MIND YOUR MANNERS

MIND YOUR MANNERS

Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot. Clarence Thomas Your manners and thoughtfulness make your life and other’s lives better. Good manners enables positive engagement with others. A person with good manners can move through any environment or situation with ease and grace. Good manners will elevate you from an ordinary to an extraordinary existence. It is easily and quickly learned with practice. Modern manners requires the following: Smile. A ready smile diffuses most tension in all situations. Greet others appropriately. Say hello to others, making eye contact and smiling naturally. You may shake hands or hug where appropriate but always say hello, especially to people you see every day. Remember and use others’ names. Be Punctual. Respect other people’s time. Showing up late is rude and shows a lack of respect for others’ time. Letting others know that you are running late does not excuse your lateness. If you are running late, always give an accurate indication of when you will be there. RSVPs – répondez s’il vous plaît, meaning please respond. RSVP on an invitation means that the invited guest should tell the host whether or not he or she plans to attend the event on the date specified on the invitation. Not RSVPing is not the same as declining an invitation. You need to communicate your intention. Late cancellations require a phone call and an explanation. Doors and Lifts. Hold the door for people behind you. Say thank you to those who hold the door open for you. Allow those in the lift to get out before getting in. Hold the lifts for...
IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUR DIET

IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUR DIET

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. HIPPOCRATES The way your body looks on the outside reflects what’s happening on the inside and how you treat it, particularly the quality of your diet. So you should be aware of the nutritional value of the food you consume and if needed, make simple changes to what you eat so that your meals become healthier. Eating poor quality foods such as refined starches, sweets and processed foods, no matter how small the calorie content causes a hormonal imbalance in our bodies, which slows down our metabolism, causing us to store food as fat and to progressively gain weight, whilst eating high quality foods, such as nutrient-dense proteins, non-starchy vegetables, whole food fats and low-sugar fruits balance our hormones, stimulates our metabolism, causing us to shed any excess weight. Simply, it is the quality rather than the quantity of the food we consume that matters. To help your body to work optimally: eliminate all toxic and poor quality food, such as refined starches, sweets and processed foods, which zap your energy, mar the health and appearance of your skin and cause a hormonal imbalance in your body. replace toxic and poor quality food with high quality foods, such as nutrient-dense proteins, non-starchy vegetables, whole food fats and low-sugar fruits that are rich in intelligent nutrients that fortify your body’s cellular health, balance your hormones and stimulate your metabolism, causing your body to burn excess fat and helping you to maintain a healthy weight and body proportions. take three to five complete break days from alcohol each week. drink plenty...
YOUR INNER CIRCLE

YOUR INNER CIRCLE

Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher. OPRAH WINFREY Your inner circle includes your spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, parents, siblings and close friends, that you spend non-business hours with. They play an important role in your social and business world and they can be your strongest personal brand asset or liability. The way they present themselves also communicates who you are to your target audience and influence your audience’s perception of you. If your spouse, relatives and friends are charming, dress and behave like ladies and gentlemen, and confirm that you are who you say you are, it will convince your audience of your integrity and strengthen your personal brand. Conversely, if they are offensive or politically incorrect – racist, sexist, with dirty and offensive jokes and views – they undermine or sabotage your personal brand in front of your audience, who might assume that their views are also yours. Depending on your audience and their religion and politics, your inner circle’s controversial and offensive views can get you into trouble, costing you your reputation. You need to be aware of the effect your inner circle’s behaviour have on your personal brand. If they are a liability to your personal brand, then you have to take steps to limit any damage they may cause you and, if needs must, distance yourself from them. You may insist on going out solo, keeping them in the closet, or tactfully, tenderly and respectfully explain that there are certain standards of behaviour that you require from those that share your life. These are nonnegotiable. So, make sure everyone...
4 STEPS TO BUILDING A PERSONAL BRAND AND WHY YOU SHOULD BUILD YOURS

4 STEPS TO BUILDING A PERSONAL BRAND AND WHY YOU SHOULD BUILD YOURS

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. RALPH WALDO EMERSON In today’s fiercely competitive and hyper-connected digital age, your success no longer depends on fitting in with others. Your success depends on who you are and your points of distinction and power – on what you bring to the table that no one else can. But how well does other people really understand who we are – our aspirations, experiences, skills set and the value we provide? The answer is that most people don’t. Most people have us in a big file with a number of other people. They’ve a vague idea of what we do or what we’re good at. As years pass, and we continue to gain more experience and expand our skills set, others perceptions and knowledge of us may become out of date. With the growing information overload we’re all facing today, coupled with our fast growing number of connections, others do not only struggle to keep up with us, but it is increasingly difficult for them to retain what little they know about us. This means that we can no longer rely on just being great at what we do and hope that people will remember us, keep up with us and recommend or hire us for great projects. It is so easy to get lost in the sea of other talented and hardworking people. Thankfully, having control of your brand means that you can make sure that other’s perceptions and knowledge of you is consistent with who you are by proactively and strategically highlighting, leveraging...
WHAT IS ETIQUETTE?

WHAT IS ETIQUETTE?

Etiquette is a fancy word for simple kindness. ELSA MAXWELL Etiquette is at the centre of the zeitgeist of our global age. Because we now live, work and socialise with people of varying backgrounds, cultures and experiences, we must learn to understand, adapt and be sensitive to the different situations we find ourselves. Etiquette enables us to make quick adjustments in our behaviour to accommodate people with different cultures, priorities and expectations. It also enables us to always present ourselves in a way that is kind and respectful to others. Etiquette will help you to be poised, self confident, sensitive, charming and flexible in any situation. Wherever you are and who ever you’re with, the following definitions of etiquette holds true. Etiquette is: good manners – Putting you and others at ease. being kind and speaking kindly. been thoughtful. being polite – Being aware of and respecting the feelings of others. honouring your promises. being respectful – Respect should be mutual. listening emphatically. respecting protocols. self control and deportment. being compassionate – An understanding and concern for the challenges, problems and difficult life events of others, and a desire to do something about them is one of the basic principles of etiquette. BE A STORY WORTH...
HOW TO GIVE YOURSELF A QUICK FACIAL

HOW TO GIVE YOURSELF A QUICK FACIAL

Nature gives you the face you have at 20; it is up to you to merit the face you have at 50. GABRIELLE ‘COCO’ CHANEL Your face is key to expressing your individuality. It is your signature, your brand and what people visualise when they think of you, so take good care of it. Start by scheduling a facial to deep cleanse and revive your complexion. How to Give Yourself a Quick Facial Wash your face using the right cleanser or face wash for your skin type. Avoid soaps – the solidifiers that hold a bar of soap together are sightly caustic and could irritate or inflame your skin. Next, use an exfoliating scrub in a circular motion on your face and neck, including your lips and avoiding your eye area. Rinse off the scrub thoroughly with warm water. An exfoliating scrub removes dead skin cell layers leaving your skin glowing. Pat your face dry with a clean towel. Next, apply a lip moisturiser on your lips and an eye gel around your eyes. Apply the right face mask for your skin type on the rest of your face and neck. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash off the mask thoroughly with warm water. Pat your face dry with a clean towel and apply an alcohol free toner to a moist cotton ball and wipe over your face to restore your skin. Massage in the right face moisturiser for your skin type into your face in a circular motion. Make sure that your neck is also well hydrated to stop premature neck wrinkles from forming. Apply an...

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