Category Archives for "Networking"

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

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

Feb 12

Is Connectivity Killing Conversation?

By Joanne Blake | Dining , Etiquette & Manners , Networking

Parents Beware: Technology is Impairing Social Skills

This past month I have been to a few conference dinners Family at table all with deviceswhere I have been seated with many young professionals – most of them under 30. Conversation is often fragmented because of interrupting each other by sharing neat stuff on their phones, snapping pictures of the food, entertainment and taking selfies.

An alarming trend

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