Business etiquette


I’m a bad public speaker. How can I successfully pitch for capital?

5:02PM | Tuesday, 17 May 2011 |  If you’re naturally shy, it might be worth finding a business partner who can sell your idea to investors.

BHP policy highlights office dos and don’ts

8:35PM | Tuesday, 23 August 2011 |  An etiquette expert says start-ups should ensure office etiquette is outlined from day one to avoid bombarding staff with rules further down the track, in light of BHP Billiton’s strict new employee policies.

Grin and bear it

7:30PM | Thursday, 21 July 2011 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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 |  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?