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5 Common Business Card Myths

Diane Gottsman | Posted 08.03.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Despite our digital world, the simple business card is still an essential tool in connecting with others. To get the most out of your business card supply, you have to know how to use it to your advantage.

10 Tips on How to Deliver an Engaging Speech

Diane Gottsman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Whether you regularly give presentations or are getting ready to share one for the first time, there's one universal law: a successful speech takes planning, careful scripting and practice.

Who Should Be Invited to a Bridal Shower?

Cheryl Seidel | Posted 07.23.2014 | Weddings
Cheryl Seidel

The purpose of etiquette is to be considerate and make those around you feel comfortable. Of-course I gave the hostess of this bridal shower the benefit of the doubt; that she was only trying to be inclusive.

Memorial Day Road Trip Travel Etiquette

Diane Gottsman | Posted 07.19.2014 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

If you are tired, let someone else do some driving. Respect your exhaustion. Never risk the safety of yourselves and those around you to try to get to your vacation spot a little earlier. It's just not worth the risk.

These Are The Costs A Bride Should Cover For Her Bridesmaids

Cheryl Seidel | Posted 07.19.2014 | Weddings
Cheryl Seidel

There are a few items on this list that may need further discussion.

Social Media Etiquette for Weddings

Diane Gottsman | Posted 07.09.2014 | Weddings
Diane Gottsman

Posting during a wedding or other celebration requires adhering to a few guidelines and practicing common courtesy. Here are some etiquette tips to start the wedding season off on the right foot:

The Etiquette of a Professional Email

Diane Gottsman | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

One additional tip: leave the "TO" field blank until you are ready to send, so you don't accidentally launch the email before you are ready.

Baby Shower Etiquette, Explained

Diane Gottsman | Posted 07.05.2014 | Parents
Diane Gottsman

The following is a fun and friendly Q and A to help you politely stroll through baby shower season unscathed.

7 Tips for a Productive First Week on the Job

Diane Gottsman | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Your first few days set a precedence on what others can expect from you as a coworker and employee. Here are seven ways to make the most of your first week on the job.

8 Ways To Survive Wedding Season Without Breaking The Bank

Diane Gottsman | Posted 06.16.2014 | Weddings
Diane Gottsman

Weddings are joyful occasions, but they can also be stressful for guests who must make decisions on finances, shower and wedding gifts, time off from work and attire.

Open Office Space Etiquette: Do's and Don'ts

Diane Gottsman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

If you are sensitive to noise and find it unsettling, employ your ear buds or headset to stream your favorite music. Though you are still in a shared space, music will offer a quiet retreat.

The Incredible Power Of Compliments

Diane Gottsman | Posted 06.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Diane Gottsman

When your colleague does a great job on an important project, compliment them on their success. If your competitor got the job over you, send a note of congratulations. Drop your guard, put down your competitive armor, and give yourself permission to revel in someone else's success. Make your words strong and reliable.

Business Etiquette: 8 Office Personality Pet Peeves

Diane Gottsman | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

4) The Perpetual Borrower. Staplers, phone chargers, publications, reports, loose change for the meter -- it's always something.

Tipping Etiquette for the Business Professional

Diane Gottsman | Posted 05.21.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

The way you handle gratuity in front of a client can make a lasting impression. Here are a few situations where all eyes are on you.

Networking Tips for Introverts

Diane Gottsman | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

The basic definition of networking is expanding your circle of contacts and nurturing mutually beneficial relationships. Start with these five tips:

College Grads: Alcohol at a Job Interview -- Yes or No?

Diane Gottsman | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Diane Gottsman

While you are still unemployed and attempting to impress an interviewer, put the wine glass down and drink the water.

6 Daily Rituals You Can't Afford to Skip

Diane Gottsman | Posted 05.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Diane Gottsman

We often go through the day by the seat of our pants, counting the hours until it's time to clock out and go home. Rather than responding and reacting to whatever is tossed your way throughout the day, make a concerted effort to efficiently handle the daily minutia, and occupy the remainder of the work day thinking beyond what is in front of you.

Ask the Etiquette Expert: Laptop Etiquette

Diane Gottsman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Most business meetings are now accompanied by the all too familiar tapping of fingers on laptop keys. Here are six laptop etiquette tips for meetings.

Business Etiquette: How to Say "No" at the Office

Diane Gottsman | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

"No." It's a short word, but often one of the toughest to master. A polite and well-delivered "no" is often the best answer to a request you aren't prepared to deliver upon. Here's how to do it.

8 Tips for Respecting Personal Space in Public Places

Diane Gottsman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Diane Gottsman

The closer our paths cross with others, the more important etiquette becomes to ensure a safe and polite journey over sidewalks, through doorways and lobbies, and in and out of elevators and other public spaces.

How to Send a Professional Thank You Note

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.15.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Clearly, it's a win-win; the recipient feels good that his or her success or gesture of kindness is acknowledged, and it distinguishes the writer for having executive manners. Best of all, it's fast, easy and sends a powerful message.

Toasting Etiquette: Do's and Don'ts

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.02.2014 | Taste
Diane Gottsman

New Year's Eve is almost here, and many of us will be in charge of heralding in the New Year with a compulsory toast. Before you spend one more moment of time worrying about how you'll propose a toast, follow these tips and start the New Year off on the right foot.

The Holiday Toast: Commonly Asked Etiquette Questions

Diane Gottsman | Posted 02.18.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Most people cringe at the thought of standing up in front of a group of people and speaking in public. It's no surprise that an eloquent "Cheers!" seldom happens without prior thought and planning.

Holiday Tipping: Recommendations from A-Z

Diane Gottsman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Money
Diane Gottsman

When deciding who you will tip, take into consideration the frequency of your visit, the personal attention you receive, and most importantly, your budget

Business Etiquette: Before You Say 'I Don't Know'

Diane Gottsman | Posted 12.22.2013 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Starting a new job can be stressful, especially when you find yourself in those awkward situations where your standard answer seems to be, "I don't know." Don't fret. Here are a few tips to on how to handle those situations: