How to handle compliments, simply and gracefully (in two words!)

Do compliments make you uncomfortable? Do you start to *argue* about how deserved they are? Does the whole thing descend into a conversational quagmire?

You’re not alone but there’s help!

I have a TWO WORD solution for you. Click the video to hear all about it!

I’m also delighted to showcase our NEW online Dining Etiquette course! It’s been put together with love and attention and will take you through all the steps you need to head to any event…and there are quizzes!

Go on, let your curiosity get the better of you and head to the course info page! There you will find a full outline, more about me and my background, AND a chance to peek at some of the videos: http://polishedprofessionals.teachable.com

If you’d like to join chats about ‘all things etiquette & manners’, then feel free to check out our Facebook group: The Snapdragon Society for Polished Professionals and Etiquette Enthusiasts https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheSnapdragonSociety/ We’d love to see you there!

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Networking: How to stop dreading it, and start enjoying it (really!) – Part Two

In my first article, Networking: How To Stop Dreading It, and Start Enjoying It (Really!) I explored the main problem most of us have with networking, and that is our attitude toward it. Most of us only do it when we have to, and even then, we do it grudgingly. In this article, I share my top 12 tips for improving your networking experience.

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Networking: How to stop dreading it, and start enjoying it (really!) – Part One

When it comes to NETWORKING there are many, many tips and tricks. However, if you don’t start with this ONE, then none of the rest will make a difference.

I know you dread networking. You only do it when you have to and even then, you do it grudgingly.

I know that, for you, networking is just a long four-letter word.

I know this for two reasons.  First, I don’t know many people who actually enjoy networking. Second, until I realized my mistake, this is exactly how I felt too. I viewed networking as a necessary evil – I would show up but not really participate.

So, what was my mistake? I had been seeing networking as a chore, rather than treating it as an opportunity.

There are endless articles and cheat sheets that cover networking, but where most of them fail is that they rarely cover the main problem most of us have with networking, and that is our attitude toward it.

Attitude is everything and the simple act of turning a negative into a positive is hugely powerful. Not only will you stop dreading networking, you might even start to enjoy it (really!). Why? Because, viewed in the right light networking is an incredibly useful tool.  Done well, it can be used for a variety of reasons: to learn about new trends in your area, to research new avenues, to test out a new idea or thought, and, yes, to expand your network.

Easy for me to say, right? ‘But’, I hear you say, ‘how exactly do I do that?’

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Remembering Names: THREE Quick Tips to Remembering (and ONE, in case you forget)

If you’re like me, then remembering names can be a struggle. These tips will help you remember, or stop you from being embarrassed if you forget (because no one is perfect but the trick to being a Polished Professional is recovering gracefully).

I made this quick video as we were heading into holiday party season but the tips are useful no matter what season it is!

If you have any tips on how you remember names then I would LOVE to hear them…pop them in the comments below.

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A Month of Warmth & Kindness

Welcome to our December ‘Challenge’ – though I’m hoping it’s not really that challenging!

Our world can always use a little more warmth, kindness and patience, so as ‘Challenges’ seem to be all the rage at the moment we are jumping on the bandwagon, but with a candy cane twist.  Here are all the things you don’t need to worry about with our challenge:

  • You don’t have to check-in with anyone…except yourself
  • You don’t have to do all the tasks to be successful – honestly just doing the bonus task everyday will make things brighter
  • You don’t have to do them in order…pick, chose, omit, or even add your own!
  • AND (in my view this is best of all) you don’t need to sign-up, or give us your email address to access the ‘challenge’…it’s all here in this post, ready and waiting for you to save or print or come back to.

Life can be hard for many of us, or those around us. Making a conscious decision to spread some warmth and kindness will not only make your day better but will absolutely (money-back-guarantee-absolutely) make those around you, even strangers, feel appreciated, respected and loved.

So, what are you waiting for? Get started!! Let us know how you get along…which one is your favourite? Which do you already do? How many can you tick off the list?

Polished Professionals - A Month of Warmth & Kindness

Polished Professionals - A Month of Warmth & Kindness

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Polished Professionals - A Month of Warmth & Kindness

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