July 2017 Monthly Tips

When you’re going into an employment environment that looks pretty scary, it is easy to lose your moral compass, your decency, your sense of civility and your sense of community. Henry Rollins

July Tips For Communication & Image Success

Tip for Organizations:

Question:
How can we provide inclusive and constructive feedback? Our team tends to be too direct, causing adverse reactions.

Answer:
A three to one rule is very effective in giving constructive feedback. It helps empower both the giver and receiver. Share three things the person does well. The fourth item starts out” we would like you to think about ways you can add……….. to your skills to help you be more effective in your role.” Be sure you chose the right moment to give this feedback.

Communication Question:

Question:
How can you give a compliment without being too personal?

Answer:
Compliments can be tricky especially when both individuals are the opposite sex. It’s best to compliment an action rather than the person. For example: Great meeting you versus I like your smile. It is especially important to keep in mind how well you know the person.

Presence  Question:

Question:
Can I wear flip flops or sandals for business casual?

Answer:
Flip flops, no matter how expensive, are not appropriate for business or casual wear in the office. They are questionable even at a business social event like a picnic. Check out the many wonderful smart summer sandals men and women can buy!

The Art of Business and Social Interaction®

Question:
Can you bring a partner to a business event if they are not on the invitation?

If they know you have a partner and the invitation does not indicate they are invited, then no. However, if they are not aware you have a partner you might ask if partners are invited.