Author Archives: Lydia Ramsey

Ten Dressing Faux Pas That Can Tarnish Your Professional Image

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It’s the morning rush hour. I’m not talking about the traffic you might encounter after you head out the door. I am referring to the chaos that occurs before you even cross the threshold. Whatever your morning routine, somehow there are things that manage to go awry. You plan as much as you can the

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Summer Office Attire: What to Wear When the Temperature Rises

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Business man pulling tie in front of ventilator at office. It’s summertime, and while the living is supposed to be easy, deciding on your summer office attire, what to wear to work, is not. Our more casual world makes it difficult to know, on any given day, how to dress for

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How Do You React to Poor Customer Service?

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How often have you encountered a surly sales clerk or a sour server? Unfortunately, most of us find ourselves on the receiving end of poor customer service more frequently than we’d like.  Some people just seem to show up for work in a bad mood. Like your mother used to say, “They act like they

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Flip-Flops: Are They Appropriate in the Office???

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It’s summer time, and they’re back!  Flip-flops. Maybe they never went away. They simply went into hibernation for the winter.  I suspect you know what I am talking about--those shoes that have nothing to hold them to your foot except a little piece of material across or between your toes. Flip-flops, slides or whatever you

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The Drama of the Handshake

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Recently there has been more than the usual attention paid to the handshake. You know, that age-old tradition of meeting and greeting by extending one’s hand to another. After centuries it appears that not everyone has perfected the practice. It doesn't seem that it would be hard to get it right; but if your experience

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A Different Perspective on Business Networking

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All business people are networkers whether they realize it or not.  If they’re not, they need to be or they will soon be out of business. Some people are more effective at business networking than others. They work at it with purpose while others wander aimlessly through the process. When and where can you find

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Ten Rules of Flying Etiquette for the Traveling World

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A young girl annoying the passenger in front. The recent unfortunate scuffle on United Airlines involving a passenger who was “reaccommodated”–whatever that is—has brought the focus squarely back to the issue of air travel. Perhaps you can still remember a time when traveling by plane was actually something you looked forward

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A Man’s Suit Coat: To Button or Not to Button

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Elegant businessman buttoning his suit coat. To button or not to button is the age-old question when it comes to a man’s suit coat. Some men seem to know when to button, when to unbutton and which button to button under which circumstances. Others don’t seem to get it all. Perhaps

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The Etiquette of Cold and Flu Season

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Tis the season to be jolly, but tis also the season for colds and flu. That makes it the season to practice the etiquette of cold and flu for your sake and that of others. While you are spreading joy and goodwill, be careful that you are not spreading germs as well. At this time

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