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Emily Post said it best, “Manners are the sensitive awareness of the feelings of others.  If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use”.  Proper office etiquette and essential business tool.  It impacts your reputation with management, colleagues, and customers.  Unfortunately, there are no universal rules that govern all… Read more »

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Body language can speak volumes about a person. Learning to master your body language and effectively reading other’s body language is key to all social interactions. Let’s discuss in detail mirroring body language and avoiding negative body language. When talking with someone look for engagement actions such as head nods, forward leans and eye contact. These are… Read more »

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Networking is the backbone to nearly everything in life. It is how we meet new people on all levels…personal and professional. The first step in face to face networking, is approaching someone. You’ve exchanged introductions and engaged in small talk, now what? Many conversations die after the small talk. It is the job of the initiator of the… Read more »

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Leadership skills are not learned in the classroom. These skills stem from following the dos and don’ts discussed earlier and possessing traits common to all great leaders. This time we define some traits common amongst great leaders. Integrity is the most important trait that all leaders possess. Everyone makes mistakes, leaders own up to their… Read more »

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Every living being communicates. Dogs bark, birds sing and primates use hand gestures and noises akin to speech. Effective communication is needed in all areas of life. Paul Meyer best described communication…”Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.” While some communication skills are inherent, becoming a great communicator… Read more »

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No matter where you are at in your career path learning is key to growth. The consistent drive to add more knowledge to your arsenal helps you to understand what other possibilities are available to you. Maybe you are happy in your position and don’t see yourself anywhere else; however, it is still important to… Read more »

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Many of us place a lot of importance on networking but don’t necessarily give ourselves the time and space to develop the skillset. Whether it be in our personal or professional lives going outside of our typical, convenient circles will help us create more dynamic networks for future career development opportunities.  So how we make… Read more »

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The name “Jeff Bezos” is probably familiar to most people. You may already know that he quit his Wall Street software engineering job in 1994 to start Amazon.com in his garage and, since then, his little enterprise has sky rocketed to annual revenues in the billions. I mean, what DOESN’T Amazon touch? What you may… Read more »