomplished in such cramped confines can sometimes be a difficult chore. But, cubicle etiquette is part of good business etiquette and office etiquette. I was honored to be interviewed for this article in BusinessNewsDaily.com on… Read More


Most of us fire off dozens of work emails every day, often with hardly a second thought. But, it’s vital that your business emails look and sound professional. I was honored to provide these 8 rules of business email etiquette for Nextiva, a cloud-communication company. Using good email etiquette in the office is part of good… Read More


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When I speak on the topic of “business etiquette,” a frequently asked question by audience members is, “Is it okay to hug a client or coworker?” Well, it depends… First, always assume that a handshake is the most professional greeting. There is a line of professionalism and a line of respect that shouldn’t be crossed.… Read More


When it comes to socializing with company executives, many employees get a case of social anxiety. It can strike at a company social event, sitting with senior management at a Chamber lunch…or worse, the dreaded elevator ride with just you and the company CEO! But, engaging with executives doesn’t have to give you clammy palms… Read More