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Business Debt: business debt - statute of limitations, debt statute of limitations, michelle dunn
debt statute of limitations, michelle dunn, personal assets: Scott, The California Statutes of Limitation is as follows on some debts: Written agreements: 4 years, calculated from the date of breach. Oral agreements: 2 years. The statute of limitation is stopped only if the debtor makes a payment on the...

Business Debt: business debt, credit card debts, first data corp
credit card debts, first data corp, small diner: Alan, I am sorry to hear that things didn t work out. Often with new businesses, anyone extending credit to the company will often ask that you personally guarantee the loan/lease/contract, etc. The first thing I would do is obtain copies of all of your...

Business Debt: business llc credit - personal credit, social security number, personal guarantee
social security number, personal guarantee, credit score: Brooke: Thank you for your inquiry. If you have not purchased or leased your truck through a corporation, or using a tax ID, but rather your social security number, than you are considered the guarantor. You will be held responsible for the debts. If the...

Business Debt: business loan problem, bottom line question, sba loan
bottom line question, sba loan, loan problem: Brittney: Thank you for your inquiry. I regret that you have encountered this financial hardship. Because you have personally guaranteed an SBA Loan (Federally backed) you will have to find a way to repay the loan. If you don t pay it collections actions...

Business Debt: business, american collectors association, debt collection letters
american collectors association, debt collection letters, insolvent debtors: No matter what you put in your contract, before you use it, have a lawyer or a member of the American Collectors Association look at it before you begin using it. If you are not a member of ACA, use a lawyer. As with all contracts and debt collection letters,...

Business Debt: buying business?, biz plan, station c
biz plan, station c, gas station: a; why you guys? b; why a gas station? c; who is putting in what $? d; who has gas station running exp? e; what will u do if the gas supplier chooses not to supply you in a crunch? do u have a written biz plan? kkemper@mindspring.com 602-705-2319...

Business Debt: Cancellation of debt by Attorney, cancellation of debt, debt cancellation
cancellation of debt, debt cancellation, divorce attorney: Im not an expert in taxes. A 1099-C is used to report a debt cancellation and are requirements of the IRS, not your attorney. It is typically used when you are absolved of a debt through bancruptcy, a lot of times mortgages. I suspect that the same would...

Business Debt: Clashing with Controller over ethics of A/R, lengthy letter, invoice numbers
lengthy letter, invoice numbers, customer payments: Good morning Julie, First, let me apologize for taking so long to get back with you. I was out of town and failed to notify All Experts. Second, let me say that this is the most intelligent set of questions I have ever seen. You are very perceptive and...

Business Debt: Client closed owing us a lot of money, audiovisual production services, financial difficulties
audiovisual production services, financial difficulties, new businesses: Kirk, If you had a contract with the original owners and they signed it you should immediately take them to court for your money. Since the new shareholders was something you learned of when you showed up at the job and they did not sign any agreement or...

Business Debt: Collecting on business debt, debt collection practices, fair debt collection practices
debt collection practices, fair debt collection practices, fair debt collection: First I m not an attorney. I do have a sound understanding of the FDCPA. The FDCPA was written to protect creditors from unfair collection practices of thrid parties. Since you are third party, I would humbly suggest that you abide by the FDCPA letter for...

Business Debt: Collecting Debt on a Corp that went Out of Business, debt collection agency, email accounts
debt collection agency, email accounts, hard time: If you don t have any legal or written agreement with them, such as a contract for services or payments you might want to see if the company has dissolved or try to contact the owner personally. If you are unsuccessful, without any signed contract or agreement...

Business Debt: Collecting from a dissolving corporation, business assets, collection attorney
business assets, collection attorney, personal guarantee: K, Getting a judgment may help in putting you in a better position to be paid if there are any business assets which may be liquidated. Verifying if the corp status has been revoked may determine who you pursue for the remaining balance. Verifying if there...

Business Debt: Collection Agencies, collection agencys, trucking companies
collection agencys, trucking companies, debt collections: The short answer is Yes, but only if your current creditors elect to share information. This typically does not happen across industries but within. Like trucking companies share, metal fabricators, etc. They kind of look out for each other. Businesses...

Business Debt: Collection on a Business Debt, debt collection practices, collection practices act
debt collection practices, collection practices act, fair debt collection practices: Assuming that you are talking about the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (some states, like California, have their own), the answer to your question is that generally the FDCPA does NOT apply to commercial transactions, but there are exceptions....

Business Debt: Collection letters for business debt, collection letters, michelle dunn
collection letters, michelle dunn, business debt: Doug, Congratulations on your agency, I am so glad you are doing well ! I don t know of any resources for just business debt, I do have 3 different books of collection letters but they are for consumer debt as well. When I had my agency I would create my...

Business Debt: Collections for small business, petsitting business, certified mail
petsitting business, certified mail, contingency basis: Good morning Rachel ! I am sorry to hear of your dilemna. First, send a 10 day demand letter to your client. It needs to be very firm and very specific. Send it certified mail. It should read something like... this letter serves as notice that payment...

Business Debt: Collections, small claims court, dryve
small claims court, dryve, deadbeats: Small claims court is your best option. Explain to the disputing party that you need to resolve this in an amiciable manner. Politely state that it is not fair that they withhold the entire balance on a 21.00 dispute. If that fails to work, then I would...

Business Debt: Commerical Debt Counseling, debt management firm, debt management company
debt management firm, debt management company, commerical debt: Sherry: Thank you for your detailed inquiry. Your situation is regrettable, but one I am particularly familiar with. I am an executive of a Commercial Debt Resolution firm, and your case is classic with the exception of how your situation is being handled....

Business Debt: Company out of business trying to collect debt, statue of limitations, oral agreement
statue of limitations, oral agreement, statute of limitations: This depends on the type of bill or debt that this is. Was there a written or oral agreement for the store bill? If there is a judgement the debt has a statute of limitations of 20 years which can be renewed for another 20 years if it is not paid in that...

Business Debt: Corporate Debt Responsibility, personal credit reports, couple applications
personal credit reports, couple applications, social security number: I would not suggest ignoring them, it will just get bigger and more out of control. You can send a letter explaining the circumstances and be sure to send it certified or with a return receipt so you can be sure they received the letter. Be very clear and...

Business Debt: Corporate Debt Responsibility, personal credit reports, couple applications
personal credit reports, couple applications, social security number: Tim: Thanks for your follow up question. Unfortunately there is no simple answer. You have to do what you feel is right in notifying creditors. They will generally pursue collections aggressively if they get through the phone line to leave a message or speak...

Business Debt: Corporate Debt, blessing in disguise, unsecured credit card
blessing in disguise, unsecured credit card, credit card debt: The fact that they turned down your offers of settlement may turnout to be a blessing in disguise. This will be easier to discuss on the telephone. I will not charge you just to talk on the telephone. 432 853-5711 Then we can discuss your various...

Business Debt: Corporate debt, affidavit of fact, personal credit report
affidavit of fact, personal credit report, return receipt: Lori: Thank you for your question. I do understand the complexity of your situation, but do not have a simple answer to resolve it. I would suggest that you send a letter to the creditor where your debt originated validating that the debt and all expenses...

Business Debt: Credit Card Machine, credit card transaction, acupuncture practice
credit card transaction, acupuncture practice, taking the plunge: Good morning Mike ! Glad to hear you are taking the plunge into business ownership. I don t have extensive hands on experience with credit card machines but will be happy to share with you what I do know. First of all, fees vary greatly. Most of the...

