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Month: September 2017

CV writing tips and sapmles

CV writing tips and sapmles

  The need for CV writing comes into play in the life of every individual, be it while graduating when applying for fellowship or grants, training with companies or changing jobs. The only difference being, that individuals focus on qualifications, personal details, and interests, in […]

3 Major Skills You Need To Achieve Success In Your Business

3 Major Skills You Need To Achieve Success In Your Business

There is the believe that some people are lucky no matter what they do while others are so unlucky no matter what they also do and that is not any different when it comes to your business and living your dream lifestyle. The decision is […]

5 Professional Communication Skills Everyone NEEDS

5 Professional Communication Skills Everyone NEEDS

Excellent professional communication skills are essential to succeed in sales. Connecting with clients or other business partners will help you to grow your sphere of influence. Here are 5 tips to enhance your professional communication skills and build rapport with your business contacts.


You look fantastic, now you just need the final wardrobe accessory…a smile. Always smile when you’re meeting someone, people respond better to a friendly face.

Remember Names

Repeat the individual’s name when you’re introduced. Say it again when you’re saying goodbye. This conveys interest. Secret tip: People love to hear their name and tend to respond better.

Firm Handshake

A firm handshake helps to make a great first impression and expresses trustThink back at your impression of someone who gave you a “lackluster” handshake. I bet your first impression of that individual was less than favorable, right?

Make Eye Contact

Eye contact shows you’re interested in the individual and communicates confidence.

Find Similarities

People like people similar to themselves and in turn they’ll be more receptive to you.

One More Thought

Proper professional communication skills are essential for any salesperson to grow business. Learning how to build rapport with your prospects will help you build strong customer relationships. Once you incorporate these 5 tips into your interactions, you’ll find professional communications go even smoother. 

Clients and business partners will bond with you and you’ll be able to grow your network and your business.

While you’re at it, why not try these tips out in your personal interactions and see how people respond? 

Chances are your personal relationships will also benefit and they could result in business contacts, too. A

re there other professional communication skills, i.e. “rapport builders”, you would include? 

Let me know in the comments section below, and thanks for reading!

5 Tips For Nurturing Business Relationships For Success

As normal and basic as it may seem to sound, as human beings, we all prefer to do business with people we know, like and trust.

Unfortunately it is this very basic requirement that most professionals and business owners miss all the time in their efforts to build their career and or business. And some who do, expect those relationships to develop overnight.

This has unfortunately cost many their credibility and good business partnerships which most certainly could have been avoided with the proper etiquette. As a result, networking has become a nightmare for some professionals and business owners which should not have been the case.

Here below are some guidelines for networking purposely meant to nurture business relationships for success:

1.Be strategic about whatever networking effort you make for your business.

2.Make a list of companies business people with whom you can build a mutually beneficial relationship. Remember, it’s a two-way street.

3.From your list, determine which individuals you feel more comfortable being around.

4.Build a rapport with them by finding out what interests you both have in common. Example, bowling, bird-watching, golfing, baking, playing particular instruments, doing marathons, you get the idea?!

5.Be consistent in contacting these new relationships. At least, once in a month, you can send then a PERSONALIZED message to let them know that you are thinking about them (genuinely) This helps to develop the relationship.


Guide to Office Protocol & Etiquette: How to Handle Office Visits?

Guide to Office Protocol & Etiquette: How to Handle Office Visits?

Before visiting: 1.)    Schedule your visit with the office. It is a very bad idea to just suddenly appear in the office of another person like a mushroom. If you will visit an office without prior notice, either you will disturb the colleague, or you […]



Career or daily drudgery? Career or a job? Too late for change? Career, career, career… Other than your family and a dream of winning a lottery, it’s hard to think of any other subject that occupies our minds to such an extent as our career. […]

Good Resume

Good Resume

Good resume writing skills, in part, has allowed me to be in a career which I am passionate about today.

I was an average, if not, a poor student. During my three-year tertiary education, ‘D’s were my faithful companions about half the time. Was it difficult to secure a good job despite my results? Nope. I got the job I wanted!

How did I do that?

Good resume writing provided me with that wonderful start.

I presented my little other achievements in a positive way, scored the interview, and convinced my interviewer to give me the job.

As a job seeker, I realized that a well-written resume allowed me to put the focus on work experiences and achievements instead of education and grades.

And as a recruiter, many applicants were quickly placed in the ‘Not Selected’ pile. Why? Because, their resumes did not tell me clearly, why they are the right person for the job. And this, despite good academic results and work experience.

Good Resume Writing = Good Matching, Writing or Selling Skills?

Yes, you are right. Good Resume Writing involves all three. A resume is a passport to the interview. And the interview leads you, hopefully, to the position that you are seeking.

So how do you use a few pieces of paper to attract the recruiter to pick up your resume, go through it with interest, and call you for an interview?


You need to do three things when you are writing your resume

  1. Match

Match your values, relevant work experiences, skills and knowledge to the position that you are seeking.

  1. Customize

Customize and write these in clear, concise, specific and quantifiable terms.

  1. Present

Present these in a professional manner (quality print on plain white quality paper).

Basic Oral Communication Skills

Basic Oral Communication Skills

Technical skills are important because you must be able to perform the functions of your position. You must begin with the basic skills and continuously learn in our environment of rapid change. Do you sometimes wonder why some individuals with excellent technical skills can never […]