Despite what you may think, the holidays are actually a great time to further your career. That’s because it’s a time when we most interact with others, whether it’s mingling at holiday parties, flying to see family or friends or spending time with relatives or pals you don’t see very often.
So, whether you are building a business, looking for a job, or hoping for a promotion, take advantage of all of the potential connections you can make this holiday season.
Here are some tips to leverage this busy time. Continue reading “Further your career this holiday season” »
The Wall Street Journal interviewed me and some of my etiquette consultant colleagues for an article on the etiquette of cell phone usage on airplanes. As you may have read the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering allowing airline passengers use their cell phones in flight.
Continue reading “The scary thought of in-flight cell phone use” »
Are you good at remembering names? If you answered no, you’re not alone. Whenever I teach networking or my First and Lasting Impressions training I ask the participants if they are skilled at remembering names. Usually only a handful of people will raise their hand. Yet, people admit that forgetting names is one of the most embarrassing things for them.
Continue reading “The sweetest sound” »
On my way to yoga class this morning I was willing my heated seats to hurry up and get warm because it was chilly in the car. Despite wanting to get warm, I smiled as I recalled a time shortly after buying my car when my sister-in-law, Beth, was visiting over the holidays.
Continue reading “What graciousness and heated seats have in common” »
Sometimes you don’t realize what you don’t know until you’re faced with a situation you haven’t dealt with before. Many of my clients and class participants ask me questions about things they have no idea how to handle or that they aren’t sure how to properly navigate. I especially tend to get a lot of questions around dining etiquette topics.
When we are worried about the little details it makes it difficult to focus on the bigger picture, like the lunch job interview or building rapport with a client over dinner.
Continue reading “What do I do when I spill food on the table & other dining etiquette dilemmas” »
When people I haven’t met first email me they often address me as Ms. Clise. It always takes this casual Seattle gal by surprise. I understand why people are addressing me in a formal way; they assume it is the proper thing to do with someone who teaches etiquette.
Continue reading “Dear Ms. Clise” »
Despite having a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, grammar and spelling are not my strengths. But, I know that to make a good impression it’s important I follow the correct language rules when I speak and write. Therefore, it is something I work on.
I’m not perfect. In fact, readers have pointed out errors I’ve made, which, while embarrassing, has taught me the proper spelling or grammar. Continue reading “Alot of speiling and, grammer erors” »
Some people think I’m a daredevil. No, not because I once hurtled myself out of a plane with just a parachute on my back, nor that I ate food from a street vendor in Mexico, and not because I left a secure job to start a business in the Great Recession. No, it’s that people gasp when I tell them I change hair stylists on a regular basis, and, not only that, I’ve also gone to new salons because of a Groupon coupon I purchased.
Apparently, it seems, a thinking woman just does not put her locks in the hands of a stranger.
Continue reading “Cut, color and conversation” »
We adopted a puppy three months ago. Augie is a nine month old Boston Terrier and cute as can be. But, he’s also a teen and can be full of mischief.
Augie provides me with many lessons I can share with my clients. For instance, I recently was hired to give a customer service training to a credit union’s call center staff and I was discussing how to appropriately say no to a member; something that is challenging for many people. Continue reading “Augie’s customer service lessons” »