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 Amazon.com