Category Archives: Soft Skills

Chiming In: Your Guide to Conference Call Etiquette

Who would’ve thought that two decades into the digital age we would rely on conference calls more than ever to do business? Turns out, the convenience and succinctness of email just can’t replace the pacing and participatory nature of the … Continue reading

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How ‘bout Those Mets?: Networking for Women in a “Man’s World”

A woman once admitted to me that she worked “alone”, indicating that she was on her own amongst a whole office of men, and wasn’t getting ahead. This is a truism, as many corporate women have come to realize, particularly … Continue reading

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“I Can Overcome”: Listening Without Bias

One of the virtues of active listening is to remove any discriminatory preconceptions you may have about the speaker. Now, this is not exclusively about accepting or ignoring the speaker’s agenda (another chapter in the rulebook of active listening). Instead, … Continue reading

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Modern Hosting Realities: The Wine Service

Traditional etiquette says that when at a meal table, the server will maintain your wine service. In high-end restaurants, this is true, for the most part. But at less formal restaurants, waiting for the waiter to fill your glass may … Continue reading

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The Je ne sais quoi of Executive Presence

Being perceived as leadership material is essential to being promoted into leadership positions. Continue reading

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A Failed Business Opportunity

Recently I arranged a lunch for two people who I knew and thought that there were great opportunities for them to work together. The first few minutes of the lunch went really well – my two guests were laughing and … Continue reading

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The Model of a Great Networking Event

I’m not a big fan of the typical networking event, however, I’m always intrigued by ‘unique experiences’. The kickoff of Running With Heels was all that and more. I left feeling like I had shared experiences with the women at … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Closet Introvert.

A warmly welcomed series of workshops Goldie’s Table Matters offers is in networking skills: growing, nurturing and maintaining a professional network. While it IS true that a strong network is a key to business success, the introvert that I am … Continue reading

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A Tipping Question In My ‘In Box’

I love it when people send me an email containing a dining question. Here’s one that was received this morning. Hello Goldie; Is it customary to tip the same percentage for the dinner and the wine? Several of my friends … Continue reading

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Landing The Plane – A Restaurant Tip for Hosts

Restaurants have different protocols, but many high end eateries will not bring the check to the table until it is specifically requested. More than one host of a business meal has looked awkward at the end of a meal- uncertain … Continue reading

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