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How to "Let Go" of Your Kid As They Head Off to College

Diane Gottsman | Posted 08.10.2016 | Parents
Diane Gottsman

Of the innumerable moments in your parenthood journey, saying goodbye to your son or daughter as they leave for college is one of the most significant. Many years and countless hours of preparation have led to this major milestone. In the days and weeks preceding their departure, communication remains paramount. Refer to my tips below to get the conversation started.

Counter Computer Hunch and Boost Productivity With These 6 Tips

Diane Gottsman | Posted 08.03.2016 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Whether you travel to a traditional office or telecommute from a coworking space, sitting for hours can lead to poor posture and pain, along with an assortment of other maladies. Spending multiple hours every day parked at your desk, hunched over a computer or smartphone takes a toll on your neck, shoulders, spine, and overall good health.

How To Get Back On Track After Losing Sight Of A Goal

Diane Gottsman | Posted 06.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Diane Gottsman

Whether it's achieving a certain level of professional success or maintaining healthy eating habits, we set goals with the best intentions and start by pursuing them with enthusiasm. But it's easy for those big ideas to fall by the wayside when our schedules get disrupted or we have an emotional setback.

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.

Job Etiquette for New College Grads

Diane Gottsman | Posted 05.11.2016 | College
Diane Gottsman

Finishing college and figuring out "what's next" is a major adjustment. Like all new phases of life, it won't necessarily be easy, but having an understanding of how to navigate a complex, unpredictable job market is the key to enjoying the ride.

Public Speaking: How to Command Attention

Diane Gottsman | Posted 02.17.2016 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Writing a draft is a solid first step when it comes to communicating in front of a crowd. Never plan to stand up and wing it, even for an informal talk. Putting your thoughts down on paper helps you commit your speech to memory.

The Do's and Don'ts of an Unforgettable Thank You Note

Diane Gottsman | Posted 01.06.2016 | Business
Diane Gottsman

The first week of the New Year has many of us committing to personal development and the strengthening of meaningful relationships. As you master new skills, think more positively, grow your company and learn to use all of the technology you own, why not begin with a thoughtful thank you note?

How to Travel Light on Your Next Trip

Diane Gottsman | Posted 01.03.2016 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

Whether traveling for business or visiting family and friends, packing efficiently can be a challenge. Not wanting to forget anything or feeling pinched for time, it's easy to panic and overfill your suitcase.

How to Help a Friend Dealing With Divorce

Diane Gottsman | Posted 10.28.2015 | Women
Diane Gottsman

When a friend or relative is going through a divorce, it can be difficult to know what to do or say as you wrestle with your own conflicted feelings about the situation. Thankfully, your role is not to offer professional counseling, but rather, to walk with them during this challenging time.

Six Signs of a Deceptive Office Personality

Diane Gottsman | Posted 09.22.2016 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Building trusting relationships in a professional setting makes interacting with clients and coworkers more enjoyable. On the other hand, working side by side with a person who gives off an untrustworthy vibe can be a challenge and a chore. As you determine where you should invest your energy, here are a few behaviors to look out for in the office (and in life!).

Five Ways to Succeed in Business

Diane Gottsman | Posted 09.15.2016 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Everyone has their unique talents. For example, I am not interested in understanding how my computer works or what I need to do in order to fix it when my screen goes black.

Commonly Misused Phrases in Business and Their Real Meaning

Diane Gottsman | Posted 08.17.2016 | Business
Diane Gottsman

I recently heard a well-known speaker continuously use the term "flush out" when what he really meant was "flesh out." When we confuse our words, it weakens our message.

Summer Business Attire for Women: Basic Do's and Don'ts

Diane Gottsman | Posted 06.15.2016 | Style
Diane Gottsman

Though it may be tempting to relax your wardrobe when you see your office mates come into work wearing clothes that could pass for a Saturday pizza and movie date, you'll look and feel more professional with a few updates.

Supper Club Guest Etiquette: Part II

Diane Gottsman | Posted 06.09.2016 | HuffPost Home
Diane Gottsman

If you have the good fortune of being invited to a supper club, there are a few things you can do to add a bit of mannerly fun to the dining occasion.

Supper Club Host Etiquette: Part I

Diane Gottsman | Posted 06.05.2016 | HuffPost Home
Diane Gottsman

There are certain ingredients that make any party a success and hosting or attending a supper club is no exception.

5 Travel Etiquette Tips Every Airbnb Guest Should Practice

Diane Gottsman | Posted 05.26.2016 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

As am Airbnb guest, you'll have a host that is committed to a pleasant experience, making your stay comfortable, and filling you in on what the local scene has to offer. Here are some basic guest etiquette suggestions to ensure a smooth and relaxing visit.

How to Recover When You Overshare

Diane Gottsman | Posted 05.22.2016 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Yes, we've all done it. Made a comment that we wish we could immediately retract but as one of my favorite sayings goes, "You can't unscramble an egg." Try as you might, it's often difficult to recover from a verbal misstep. Or worse, an entire conversation you wish you could retract!

Public Speaking Etiquette - 10 Solid Ways to Get Yourself Noticed

Diane Gottsman | Posted 05.18.2016 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Most people would rather have a root canal than stand up in front of a crowd and make a speech, even among their own peers. Yet, one of the most efficient and effective venues for getting yourself noticed is speaking to a group of people with a message.

How To Efficiently Work From Home: Etiquette Do's And Don'ts

Diane Gottsman | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Diane Gottsman

A strong case can be made for taking the extra time to plan your day and supercharge your success. Here are my etiquette suggestions for proficiently working from a home office.

Airline Courtesy: Shrinking Seat Etiquette

Diane Gottsman | Posted 11.09.2014 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

As airplanes become increasingly cramped and uncomfortable, good etiquette is more important than ever. Here are the new rules for air travel.

Ask The Etiquette Expert: How Should I Prepare For My First International Business Trip?

Diane Gottsman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

Taking care of details before you depart can make the difference between a smooth trip and a traveling nightmare. Here are a few first steps to get you started on the right foot.

The Etiquette of Borrowing and Lending Money

Diane Gottsman | Posted 10.20.2014 | Money
Diane Gottsman

Borrowed money creates a layer of tension and can strain the strongest of relationships, despite the best of intentions. Is it possible to borrow or loan money and keep your relationship intact?

Business Etiquette: 7 Ways Women Undermine Their Professional Success

Diane Gottsman | Posted 12.01.2013 | Business
Diane Gottsman

You've worked hard to build your career, but despite your best professional efforts, a few bad habits may still be chipping away at your success. Don't undermine your professionalism by actions done on auto-pilot that could convey uncertainty or insecurity.

Travel Etiquette: How to Pack Your Suitcase Like a Pro

Diane Gottsman | Posted 09.12.2013 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

Whether your fall travel plans include business meetings, leaf peeping in New England or a seasonal trip to visit family, a few easy packing tips will get your trip started off on the right foot.

Ask the Etiquette Expert: How Can I Make the Most Out of My First Job Experience?

Diane Gottsman | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Finish what you start. This seems simple, but doing what you say you are going to do is the first step to establishing a strong professional reputation. If you say you are going to do something, follow through. No excuses.