Lydia Ramsey Articles by: Lydia Ramsey

Twelve Email Mistakes That Can Sabotage Your Career

Twelve Email Mistakes That Can Sabotage Your Career
By May 30, 2016 Small Business

You return to your office at the end of the day and settle in to check email. An hour later, having downloaded your messages, choosing which to read first, deleting the ones that scream “junk”, crafting replies to the most important, filing others for later, you wonder what happened. Here’s what—you’re in email overload. Read more ›

The Etiquette of Sympathy: When a Client or Colleague Suffers a Loss

The Etiquette of Sympathy: When a Client or Colleague Suffers a Loss
By May 27, 2016 Business Etiquette

When a colleague, co-worker or business associate loses a family member, do you find yourself stuck on the etiquette of sympathy? Do you wonder how you should handle this kind of situation?  Do you worry that you will use the wrong words or that you will intrude on the other person’s grief? Read more ›

Minding Your Manners When Hosting the Business Meal

Minding Your Manners When Hosting the Business Meal
By April 20, 2016 Business Etiquette

Doing business over meals is a ritual that has gone on for centuries even during those times when men speared their food with their knife—that being the only utensil they had—and when they used the table cloth or their sleeve to wipe their mouth. Today we a bit more civilized. There are rules. Read more ›

How Do You Accept Compliments?

How Do You Accept Compliments?
By March 14, 2016 Social Selling

March 1st was World Compliment Day although I am not sure how many people were aware of it. Did you receive a compliment or two? If so, how did you handle someone saying something nice to or about you? Did it make you feel good or did you find it awkward? Read more ›

The Office Romance: Pros, Cons and Cautions

The Office Romance: Pros, Cons and Cautions
By February 1, 2016 Small Business, Social Business

It’s not exactly spring yet when a young man’s (or young woman’s) fancy turns to love, but Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Not only that, this is a Leap Year when traditionally on February 29th a woman can propose to a man. That custom goes as far back as the 5th century. Perhaps your fancy is turning to thoughts of romance. Read more ›

A New Professional You: Ten Business Etiquette Tips for 2016

A New Professional You: Ten Business Etiquette Tips for 2016
By January 14, 2016 Social Business

Who hasn’t heard the words “New Year” without thinking about New Year’s resolutions? Making promises to ourselves on how we can improve and make ourselves and our lives better starting on the first of every year has been drilled into us for as long as most of us can remember. Some of us follow the trend faithfully, and others balk at it completely. It’s common knowledge that most resolutions are rarely kept, especially the two about exercising more and eating less. Walk into any gym right now, and the place is filled to capacity. Try that next December and those establishments will be practically empty. Read more ›