December 2007 Monthly Tips

Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living! ~Amanda Bradley

December Tips For Communication & Image Success

Tip for Organizations:

Question:
How can we personalize pre-printed holiday cards for business associates and clients?

Answer:
Sign the cards with your first name.

Tip for Men:

Question:
How can I dress up a business suit to wear for a holiday evening event?

Answer:
Wear a black and grey metallic tie with a white shirt. (Ike Behar makes a wonderful white stripe shirt).

Tip for Women:

Question:
Is it a fashion faux pas to wear hose with an evening sandal?

Answer:
Fashion purists say you are not to wear hose with sandals, but this is impractical in cold weather climates. Givenchy’s sandal toe Body Glimmers in gold and silver are perfect for wear with evening metallic sandals.

The Art of Business and Social Interaction®

Question:
What do you suggest as appropriate holiday gifts for business associates and clients?Paste Question here

Answer:
Current business books, crystal picture frames, and practical travel items, all under $25 each, make great gifts and are in keeping with corporate guidelines. Government agencies allow no gifts.

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Acknowledge holiday gifts with a phone call or a thank you note. It is not necessary but another way to strengthen a business relationship.

Personal Images in the News

Anna will be speaking to the Women’s Illinois CPA Society in 2008 on The Art of Business and Social Interaction ® – the Essentials of Business and Social Etiquette.

November 2007 Monthly Tips

Expect people to be better than they are; it helps them to become better. But don’t be disappointed when they are not; it helps them to keep trying.

~Browne

November Tips For Communication & Image Success

Tip for Organizations:

Question:
When in Germany for business, how should I greet the people I meet?

Answer:
A fairly firm handshake is customary among men, often with only one or two “pumps.” Women will offer their hand in greeting, too. Public cheek – kissing is rare.

Tip for Men:

Question:
How should a man compliment a woman on her appearance in a business setting?

Answer:
Compliment the item she is wearing (e.g. That is a pretty pin), but never add the comment “on you.”

Tip for Women:

Question:
How can I stop the thinning of the hair on top of my head?

Answer:
Nioxin has a great shampoo (cleanser) and conditioner (scalp therapy) that helps protect your hair follicles. The product is numbered depending on type of hair (thin or coarse) and whether or not it is chemically treated. It is best only to apply only one chemical treatment to your hair (e.g. don’t perm and color your hair).

The Art of Business and Social Interaction®

Question:
In formal dining situations in the US and abroad, where should one keep their hands?

Answer:
Here at home, you may rest your wrists on either the table or on your lap. Outside the US, it is often preferable to rest your wrists lightly on the table.

Professional Insight – The Art of Business and Social Interaction®

Company policy should dictate who picks up the tab when a senior executive and a manager eat out together.

Personal Images in the News

Anna was the image expert for an article on MyWeightLoss.com. She advised readers about what size clothing to wear when they are losing weight.

October 2007 Monthly Tips

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. ~ Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784 English critic and writer

October Tips For Communication & Image Success

Tip for Organizations:

Question:
Our new senior account managers are technically skilled, but have a difficult time at networking events. How can we help them become more comfortable in these situations, which are critical to growing our client base and developing new relationships?

Answer:
Encourage them to overcome their nervousness and refine their interpersonal skills by attending non-work related networking events twice a month. Arm them with small talk topics and be sure they have their personal introduction down pat. Ask them for a monthly assessment of how well they are doing.

Tip for Men:

Question:
I get warm easily, but would like to add some sweaters to my fall wardrobe. What kind of sweaters might work best for me?

Answer:
Choose sweaters that are light in weight and weave, and wear them without a shirt underneath. Avoid bulky knit sweaters and turtle necks. Collared sweaters with a half zipper are very popular.

Tip for Women:

Question:
What do you think of the new short sleeve, short jackets?

Answer:
Cropped jackets are best worn with a solid top and matching slacks or skirt. The jacket must hit just below your waist and on top of your hip bone.

The Art of Business and Social Interaction®

Question:
When hosting a small business party, should the hosts have a receiving line?

