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Fly the Flag Proudly, But Don’t Eat On It!

June 26, 2017

My favorite holiday, July 4th, is next week, bringing with it all of the picnics, fireworks, outdoor concerts, parades and top of the summer fun that Americans associate with the occasion. It’s a red, white, and blue long weekend of…

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Dress for Summer Success

June 16, 2017

Summer weather arrived this week in full hot, sticky force making getting dressed for work a challenge. Despite the skimpy and skin-tight clothes that Hollywood wears, most of us live and work in far more conservative environments meaning no matter…

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Business Etiquette Week Prompts Positive Conversation

June 4, 2017

The Protocol School of Washington (www.psow.edu) has declared June 4-10 National Business Etiquette Week with a theme of “Toxic Workplaces: How to Resurrect Civility in Business.”  Bravo to them because we could all use a reminder about now. Incivility is…

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Polish Your Formal Meeting Manners

May 26, 2017

Advancement professionals are often asked to make presentations or represent university leadership at formal meetings such as those conducted by the school’s board of trustees, alumni or foundation boards, community non-profit organizations, or local government. Presenting yourself and your school…

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Be A Polished Meeting Leader

May 18, 2017

Much of a meeting’s effectiveness boils down to manners (or lack of them). A well-managed meeting increases productivity and runs smoothly, largely because the meeting’s chairperson and participants know their roles. Here are some tips for chairing a meeting. The…

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Show Appreciation, Write A Thank You Note

May 13, 2017

  Saying thanks and showing appreciation to our colleagues is one of the most powerful motivators in the work place. It’s also one of the most under used. I like to say “thank you” throughout the school year because it makes…

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Yea, May! Commencement Time!

May 8, 2017

Yea, May! It’s the time of year when campus events planners have the end in sight and are looking forward to some time off. The academic year that began last August and that has since encompassed literally hundreds of events…

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