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Joanne Blake & Terry Pithers can help your organization and your people improve their personal image and social skills to build credibility and inspire stronger business relationships.
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HOW TO AVOID THE OFFICE PARTY HORRORS
Remember the office party where ...
The one where Pete got drunk and insulted the boss’s wife
Why are the most memorable holiday office parties always the ones where something really embarrassing happens?
To make the holiday season run smoothly,
Tips to organize a great party
Check out this timely newspaper article (pdf) we were just featured in - MAKING YOUR OFFICE PARTY MERRY - Tips on getting more mingling at the gala and avoiding boorish booze-ups
Survival tips for party goers
Click here for - TIPS TO SURVIVE THE OFFICE PARTY - with your career and marriage still intact
But I don't know what to wear
We help you look good at the party and decipher the dress code on the invite. Click here for SPECIAL EVENT DRESS - Tips and Guidelines
What should I get them
Click here for great ideas to personalize client gifts
GIFTS THAT MEAN SOMETHING - and don't cost a fortune
Just what you always wanted ... a donkey
We got you something nice for Christmas.
Too bad it's already in the mail, and boy did we have a hard time getting it into the mailbox.
Click here to see a picture of your donkey and other gifts we purchased.
Don't worry it's not coming to your mailbox.
To say thanks to our clients and readers, this year through Oxfam on your behalf we sponsored some gifts including girls’ education, a peace donation and a donkey for a needy family.
Season's greetings and wishes for a peaceful planet.
Joanne and Terry
Q&A - Business Etiquette, Dress & Table Manners Advice
Contact us with your questions.
Q: Dress him up but can't take him anywhere?
My husband's table manners embarrass me. I cringe when I watch him grip his knife and fork. I can't seem to get him to change. It's becoming a sore point in our relationship. With the holiday dinner invitations coming up, can you help?
- Mary G. Ontherocs
These days at least 60% of the diners we see out there have unusual ways of using their cutlery. Unfortunately people who look awkward at the table aren't even aware that they are doing anything wrong. But the people like yourself, who know the proper etiquette, certainly notice.
Many spouses share with us that their partners don't seem able to follow their example and learn by osmosis (ain't that the truth in other things as well). Don't let it ruin your relationship and never nag or correct them in front of others.
Use some humor to take the edge off reminding him. Try a fun descriptor of his awkward grip, such as the prison grip or the air passenger grip. When he does it and you aren't dining with others, rib him gently with "You're using that prison grip again".
To reinforce this, you might try giving him our online dining training as an early Christmas gift. Watch it together (tell him it's a comedy). It has some funny examples and it visually shows what to do and not to do.
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What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day."
- Phyllis Diller
WHAT'S NEW WITH US:
Better than the yuletime log fire on TV:
Joanne and Terry will appear numerous times over the holiday season on Shaw Cable, talking about holiday entertaining.
Terry's Always Dining Out
Once again Terry in conjuction with the hardworking executive of the University of Alberta Cooperative Education Students Association put on their 4th Annual Top of Class Business Etiquette Dinner.
It was a lot of fun and a great success with the event selling out to 150 business students in very short order. This year corporate sponsors from the community attended as well.
Our Dining For Success Program is Being Used by MBA Programs in the United States.
"An important workplace skill that seems to be missing for many younger professionals is business etiquette. Therefore, we have committed to providing enhancements to our MBA program that give our graduates an edge in their careers. The Dining For Success program allows us to provide critical training in an engaging cost-effective manner that our MBA students enjoy and value."
- MBA Program Director
College of Business and Public Administration
Eastern Washington University
British Columbia Here We Come!
February Public Seminars in Sidney and other locations on Vancouver Island.
Presenting & Expressing Yourself with Confidence & Style
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Staging You - Presenting and Expressing Yourself with Confidence and Style
Focused for Real-Estate Professionals but anyone's career will benefit from these sessions
Date: Wed. Feb. 25th, 2009
3 workshops in one day
Cost: $250 per session or $600 for the full day.
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All About You - Presenting and Expressing Yourself with Confidence and Style
3 workshops in one day (as above)
Date: Tentatively Sat. Feb. 28th, 2009
Location: in the Parksville/Nanaimo area
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