Dec 17

7 Biggest Office Party Mistakes

By Joanne Blake | Etiquette & Manners , Image & Dress , Networking

Office Party Mistakes Victim Dog

Holiday Party Etiquette Tips and Tricks

Office party mistakes are a hot topic at this time of year. CBC radio interviewed me on Christmas party etiquette advice. So I have put together my 7 biggest office party mistakes below and some tips to avoid them. (Click here to listen to the 6 minute Canadian Broadcasting Company clip)

Office Party Mistakes #1 – No Show?

The biggest mistake is not attending the party – Go Go Go.
Skipping the party may suggest that you’re not invested in the organization or that you’re not a team player. Even if you’re a confirmed party-pooper or shy, at least Continue reading

Oct 08

Top Receptionist Tips to Become a Great CFIO

By Joanne Blake | Customer Service , Etiquette & Protocol

CFIO Receptionist Tips - How's your Chief First Impression Officer doing?

I wanted to post some receptionist tips because I know how important and demanding their jobs are. Unfortunately, many organizations don’t recognize this or even know who their CFIO is.  So I’ve included some advice for companies to support their CFIO.

What is a CFIO?

CFIO stands for Chief First Impression Officer. Almost every company has one, whether you know it or not. Continue reading

Jun 12

Are Lululemons Souring Your Dress for Success?

By Joanne Blake | Dress & Image , Image & Dress

Are LuluLemons Souring Your Dress for Success

Hidden Dress for Success Codes –

You can’t imagine the number of times I receive emails like this: “My daughter is working on a corporate job promotion. She thinks Lululemon pants are ok for work. I worry she doesn’t understand dress for success and will get passed over because of her wardrobe! Please help her!”

Beware of unwritten dress for success codes

So how important is your dress to your personal brand and success?Continue reading

Apr 30

7 Tips to Increase Your Visibility to Get Ahead

By Joanne Blake | Networking

Sad Dog with Tips to Increase Your Visibility

When I asked an aspiring leader what she was doing to advance her career, her response floored me.

I was coaching a client; an accountant in her mid-30’s who is brilliant at the technical part of her job. More than anything she would like to be a manager and eventually a partner in her firm. But she sees others getting promoted ahead of her in spite of her talent. So I asked her, “What you are doing to increase your visibility and be seen as a leader?” Her response floored me.Continue reading

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