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Diane Gottsman

Office Etiquette: 8 Destructive Workplace Personalities

Diane Gottsman | Posted 04.29.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Routinely, participants in my corporate etiquette training sessions identify the following undesirable work styles that are all but guaranteed to stunt career growth.

Kentucky Derby 2015: Notable Tips and Traditions

Diane Gottsman | Posted 04.23.2015 | Style
Diane Gottsman

Whether you're a racing aficionado or simply a casual observer at this glamorous event, here's a look at some of the customs that are part of the festivities.

Graduation Etiquette And Preparing For The Next Chapter

Diane Gottsman | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Diane Gottsman

Graduation Day is right around the corner, and there are many anxious parents in the middle of planning a perfect day for their grad. Celebrating this milestone is always more pleasurable when those involved are mindful of a few simple courtesies.

Travel Etiquette: 12 Stress Reduction Tips

Diane Gottsman | Posted 04.13.2015 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

A few simple gestures have the power to enhance your trip and brighten the mood of those you encounter. Demonstrate polite behavior and create goodwill by remembering these small but significant travel etiquette tips.

Business Etiquette: How to Accept a Professional Compliment

Diane Gottsman | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Accepting professional praise doesn't have to be awkward. Here are some tips for receiving an honor with grace and humility.

How to Make Yourself More Interesting to Anyone You Meet

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.31.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

While meeting new people and making new business connections can be nerve-racking to those who are uncomfortable in social settings, it's not as difficult as you think.

Business Etiquette: 6 Questions to Ask at a Job Interview

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.24.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Most job seekers spend a great deal of time preparing for the interview, anticipating how they will answer questions while looking confident and self-assured. But, the process works both ways.

How to Change Service Providers Without Burning Bridges

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.20.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

We tend to form special bonds with those who provide personal services to us, whether they're physicians, hair stylists, personal trainers or financial advisers.

Social Media Etiquette for College Students and Young Professionals

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.11.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

The effects of social media are never more than a click away and everything you do can potentially be captured for the entire world to see.

Business Etiquette: Handling Office Distractions

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Think of how productive we could be if it weren't for the many distractions buzzing around us in our workspaces. While we can't eliminate all of the things that interrupt us throughout the day, we can manage a surprising number of them.

What Qualities Set You Apart in Business?

Diane Gottsman | Posted 04.27.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Why would someone choose to do business with you? Because you have taken the time, and put in the effort to give them your best self.

Business Etiquette: Touching in the Workplace

Diane Gottsman | Posted 04.21.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

What may be appreciated by one employee as an authentic gesture to connect may be rebuked by another. The golden rule when it comes to touching an employee is "hands off.

Ask the Etiquette Expert: 7 Steps to Changing Your Career

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.29.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Look the part. One of the first changes I made was swapping out my leather tote for a conservative, oversized briefcase. A friend had one similar and I decided to treat myself. The choice was a style disaster. A successful look depends on developing your own personal taste.

Raising a Well-Mannered Parent... No Invoice Required

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Diane Gottsman

Etiquette rules primarily include encouraging respect for self and others. These simple courtesies ideally start at home.

Travel Etiquette: How to Use a Flight Delay to Your Advantage

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.18.2015 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

No one wants to spend any more time in an airport than necessary. But, if you find yourself waiting for a delayed flight, there are ways to maximize your unscheduled downtime.

5 Business Email Etiquette Faux Pas

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

It would be nice if we all received an immediate reply, but the reality is our message is probably one of several that have not been opened. The person may be out of the office, in a meeting or simply prioritizing their responses.

National Thank You Month: A Professional Reminder

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.10.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

In our digital world, there is something magical about getting a stamped letter with our name written on the front. The best part is that with the right supplies, the entire process takes less than five minutes.

Office Etiquette: Nine Ways to Strengthen Work Relationships

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.05.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Channel your burst of New Year's enthusiasm by investing some time in building relationships with those you interact with on a daily basis. Your positive energy may have a ripple effect as your acts of kindness inspire others to do the same.

10 Tips to Ring in the New Year With a Memorable Toast

Diane Gottsman | Posted 02.27.2015 | Taste
Diane Gottsman

When friends and family come together to celebrate the New Year, the festivities usually include raising glasses for an uplifting toast. If delivering the toast falls to you, some advance preparation will help you create a memorable start to the celebration.

Holiday Etiquette: What to Tip the Mail Carrier and Delivery Person

Diane Gottsman | Posted 02.16.2015 | Money
Diane Gottsman

One of the most commonly asked holiday tipping questions: "What is the proper amount to tip my mail carrier and delivery person?"

Holiday RSVP Etiquette

Diane Gottsman | Posted 02.14.2015 | HuffPost Home
Diane Gottsman

The rules for a proper RSVP are basic but often ignored. Failing to properly respond to an invitation will inevitably lead to ill will, hurt feelings and getting tagged as a rude guest or a thoughtless friend.

Staying Productive At The Office During The Holiday Season

Diane Gottsman | Posted 02.07.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Downtime used well will help you when the holidays are over, and business gets back to its normal hectic pace. Tackle these tasks during the slower time and be ready to start fresh in the busy New Year.

Holiday Tipping Guide: Thoughts on Expressing Gratitude

Diane Gottsman | Posted 01.18.2015 | Money
Diane Gottsman

Tis the season for eggnog, good tidings, and exchanging gifts with family and friends. It also includes expressing gratitude to those that provide a much-needed service throughout the year. From your children's teacher to your mail carrier, the list can easily get out of hand.

How to Make a Powerful First Impression

Diane Gottsman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

It takes only seconds for others to form an opinion of us when we meet them for the first time. What they initially see becomes their own personal version of the truth, and it can be hard to change a first impression.

8 Ways To Stay Composed Under Pressure

Diane Gottsman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

When times get tough at the office, we often turn to those unflappable, grounded people who seem to be capable of handling any situation. What's their secret to appearing confident regardless of the pressure?