Business Debt: Credit Card says I am co-guarantor, but I never signed anything, sole responsibilty, business mail
sole responsibilty, business mail, letter of indemnification: Dear G.Green: Thank you for your inquiry. Your situation is quite common but no less unfortunate than an individual who has suffered fraudulent use of his credit information. It appears that the debt may be quite old, and has likely been sold to a collection...

Business Debt: Credit reporting, credit bureaus, transunion
credit bureaus, transunion, credit history: Marquetta, I would get copies of your credit reports from all three credit bureaus and find out what is on there that is negative. I would take care of that as soon as you can, it could be an error or something that is easily and quickly resolved. If not,...

Business Debt: Credit Score For My Company, live news feed, prime minister tony blair
live news feed, prime minister tony blair, minister tony blair: Good Morning Larry, First of all, I want to take a second to thank you for writing to me. I have been traveling a lot and am happy to finally have a bit of free time. I am glad that you have been watching my site and all of the national media coverage...

Business Debt: Is this a collection agency or billing service, due bills, service ms
due bills, service ms, billing service: Kim, I have never worked with or for a billing service but a collection agency is something totally different with different laws and guidelines as well as different job objectives. Collection agencies collect for clients on accounts that are past due and...

Business Debt: collection letters, debt collection letters, michelle dunn
debt collection letters, michelle dunn, leters: Hi Brenda, You can get copies of collection letters to use, by doing a search on the internet in a major search engine. You can also ask other business owners if they would share their leters with you, or ask your local chamber of commerce. There are also...

Business Debt: company went out of business, can collection agency still collect?, last straw, management office
last straw, management office, illegal activity: Renee, I would get out a copy of your lease and check on the notice portion of this question. But as you stated, you decided that you needed to break the lease. If the debt would be in the companies name and not in your name personally it may depend on...

Business Debt: company credit card, business credit card, pocession
business credit card, pocession, debt issues: Cindi: Thank you for your inquiry. I regret that you and your organization have been jeopardized and violated in such an irresponsible way, especially by someone whom you all trusted. It is difficult for me to provide advice since I am uncertain of who is...

Business Debt: contract breach, gerry harris, contract breach
gerry harris, contract breach, accounting books: This situation has so many issues that are still unresolved, it would be impossible for me to give you a good answer on the facts that you stated here. I would say one thing though, there is obviosly some serious breachof fiduciary duties here insofar as...

Business Debt: credit card debt collection, amex card, credit card debt
amex card, credit card debt, equipment purchases: James, If you request verification or proof of the debt, they have to send that to you by law. If they cannot provide it, they cannot continue to try to collect from you. If the card wasn t in your name or applied for by you, they won t be able to provide...

Business Debt: credit card liability, compensation policy, room charges
compensation policy, room charges, incidentals: Shari, If it is legal or not depends on the contract you have with this company. Pull out your contract and check to see if there was a time limit or anything that specifies you would be responsible or they would be responsible for those fees. then you can...

Business Debt: Dealing with company debt with company dissolution, payroll employees, personal assets
payroll employees, personal assets, credit card debt: Dear Ernest: Thank you for your question. As it seems quite loaded I will attempt to answer portions that relate to debt liability only. As it relates to corporate debt, if your corporation opened trade lines utilizing a tax id only, NOT a SS# or with...

Business Debt: Debt Collections, check stubs, debt collections
check stubs, debt collections, potential liability: Doug, If you paid off what you charged on the card and have copies of your check stubs or receipts of your payments, send that to the collection agency and also let them know that the card is not yours. If the company obtained and issued a card, they would...

Business Debt: Debt to be collected from my American partner, debt collection agency, american partner
debt collection agency, american partner, ammount: Constantin, If you can t pursue the debt yourself in the US I would contact an attorney OR a debt collection agency. make sure you provide a copy of the contract. This will help you to get paid, either with the help of an agency or attorney or if you decide...

Business Debt: Debt collection on a commission?, service advertisement, technical matter
service advertisement, technical matter, favorable terms: In direct response to the specific question that you asked, it is not uncommon for overpayments (which this would appear to be) to be treated as debts subject to collecgtion by whatever legal method the creditor decides to utilize such as collection agencies,...

Business Debt: Debt Elimination -GET OUT OF DEBT, unforeseen circumstance, legitimate companies
unforeseen circumstance, legitimate companies, area of north dakota: I would recommend that you attempt to do so on your own first. Explain your situation and let them know that you intend to resolve this but need some help. Explain that you do not intend to file BK. I would also suggest that you ask for a Supervisor...

Business Debt: Debt free free first?, debt to income ratio, sole proprietor
debt to income ratio, sole proprietor, paying off debt: Michael: First of all, thank you for your inquiry. Your father is very fortunate to have a son as concerned for his well being as you seem to be. As in life, business provides us with many opportunities to prioritize. Growth is critical to sustain a business,...

Business Debt: Debtor Examination, good answer, creditor
good answer, creditor, sorts: Just to make sure, you are being called in for a debtor s examination, not for the creditor s meeting, right? It would be impossible for me to give you a good answer without knowing more about what kind of a creditor this is and some other basics about...

Business Debt: Disolved, business credit cards, credit card accounts
business credit cards, credit card accounts, certified mail: If you requested verification of the debts within 30 days from being contacted by the collection agency and they did not provide it, you should talk to an attorney. Show him the letters you received from that agency along with your proof of requesting the...

Business Debt: deadbeat client, contingency basis, lawyer fee
contingency basis, lawyer fee, john thanks: Not a problem Bob. I would send him a 10 day demand letter. Send me your email address at jsabol@dsosolutions.com and I will send you one in which you can fill in the blanks. Send the letter to the debtor via certified mail, return receipt requested....

Business Debt: debt, exact issue, business matter
exact issue, business matter, debt collectors: Dear Alec: Thank you for your inquiry. If these firms or debt collectors are not leaving you specific information as to the nature of their calls, one might assume that their calls are erroneous. However, without benefit of the background of your case, I...

Business Debt: a debt that is over 10-12 yrs old- Robert Paisola Responds, fair debt collection practice act, debt collection practice
fair debt collection practice act, debt collection practice, fair debt collection: Sherry, If what you are saying is true, they are screwed. Let me be clear...they can not do anything. If she really did say that they were going to arrest you, then I want you to send me the information of that agency and will call them and put it up on...

Business Debt: debt, exact issue, request verification
exact issue, request verification, debt collectors: Alec, If the phone calls you are getting are getting your answering machine, that is why they dont state exact issues and just leave a vague message, they cannot leave that information on your machine by law. I would not recommend not answering or calling...

Business Debt: debt collection, vip logo, nonsense approach
vip logo, nonsense approach, international corporations: Hello Natalie, If I were you, I would immediately file a counter claim against the party that sued you for wrongful suit. I would also sue the seller of the business for non-disclosure and if you have any additional payments due on the purchase like...

Business Debt: debt collection, personal credit card, warehause
personal credit card, warehause, proof of delivery: Verification of the debt is proof or validation of the debt. Sometimes that can be a signed purchase order, or your order form when the item was purchased, ti can be a signed contract or agreement, it can be an itemized invoice or a proof of delivery. As...

Business Debt: debt collection, credit bureaus, credit bureau
credit bureaus, credit bureau, upstate ny: Roger, If you are a member of ACA or have my book Starting a Collection Agency the requirements and contact information to get those requirements filled are in a chapter dedicated to that and listed by each state you would like to collect in. Once your...