Answer:
Yes, the host and their spouse if it is a party to include spouses should be at the entrance of the room to greet. Both hands should be free to welcome them.

Professional Insight – The Art of Business and Social Interaction®

When a woman asks a man out for dinner or lunch she should pay for the meal. An appropriate way to handle this not to pay for it at the table but give your credit card to the waiter before the meal is ended. Make arrangements to sign for it later.

Personal Images in the News

Anna will be the chair for the Chicago Business Opportunity Fair Sponsor’s Breakfast in April 2008.

September 2007 Monthly Tips

Don’t reserve your best behavior for special occasions. You can’t have two sets of manners, two social codes – one for those you admire and want to impress, another for those whom you consider unimportant. You must be the same to all people. ~Lillian Eichler Watson

September Tips For Communication & Image Success

Tip for Organizations:

Question:
We have a group of emerging leaders who have great potential, but lack executive presence. How can they improve their appearance so the senior team sees their potential?

Answer:
Emphasize good grooming, such as having and maintaining a current hair style, and for women, wearing a touch of make-up. Even business casual clothing should be smart, tailored and in mint condition along with coordinating accessories (e.g. shoes, belts, and jewelry).

Tip for Men:

Question:
How long should I keep ties in my wardrobe?

Answer:
Typically three years, but longer for ties with your company logo or a sports-related design. Always check that your tie has no spots or snags before you leave home.

Tip for Women:

Question:
I am in the process of losing weight and my clothes already look baggy. I don’t want to have them altered until I reach my desired weight. What can be done without completely overhauling each garment?

Answer:
Nipping in the back of a jacket and taking in the waist of pants or a skirt is an inexpensive way to show your weight loss, allow your clothes to match your progress while you are “in transition”. This also will help you feel better about yourself.

The Art of Business and Social Interaction®

Question:
What should I do when a person ignores me when I say hello?

Answer:
Show that you are a person with class by taking the high road and letting it go.

Professional Insight – The Art of Business and Social Interaction®

Not over apologizing for a mistake will lessen the effect of an error at the time. Following up a verbal apology with a written one confirms your sincerity.

Personal Images in the News

Anna is the image expert in an upcoming Fort Worth Star-Telegram article on appropriate headbands for women to wear in the office.

August 2007 Monthly Tips

August Tips For Communication & Image Success

Tip for Organizations:

Question:
Our employees are dressing too casual for everyday work. We do have a business casual policy that is now being revised. We still want to have our employees be comfortable but at the same time reflect that we are a business not at a weekend event. How can we impress upon them the importance of professional dress without doing away with the business casual policy?

Answer: It is important to realize, especially in these uncertain economic times, that the business community is very competitive where everything matters. You want your company to reflect a very professional environment and employees to have a business-like attitude; their appearance is the first thing your client will notice. Business casual is not weekend wear. It is relaxed professional dress. Bottom line: even though jackets are always necessary does not mean you can wear t shirts or flip flops to work. You can strengthen your policy by not allowing the clothing items that are weekend wear like flip flops.

Tip For Men:

Question:
What do you think about semi-open toe sandals for business casual dress? There are great Italian dress sandals that look great with dress pants.

Answer:
In the world of business consulting, law and finance, absolutely not; but in the world of art and fashion they can be acceptable.

Tip For Women:

Question:
I like very high heels but I notice ballet slipper(s)style shoes are becoming very popular. How can I look like a smart professional in ballet slippers and not take away my presence because I am short.

Answer:
The designers of ballet slipper shoes have added decorative ornaments to the shoe toes and even added a heel to them so they today have a very smart and business like look to them. What is more important to remember is choosing clothing choices where your slacks or skirt has a matching color and style in your jacket or top, as this will add height to you. Wearing a matching outfit in color and style and this will give the appearance of being tall.

The Art of Business and Social Interaction®

Question:
What is a good gift to give as a thank you to a client that is not too personal?

Answer:
Business clients love a good book or audio tape that will help them strengthen their business skills or something they can use for their office – a good example is a picture frame