Mar 31

The Fine and Fun Art of Business Dining

By Joanne Blake | Dining , Etiquette & Manners

young professionals demonstrate the fun art of business dining.

There is an art of business dining, but it can be fun

The business lunch seems scary when you’re beginning a career. But the younger you start polishing your table manners, the more you can relax and really enjoy business dining.

Young accountants are leading the way

The Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta has an advice packed magazine that addresses career related topics and issues for university, college and high school students. Terry just had a dining etiquette article published in the spring issue of Capitalize Magazine. Click here to read CPA Capitalize magazines.

Business dining is an integral part of the business world.

The business lunch is a great way to build relationships and achieve success. But it can be a little daunting. Terry has provided some tips to help make you comfortable when dining out and make a great impression at the table.

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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

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