Business Debt: debt collection, collections agency, international corporations
collections agency, international corporations, standards of success: Betty, Would you please provide feedback on the allexperts site! Thanks : ) Rob ___________________________________________ Betty, There is a reason that NCO is being sued all over the nation. This is the kind of crap that they do. It looks...

Business Debt: debt consolidation, business debts, debt consolidation
business debts, debt consolidation, unsecured loan: yep garbage. U can do the same for no cost. and u cannot legally eliminate any debts without going bankrupt---- aside from paying off the debts. some firms offer to the creditors to get them to take a discount off what is owed them. THEN the borrower...

Business Debt: debt owed by me, social security number, dear kate
social security number, dear kate, debt issues: Dear Kate: Thank you for your inquiry. I regret that your business is not fairing well, leaving you with debt issues to resolve. Your partner seems well intentioned, however you both really need to consider some of the following to reach an informed decision....

Business Debt: debt, credit card debts, first data corp
credit card debts, first data corp, small diner: Alan: been there, done that. the creditor is owed money and if u sat at home, and did nothing, u would be free of his complaints. HOWEVER, you reasonably want to go forth and try new things in life and one includes a new mortgage. I had to negotiate...

Business Debt: dissolved business debt, business debts, zero money
business debts, zero money, silent partner: You shouldn t have to live like this in hiding - there are some options that you may have that could give you immediate relief, but to know for sure I would have to know more facts than you state in your question. This really would be easier to talk about...

Business Debt: dissolved business debt, business debts, zero money
business debts, zero money, silent partner: something besides the biz harmed your husband. A small biz would not do that. regardless; why shut it down--hire a manager! anyway, find some fix up real estate and buy it using hard money and sell it and give the cash to these creditors. in 90...

Business Debt: dissolved business debt, business debts, product consumers
business debts, product consumers, personal bankruptcy: Kelly, I am so sorry to hear of your difficult situation. I am saddened that it has come to a point that you can t answer your door. I would attempt to contact all of the vendors and explain your situation. Let them know that you dont have any income and...

Business Debt: Establishing Business Credit, real estate investor, establishing business credit
real estate investor, establishing business credit, ups store: You will find ALOT of information about how to establish business credit, there are many pros and cons. Check out my blog at www.BizCreditPolicy.com and other association websites for the best ways. Most business phone numbers will be included in directory...

Business Debt: Establishing Business Credit w/no pers guarantee, business checking account, establishing business credit
business checking account, establishing business credit, better business bureau: Alvin, I would check references including the Better Business Bureau on the individual that wants to charge you $2100.00 for this service. I have been in this industry a very long time and have never heard of something like this, please make sure to do your...

Business Debt: Follow Up on Credit Card LLC Issue, business mail, credit card debt
business mail, credit card debt, letter of indemnification: Gil: Thank you for your follow up question. I regret that the events that have apparently transpired make it necessary. Here is basically what has occurred; You apparently had accounts with your creditor who issued the cards in question. The bank (BofA) does...

Business Debt: Business debt, debt collector, collection agencies
Business Debt: Business debt, debt collector, collection agencies, good luck

Business Debt: Collecting on business debt, consumers
Business Debt: Collecting on business debt, consumers

Business Debt: Corporate Debt, volunteer expert, offer in compromise
Business Debt: Corporate Debt, volunteer expert, offer in compromise, debt question

Business Debt: Credit Card Machine, merchant services
Business Debt: Credit Card Machine, merchant services

Business Debt: Debt Elimination -GET OUT OF DEBT, tax irs, irs tax
Business Debt: Debt Elimination -GET OUT OF DEBT, tax irs, irs tax, filter requests

Business Debt: Establishing Business Credit w/no pers guarantee, store credit cards, dell home
Business Debt: Establishing Business Credit w/no pers guarantee, store credit cards, dell home, home depot

Business Debt: Hair salon commission percentage for employees..., clien, five dollars
Business Debt: Hair salon commission percentage for employees..., clien, five dollars, paying employees

Business Debt: Incorporated Business Credit Card Debt, cardmembers, amex
Business Debt: Incorporated Business Credit Card Debt, cardmembers, amex, good luck

Business Debt: NCO financial, inaccuracies, credit cards
Business Debt: NCO financial, inaccuracies, credit cards, period of time

Business Debt: Personal quarantee on corporate credit card., john hall, carpenter
Business Debt: Personal quarantee on corporate credit card., john hall, carpenter, telephone number

Business Debt: personal vs. LLC responsiblilities, limited liability company, personal business
Business Debt: personal vs. LLC responsiblilities, limited liability company, personal business, liabilities

Business Debt: Time limit on collecting a business debt, california debt collection laws, debt collection laws
Business Debt: Time limit on collecting a business debt, california debt collection laws, debt collection laws, california statutes

Business Debt: fighting unfair debt claim, debt collection practices, fair debt collection practices
debt collection practices, fair debt collection practices, debt collection law: Vic, 1. Did you let your attorney know they were still contacting you? Tell him you want him to send a letter regarding the fact that they violated the FDCPA - since if they contact you after you retain an attorney and they hear from him, that is a violation...

Business Debt: Hair salon commission percentage for employees..., commission percentage, protocall
commission percentage, protocall, t pay: Hairdressers here in New Hampshire start either at 45-50% and stay usually at 50-55%. This seems to be a good system. Commission only so if you don t do any haircuts for 2 days then you make nothing, which is a downside. A 50%commission is normal protocall...

Business Debt: HELP!!!, sba loan, due jan
sba loan, due jan, construction market: Traci: Thanks for your patience. I have done some checking around for alternatives for you. I spoke with the SBA who frankly have very little to offer. As I am unsure of what type of loan you have I assumed it was a bank issued 7A type. You stated that you...

Business Debt: How to handle small business debt., due states, fish business
due states, fish business, tropical fish: Good morning Jon, Sounds like you have your hands full;however, it appears that all of this can be dealt with. Supplier # 1 First, since you are a business, the C & D letter does not have to be honored by the collection agency. C & D s typically apply...

Business Debt: Incorporated Business Credit Card Debt, business credit card, business lawyer
business credit card, business lawyer, debt question: Yes, if you have given them the owners contact information and their attorneys contact information and they continue to contact you, you should have a lawyer contact them to put an end to it. It is illegal for a debt collector to discuss a debt with someone...

Business Debt: internal collection department, federal employer identification, federal employer identification number
federal employer identification, federal employer identification number, employer identification number: Valerie, You would need to have a new Federal ID# as well as a new name for your collection agency, since it would be a new company. If it were a department it would be under your same business name. You will also need to be licensed and/or bonded depending...

Business Debt: Judgment Collection from Credit Card Client, credit card authorization, small claims court
credit card authorization, small claims court, judgment collection: If you have already obtained a judgment, file with the same court for periodic payments. This will get you a hearing where a judge will order specific payments to be made on specific dates and if they violate that court order, they can be held in contempt...

Business Debt: What Laws protect a personal guarantor?, miranda language, personal guaranty
miranda language, personal guaranty, soft manner: Debt buyers are in fact bound by the FDCPA. If they are making an attempt to collect a debt, they are bound. Period. I was just at a seminar in which this exact topic was adressed by a huge buyer of delinquent debt. No exempt business with even think about...

