Category Archives: Relationships

12 Ways to Improve Your Online Engagement

Improve online engagement; how you connect, reply, and what you share can help or hinder your image and potential relationships.

When a potential employer sees the astounding number of contacts you have, they don't think, "Ooh, he's popular, let's hire him." They are looking for the bigger picture. Your online image includes...
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12 Ways to Respond to Personal Questions

Responding to personal questions requires communication and social skills.

Tell me about...I politely replied, "I'd rather not talk about that."

Okay, I agree, that was not assertive. But should a person have to be? In this case, yes.  They pressed and pressed, "Come on, you can tell us..."  Exasperated, I broke down and spilled the...

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4 Reasons to Stop Using The “f” Word At Work

4 Reasons to Stop Using the "f" word at work, at home, in public...

The "f" word has lost its impact.

Saying the "f" word used to raise eyebrows, especially if it was overheard in public. People would make conclusions about the type of person you were; shady, common, or at the very least, lacking...
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Civility, It Starts With Me

When we're so busy pointing out how everyone else needs to change, we don't see how little we've done to better the world, our community, our workplace, and our home.

Start With Yourself

When I was young and free and my imagination
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Umbrella Etiquette; how to use an umbrella to avoid being rude

Umbrella Etiquette; how to use an umbrella to avoid being rude.

Etiquette and umbrellas? Rude behavior surrounds us throughout every season, but in the rainy season we carry a potentially hazardous tool; the umbrella. Using an umbrella requires social skills and a little consideration for others. Umbrella Etiquette: Here are a few things to keep in...
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Wearing Sunglasses Inside

Fashion statement, leave me alone, I've got a migraine...

What impression does it give?  Maybe you don't care. But why not read about it anyway? Wearing sunglasses indoors can give the perception that you are pretentious, deceptive, a rock star wanna-be, or someone who does not want to be bothered. Or, in the minds of the...
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Melania Trump’s Gift to Michelle Obama

Melania Trump's Gift to Michelle Obama

Let's set aside whose inauguration it was, and take a moment to discuss the kind and thoughtful gesture of Melania Trump. I refer to the gift box she handed to Michelle Obama as they greeted one another. Q: Awkward or smooth? A: Awkward. In those few moments, you could see...
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Tips on how to survive Inauguration Day

Tips on how to survive Inauguration Day -- no matter what side you're on.

Admittedly, this election season has been more tumultuous, than any other in recent history.  Sadly, it continues to be. Families have severed relationships with one another, long-time friendships have fallen apart, and some workplaces have requested that employees who voted for...
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Reserve the right to refuse anyone who…

Reserve the right to refuse anyone who...

You've undoubtedly seen signs on establishments that read: "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone." And the second most common, "No shirt, no shoes, no service." Can a place of business really refuse anyone who...?  According to Ms. Jane Haskins, Esq. who writes for Legal Zoom: more

Holiday Workplace Dos and Don’ts

Holiday workplace dos and don'ts

Whether your workplace openly embraces the holidays or practices a neutral version, dilemmas will come up. For example, the controversial holiday greeting. If someone wishes me a "happy or merry anything," I appreciate the sentiment.  I don't understand why that would offend anyone. If we stop to think about it, every...
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