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Business Gift Giving Guidelines

The count down has begun. Every where you turn, someone will remind you of how many days there are left until the holidays, and exactly how many of those are for shopping - personal and professional.

Smart gift giving will help your company to build and maintain relationships. It's the perfect way to show appreciation for your clients. When you do it right, it will keep you in the their minds throughout the year.


The Office Romance: Pros, Cons and Cautions

Is the girl or guy in the next cubicle beginning to look awfully attractive? Maybe you'd like to strike up more than the usual office friendship, if so, what should you do and how should you go about it? Before you make your first move, give it some thought. If you decide to pursue your interest, you may be jeopardizing your love life and your career. On the other hand, if all goes well, your job performance may improve and your personal life stands to take a turn for the better.


Being a Good Conversationalist at the Holiday Party

Much has been written and much has been said about the art of conversation. It comes easily to some, and for others, it's a major struggle to get a dialogue underway and to keep it flowing. In the business world, you need good conversation skills to build relationships with your prospects, clients and colleagues. The more you know about the people you do business with, the better you can serve them. The more you understand your colleagues, the better you can work with them.

Brush Up On Your Barbeque Etiquette

Summer has arrived, marking the beginning of the barbeque season. This is the time of the year when the grill is hauled out and cleaned off, the required cooking utensils are inventoried, the lawn furniture is hosed down, and the sauces and rubs are added to the grocery list. It is also the time for revisiting your barbeque etiquette.

Body Language Speaks Louder Than Words

Has it ever occurred to you how much you are saying to people even when you are not speaking? Unless you are a master of disguise, you are constantly sending messages about your true thoughts and feelings whether you are using words or not.


Whether you are going on a job interview or meeting with a client, your first impression can literally make or break the deal. It usually takes an average of just seven seconds for a person to make a judgment about you based on your initial meeting. If yours is not a good impression, chances are you won't get the job or seal the deal. But if you make a great first impression you can bet that people are going to take you seriously, whether it's a potential client, boss or other business contact.

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