Business Debt: Lease Purchase a Truck?, retail grocery stores, subjective business
retail grocery stores, subjective business, operator company: Mr. Eidson: Unfortunately I don t know if I can be of much help. In order to advise you as to the legitimacy of a particular lease agreement, especially if it involves a subjective business decision hinging on the credibility of particular businesses, a...

Business Debt: Liabilies in a small business partnership, business partnership, salon business
business partnership, salon business, personal income: You may very well have some personal liaiblity here - but yo also may have some other options to deal with this (both against the current owner you refer to and otherwise) that you have not considered. In order to suggest the best way that you might want...

Business Debt: Liability to authorized users on biz credit cards, credit card holder, career mom
credit card holder, career mom, account names: Barbara: Thank you for your question and concern for others apparently involved in your situation. Please allow me to share some defined information on this subject. Basically, an authorized user is someone authorized by the original credit card holder to...

Business Debt: Limited Liability Company, limited liability company, priority debts
limited liability company, priority debts, winding down: My father is the member of a LLC. All of the members have agreed to the dissolution and termination of the company. The business has incured a substantial amount of debt. The few assets that can be liquidated during the winding down process is insufficient...

Business Debt: LLC, liability risk, janklow
liability risk, janklow, personal debt: Josh: Thank you for your inquiry. Unless you have in any way co-borrowed or co-signed, listed the LLC on title or are a spouse of this individual, than it is unlikely any of this will have any negative bearing on you or your business. Just to be certain,...

Business Debt: LLC Collections, high interest rates, written verification
high interest rates, written verification, credit score: Dear Diane: Thank you for your inquiry. I appreciate the severity of your situation and will try to provide as much advise as I can regarding how you may be able to resolve debts. First of all, I do not know if you are still in business, but it would appear...

Business Debt: LLC debt and bill collector harassment, debt collection practices, fair debt collection practices
debt collection practices, fair debt collection practices, fair debt collection: Since I am not involved and have no first hand experience with this company, I do not know if they are breaking the law, if what you tell me about the calls at 7:30 am and to other people not related to the debt are the case, you would have your attorney look...

Business Debt: LLC defaul and the affect on members, filing personal bankruptcy, tax id number
filing personal bankruptcy, tax id number, timely payments: First of all, your tax advisor is mistaken. Debts that are discharged in bankruptcy are an exception to the general rule about forgiven debts being counted as gross income. If your tax advisor doesn t know that, you may consider getting yourself another...

Business Debt: LLC and personal credit, debt creditors, social security number
debt creditors, social security number, personal score: Dear H. Peters: Thank you for your question. First allow me to suggest that if you have not already done so, you may want to consult with an attorney to minimize risks during the formation of your business entity. As it relates to borrowing working capital;It...

Business Debt: My LLC, professional accountant, payroll tax
professional accountant, payroll tax, janklow: John: I truly appreciate your inquiry. The details of your tax situation are a bit vague, and I can not provide tax advice. However, I can provide an example: Let s imagine this $100,000 owed is 941 (Payroll) tax, the IRS CAN come after you personally as...

Business Debt: lawyer/home collecting, legal suit, check writers
legal suit, check writers, legal approach: When you own a collection agency and have worked the account to a point where you do not feel you can collect, you should always go back to the creditor to see what they want to do. If they want you to hire an attorney and pay for that, you would have an agreement...

Business Debt: llc business debt, fitness gym, investment co
fitness gym, investment co, business debt: Jim, I depends on the contracts and the closing documents. did you purchase the A/R when you purchased the business? Check all your agreements and the contract you have or your friend had with the company that is claiming you owe them money, you may not...

Business Debt: Mentor, startup tips, credit collections
startup tips, credit collections, mel mel: Mel, Are you looking for a mentor or for some consulting? Also, I wanted to let you know about some websites with resources that will help you while you start your agency. I have quite a few resources you can check out, one being my Credit & Collections...

Business Debt: NCO financial, levy money, future fund
levy money, future fund, legal steps: Caitlyn, If your question is Can a collection agency levy money you have without your authorization? then the answer is yes, if you owe them money they can take legal steps to do that. If you have any other questions, I will be happy to answer them...

Business Debt: New Membership w/Credit Bureaus- Wants to Start A Collection Agency- Robert Paisola Responds, major credit bureaus, nonsense approach
major credit bureaus, nonsense approach, international corporations: Stacy, Here is my bottom line on starting a collection anywhere in the country...do not do it. The business is now becomming highly litigious and forums like this kill the ability of the debt collector to push and prod for money. There is a reason...

Business Debt: non profit organization debt and personal guarantee, american express credit card, family debt
american express credit card, family debt, co signer: Hello, This is similar to co-signing on a loan. When the church did not pay, the collection agency has every legal right to go after you as the card holder since you gave your personal guarantee. The same as if a co-signer gets a call when the person...

Business Debt: Old Debt, sleeping dogs, credit score
sleeping dogs, credit score, insurance rates: Hello B Terry, Thank you for taking the time to write to me about your debt with the cell phone company. One issue that I an concerned with is that the account was originally a corporate account. In that case the obligation would rest with the company....

Business Debt: Old debts, personal guarantees, personal assets
personal guarantees, personal assets, bko: The facts that you give raise more questions than answers. It would be impossible for anyone to give you a good idea of what should be done without knowing more specific facts - was there actually one LLC and then another LLC or one corporation and then...

Business Debt: Overdue account, mail order catalogs, drop shippers
mail order catalogs, drop shippers, voice mail: Obviously you ae in somewhat of a spot here - if you cut them off you run the risk of not getting anything, but if you don t they still might do that. I would think that when all is said and done, it boils down to just that - and those are the types of decisions...

Business Debt: owning a llc company, social security number, janklow
social security number, janklow, llc company: Dear Deb: Thank you for your inquiry. It would appear that you have no role in your husbands company, unless of course he has placed you as an officer of some sort. If he incurs debt by borrowing in the business name and tax ID only, then only the business...

Business Debt: Paid debt, check copies, collection letters
check copies, collection letters, mail: Keep those check copies, that is what you need to prove you paid the debt. Unfortunately you may have to hire an attorney to send a letter with a copy of your check and any other paperwork you have to the agency in order for them to stop calling you and sending...

Business Debt: Personal guarantee, dencor, load controllers
dencor, load controllers, investigative fees: Hello again Mr Pierson: After sending you that short answer yesterday, I got to thinking about your situation and how you might better protect your position than just doing nothing. You may be in a position to file a counter claim against the people that...

Business Debt: Personal liability of business debt, personal credit cards, personal credit card
personal credit cards, personal credit card, scrapbook store: You should check with your accountant and look over any signed agreements you may have had as well as your general partnership paperwork. If your partner feels this was your business and not a partnership you may be liable if she can prove the balance is...

Business Debt: Personal quarantee on corporate credit card., ubi number, personal credit
ubi number, personal credit, heart attack: I gave you the wrong phone number. It is 214 779-3427 Settling the debt may not be such a good idea for a lot of reasons. You may have other options here. Call me if you would llike to talk on the phone. I will not charge you just to talk on...

Business Debt: payment over the phone, catalina drive, debt cards
catalina drive, debt cards, michelle dunn: Mary, Yes, You can do it yourself using any software that creates bank drafts. Some people who do this use Versacheck. Also, here are some places that will work with collection agencies, please let them know you heard about them through me. rcsmith@midamericasolutions.com...

