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You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.” Zig Ziglar Your wardrobe choice, how you put it together and how you carry yourself, can make a difference in how the world perceives and treats you. Watching how a person’s life can be transformed by making some wardrobe, style and behaviour adjustments, has been the inspiration for many a Hollywood flick. Here are a few of my favourite “clothes-make-the-man (or woman)” movies: Pretty Woman A story of a love affair that begins when a prostitute is

Youth Get a Bad Rep Listening about a new program coming to the educational institute I work for, my attention was peaked when the coordinator said there would be a class to teach “tact and diplomacy”.   I was intrigued because I am in the business of image, etiquette and leadership in my side hustle, VNC Image and Leadership.   Tact and diplomacy are things I teach or talk about. In my opinion, the basics of manners, protocol, image and respect (the precursors to tact and diplomacy) are in demand

When I am researching for articles, posts or material for VNC Image & Etiquette, I have many words that I will use in my search that are related.  I’ve included them here.  Let me know of words that you might think of and include them in the comments below. Etiquette Manners Image Wardrobe Style Fashion Look Leadership Career Success Civility Kindness Courtesy Mentorship Career Politeness Positivity Optimistic Friendliness Thoughtfulness Respect Self-esteem Confidence Congeniality Social Grace Charm Protocol Butler Poise Elegance Class

  I’ve been working for many (many, many) years towards getting a business off the ground. The vision began with a joke between a friend of mine and myself. We were both career counsellors at an employment agency and were commenting on the need for some of our clients to understand the importance of their attitude, wardrobe, manners and behaviour choices. We thought it would be funny to have our own etiquette business to teach these necessary but absent skills. After some time and several clients later, I began to

Whether we like it or not, agree with it or not, judgments will be made about us. If we do not take into consideration how we look or act, these judgments may not be in our favour. Furthermore, these assumptions may not only be made about us but could be made about our positions, our departments and/or the organizations we work for. Therefore, it is very important to put thoughtful consideration into our appearance and behaviour.

I often have conversations with people about how society has lost it’s courtesy and civility.  It often leads to discussions of entitlement and how our youth today, don’t seem to have the understanding of manners and decorum that once used to be taught in school and practiced at home.  Then, you sit by the young gentleman in a small plane who gets up and assists you to your seat and starts polite conversation and you realize that all is not lost in the world of polite society.  When instructed to

Inspired by a conversation I heard on my favourite radio morning show this week, I thought I’d write about the unwritten rules of Grocery Store Etiquette.  It stemmed from a trivia contest about self-check-outs at many grocery and department stores these days.  It then morphed into a chat about pet peeves, not only at the self-check-outs but shopping experiences in general.  Have you ever been frustrated by your visits to the supermarket because of what you felt was “rude” behaviour of other shoppers?  I certainly have and I know my

  Volunteering at a recent event, I was amongst 4 retired gentleman.  Each of them was probably around the age of 60.  The event lasted a few days so I had the pleasure of these gentleman’s company for the duration of that time.  We checked in at Volunteer Headquarters every morning and then caught a shuttle bus to our designated work areas.  I couldn’t help but notice the overabundant politeness that seemed to take place.  Each of them insisted I enter the shuttle first, they stood if I stood, they

Some people just stand out. At the grocery store, maybe it’s that one cashier that you always go to, or the guy in the suit standing next to you in line at the bank machine. For whatever reason, some people just “catch our eye”. What is about them? Are you one of those people? Not sure? Here are some things to consider if you want to “get noticed”: 1. Posture – Memorable people walk, stand and sit with their heads up and shoulders back. They are looking forward and don’t

No one wants a strike.  Striking is a last resort when an agreement cannot be made by an organization and its workers.  Employees do not want to relinquish their pay cheques to walk a picket line and employers don’t want to loose the labour.  Any public involved do not want the inconvenience of lost production, services or having to cross that picket line.  As unpleasant as they are, sometimes they are a necessary evil in order to move forward.  When presented with a strike situation, there a few things to

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