Image, Etiquette, and Protocol: Your Keys to Professionalism

Professionalism encompasses “Image Enhancement and Interpersonal Skill Development “. Knowing how to present yourself and manage any given situation with confidence is empowering! These are the tools that serve as your foundation and framework:
Image projects who you are through your appearance and body language.
Etiquette is a code of conduct that exemplifies consideration, respect, and harmony.
Protocol is a prescribed set of rules that guides your actions by removing distractions.

The following blogs share insights and knowledge covering professional image, business etiquette, and protocol. (For columns that discuss international protocol and cross-cultural training, visit our companion website: globalprotocolacademy.com)

Let’s Talk Small Talk

Let’s Talk Small Talk

Small talk is not meant to be a lengthy, in-depth conversation. Information is being gathered to determine how to proceed or not proceed with a friendship or hiring decision. The best conversationalists make small talk seem comfortable and effortless.

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Protect  Your Reputation

Protect Your Reputation

Online behavior ranges from social networking sites to opinionated blogs. Off-duty behavior ranges from social gatherings to peer-focused bashes. When people are preoccupied with having fun, or when they are stressed, they can get very careless with their behavior and consequently damage their reputation along with the reputation of others. This damage is too often irreversible.

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There is no RIGHT way to do The WRONG thing.

There is no RIGHT way to do The WRONG thing.

Knowingly or unknowingly, some people cross an unethical line by justifying the action at the time.  But justification does not make it right— “everybody does it so why shouldn’t I?”
Some question whether “getting away with it” is …

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Ensure Tangle Free Interactions

Ensure Tangle Free Interactions

There has been no time in history where clear, concise, and courteous communication has been more critical. Verbal, nonverbal, and written communication can be loaded with unintended pitfalls and can innocently derail any career or business strategy.

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What is Your Professional Identity Trademark?

What is Your Professional Identity Trademark?

You have the license, the knowledge, and the determination, what could be missing? Something isn’t quite right. Have some key interaction steps been skipped, become sloppy, or taken for granted? The opportunities are just not coming to fruition. Perhaps your arsenal of business tools isn’t complete! If a mishap or awkward moment occurs …

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Why and Where to Wear “Recognition” Pins

Why and Where to Wear “Recognition” Pins

A recognition (or service) pin acknowledges that a member has served a notable number of years in an organization and that service is appreciated. It also says that the organization has successfully retained a member for a long period.

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January is International Mentoring Month

January is International Mentoring Month

A mentor is someone who brings wisdom, support, and foresight to the less experienced (or challenged) person to help him or her grow personally and professionally. A mentee is a person who is counseled by a mentor. However, the best arrangement is to take a cross-mentoring attitude …

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How to Deal With Challenging Situations and People with Diplomacy and Civility

How to Deal With Challenging Situations and People with Diplomacy and Civility

Your interaction toolbox” is all about enhancing effective communication by utilizing diplomacy, finesse, tact, dignity, and civility. Engage them as preventive measures for diffusing situations that could easily get out of control. This is especially true during these times of political uncertainty and international unrest. Granted, these words are interchangeable.

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When It’s Time to Celebrate, Be Mindful of Your Image!

When It’s Time to Celebrate, Be Mindful of Your Image!

It’s fun to celebrate the close of one year and the beginning of a new year with holiday parties. Whether your celebration plans are in the privacy of a home or at a public venue; be considerate, kind, and mindful of your behavior. You do not want to damage or deteriorate reputations. Tip #1: Respond to and honor

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Good Fit Checklist

Good Fit Checklist

A great-looking suit will lose its visual power if it does not fit perfectly. Furnishings or accessories add the finishing touches and should project personality and attention to detail. Whether business casual or corporate traditional, be sure that your clothing is pressed, neat, and clean, and that it fits properly.

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Business Meeting Tech Protocol

Business Meeting Tech Protocol

To Text or Not to Text! That is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous texting, or to take arms against a sea of distractions, and by opposing end them? (With a nod to Shakespeare!)

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Global Civility Awareness Month

Global Civility Awareness Month

National (or International) Awareness Month (or Day) notices are generated to put a special focus or observance on humanity and/or a special historical moment.

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To “Regift” or Not to “Regift”

To “Regift” or Not to “Regift”

“Regifting” refers to receiving a gift that you do not want and then passing it on as a gift to someone else — so as not to “waste” the gift. Depending upon how it is handled, it can be a good gesture or a hurtful experience. Certainly, much depends on the motive behind the gift exchange.

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Bon appétit! or not?

Bon appétit! or not?

“Bon appétit” (literally, “good appetite”) is defined as: “A toast offered at the beginning of the meal to wish everyone a hearty appetite.” So why would one not want to wish everyone a hearty appetite? The term is understood worldwide and has a certain element of class attached to it. Agree?

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How to Overcome Sales Call Reluctance

How to Overcome Sales Call Reluctance

You may be exceptional at what you do, but if nobody knows it outside your normal network, exciting new opportunities will elude you. Salespeople are not the only people who need to market themselves to win more visibility in their industry. Sales Call Reluctance can neutralize any career.

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Personal Belongings in Airplane mode (Tip)

Personal Belongings in Airplane mode (Tip)

If you are seated in auditorium-style seating, the courteous thing to do is to put your personal belongings under the chair in front of you (airplane mode). If you’re attending a banquet, put your things under your chair (or toward your feet). This is a courtesy to others looking for seating and it avoids awkward encounters.

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Preparing a Generation for the World Economy Workplace

Preparing a Generation for the World Economy Workplace

Are you challenged or anticipate being challenged by the short attention span of today’s technological generation? Society refers to those born after 1995 as the Linkster Generation. Gen Z was born between 1997 and 2010, Generation Alpha between 2010 and 2024, and now we are debuting Generation Beta.

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Traffic Jam in Cyberland?!? (Tip)

Traffic Jam in Cyberland?!? (Tip)

Are we depending too much on technology to communicate or as a means for transmitting messages and less on phone calls or in-person meetings? Communicating is all about speed; the faster we can transmit or receive a message, the faster we want to go.

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Holiday Tips for Greeting, Gifting, and Partying

Holiday Tips for Greeting, Gifting, and Partying

In your “busyness” have you forgotten to show appreciation throughout this past year? It happens to all of us, and that is why the holiday season is the perfect time to reach out and show your appreciation—and you can do this effectively with a holiday gathering or in the form of a gift.

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Honor and Respect the President’s Position

Honor and Respect the President’s Position

The person who is president of the United States holds the highest and most powerful position in the world. Since 1776, the United States has felt that social manners, behavior, and attitude are so important to the business of our government that a team of top experts constantly advises our president in these matters.

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Are You Dating Your Smartphone?

Are You Dating Your Smartphone?

Are you spending more time with your Smartphone than with others at events? How often have you attended an event and noticed people standing off on the sidelines engaged with their Smartphones instead of interacting with others?

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Is Disrespect Too Prevalent? (Tip)

Is Disrespect Too Prevalent? (Tip)

Are influencers making disrespecting the norm? Candidates for an office are influencers! Unfortunately, too many have been using slander against their opponent to gain their competitive edge. However, it is also teaching disrespect and making it okay.

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Mingle Your Way into Networking Success

Mingle Your Way into Networking Success

Do you feel that your networking efforts are going nowhere? That might be because there are steps that keep getting skipped! For many the concept of in-person or online networking to secure job opportunities or achieve success is not readily understood or comfortable.

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