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Ramsey: 12 tips for being healthy, polite during cold season

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but ‘tis also the season for colds and flu. That makes it the season to practice cold and flu etiquette for your sake and that of others.

Photo from Savanah magazine - Lydia Ramsey

RAMSEY: Holiday planning tips for the business owner

So how can you get ahead and plan properly for the holiday season? Start now. It’s not too early. Signs of the holiday season are already beginning to appear in shops and stores all around town.

RAMSEY: Manners over email — when will we ever learn?

“Never put in an email anything that you could not bear to hear or see on the national news the next day.” It seems that this error is not one that is limited to the rank and file office worker. It is an issue for people in high places. If you’ve been paying attention to the national news lately, you know what I am talking about.

RAMSEY: Are you a polite cell phone user or abuser?

July is National Cell Phone Month. Realizing this prompted me to look deeper into a subject that I frequently write about and inevitably talk about in my presentations. With a bit of research, I uncovered some interesting statistics.

RAMSEY: What to do when a client or colleague suffers a loss

When a colleague, co-worker or business associate loses a family member, do you find yourself stuck on the etiquette of sympathy?

RAMSEY: 12 email mistakes that can sabotage your career

Your email is as much a part of your professional image as the clothes you wear, the greeting on your voice mail and the handshake you offer. If you want to be impressive and build positive business relationships, pay attention to your email and steer clear of these 12 mistakes:

Ramsey: Minding your manners when hosting the business meal

Doing business over meals is a ritual that has gone on for centuries, even during those times when men speared their food with their knives — that being the only utensil they had — and when they used the table cloth or their sleeve to wipe their mouths.

RAMSEY: Job fair etiquette: It's more than showing up

The thought of milling about with numerous would-be employers and hundreds of competitors can be overwhelming. If you go with a well-prepared plan, a good attitude and your best etiquette skills, you are most likely to leave with some solid connections and a number of promising interviews, leading to the desired job offer — or maybe more than you expected.

RAMSEY: The office romance: Danger or opportunity?

It’s not exactly spring yet when a young man’s (or young woman’s) fancy turns to love, but it is the month of romance. We just celebrated Valentine’s Day.

And as an added bonus this is a Leap Year when traditionally a woman can propose to a man — a custom that goes back to the fifth century.

RAMSEY: 10 business etiquette tips for the new year

Here are 10 etiquette tips to improve your personal and professional life. Read them and decide which ones will be the easiest and the most beneficial to you and your business. I am willing to bet you are already doing most of them.

RAMSEY: Eleven points to ponder before the office party

One thing you can count on during the holidays is the obligatory office party. No matter where you stand on this issue, there are certain rules of behavior to follow if you want to have an office to go to when the party is over. Make sure you know the answers to these questions when party time rolls around.

RAMSEY: Are you ready to plan the holiday office party?

To borrow a line from the familiar song, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go.” While I am a traditionalist and think we ought to wait until after Thanksgiving before we jump to Christmas bells and trees, I do believe this is the time when holiday planning begins.

RAMSEY: What to consider when sending holiday cards

Ready or not, now is the time to be thinking about and planning for your holiday business cards.

RAMSEY: Being the gracious host at a business meal

So much business is conducted over meals today that the successful professional dares not venture out to a business meal without knowing good table manners. 

RAMSEY: Choosing the right seat at the meeting table

Attending meetings is a lot like going to class. Where you sit in class can affect your grade, and where you sit in a meeting can affect your career.

Business meetings are opportunities for learning, networking and advancement.

RAMSEY: 11 essential medical tips for physicians and their office staffs

Declining reimbursements, increased overhead, implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the rush to litigation are but a few of the reasons to “sweat the small stuff” in the medical arena.

If you don’t think you need to pay attention to the details when it comes to making your patients happy as well as healthy, think again. If ever there was a time to mind your medical manners, it’s now.

RAMSEY: Are flip-flops appropriate in the office?

It’s summer time, and they’re back. Flip-flops. You know — the shoe that we now refer to as the slide. Maybe it never went away. It simply went into hibernation for the winter.

If you aren’t sure to what I am referring, it’s that semi-shoe with nothing to hold it to your foot or your foot to it except a little piece of material across or between your toes. In any case, flip-flops or slides are one of the hottest trends in summer fashion footwear.

RAMSEY: Are flip-flops appropriate in the office?

LYDIA RAMSEY: Five sins in the workplace

There are any number of etiquette faux pas committed in the office setting. Check to see whether you’re guilty of these five workplace sins and what you can do to avoid them.

LYDIA RAMSEY: Listening skills vital to communicate effectively

Listening has become an under-appreciated facet of communication. We spend more time either talking or thinking about what we are going to say next rather than paying attention to what other people are saying.