Author Archives: Lydia Ramsey

Press One and Go Directly to Voice Mail Jail

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Stuck in voice mail jail If you want to get a reaction from someone, all you have to do is say, “voice mail”. I used to think that was odd because voice mail is one of the most efficient and effective communication tools we have today. Then I realized that for

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It’s October. Choose Your Business Holiday Cards Now.

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Holiday cards now??? The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler and you know what that means. Holiday season! I am not simply referring to Halloween and Thanksgiving. Those holidays pale by comparison to Christmas and Hanukah. In fact, they are just the warm-up. With the December rush right around the corner,

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Conversation Creator Or Conversation Killer?

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Much has been written about the art of conversation. Engaging strangers comes easily to some people. For others, it is a nightmare to start a dialogue and keep it going.  In the business world, good conversation skills are a must if you want to build relationships with your clients and your colleagues.   Like so much

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Punctuality: A Must for the Polished Professional

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Punctuality came to mind last week as I was racing down the road to get to an appointment, I had a sudden revelation. This is not uncommon for me. It has become a regular occurrence. I am never late–well, almost never, but I often arrive at meetings or appointments with only moments to spare. Living

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The Office Romance: Danger or Opportunity

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Heart shaped box of chocolate truffles with red roses Spring may not have sprung yet, but this is definitely the month when love and romance are in the headlines. Everything is coming up roses and chocolate–covered strawberries. Perhaps your thoughts are turning to an office romance. Maybe the co-worker in the

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Developing New Habits to Mind Your Manners

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  January is typically the month when most people think about making resolutions or setting goals for the New Year. With all good intentions, resolutions soon go by the wayside, and we continue in our old ways. By now yours are probably nothing more than a distant memory. Why not take a new approach?  Instead

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Handwritten Notes – How to Stand Out in Business

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When was the last time you received a handwritten note from a business associate?  It may be so long ago that you can't remember. On the other hand, if you have received one lately, you know exactly who sent it and when. If you are looking for ways to stand in business, be noticed by

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Body Language in Business – Can You Read it?

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  Has it ever occurred to you how much you are saying to people with your body language? Even when you are not speaking, people can hear you. Unless you are a master of disguise, you send messages about your true thoughts and feelings whether you are using words or not. Think about it.  In

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Holiday Gift-Giving in the Office – Do’s and Don’ts

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There is enough stress during the holiday season without worrying  about how to handle gift-giving in the office.  More than a few people struggle with this issue every year. Do any of the following questions ring a seasonal bell with you? Should you give a gift to everyone you work with? Do you need to

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Flying Etiquette – It’s Time for a Few Tips

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With the holidays upon us, more than a few people will be taking to those formerly friendly skies to visit family and friends or perhaps to take a special vacation. Wherever they are headed, one thing is for sure—their air travel will have its share of challenges. British Airways has unveiled an unofficial rulebook on

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