Thursday, August 24, 2017

Networking: College Grad Edition

Blog Three Networking: College Grad Edition

College Grads! You did it! You graduated! But now, you’re looking around thinking -what is the next step? How do you get your foot in the door and make the most out of networking? Well, we have your step by step guide to making the most of your networking!

Step 1-Make Business Card: You never know when you might run into a future boss in a coffee shop, Grocery Store, or even at the Bar! Make sure you always carry business cards with you wherever you go with all the CORRECT and up to date information.

Step 2- Meeting New People: Stay professional when meeting someone for the first time. Example: saying “Hello Mr. Smith” instead of “Hey Dave how’s it going?”

Step 3-Watch your body language: When you are looking to talk to someone or even waiting to break into a conversation, be mindful of your body language when you are just standing around. Don’t cross your arms or be sitting on your phone texting; look inviting and open to new conversations!

Step 4-Making those connections: Sometimes you just click with someone. That is great, until someone else is waiting to connect with the same person. Be mindful of others waiting around you and don’t hog someone’s entire time. As networking is about you making those connections with individuals, it is also about helping others make those meaning connections as well.

Step 5- BE YOURSELF AND BE AUTHENTIC: This might be the most important step of all. As you want to put your best foot forward, you also want to be true to yourself. Don’t lie or exaggerate things you have accomplished or done. Be yourself and be real. It can be difficult when you are trying to network on your own so be prepared to maybe step out of your shell and be outgoing! You can always go to your first networking event with someone else who works in your office, a friend looking to do the same thing, etc..

Finals Steps: Once you receive business cards from individuals you connected with, sometime within the next 48 hours, connect with them on LinkedIn! You don’t want them to forget they talked to you when you connect 3 months later J Always dress appropriately and don’t forget to smile!! You’re now ready to nail it!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Are you “THAT GUY” in the airport?

With summer travel still in high gear, you, or most likely someone you know, needs a gentle reminder on their airport etiquette. There is always that traveler who is in group 8 but camped out at the gate from the moment they started boarding. Or, the one who waited in the security line for 25 minutes and they STILL don’t have their photo ID out when they get to the front of the line. 

Whether you are traveling for pleasure or for business, your manners (should) travel with you.  Take this quiz and find out if you are “that guy” at the airport before your next flight!

Question 1:  Do you put your feet up in the waiting area?
Yes or No

Question 2: Do you save an unnecessary amount of seats before boarding?
Yes or No

Question 3: Do you bring a full course meal onto the plane? (Even worse if it is something that has a strong odor like tuna)
Yes or No

Question 4: Do you crowd around the gate excessively before your boarding zone?
Yes or No

Question 5: Do you talk extremely loud on your cell phone in the terminal and tarmac?
 Yes or No

Question 6: Do you take too long and are unprepared going through security?
Yes or No  

Did you answer yes to 3 or more of these questions? Most likely you are “that guy” in the airport- the one we all dread.
We are all just one of the thousands of travelers trying to get to our final destination. Technically difficulties will occur, delays and unexpected turbulence per say, so remembering that the airport doesn’t “revolve around you” and your needs, will take your airport etiquette to the #NextLevel!
Grab a good book or download one to your Kindle before leaving your house, find a snack and lean back in (one seat of course) and enjoy the airport hustle and the non-stop people watching!! J
Catch flights not dirty stares and murmured words from unhappy travelers!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

#1: Finding a balance between summer casual while still being professional. Good dress = Good Business Etiquette
Accessories Edition
By: Guest Blogger Eliza Cann

Coming from someone who loves all things fashion and style, finding the balance between staying professional and expressing myself through accessories, can sometimes be tricky. As much as I want to bring my studded, fridge, crossover bag and my new tassel earning to the office runway, accessorizing the professional way is something less talked about, however, just as important.  Just as what you wear on your body matters, what you carry, walk in and throw around your neck makes a statement- (and not always a positive one.)

Of course, your business has its own dress code. I mean Hey, you might be able to wear sweats and last nights’ makeup to the office and it’s no big deal (hashtag goals) but some of us aren’t that lucky. So, for the rest of us, finding a way to express our style and personality while still maintaining a professional aura is the ultimate #goal. Here are some tips and tricks to picking out the perfect AND appropriate business accessories!

