7 Questions for Cocktail Party Etiquette

Top 7 Questions for Cocktail Party Etiquette

Last year I wrote a hugely successful post titled “Top 5 Dos and Don’ts for Fabulous Cocktail Party Etiquette”. I received so much positive response from this post, and some wonderful questions, I wanted to create another post to prepare you even more for your summer cocktail parties. Here I’ve prepared some practical answers to the most common cocktail party etiquette questions I’ve been asked. Continue reading


4 Tips for Easy Communication in International Business

If you’ve ever done business outside of your home country, you’ve no doubt experienced at some point confusion or misunderstanding during conversations with your international business partners. Perhaps your message did not get across 100%. Perhaps the other person continually asked you to repeat yourself. Whatever the reason, miscommunication is a common occurrence when you’re working across cultures and across languages. Continue reading

3 Reasons to Attend Your Company Barbecue

3 Reasons to Attend Your Company Barbecue

During the summer months, many companies host an annual barbecue, picnic, or other casual gathering for their employees. These events are organised with the purpose of moving you and your team out of the office and giving you a chance to get to know one another in a more casual and fun atmosphere. In most cases, you’re not obliged to attend. But shying away from your annual corporate barbecue could cost you valuable points in the company. Continue reading

5 Cell Phone Etiquette Mistakes to Avoid

5 Cell Phone Etiquette Mistakes to Avoid

Bad cell phone etiquette, or for my fellow Australians, bad mobile phone etiquette, is something that everybody seems to have been irritated by at one time or another.

Maybe you’ve been in a movie theatre where somebody had neglected to turn off their cell phone irrespective of those mannerly reminders on the theatre screen. Or maybe you’ve been in a conversation with a friend who has that outstanding ability to focus 100% on talking to you, and text at the same time. Continue reading

How to Choose the Right Wine at a Business Lunch

How to Choose the Right Wine at a Business Lunch

You’ve been invited to a business lunch, and you’ve been offered to choose the wine. If you’re an expert sommelier, then choosing the right wine to pair with your meal should be a breeze. But most of us don’t have that type of expertise. And when you open up the wine menu, you have absolutely no idea where to start. Continue reading

international business gift considerations

Considerations for International Business Gifts

Travelling internationally for your job can be a lot of fun. It’s a chance for you to meet new people, make new connections and see new places. To leave a positive and memorable impression on those you’ve met during your business travels, it’s often a good idea to offer a gift as a way to say “Thank you for your hospitality” before you depart to go back home. Continue reading

Summer dress tips to look cool and professional

Summer Dress Tips to Look Cool and Professional

Do you find it difficult to keep cool and look professional in summer? Personally I find summer to be one of the hardest seasons to dress for when you’re a businessperson. You can leave your house looking fresh and lively but after riding a crowded bus and/or train, you arrive at the office flustered, hot, and just feeling untidy. Continue reading


10 Most Popular Posts from Executive Impressions

Today marks the 50th post that I’ve published on the Executive Impressions blog! I started the Executive Impressions blog because I wanted to offer business etiquette tips and advice to guide, inspire and motivate my readers toward success in their job and in their life. Continue reading

12 airplane étiquette tips

12 Airplane Etiquette Tips

Holiday season is approaching. No doubt you’ve already blocked out in your calendar some precious vacation time. You may have even collected some brochures of those exotic places you’d like to visit. You’re getting excited about your trip. But for many, as soon as you arrive at the airport, that excitement often turns into stress. Continue reading

How to look confident at networking events

How to Look Confident at Networking Events

With the spring weather making people feel more social, you’ve probably noticed that in the last few weeks your e-mail inbox has been filling up with more and more invitations to networking events. The warmer weather tends to make us want to step outside more, become more social and organise events that connect and inspire. Continue reading

10 Ways to Brighten Up Your Work Wardrobe for Spring

10 Ways to Brighten Up Your Work Wardrobe for Spring

Spring is my favourite season of the year. I love seeing the new flowers bloom and the days grow longer. It’s also rejuvenating to be able to shed your heavy winter coat, gloves and scarf for much lighter and brighter clothing for the spring and summer seasons. If you’re in the northern hemisphere, you’re probably also making the transition from the colder months to the warmer months. I want to share with you 10 ways to brighten up your work wardrobe for spring. Take a read through the tips below, you’ll find some practical advice for both men and women. Continue reading

email étiquette for total executive presence

E-mail Etiquette for Total Executive Presence

When you read about developing your “executive presence”, you automatically think of your professional attire, your body language, and possibly your voice. Of course, these are all important elements to work on, but quite often, the effort stops there. You figure, if you look and act like a successful businessperson, that’s all you need to be perceived as somebody with leadership potential. Continue reading

How to eat and talk during a business lunch

How to Eat and Talk During a Business Lunch

If you’ve ever been to an important business meeting that took place over lunch, you’ll know exactly the struggle it can be when you’re trying to eat, talk, and look professional, all at the same time. Continue reading