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Grin and bear it

7:30PM | Thursday, 21 July 2011 | Ms Manners

There are lots of things you can do to build rapport with potential customers, but I'd say the most important is to smile.

What time is “on time” for a meeting?

7:45PM | Thursday, 7 July 2011 | Ms Manners

Time management is such a crucial part of our work day and it can really get messed up when that spanner gets thrown in (ie a meeting early bird).

How to handle pet peeves

6:45PM | Thursday, 23 June 2011 | Ms Manners

Think of pet peeves like dangerous obstacles on the side of a highway. Don't let them knock your business off course.

Five easy steps to deal with your bread

6:00AM | Thursday, 9 June 2011 | Ms Manners

The manner in which you break your bread will give away your level of etiquette and it’s the first sign of confidence when dining.

Tackling the soup de jour

5:42PM | Thursday, 26 May 2011 | Ms Manners

Soup (and the way you break your bread) is a surefire way to display your etiquette aptitude. So take heed of this advice.

Building your personal brand

5:11PM | Thursday, 12 May 2011 | Ms Manners

Business etiquette is an awareness and with any awareness it’s important to look inward, at ourselves and who we are, our personal traits and our brand.

Picking up the tab

5:19PM | Thursday, 5 May 2011 | Ms Manners

Traditionally the rule is: whoever asks for the meeting pays for the meeting. However, it’s never a good idea to rely on traditions because sometimes other people don’t follow the rules.

The seven second rule

4:49PM | Thursday, 28 April 2011 | Ms Manners

I will spare you the clichés we often hear about first impressions, but did you know you only have seven seconds to make that good first impression?

Getting over your networking blues

4:50PM | Thursday, 21 April 2011 | Ms Manners

Overcoming shyness can be a lifetime journey, so try to turn your nervous energy into a positive power surge as you walk through the door.

How to stand at functions

4:58PM | Thursday, 7 April 2011 | Ms Manners

Keeping your thoughts off your painful feet means that you can concentrate on being your charming, wonderful self.

Handling functions

3:20PM | Thursday, 31 March 2011 | Ms Manners

There is nothing worse than speaking with someone and trying to engage them in conversation while they have one eye on you and one eye on the hors d'oeuvres.

At functions, which side do I put my name badge?

3:52AM | Thursday, 24 March 2011 | Ms Manners

There are a few different theories out there on this (well only really two theories as there are only two options) but I feel the answer is pretty simple.

Shine your shoes

3:23PM | Thursday, 17 March 2011 | Ms Manners

Shine and polish your shoes and it will not only lengthen the life of the shoe but also your business relationships.

Picking the right venue

3:15PM | Thursday, 10 March 2011 | Ms Manners

Pretend you are like a location scout on a film, and try restaurants, nicer restaurants, pubs, nicer pubs, bars, nicer bars, cafes and nicer cafes in your area.

Pitting yourself against olive etiquette

3:47PM | Thursday, 3 March 2011 | Ms Manners

I heard a saying once that said, “Food comes out of your mouth the way it goes in.”

Putting names to faces

2:11PM | Thursday, 24 February 2011 | Ms Manners

There are many tricks for remembering names. Someone’s name is the most important thing to them.

Business salad days

2:17PM | Thursday, 17 February 2011 | Ms Manners

Back in the day there was one lettuce leaf, namely iceberg. Now we have all types of leaves that are almost impossible to eat elegantly.

Why is etiquette important?

2:13PM | Thursday, 10 February 2011 | Ms Manners

Etiquette can sometimes be seen by the younger generation as old-fashioned or out of date but the older generation, the people you are trying to impress, do not feel this way.

Are vertiginous high heels acceptable at work?

2:36AM | Thursday, 3 February 2011 | Ms Manners

I can answer this really quickly: if you can’t walk in heels, don’t wear heels.

A chilli nearly burnt my tongue off. How do I handle this culinary mishap?

1:35PM | Friday, 28 January 2011 | Ms Manners

Do a little research. Indian food can be hot, so just like alcohol know your limits.

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