Business Debt: personal bankruptcy and business credit cards, credit card balances, business credit cards
credit card balances, business credit cards, personal credit card: Dear Aleta: Thank you for your inquiry. I regret that you have encountered financial hardship in your business. It seems you have a mixed bag of personal and business debt. I am not sure what your goal is or your financial situation, but if you are presently...

Business Debt: personal vs. LLC responsiblilities, collection agencies, personal debt
collection agencies, personal debt, personal credit: Keith, You are personally responsible to make sure to take care of the creditors and collection agencies. You should have some paperwork from dissolving the company, and you can let them know you have gone out of business and don t have the funds, they may...

Business Debt: Quick Question, janklow, state basis
janklow, state basis, issue one: Tyler: Thank you for your inquiry. As far as I know there are two main bodies that govern the credit card industry. One is the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) the other is provided on a State by State basis with the Attorney General s office of a particular...

Business Debt: quality of companies, machinery orders, export agents
machinery orders, export agents, intelligent decision: This is outside my level of extertise although I know a little about it. The answer is yes. MOst people do pay timely and want to protect those relationships with agents. Still, there are a few who choose to take advantage of them by not paying. With D...

Business Debt: Ready to be self employeed, self employeed, federal student loans
self employeed, federal student loans, collections agency: Brandi, Are you working for an agency now? Would they consider letting your work from home for them? If you are not ready to start your own full fledged collection agency, maybe you would be interested in a franchise, this way you can work from home but...

Business Debt: robbery, michelle dunn, armed robbery
michelle dunn, armed robbery, jewelry store: Oh no, if you don t have insurance you should contact an attorney. You may be required to sell assets to satisfy the debt without the creditors taking further action. I would check with a lawyer and make sure to tell him you did not have insurance. When...

Business Debt: Small Business owner trying to collect, small business owner, contingency basis
small business owner, contingency basis, small claims court: Sorry for taking so long to respond. I was out on vacation and failed to notify the website. It appears that you have enough documentation and support. I would suggest sending a certified letter to the owner or president of each company. Include supporting...

Business Debt: SOL on HOA variable expenses, property management company, variable expenses
property management company, variable expenses, judy judy: Judy, Most states MANDATE that the Board of Directors levy assessment so that the HOA can fulfill its obligations under the law and CC&Rs to do things like maintain the common areas and provide liability insurance. Negligent billing practices by the Board...

Business Debt: Solution to cash flow problems, cash flow problems, niche market
cash flow problems, niche market, money pit: LeRoy: Thank you for your question. It is an important one, and an experience that many business owners encounter. It seems that this experience may serve as a real pinnacle for the next chapter in your vocation, but in order to gain direction you must first...

Business Debt: Starting a business, background checks fraud, computer security issues
background checks fraud, computer security issues, private investigation business: This will be a lot easier to talk about on the telephone. If you call me at this number tonight (Tuesday) or tomorrow. I will be glad to talk with you in more detail and I will not charge you just to talk on the phone. My cell number is 432 853-5711...

Business Debt: Starting a Collection Agency, startup resources, verbage
startup resources, verbage, agency resources: Florence, I would suggest you look at purchasing my book Starting a Collection Agency, it lists all the laws, types of software, and a listing of who to contact in your state for information broken down by state. Also check out this page on my website of...

Business Debt: Stigma of asking for payment, playa del sol, speakers forum
playa del sol, speakers forum, nonsense approach: Hello Scott, Thanks for writing again. Now that I understand your question, it is very simple... because of the POSSIBLE EMBARASSMENT that they feel as they ask for repayment of the money. People generally are worried about what their friends think, and...

Business Debt: Student loan asking for 25% of income, student loan deferments, sallie mae
student loan deferments, sallie mae, desperate straits: Dear Mr. Hall, I m writing from New York. After a few years of hardship (unemployment, low-wage jobs, etc.) I finally got a job that pays $45,000 a year. I had recently used up all my student loan deferments, and I called them to discuss a payment plan. At...

Business Debt: Student loan asking for 25% of income, student loan deferments, nickles and dimes
student loan deferments, nickles and dimes, lasalle street: G., This is what I know about student loans and re-paying them, I have never doen collection of student loans but checked with my Credit & Collections Association to get you this information, I hope it helps! I found out that the Department of Education,...

Business Debt: can you send me a 10 day letter so i can fill in the blanks?, collection tactics, collection accounts
collection tactics, collection accounts, personal liability: There are many variations of the series of letters that you might send regarding your collection accounts. Most go from a pleasant reminder to a stern warning over a period of 30 - 60 - 90 - 120 days past due. However, if you are going to be effective...

Business Debt: small claims, motor vehicle accident, small claims court
motor vehicle accident, small claims court, faulty workmanship: Typically the following types of situations are what is filed in a small claims court. Breach of a written or oral contract. Return of money used as a down payment. Property damage caused by a motor vehicle accident. Damage to or loss of property....

Business Debt: Getting out of a small debt, nonsense approach, international corporations
nonsense approach, international corporations, business habits: Good Morning My Anonymous Friend! Thanks for writing to me on your issue. Here is the ONLY WAY That you should approach this situation. First I would contact the original creditor and tell them that you are willing to pay, however it must be agreed...

Business Debt: i would like to start my own third party debt collections co., merchant account companies, collections company
merchant account companies, collections company, debt collections: I have quite a few free resources at http://www.credit-and-collections.com/startup-tips.html You can also join my networking group at http://www.credit-and-collections.com/index.html to network and learn from others who are just starting their agencies...

Business Debt: starting a collection agency, medical billing company, medical billing software
medical billing company, medical billing software, phone credit cards: Ramona, I have quite a few free resources at http://www.credit-and-collections.com/startup-tips.html This includes software and all the technology you need to do the checks by phone, credit cards etc. I think the lowest cost software that is of good quality...

Business Debt: US student accounts past due, judgement, student loan
judgement, student loan, debts: What is the reason you cannot pay this loan back? Alot of what happens depends on the circumstances surrounding the reason it can not be paid back, most debts can be paid back even if it is slowly, especially a student loan. If it has already gone to collections...

Business Debt: Tax trouble, tax trouble, tax background
tax trouble, tax background, tax attorney: Depending on how large the debt is, consider hiring a tax attorney to negotiate a settlement for you. Some will ask to be paid hourly while others will want a percentage of what they save you. You could attempt to contact the IRS and negotiate it yourself....

Business Debt: Time limit on collecting a business debt, debt collection practices, fair debt collection practices
debt collection practices, fair debt collection practices, fair debt collection: Tia: Thank you for taking time to ask such an important question on behalf of your friend, she is truly fortunate to have people around her with her best interest at heart! According to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act the statute of limitations for...

Business Debt: Time to Raise an Invoice, credit card debt, legal time
credit card debt, legal time, different time: I have no idea what the satute of limitations laws are in the UK. Here in the US, it s complex as different industries have different time limits. Trucking is 9 months, while credit card debt is 36 months. SOrry I couldn t be of more assistance...

Business Debt: trying to salvage my credit, unfortunate occurrence, business checking account
unfortunate occurrence, business checking account, credit repair service: Josh: I do appreciate the follow up, and want to state that every situation is different and suggestions provided here are only that, it is up to you to make the best decisions for you. As this is not a forum to outright solicit, I will only be able to provide...

