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Top 14 Tips for Email Excellence

Top 14 Tips for Email Excellence

As with face-to-face communication, email can provide you with the opportunity to present your best self and make a great first impression. There are things you can do and ways you can be in order for your emails to be an extension of your brand, an illustration of your intelligence, and a positive reflection of yourself.

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Emotional Intelligence for Positive First Impressions

Emotional Intelligence for Positive First Impressions

The “Art of First Impressions for Positive Impact” is based on the premise that when you become self-aware and learn how to shine bright as your best self, you can transform your relationships in life and in business. Absolutely everything associated with your success is relationship based and emotionally connected.
Developing your emotional awareness will allow you to explore new depths of understanding in yourself and others. It will enlighten you as to why people behave as they do and assist you in areas you may wish to improve. All the elements of greater emotional awareness can weave together to ensure you make a positive impact.

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Being Fully Present & Engaged

Being Fully Present & Engaged

When you are fully present and engaged in your workplace, you will demonstrate that you care about the success of your organization, are a team player, have a can-do attitude, and will go the extra mile to fulfill and exceed expectations. These qualities make a great impression on your boss, your teams, and your customers. You will be more respected, noticed and appreciated in the process. As your own ‘CEO of Self,’ projecting this positive level of engagement furthers your own personal reputation and interests for healthy communication, networking and positive first impressions.

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Punctuality Plus for Effective Time Management

Punctuality Plus for Effective Time Management

“The habit of being prompt once formed extends to everything—meeting  friends, paying debts, going to church, reaching and leaving a place of business, keeping promises, retiring at night and rising in the morning, and, indeed, to every relation and act, however trivial it may seem to observers.”  ~William Makepeace Thayer, Tact and Grit, 1882 Punctuality Punctuality has been called a “homely, but solid virtue.”  It is a foundational reflection of a person’s character in our Western culture.  When you arrive on time for your engagements it demonstrates preparation, respect, integrity, and enthusiasm, all of which serve to make a positive impression on the people whom you are meeting, especially when they are depending on you! When you have scheduled an appointment or made a commitment, you have essentially made a promise.  Being punctual strengthens your character and reveals your integrity and consideration for others. Lombardi Time Legendary football Coach Vince Lombardi is well remembered for his unwavering requirement for his players and coaches to not only arrive on time, but to be 15 minutes early.  If he told you to be somewhere, and you arrived exactly on time, you were already late! Arriving Early “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.”   ~William Shakespeare Developing this habit is an excellent way to make a great first impression. The extra minutes will allow you to catch your breath, collect your thoughts, and prepare for your engagement. You can learn a great deal about people by simply observing how they arrive and how they manage their time. It will also provide you with the flexibility and buffer for possible... read more
Being a Social Chameleon

Being a Social Chameleon

Do You Adapt Well In New Social Settings? Chameleons are lizards that are famous for their ability to change their colors and fit in as their environments require. This ability enables them to change themselves for safety, survival, and healthy well-being.  Their colors adjust to reflect their mood, their surroundings, and as camouflage when necessary. Fossils prove they have been on this planet for over 80 million years, so they must be doing something right.  Their innate ability for adaptability deserves appreciation, respect, and further consideration. It obviously works! How can being a social chameleon help you not just survive, but thrive? Humans also utilize this talent when they change themselves to fit in and win social approval.  As with most anything in life, there are polar opposites for this behavior. On one hand, a social chameleon will adapt with grace, integrity, and discretion to make others feel comfortable, get along, and communicate on their level. On the other hand, however, social chameleons can be socially shallow, disingenuous, phony, or pander to the whims of others to achieve the approval they seek or get what they want. Two Schools of Thought on Social Chameleons One perception about the chameleon effect believes that social chameleons are inauthentic and will “change their stripes” to fit in with other people regardless of their true identity. In his book, “ Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ,” Daniel Goleman states, “Social chameleons, though, don’t mind in the least saying one thing and doing another, if that will win them social approval.  They simply live with the discrepancy between their public face and their... read more
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