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Sunglasses and politics. Do they mix?

Sunglasses and politics. Do they mix? Recently, Parker Geiger was interviewed by journalist, Daniel Nasaw, of BBC News concerning impression management tactics that President Obama and Governor Romney were NOT

What do you recommend a person do to make sure they are doing the right things when giving a presentation?

Doing the “right things” is a big question when giving a presentation:-); however, there are some things you can do to help ensure that you present with confidence. It’s all

How do you address a formal email to a group?

Your email can give the look and feel of a “real” formal card by the words you choose to use; particularly how you open and close the letter. Your Salutation

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

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

I was at a networking function and this one person tended to get too “close” when speaking with me and others. It made us a little uncomfortable. What is the rule-of-thumb when it comes to distance between people when doing business?

Whether you are doing business or socializing in our culture, (North America) the norm is what scientists call the “social” distance. This is about 4-5 feet distance between people, which

Nervous habits tend to me more prevalent when you are under pressure or stressed, particular in business meetings, interviews or giving a presentation. How can you reveal your nervous habits to maintain better control??

Nervous habits tend to surface when a person is under pressure or stressed; however, being nervous is normal. It is important to control them as much as possible. If you

I am a grown woman and I still get the occasional breakout. And of course it’s like the 3rd eye right in the middle of my face. How can I cover it up to make it look like I am not covering it up?

When covering acne areas you have to be careful. If you are not, you could end up with a cakey clump on your face. Next time you get acne, follow

President Obama and First lady On Oprah…how is their image? Feedback?

I watched the President and First Lady on Oprah today. I thought it was interesting what they each wore. They each were dressed correctly for their colors and styles. But

During a business meeting, if someone is crossing their arms does this mean they are shutting you out or they are not buying into what you are saying?

Experts themselves have different philosophies on the nuances of nonverbal communication. And although this is a very complex subject matter, let me simplify it for you so that you learn

I just had an interview. Because of today’s technology, should I send a thank you note via email instead of a handwritten note card via snail mail? I am confused, please help!

You should send a thank you letter or note within 24 hours. The purpose is not only to thank them for their time, but to reiterate why you are the

The other day I had a meeting in a client’s office. She was at her desk. While I was taking notes I caught myself placing my pad flat on her desk. It felt awkward. Is there etiquette about taking notes?

When taking notes, be sure to ask your client if he or she minds. Place the notes where only you can see them. Do not use your client’s desk when

What is the best way I can sit during an interview? I often times feel too stiff. Any suggestions?

Having your lower and upper body facing directly to an interviewer gives you a more authoritative presence. Aside from your posture the position of the chair can impact your presence.

I recently had an interview. I was in the reception area with other and they were quit younger than me. When the receptionist asked us we wanted anything water, coffee or a soft drink, I said no, but a couple other candidates did. Am I missing something? Was that appropriate in the “new way of doing business”?

You did the right thing. You should NOT partake in any food or beverages. They will only get in your way. You should eat and drink prior to the interview.

The other day I was waiting to see a client in their reception area. I took notice of what others were reading while waiting to be seen. One was reading a novel of some sort; the other was reading a People magazine. It was then I thought, what were they “saying” to their client by what they were reading. Does this have an impact on what others think just by what you are reading?

When waiting in the reception area for a meeting you should select literature about the company, such as a brochure or an annual report. If those are not available consider

When visiting a client’s office and you are waiting to be seen where should you place the items that you have brought with you?

When sitting, you need to be thinking about getting-up. This is very important because when someone comes to great you, (hopefully you can see them coming) you should be able

I read that having good eye contact is the most important part of an introduction. The other day my client introduced me one of their new team members. When being introduced, she had great eye contact but not a good handshake. So what is the most important? The whole thing made me uncomfortable. Any suggestions?

When being introduced to others you should begin looking them in the eye, while starting to smile, begin the dialogue of introducing yourself, while reaching to shake their hands and

When going to a client’s office for a meeting, is it best to sit on a sofa or a chair while waiting in the reception area? I heard chair but do not know the reasoning.

Actually neither of them should be your determining factor. You should sit facing where you believe where someone may be coming from to greet you. For example, if there is