Business Debt: Unfair collection practices?, small claims court, cease and desist letter
small claims court, cease and desist letter, fair debt collections practices act: Kathryn: Thank you for your inquiry. No doubt a difficult situation for you and your business. I have inquired about your situation with some associates that have in depth knowledge regarding what the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) provides to...

Business Debt: Followup, arrest warrent, scare tactic
arrest warrent, scare tactic, john sabol: I am so sorry for failing to respond. I just found this. It is a summons and complaint to appear in court, versus an arrest warrent. If your son signed personally, versus as an officer of the company, or, signed a personal guarantee, he can be held liable...

Business Etiquette: 12 jobs..., 12 year olds, jobs for 12 year olds
12 year olds, jobs for 12 year olds, summer vacation: You may want to consider starting your own dog walking service for the summer. Also,consider many people work all day or may go on summer vacation and have to leave their pet behind, you can offer to walk or watch their pet and get paid at the same time!...

Business Etiquette: 19th century envelopes, theater props, dinner invitations
theater props, dinner invitations, dinner invitation: OH Juliet Markowitz! You are my favorite favorite person today. These questions are usually very routine and can be answered automatically. Nice to help people,but a little boring. SO THANK YOU!!! Now,as to your question! From Parlor Amusements and...

Business Etiquette: Business Letter addressed to 2 people, worthy charity, mr doe
worthy charity, mr doe, paper stamps: Dear Michelle, Yes,please. The wording would be have to be different anyway. Dear Mrs Harrison, In honor of your 90th birthday,the book Title of Title was given to the Worthy Charity by Sam Doe. We hear at Worthy Charity join...

Business Etiquette: Button down shirts, casual dress environment, button down shirts
casual dress environment, button down shirts, fashion of the times: Dear Alan, I m sorry,but I don t understand the question. Are the Under 30s leaving the collar points unbuttoned or the top button on the placket? I m not sure I d know the answer anyway. It is probably just a fashion they have all picked up (even...

Business Etiquette: babysittig problems, babysitting jobs, anne taylor
babysitting jobs, anne taylor, personal reasons: Tia, Are you saying a woman is babysitting as a job? and you would like to babysit too? You can begin to babysit for people you know in your neighborhood. There are more than enough opportunities, and you will not be hurting her chances for work as there...

Business Etiquette: college envelope addressing, head volleyball coach, womens volleyball
head volleyball coach, womens volleyball, coach smith: Dear Michelle, You don t have as many lines to work with as you think, which is good news. Mr. Joe Smith State University Athletic Department Post Office Box 555 ...

Business Etiquette: ending a business relationship, letter of termination, professional relationship
letter of termination, professional relationship, conflict management: A hard copy (not email)letter of termination of services would be in your best interest as a paper trail confirmation of your desired request would be on file (keep a copy for your records). In addition, over the phone or preferrably in person, you may...

Business Etiquette: interview with morethen one person, anne taylor, handwritten note
anne taylor, handwritten note, leverage: Sylvia, Ideally, if you have contact detail for each individual then send a handwritten note of thanks for consideration to each person. Do not use email. The attention to detail in sending a hand written message has more leverage. You may also choose...

Business Etiquette: Partnership vs. Sole Proprietership, sole proprietership, small business administration
sole proprietership, small business administration, start ups: Julene, You may want to consider this venture on your own. You may partner using the person s expertise, at some point, however, initial partnerships can be complicated and if this venture allows you to take your existing client base you have built, then...

Business Etiquette: Reference name etiquette, governor jeb bush, honorable jeb bush
governor jeb bush, honorable jeb bush, cynthia lett: Dear David: Former Governors don t retain their titles after leaving office. US Senators are the only ones who do. On the envelope,you would address former Governor Jeb Bush as The Honorable Jeb Bush and Mrs. Bush address address Salutation: Dear Mr....

Business Etiquette: supervisors letter critique, cynthia lett, dear linda
cynthia lett, dear linda, good writing: Dear Linda: The executive sent to you the letter to keep you in the loop - not to write the letter for him. In order not to be disrespectful, acknowledge his letter as good, but add that you have made suggestions in a different color. Then phrase the parts...

Business Etiquette: uni qualifications, cynthia lett, post grad
cynthia lett, post grad, ctp: Dear Mr. Uulf: Your higher degrees (MBA,Ph.D., M.D.)go after your name in the order of relevance to the work you are doing. Limit the number of qualifications to three after your name. Both your letterhead and business card should read the same. I hope...

Business Etiquette: Asking for my job back., regional manager, economic times
regional manager, economic times, stock market: Dear Lisa, Write a letter and send it to all the relevant people. Human resources,regional manager,C.F.O -- anyone who might have a say in this. Begin by saying that you understand why they took the steps that they did. Then go about trying to...

Business Etiquette: Business Attire, attire for business, business casual
attire for business, business casual, business attire: Here is suggested language that may be used for your invitation: Power Business: Men: business suit, dress shirt, tie, leather shoes Women: skirted or tailored pant suit, closed toe shoes General Business: Men: Still includes tie with dress...

Business Etiquette: Business Etiquette- How to express appreciation, dear jennifer, business suites
dear jennifer, business suites, business etiquette: Dear Jennifer, Write a note expressing your gratitude. This is not something that you can not or should try to repay. Do make it known that when you are in a position to help someone as you have been helped (by the gift of these suits) you will. It...

Business Etiquette: Business Letter, anne taylor, business letter
anne taylor, business letter, salutation: Anne, You may remove the attn. line on the actual letter, as long as the salutation in the letter utilizes the person s name. Having the attn. on the envelope is most important to ensure it reaches the proper party. The outside envelope should address...

Business Etiquette: Displaying Awards at our Business Office, achievement plaques, business office
achievement plaques, business office, motivation: Dear Tim, Please do display your awards in the new office. If this will give your customers/vendors some confidence that you do indeed know what you are doing,why not take advantage of it? You earned them,they are yours to do with as you please....

Business Etiquette: FOLLOW UP AFTER E-MAILING RESUME, anne taylor, good luck
anne taylor, good luck, receipt: Donna, Be sure to read the posting carefully. Many of the postings state clearly that no contact is to made, they will contact you if they are interested. The letter you have received is a standard format indicating receipt of document and after review...

Business Etiquette: Holiday Mixer Invitations, invitations, rsvp
invitations, rsvp, save the date: Typically Save the Date email should be sent six weeks out, and then follow with the formal invitation about one month out, typically the holiday s are very busy for most individuals so send a follow-up remind email two weeks out to ensure the highest attendance....

Business Etiquette: harassment at a school, conflict management in the workplace, harassment
conflict management in the workplace, harassment, business etiquette: Based on how to handle conflict management , it is highly recommended that when there is an issue to be addressed, it should be done so...privately. Therefore, request that you would like to talk with her privately. If she continues to refuse to meet privately,...

Business Etiquette: how to get my job back that I left., better sense, tammy
better sense, tammy, few days: Dear Tammy, Please write your former boss a letter explaining the situation. Remind them of what you enjoyed about working there and what assets you brought to the company. Maybe your job has become open again,in that case you are a known quantity,they...

Business Etiquette: Lunch Invitations, lunch invitations, advance plan
lunch invitations, advance plan, anne taylor: Travis, Although it would be nice to have lunch invitations with others, it would be advised that you minimize expectations of others to comply. You may want to consider inviting a co-worker to lunch in advance, and schedule a lunch that would be planned....

