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Business Etiquette

9 Office Gift-Giving Dos And Don’ts

Diane Gottsman | Posted 12.09.2016 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Keep the occasion jolly by following these nine rules of office gift-giving etiquette. 1. If you give your boss a gift, make it a group effort. Doing ...

Why Won't You Respond to My Emails?

Gene Marks | Posted 01.26.2017 | Business
Gene Marks

Why don't you respond to my emails? You know me. I know you. We've spoken on the phone before. We worked together on a project. We had lunch. We had dinner. We've helped each other with a mutual customer. We've shared stories. We've exchanged emails before. But don't respond to my emails.

Latvia is Catching up With the Rest of Europe, but Welcomes Strangers and New Business

Michal Küfhaber | Posted 09.06.2016 | Business
Michal Küfhaber

The tough competitive environment in Latvia requires knowledge of the country's business etiquette. Do not be taken by surprise. Be direct and brief, ...

3 Basic Business Behaviors You Learned Growing Up for Successful Businesses

Lisa Colantuono | Posted 07.12.2016 | Business
Lisa Colantuono

Think back to that very first job you so desperately wanted to get in order to start your career. You most likely tapped into your network of friends and family to see if they had any connections. You certainly answered help wanted ads.

Consider Taking an Interpreter When Meeting With French Business Partners

Michal Küfhaber | Posted 06.20.2016 | Business
Michal Küfhaber

>Europe's second largest economy offers a number of opportunities. The key to a good relationship with French partners involves having a clear understanding of French culture and etiquette, which are distinctly different from those in the U.S.

3 Cross-Cultural Business Tips for the Holy Month of Ramadan

Sharon Schweitzer | Posted 06.10.2016 | Business
Sharon Schweitzer

Ramadan date: 2016: evening June 6th - evening July 5th Approximate dates 2017: May 27th - June25th Is it possible for your business calendar and imp...

10 Tips for This Summer's Millennial Intern Population

Sandy Malone | Posted 06.08.2016 | Business
Sandy Malone

Approach every day as the unique challenge that it is - a learning experience that many other students would love to have, but you got it instead. Mind your manners, start and finish strong, and you may just end up with a fantastic opportunity at the end. Good luck!

The Bathroom Issue We SHOULD Be Talking About

Lori Duff | Posted 06.05.2016 | Fifty
Lori Duff

As I sat down to do my business I looked to the right out of habit and saw that there was a basic violation of bathroom etiquette: there were approximately one and a half squares of toilet paper clinging to a brown cardboard tube.

10 Things to Keep in Mind When Emailing for Business

Brenda Della Casa | Posted 06.02.2016 | Business
Brenda Della Casa

Gone are the days of the telephone call. In today's world, text and email are our main methods of communication which means, if we want to have an edge, we need to take its benefits and setbacks into consideration.

Dressing Appropriately in Any Workplace

Diane Gottsman | Posted 05.24.2016 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Professional attire matters because like it or not, the impression we make on others, whether new business prospects, clients, or those responsible for decisions about raises and promotions, is shaped by our appearance.

A Polite and Respectful Society: Adopting Japanese Norms to Business

Betsie Gambel | Posted 05.24.2016 | Business
Betsie Gambel

I love to travel, and no matter where I go-beach or bustling metropolis- I enjoy learning from the areas I visit and identifying customs that may be a...

How to Expertly Handle the Job Offer

Kristi Russo | Posted 05.16.2016 | Business
Kristi Russo

The Steps to Ensure Success and Start Out on The Right Foot You've prepped, you've searched, you've tediously applied and interviewed; feeling unde...

Germans Appreciate Straightforwardness and Clarity. Hard Data and Numbers Are Decisive For Them in Business Negotiations

Michal Küfhaber | Posted 05.09.2016 | Business
Michal Küfhaber

The world's third largest economy has long relationships with many other countries, and yet there are aspects of German business etiquette that are of...

How a Micromanager Boss Can Let Go and Delegate

Diane Gottsman | Posted 04.27.2016 | Business
Diane Gottsman

If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day, feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders, ask yourself whether any of the following sta...

Encouraging a Creative Company Culture

Diane Gottsman | Posted 04.21.2016 | Business
Diane Gottsman

The time and energy you put into strengthening company morale will prove to be a wise investment. The rewards are numerous and evident in happier employees who are excited to do their best.

The Business and Benefits of an Enthusiastic Leader

Diane Gottsman | Posted 04.13.2016 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Over a ten-year period, educator Richard St. John interviewed more than 500 successful professionals, from astronauts to entrepreneurs, physicists to CEOs, to identify what he called "success factors."

Cheers, Peers & Beers: After Work Socializing in the U.S.

Sharon Schweitzer | Posted 04.05.2016 | Business
Sharon Schweitzer

From office-wide happy hours to holiday parties and corporate retreats, work events are often characterized by a more relaxed but professional environ...

The Dutch Are Tough Traders and Loyal Partners. But Do Not Expect to Be Invited to Lunch

Michal Küfhaber | Posted 04.05.2016 | Business
Michal Küfhaber

As an affluent, highly functional society, the Kingdom of the Netherlands is a prime target for exports, but the market is very demanding and competit...

Body Language is Not Always Common Sense

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.21.2016 | Business
Diane Gottsman

No matter how impressive your words, or glowing your credentials, you could be sabotaging yourself unintentionally with negative body gestures. A big part of how we communicate with others is through body language.

Dealing With an Unpleasant Coworker

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.15.2016 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Few things can suck the joy out of the workplace like an unpleasant coworker. Interacting with someone who is abrasive, rude, negative or otherwise di...

Workplace Dynamics: How to Be Personable Without Getting Too Personal

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.10.2016 | Business
Diane Gottsman

It is possible to be perceived as friendly, upbeat, sincere and a pleasure to work alongside without muddying the professional waters by divulging too...

How to Prepare an Acceptance Speech

Diane Gottsman | Posted 02.24.2017 | Entertainment
Diane Gottsman

Most award shows seem to generate a buzz, and the upcoming Oscars is no exception.

While the Finns May Be Reserved, They Have No Problem Conducting Business Negotiations in a Sauna

Michal Küfhaber | Posted 02.18.2017 | Business
Michal Küfhaber

The Finnish market has a reputation as conservative territory where successful introduction of a new product or service can take years. Its size, saturation and focus on exports are characteristics that lead to high selectivity.

Ask the Etiquette Expert: Dealing With Office Cliques

Diane Gottsman | Posted 02.09.2017 | Business
Diane Gottsman

I am often asked how to handle friendships in the workplace that may feel somewhat elite. When there's a small number of officemates who do everything...

Ask an International Etiquette Expert: Uber Passenger Etiquette

Sharon Schweitzer | Posted 02.04.2017 | Business
Sharon Schweitzer

It was the video that went viral and shocked most people who viewed it: A Miami doctor is caught on camera in a heated and physical argument with an U...