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Being fired over the phone?? It happens more than you think. Is it a good idea?

Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz speaks at the Web 2.0 Summit Yahoo! Abruptly fired chief executive Carol Bartzon, Tuesday, September 7, 2011, ousting the most prominent female CEO in Silicon Valley. No

What are some ways to stay aware of your body language? For example, body language is an important factor; however it may not be on your mind constantly while you are networking. Is there a way to help ourselves be more consciously aware of the message we are sending?

Self-Awareness is key here! We all have what I call “home base” with body language, in other words, what is natural to you. And we all have nervous habits or

At a large table how does one know which water glass and bread dish is his or hers?

There is so much confusion around this issue. Try this concept and see how it can help you! Always have your drinks on your right and your bread on your

Here are some great TIPS if attending a Webinar!

Webinars are becoming the norm for blending training. How you participate depends how much you get out of the information. If you are not structured, like myself, or so busy

Have you seen a decrease, increase, or generally the same amount of business etiquette knowledge in the workforce over the years?

With the XYZ generation, which I call the e-generation, yes, I have seen a big drop in business etiquette and protocol in the workplace. Largely because this generation has not

Are you settling for less than perfect when it comes building your wardrobe/professional image?

This morning while visiting my sister Kim and she gave me the Veranda Magazine. She pointed out the letter from the Editor-in-Chief, Dara Caponigro, in their August 2011 magazine (www.veranda.com)

When I am at a networking function, how long should I spend with each person I meet. I heard 8-12 minutes per person. Is this correct?

Actually, how much time you spend with each person depends on the purpose of your attending the function. If you are there to meet as many people as possible, then 8-12 

Who should initiate the business discussion when having a meal?

The rule is simple. The one who did the inviting should initiate the conversation of business. If you are hosting you should wait until after the order has been taken

The other day my boss was with me on a ride along during my sales calls. I introduced the two of the them but it didn’t seem right. Is there a right way to make a proper introduction?

Yes, there is. The rule is simple. You introduce the Junior person to the Senior person. But you say the most important person’s name first, in this case, the Senior

Is a messy desk costing you a promotion?

Promotion or not? You decide. I found this article about if a messy desk can cost you a promotion! Click here to read the article. As you read the article

What is the best time frame to show up at an office for a meeting?

You should arrive at least 10-15 minutes prior to a meeting so that you can acclimate yourself to the surroundings and to settle down before your meeting. You do not

Are shorts appropriate for the office?

An article posted in The Work Buzz, The CareerBuilder.com Job Seeker Blog, Anthony Balderrama discusses the yeas and nays of wearing shorts in the workplace during the summer. You can

Your reputation is your personal brand! 5 things to avoid when building your personal brand.

Your reputation is your personal brand. Everything you say, do, touch and create affects your Personal Brand. Your reputation is your personal brand! Here are 5 things to avoid when

What is the BIGGEST mistake that people make when they begin the interviewing process?

People don’t really know who they are! Or at worst, they don’t know how to communcate who they are to others! Before you begin writing your résumé, making phone calls,

What is the most common mistake that professionals make when getting a head shot taken for their marketing materials?

Your “face” is your logo. It is your Primary Personal Branding Identity. It is the visual of who you are! The biggest mistake that professionals make when planning for their

How do I determine if an image consultant is right for me? I talk to a lot of “stylist” but they do not seem to know about my business environment. What is the difference between an image consultant and a stylist and what do I need??

Choosing An Image Consultant I get this question asked a lot. There are several things you first need to know before you seek professional services. What Is The Difference Between

What is your Personal Brand Equity?

Personal Brand Equity! What is your Personal Brand Equity? There are two components when you are talking about Personal Brand equity:  tangible and intangible. Tangible refers to how much your

Razor blades are so expensive! I spend almost $200.00 per year! How can I extend the length of my blade? Same for my wife as well!

Okay, I am not one to promote “products” BUT there is one item that I will share with you that will help you with your dilemma and save you tons

My wife had her colors “done”. I know it helped her with makeup and all but what about for men. Do we need our color done too? If so, why?

What is Color Analysis? It is just as critical for men to have their colors “done” as it is for women. This process is technically called Color Analysis. It is

What is in a name when it comes to building your Personal Brand?

Ralph Lauren is a very well known brand globally and it all started with his name. But his name was not Ralph Lauren, it was Ralph Lifshitz. So he changed