9 Etiquette Tips for Women on Way Up

I was browsing again through my copy of ‘A Woman’s Place is in the Boardroom’ by Peninah Thomson ; Jacey Graham (Palgrave Macmillan) when I came across the chapter on using personal power and charm. I really like their 9 etiquette points and thought I’d share them with you:

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Jul 15, 2014
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I was browsing again through my copy of ‘A Woman’s Place is in the Boardroom’ by Peninah Thomson & Jacey Graham (Palgrave Macmillan) when I came across the chapter on using personal power and charm. I really like their 9 etiquette points and thought I’d share them with you:

  1. Write those ‘thank you’ letters for help given to you or kindness shown to you.
  2. Don’t inadvertently be rude. Don’t just observe the courtesies; be courteous and well mannered always.
  3. Try to be tactful.
  4. Do not be sarcastic or sardonic.
  5. Show respect for others by being punctual: being late is a theft of other people’s time. (So agree with this one-hate being late myself or hanging around waiting for people who are habitually late. It’s like saying, “My time is so much more important than yours”.)
  6. Return phone calls and emails as promptly as possible.
  7. Treat others with respect as human beings. ( JCW: When job interviewing, if my admin staff said applicant had ignored them or been brusque it coloured my judgement greatly!)
  8. If you feel you’re being attacked or patronised don’t respond in kind. Wait for the second beat , and deal with the comment in an adult to adult manner. (JCW: Yep, don’t let that inner child start stamping her feet.)
  9. Show genuine empathy for others and the issues they’re facing; be supportive, but not intrusive. (JCW: I learned when working with offenders that you can show empathy without condoning or endorsing behaviour.)
I particularly like the book as the authors share my own strongly view: to achieve anything you have to be true to yourself. Don’t try and take on the norms and values of any prevailing ‘male’ culture. Just be you. (JCW: I’ve a blog on this here – To Thine Own Self Be True)

‘A Woman’s Place’ was published in 2008 but is still very relevant, sadly, and still available.

“Good manners have much to do with the emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them.”
― Amy Vanderbilt

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Jane C Woods

Women's Personal Development Specialist - Changing People, -

Hi, I’m Jane C Woods and I have an absolute passion for helping women achieve success in their lives. Be it the glass ceiling, the crystal maze, or very personal issues, I’m all about helping women achieve to their full potential and live the way they want to without being carbon copies of men. But I’m not about putting men down in order for women to get ahead, there’s plenty of room; I just want the guys to shifty up a bit… If my face looks familiar it's because I love Psychologies magazine (I've been buying it since the very first issue, such a good resource) and it's the only place I choose to advertise my courses. I write on women’s issues on my blog, www.changingpeople.co.uk, and am regularly featured in magazines, and on radio, but I’m probably best known for RenewYou. RenewYou is my one day personal development course for women. We have an international network of experienced, specialist women licensed to deliver it and empower women across the globe. Our goal is to reach one million women. It’s a big goal but… In 2013 we started with a single RenewYou specialist, me. Now you can find a RenewYou Courses across the UK, in the USA, Canada, Greece, Bangkok, Pakistan, South Africa, Belgium, with new countries being added all the time. My dream was to create a thriving and caring business on ethical, and dare I say, feminine terms, with a real community spirit of help and encouragement. And it’s actually happening with the support, expertise, and enthusiasm of my wonderful trainers. I think, (apart from my two lovely kids, a daughter and a son) that it’s probably my proudest achievement to date. Wonderful Changing People Women: One of the joys and privileges of my work is that I’ve connected with some really inspirational and wonderful women – from politics to entertainment to academia. They include: TV presenter, house fixer and matchmaker Sarah Beeny Amazing entrepreneur Sam Roddick of Coco de Mer Outspoken and entertaining academic Mary Beard Politicians like Siobhan Benita and Natalie Bennett Ex BBC broadcaster Miriam O’Reilly who bravely took on the might of the BBC- and triumphed A very rare interview with Sarah Montague, of the influential BBC Radio 4 Today programme I hope you like the posts and I hope they are helpful. Live life to the max and never hide your light under any bushels!

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