Business Etiquette: Party and Potluck Quandry, game nights, person income
game nights, person income, husband don: Dear Melody, If she is that good of a friend to you,have a talk with her. Explain that without an income it is not possible to contribute to the potluck as you have before. Let her know that during this stressful time in your life it is important to...

Business Etiquette: shirts - tucking, professional appearance, anne taylor
professional appearance, anne taylor, size clothing: Christine, A person of larger size should tuck their shirt in to maintain a professional appearance. This is possible, it is up to that individual to buy the appropriate size clothing. In my dealings with attire and this specific issue, I find many times...

Business Etiquette: stamps vs machine, junk mail, anne taylor
junk mail, anne taylor, postage meter: Vicki, Some would say that the postage stamp with envelope hand addressed appears to be more personal than the use of a machine. Many junk mail organizations have caught on to the fact that a postage stamp appears more personal than a machine to encourage...

Business Etiquette: Addressing a business letter, addressing a business letter, 21st century world
addressing a business letter, 21st century world, anne taylor: Laura, The married couple and the wife that has not taken the husband s name would be addressed as you state, Mr. John Smith, and Ms. Mary Jones, Mr. and Mrs. John Smith would be if they both claim use of the same last name and are of course married. ...

Business Etiquette: Asking for a Raise, raise, asking for a raise
raise, asking for a raise, boss: That is a great question Jennifer. Some companies offer raises solely on an annual basis and given based on merit and possible review of performance evaluations. These types of companies rarely give additional raises. Union Employees are also unlikely to...

Business Etiquette: business etiguette, congratulatory messages, anne taylor
congratulatory messages, anne taylor, ray ray: Ray, A letter stating your appreciation for their support during this exciting time, that you look forward to moving ahead and working as a team to accomplish objectives. Be sure to put the letter in a Word document formally, and attach by email to give...

Business Etiquette: credentials, mental health counselor, mental health practice
mental health counselor, mental health practice, cynthia lett: Dear Carol: I know this can be confusing. Since your Ph.D. is in your field, your letterhead and business cards can have your business name on them as any company s name or logo would appear. Additionally I would suggest you put your name, Carol L. Clark...

Business Etiquette: how to deal........, listen charlie, anne taylor
listen charlie, anne taylor: Charlie, Typically, I would require more information. What is the situation? What Industry? Where do you find the breakdown in communication? If a customer is not hearing your message, it may require asking questions to determine where there is a...

Business Etiquette: displaying degrees on office wall, anne taylor, bachelor master
anne taylor, bachelor master, doctorate: Bill, The diplay of the Doctorate would be sufficient, as you cannot acquire a Doctorate without a Bachelor s or a Master s. However, some indivdiduals will display all three, especially if acquired at different learning institutions as way to generate...

Business Etiquette: engraving, monogram, first name
monogram, first name, last name: Hello Lisa. The traditional monogram when engraving initials for one person is as you suggested. The first initial of the first initial of the first name on the left, the first initial of the last name in the center (which will be larger), and the first...

Business Etiquette: Gift Giving, gifts, cards
gifts, cards, gift-giving: The simple answer is that a gift is never a requirement if you don t attend an occasion. If you do attend an invited event of course an appropriate gift is required. If you are invited but decide not to attend you have the option of sending a gift or...

Business Etiquette: Honorific appropriate for former USA presidents, cynthia lett, media mavens
cynthia lett, media mavens, usa presidents: Dear Joan: You are correct. The United States has one president at a time and only one person can be addressed as President So and So. When a president leaves office, he becomes Mr. unless he was a Senator. That is the only honorific that stays with the...

Business Etiquette: Indicted elected officials, honorifics, elected officials
honorifics, elected officials, cynthia lett: Dear Teresa: It is still correct to use their honorific after the official retires. Take former Mayor Marion Barry of Washington, DC (where I live). He was sent to jail on felony drug charges but still remained the Mayor. While he holds another elected...

Business Etiquette: Veteran's Ceremony, mistress of ceremony, master of ceremony
mistress of ceremony, master of ceremony, ceremonies: The answer to this question is you may use either term. Using Mistress of Ceremony is common and appropriate when referring to a female but not necessary. The term Master when used in the context of Master of Ceremony refers to someone with a mastery...

Business Etiquette: 12 year olds, cynthia lett, 12 year olds
cynthia lett, 12 year olds, babysitting training: Dear Yasmine: The answer to your question depends upon the state where you live. In my state it is legal as long as the 12 year old completes a babysitting training class and passes a test. The thing to do is to call your state s attorney office. They...

Business Etiquette: Address a holiday card to a client, Holiday Card, address
Holiday Card, address, company correspondence: The holiday card should be addressed to the recipient s name with the company s name and address below. I referenced several materials and none of them are explicit about the format but rather specify that it should be addressed to the recipient at their...

Business Etiquette: Addressing an envelope, christmas card to a friend, addressing an envelope
christmas card to a friend, addressing an envelope, cloumbia: I am sorry for the late reply as I was away for the holidays. I trust you found your answer before the holidays which would have been that you may present the college address this way: Meg Carter University of Missouri 31 S. 6th Street 229 Mcdavid...

Business Etiquette: Addressing Mr. President, cynthia lett, protocol issues
cynthia lett, protocol issues, former presidents: Dear Mr. Terry: I think it is very nice that Peter Baker responded to your comments. Isn t it interesting that organizations feel they can change protocol just because it sounds better to them. Rules are supposed to be followed when dealing with protocol...

Business Etiquette: business ethics, business ethics, ethics
business ethics, ethics, business: Santosh, Business ethics is in regard to behavior and choices made in the workplace. Employing corporate objectives and goals in an honest and ethical manner with integrity. By definition ethics are a set of moral principles and values, and then applied...

Business Etiquette: Christmas bonus, bonus, christmas bonus
bonus, christmas bonus, resignation: Hi Linda. You may want to present this question to a Human Resources expert. My thoughts are that the intent behind the Christmas Bonus is to reward the employee for good work done throughout the previous year. The employee was there for 99% of the...

Business Etiquette: Correct title, cynthia lett, professor smith
cynthia lett, professor smith, medical issue: Dear Gail: The answer to your question depends upon what your relationship is to the person. If you are addressing them because they are your professor or the subject has to do with academics, you address them in the salutation as Professor Smith. If you...

Business Etiquette: Faxing letters, physical documents, letter example
physical documents, letter example, paper documents: Hi James: I use Enclosure for actual paper documents, which means, if you send mail (a letter) with documents in the same envelope or if you fax (which prints at the other end in physical paper), enclosure refers to other physical documents contained...

Business Etiquette: How do I handle "almost" being offered a position?, new job, job offer
new job, job offer, cynthia lett: Dear Laurel: I understand how anxious you must feel to be waiting for an answer about the job. I would wait until tomorrow to call and inquire of the status of their decision. Ask if there is anything additional they need to know about you. It may be that...

Business Etiquette: Introductions, cynthia lett, business introductions
cynthia lett, business introductions, male friend: Thank you for your question. The rules of social introductions are simple in so far as you need to figure out the status of the individuals who are being introduced. Keep in mind that a person outside of your family will have a higher status than a family...

Business Etiquette: New Job, new job, leaving a job
new job, leaving a job: Christine, Speak to your management and explain your situation. Since they are closing in February, and understand the difficulty in finding opportunity in today s job market, they may be understanding. You are correct, that a day s notice is not sufficient...

