Only a couple more weekends before Labour Day! Where did the summer go? You may only have one more chance to make a great impression on family and friends at the last fiesta of the sunny season. Whether it's a barbecue, brunch, a pool or cocktail party, or a potluck, follow these six modern party do's and don'ts for hosts and guest.
Slip-ups such as missing a deadline or running late to an important meeting happen to even the most seasoned executives, but what sets a true leader apart is their ability to own up to the fault and put safeguards into place for the future.
Finally, you are back in nature. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want. You have promised yourself and your family that you will respect your natural rhythms -- you will enjoy your vacation, one moment at a time.
As a certified etiquette expert, I've been asked many questions about good social behavior. Here are some of the ones I'm asked most often.
If spices are absent from the table, it's a sign the host doesn't feel it necessary to season the food any further. It would be offensive to ask for additional condiments to either alter or mask the taste of menu items.
Email introductions are a poorly understood art and are often done too hastily without careful thought. Making introductions the right way can be the best way to help two people and create a lot of value. But doing it wrong can make one of the parties look bad and can alienate one or both parties from you.
In some way, we all entertain for business at different times in our lives. It may be as simple as inviting a coworker into your home for a cup of coffee and a snack, inviting a visiting colleague to share a sandwich and soda in your office, dining with your boss at a nearby café, or treating a client to a cool beverage at the nineteenth hole after a round of golf.
If your business has a social media presence, it may only be a matter of time before someone issues a complaint online. Handling the situation in a mannerly fashion can take the sting out of negative feedback and lead to improved client relationships.
We all have disagreements from time to time and emotions can run high when we feel our opinion is not being heard or respected. It's important to agree on the terms of a "fair argument" before the confrontation takes place. Here are a few of my etiquette tips for navigating conflict when you are faced with a difference of opinion.
Even if you get along great, are you ready for her to have a front row seat on your daily life? What will you do if you click "Confirm," and on a Sunday morning, while you are sipping your latté and looking at your news feed, she sends you a private message with an urgent issue? And what will happen if you "Delete request"?
Being a mom is a hard job and it is one that you have for life. The ups and downs are challenging enough and on top of that you have to deal with unsolicited advice and some very rude questions from "well-meaning" strangers.
I remember how powerful it was when Dr. Lois Frankel came and presented to the Sydney Business Chicks community. Her workshop was jam-packed with tips and advice. I'd love to share some of Dr. Frankel's ideas with you.
Whether you are moving on the same day as Canada Day or not, transitioning from a downtown apartment to a townhouse in the burbs, or from a bungalow on the river's edge to a penthouse on top, moving annoyances are the same. Avoid them with this guide.
Summer is in full swing here in Toronto and fabulous events like Pride and the Pan Am games will be bringing lots of visitors to the city. That also means lots of traffic, which means it's time for me to get back on my bicycle.
The key to a relaxing summer vacation is taking the time to leave your work life in order. The ultimate goal is to have systems in place so business continues smoothly in your absence, your vacation won't be interrupted unnecessarily, and you can return from your trip and back to the office without skipping a beat.
This final duty before leaving on vacation is simple and quick, but very crucial in maintaining a professional image and service attitude: inputting your absence alert messages on your phone and inbox. To avoid giving the impression that you were too eager to leave, distracted or non-caring, here are 11 reminders and tips to broadcast positively, even when you are away.