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Let’s Get Down to Business: EMAIL ETIQUETTE

It’s National Business Etiquette Week, and I’m celebrating by sharing quick tips for ensuring you’re viewed as a polished professional. Please follow along and share these posts that will appear throughout the week!

On email:

There are a few email mistakes that will leave recipients less than impressed before reading the body of your message. Follow this advice, when addressing emails, for a more thoughtful and efficient approach:

Cc/Bcc - People rarely want their email address shared with the public, as it often leads to spam. Avoid using the Cc: (carbon copy) field when sending emails to recipients who don’t know each other. Instead, use your email address in the To: field, and all others within Bcc: (blind carbon copy). The recipient will see your email address only.

Reply All – When responding to an email with multiple email addresses displayed, you have the option to Reply or Reply All. Unless your response is relevant to the entire group, only respond to the sender using Reply. 15 responses of “I’ll be there,” can quickly crowd an inbox and wastes time.

Subject – Always include a subject line for your email so that it’s not deleted, lost or unopened. The subject should be specific and straightforward, as the recipient will use it to prioritize opening. Excessive exclamation points or using ALL CAPS are digital equivalents of yelling. Italicize or use dashes instead.


Let’s Get Down to Business: DINING ETIQUETTE


It’s National Business Etiquette Week, and I’m celebrating by sharing quick tips for ensuring you’re viewed as a polished professional. Please follow along and share these posts that will appear throughout the week!

On dining:

There’s no shortage of rules when it comes to dining etiquette, but I’d like to share five that you should keep in mind before your next business lunch or dinner:

Musical Chairs: Your guest or person considered of higher rank should be offered the most desirable seat at the table. This might one facing outward with a view of the restaurant, or the cushy booth as opposed to a hard chair.

Little Black Dress: When wearing dark clothing, request a black napkin from your server. A white one will leave you in search of a lint roller after the meal!

BMW: Which bread plate is yours? Remember the brand: B (bread), M (meal), W (water). Your place setting is set in the same order, with bread & butter plate on the left, meal in the middle, and water glass on the right.

The Perfect Pair: Should someone ask for the pepper to be passed, please pass the salt, as well. The two are always passed together, however, don’t season your food before tasting it.

Check, please: The person who extends the invitation is the host and should pay for it. Avoid any awkward moments at the end of the meal by providing your form of payment to the maitre d’ or server in advance, or letting them know that the bill should be presented to you. Never fight over a bill if someone offers to pay. You can counter once, but then thank them graciously.



It’s said that you should never judge a book by its cover. Considering that first impressions are made within 7 seconds of meeting someone, we’ll have to assume that judgment is being dished out rather often.  Parents typically seek me out because of things that are going on around the table with their children, however I begin each series of Charm events with the seven essential ingredients to make a great first impression. One of those ingredients: a proper handshake. I’ve felt quite a few handshake maladies from adults, as of late. So, I thought I’d share a few of the symptoms to look out for, as well as the common cure.

Diagnosis: Floppy Fish

Symptoms: Most often dished out by ladies, the limp posturing of the hand causes this form of handshake to feel more like grasping a dead fish than a person possessing confidence.

Diagnosis: Bone Crusher

Symptoms: A crunched knuckle handshake most often given by men, this action might elicit a look of discomfort on the face of its recipient, but always leaves an impression of aggression.

Diagnosis: The Glove (A.K.A. The Politician’s Handshake)

Symptoms: A sign of closeness, the recipient’s right hand or shoulder is cupped by the left hand of the opposite person during the handshake; a gesture reserved for a personal setting – never for business.

Treatment: A Proper Handshake

Dosage: Extending your right hand (thumb pointing up), connect the web between your index finger and thumb firmly with that of the other person’s hand. Shake, with an up and down motion, three to four times (elbow close to your body) and release. Repeat as necessary.

Do you have a healthy handshake? The best way to find out is by practicing with someone who will give an honest opinion. In this case, practice really does makes perfect, and will lead to great first impressions when interacting with people – beyond those seven seconds.

Be well,