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June 3, 2016

Is it an addiction?

 

According to a study conducted by Baylor University in Texas, addiction to smartphones can be similar to addiction to drugs and alcohol.

 

Another study conducted by Rice University states that four in five students suffer from significant mental and physical distress, panic, confusion and extreme isolation when forced to unplug from technology for an entire day. Some were willing to give up important things in their lives such as, brushing their teeth, exercising, eating chocolate or even having sex instead of...

March 18, 2016

Do you think that your business e-mail communications reflect your professionalism?

 

I’m certain that you have noticed the difference between one e-mail and another from the many e-mails you receive. Have you thought of what makes you read some e-mails till the end and what makes you skip others from the very first sentence?

 

Your e-mail is a reflection of who you are. It is a great business-communication tool that can lead to important business deals. Plenty of professionals consider that their  e-mails represent them in a perfec...

February 1, 2016

Are you in love and eagerly waiting for February 14th?

Showing your love to your significant other needs no occasion and can be done on a daily basis, but Valentine’s day is to express it loudly and visually, so take advantage of the day and do something out of the ordinary to spice up your love life. If you are falling in love and still didn’t tell her, February 14th is the perfect day to do that.

 

Keep in mind that beautiful words and expensive gifts are always polished by your manners. The purpose is to impress your partner and...

January 5, 2016

Your business card is your identity in the business world. It represents you, tells about your company, your job title and your contact information. Hence, it is imperative to present and receive business cards according to International business protocol and etiquette to make sure you are respectful of others and their culture as they are of you.

I’m hereby sharing with you few tips about business card etiquette:

  • Business cards must be clear, professional and easy to read. If you are traveling, it is advisable to print the ba...

December 18, 2015

 

Holidays are the best time to enjoy family and friends over a meal. It can be a lunch, a dinner or a party.

You want to enjoy and have fun yet you want to look and feel your best as a host or as a guest.

 

Here are some tips to keep the party going and everybody happy.

 

As a Host:

 

- Send the invitation a month in advance before people make their own plans.

 

- Make sure that the invitees are in harmony with each other to keep the atmosphere

   smooth.

 

- If you are planning to exchange gifts it is advisable to inform the guests.

 

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November 25, 2015

 

Business meals have always been used as a great strategy to build or strengthen relationships. Certain businesses can be conducted over a meal and will make you a winner in advancing the relationship into the next level while discussing business or closing deals away from the regular office interruptions.

Sometimes, you want to entertain your guests yet conduct your business and close that deal. But before you invite that VIP client, customer, or even your colleague to lunch, check this ‘to do’ list, as a host, to avoid the odds...

October 6, 2015

 

Are you good at networking?

 

Business networking events help you connect with people through genuine interactions to build relations, establish interests, exchange information and ideas to see how you can help each other, in addition to developing contacts and getting potential clients. It is all about establishing beneficial business relationships with other like-minded people.

 

Several networking events are taking place every day and everywhere around the world. We all like to attend such activities in order to meet new pe...

September 14, 2015

 

Remember: There is no second chance to make a good first impression!

 

When I accidentally ran into a 78 year oldfamily friend, I was very happy to see him and the first thing I said was “wow! You look so elegant in that suit.” He replied excitedly, “well of course! At my age nobody will tell me how handsome I am, the only compliment I hear is that I am well dressed.”

 

Dressing elegantly not only makes you stand out in a crowd, it can boost your confidence and make you feel better. After all, when you feel better you will certainl...

August 14, 2015

A phone interview may sound much easier than a face-to-face interview but reality is the opposite. Phone interviews need more preparation because your voice is the only element that will project your personality. Some employers intentionally choose a phone screening to get to know your personality through your voice tone. Needless to say, it’s imperative to do your research about the company, their vision and their expectations prior to the interview.

 

Always remember that preparation is key. One of my friends is a Director of Bu...

July 13, 2015

Interviewing for a new job seems to be a very easy task, but it can be strenuous as well. It should be approached in the right manner to lead to success. Nowadays some employers choose to conduct an interview over the phone, or video calls or even meet in a public place for coffee or a meal.

All these unconventional settings are there to test how professional and confident you sound over the phone and your mannerism in public. Your manners matter and you want to look and feel your best at any level in your business or social life...

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