E-mail Rules – Quick Reminders to Avoid Mistakes

When you can spend an hour or two (for me it’s more like 3 hours) a day reading, answering, deleting, ignoring and categorizing your e-mails, it is more important than ever that you use your time to wisely handle the impression  you give others through your electronic missives.  Our e-mails are more often than not […]

Building Instant Rapport

The foundation for building rapport is based on the exchange of a few basic communication signals. Here are 4 key ways to build instant rapport. This is based on the book, Get Along With Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere by Arnold Sanow and Sandra Strauss. 1. Smile. A smile is the connecting point of a relationship, whether personal […]

Sidewalk Etiquette

By Kathleen Baines, Columnist on November 1, 2010 Our generation has lost most forms of etiquette — it’s a bold claim, albeit a true one. I have my own theories as to why this decline happened — the substitution of old-fashioned methods of child-rearing with the “I’m your buddy, not your parent” model, the refusal […]

Rev Up Your Rapport

by Arnold Sanow MBA,CSP Associate of The Lett Group   Rapport can be defined as “bringing agreement, harmony and accord to a relationship”. Isn’t that what we want in our connections – to discover points of mutual interest or common ground, reach agreements, live and work together in harmony and enjoy interactions along the way- […]


The French shake hands more than any other culture. When you meet (whether this is the first time or not) use a complete yet quick handshake. It should not be too strong like a bone crusher or pumper handshake. When you depart company you would also shake hands the same way. Kissing between friends, family […]