Bags: Rule of thumb for bags: Stick with neutrals. LESS IS MORE. A plain black, white and tan tote bag is going to be your best option for the office. Yes, sometimes two bags might be required, one for work and one for personal items such as makeup and a lunch, however, stray away from plastic grocery bags, old shopping bags and graphic totes (like the “Disneyland free bag with purchase,” that can stay at homeJ )

Earrings: Minimal but dainty. Studs, Diamonds (if we were all that lucky,) Pearls and other small stones, even earrings with a little bit of a “dangle” are appropriate. In addition, hoops that aren’t too large and too distracting. The last thing you want is to be sitting in a meeting and your boss be focused on your jewels and not your brain. Side note: Avoid Costume Jewelry!

Shoes can be tricky. As heels are appropriate to wear in the office, you have to be careful and aware of the type of heel you are wearing. Be mindful of height. Again, stay near the neutral and soft colors, nonetheless, if you are looking for a pop of color with your footwear, go with as minimal other “bling” as possible. Red pumps, greys and even light blues can look professional and stylish if done correctly.  

Still want to learn more? Purchase a copy of #NextLevelManners by Rachel Isgar on Amazon today!

Friday, June 16, 2017


So you’ve got your business degree in hand and you’re heading to Silicon Valley, or Silicon Beach or NYC or Chicago…but the one thing that so many CEO’s think millennials don’t have in the other hand is a social aptitude. You may be a social media sultan, but when it comes to social graces you are merely one of the “smallfolk.” (reference Game of Thrones - taking this out - this note is for you millennials will know it – it means peasants) In the old days it was simply called manners. It went a long way then, and it still goes a long way now.

You may have the next great idea, but if you’re impolite and annoying to people how will they ever know.

Etiquette expert Dr. Rachel Isgar’s latest book  #NEXT LEVEL MANNERS – Business Etiquette For Millennials  states “As a #Millennial you can argue that others don’t have good manners, and you don’t need them either. You can argue that it is a new type of workplace, more casual and with a go-with-the-flow attitude. You can argue all you want . . . while watching your career success stall and your personal brand head downhill.”

So take a page out of Isgar’s book and try a new approach that is as old as a page out of Sir Walter Raleigh’s novel “Kenilworth.” You remember him; he was the dashing gentleman who impressed his queen by throwing his cloak over the muddy puddle for her to pass. “Queen Elizabeth looked at the young man, who accompanied this act of devoted courtesy with a profound reverence.”

Okay so we’re not saying you have to take off your new Nike jacket and throw it in a puddle to curry favor with your boss or co-workers, but let’s face there are annoying things that you do, you know it!

1. Put Your Electronics Away & Communicate Politely Face To Face

Do you really have to check your phone 157 times per day? Yup, that’s what you’re doing – according to Michelle Klein, Head of Marketing for North America at Facebook.

Isgar’s number one tip: “The first thing to recognize is that in order to next level your success, you need not just to communicate online but also face-to-face. And when you do communicate face-to-face, you will need to put your electronic devices down and fully engage with the person or people with you.

So you didn’t get your Nike jacket dirty throwing it over the puddle, but do you really have to wear that to work out in and to work…corporate managers complain that many millennials think every day is casual Friday.

2. Looking Great Is Good

#Next Level Manners - “Most of your first impression is based on appearance, and a big part of this is based on how you dress and groom. In general, don’t dress to the lowest common denominator in your workplace, a.k.a. the worst-dressed person in the office. In­stead, dress to the level of the promotion you want.”

In Westeros “the Higher Mysteries” (another Game of Thrones reference) may be a thing of the past but magic does still exist in our world.

3. Magic Words Work

I have found none of us likes other people putting words in our mouths . . . but there are some words that you don’t want to resist. They can work magic and next level your personal branding in amazing ways. Here they are:
• Please.
• Thank you.
• You’re welcome.
• Excuse me.

It’s a quick one-hour read and it just may take you to the Next Level in your career. Pick up a copy of Rachel Isgar’s #Next Level Manners – Business Etiquette For Millennial at