Business Etiquette: proper etiquette for listing education and certifications, cynthia lett, listing education
cynthia lett, listing education, signature line: Dear Linda: When you have one graduate degree, it is listed first after your name. Your certifications are listed based upon when you received them and the relevance to your work. If you earned a certification that is not relevant, you leave it off altogether....

Business Etiquette: Sticky situation, Christmas Party, Invitation
Christmas Party, Invitation: Mary, Keep in mind that a layoff is not personal. This is a difficult economy for businesses of every size so if your decision not to go to the party is a result of the layoff, I would reconsider. The Christmas Party may be a great way to network for...

Business Etiquette: Accepting Free Event Tickets, cynthia lett, free ticket
cynthia lett, free ticket, purchaser: Dear Barb - Thanks for your question. You accepted an invitation from your friend. It doesn t matter who bought the ticket because your friend asked you to join her, she didn t ask you if you wanted to pay for the ticket. You are not obligated in any way...

Business Etiquette: Address block for letter addressed to two different people, e mail addresses, cynthia lett
e mail addresses, cynthia lett, snail mail: Dear Cricket: I am sorry if I misunderstood your initial question. You would address each individual alone for the letter they will receive. If you want to include your appreciation of their contribution as well as the other person s contribution, you...

Business Etiquette: How to answer being fired for taking time off for a sick child, spill your guts, daycare
spill your guts, daycare, verbal warnings: Dear Kati, Don t go into too much detail or present yourself as a victim of the old company s weird policy. Say simply When I left the X company to join the Y company I did so because of the benefits they offered. The stated policy was not in line...

Business Etiquette: Professional addresses, cynthia lett, professional addresses
cynthia lett, professional addresses, further confusion: Dear D.P.G.: I can understand your frustration. Keep in mind though that people will assume your last name is Parrish Gladish because it is rare that we spell out our middle names other than as part of our full last name. I would suggest using Donnette...

Business Etiquette: State Representative, dear charlotte, john doe
dear charlotte, john doe, city state zip: Dear Charlotte: A State Representative should be listed as such: Mr. John Doe _________ (your state) State Senator. When you write your thank you note to him you would address the envelope: The Honorable John Doe [State] Senate - You...

Business Etiquette: birthday party invitation do's & dont's, birthday party invitation, party invitations
birthday party invitation, party invitations, gift cards: Dear Cynthia, Yes. It is so far beyond the pale that someone needs to speak to her. You invite people to a life milestone because you wish to have friends and loved ones help you celebrate. It should never even enter your mind that gifts would be involved....

Business Etiquette: business card titles, cynthia lett, card titles
cynthia lett, card titles, co owner: Thank you for your question. When there is more than one owner you can put Co-Owner (shows you share the responsibilities with another), or Owner (all the owners can put Owner on their card but the perception by clients is that he is the only one), or Emporer...

Business Etiquette: business ethics, grand gesture, business ethics
grand gesture, business ethics, thoughtful person: Dear Peter, Well,it s darned inconsiderate of her as well as short sighted and disrespectful of their friendship. It cannot be considered exploitation. He offered and she took him up on it. People can only treat you as poorly as you let them. ...

Business Etiquette: A letter stating ''why should I be considered a rehire", co workers, human resources
co workers, human resources, mistake: Dear Adelina, Tell them up front why you were terminated and why you will not repeat the mistake. Explain what you have been doing in the past year and how the skills or experience will help you be a better employee. Remind them of what positive things...

Business Etiquette: Names on Plaque, husband and wife, business world
husband and wife, business world, plaque: Dear Danie, Socially,she is Mrs Thus Andsuch. In the business world,she is her own person. Please list the names individually. Best regards, Amanda Gambl...

Business Etiquette: returning to you're old job after resigning., new york city police academy, anne taylor
new york city police academy, anne taylor, old job: Miguel, I will need more information. Are you saying that you had to resign from the Academy because you would not have been able to give your current employer ample time to replace you? Did you resign so that you would remain with your current employer...

Business Etiquette: thank you note, cynthia lett, prospective clients
cynthia lett, prospective clients, pleasantries: Dear Ed: The last time you went out of your way to do something for someone and they didn t say thank you or acknowledge your effort, how did you feel about them? I am sure you felt somewhat put upon, taken advantage of, or ignored like everyone does in...

Business Etiquette: Voice Mail Greetings, voice mail greetings, professional voice mail
voice mail greetings, professional voice mail, voice mail messages: Dear David: Thank you for your question. Voice mail is often the first impression someone has of us and professional and informative voice mails lay the foundation of the relationship we hope to have with a client. There is a simple formula for a great...

Business Etiquette: ADHD, self-employed, forgetting appointments, heartfelt apology, adult adhd
heartfelt apology, adult adhd, handwritten note: Dear Christine: I can imagine how frustrating it is for you to not feel in control of your schedule or memory. Adult ADHD is just now getting some recognition and I wish you the very best with your struggle. However, you do need to interact with your...

Business Etiquette: Cover Letters & Resume, cotton paper, anne taylor
cotton paper, anne taylor, writing cover letters: Bob, Use 100% cotton paper (look for watermark) in 24 or 28lb (preferred), it maintains integrity of document and has a quality feel. Send in 9 x 11 envelope, do not fold. Most Staples or Office Depot locations have this grade of paper, or any local printer...

Business Etiquette: Crazy but important business relationship., private music teacher, cynthia lett
private music teacher, cynthia lett, heartfelt apology: Dear Aaron: We cannot account for the fears of others - especially when their fears are unfounded. I am sorry you and your wife are in this situation. I believe you have chosen the right path - you takeover the relationship for now until it all settles...

Business Etiquette: former political titles, cynthia lett, john d jones
cynthia lett, john d jones, political titles: Thank you for your question. A former member of the US House of Representatives does not hold a title after leaving office. Actually they don t have titles while they are in office. When in office they are Mr. or Ms. or Dr.(if they are an MD) and the descriptor...

Business Etiquette: Japanese Client, department decisions, japanese client
department decisions, japanese client, japanese clients: Dear Nancy: You have experienced first-hand what happens in business when dealing with the Japanese as a woman. There are definitely rules you need to follow - for both American men and women. First of all, understand that Japan has a paternal hierarchical...

Business Etiquette: name tags, club interest, name tags
club interest, name tags, magic word: Hi Kate: It all depends on the nature of the event and the purpose you want to achieve, if it s only social and you just want to show people what the school is all about as they are potential applicants, and if they are not already students, each in a major...

Business Etiquette: name tags at a fundraising gala?, cynthia lett, name badges
cynthia lett, name badges, etiquette expert: Dear Ms. Denecke: Your event sounds like fun. As an event planner as well as etiquette expert, I believe the best option is to give your guests options. Have name badges available but not mandatory. And, don t just give them white badges with their names...

Business Etiquette: ref, dale carnegie, good listener
dale carnegie, good listener, first impressions: Sam, A good book to read to get along with others regardless of social standing is How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. I would recommend joining a trade association or chamber of commerce which has events which will connect you...

Business Etiquette: ref, cynthia lett, impeccable manners
cynthia lett, impeccable manners, dear sam: Dear Sam: The first thing you need to have are impeccable manners in everything you do. If you were not raised with them, then it is time to find an expert to work with one-on-one. That is the kind of work I do in my business. To be accepted by any ...

Business Etiquette: return to work, ill son, anne taylor
ill son, anne taylor, time discount: Amy, Your letter could read: I am happy to announce my return to work on a regular basis (perhaps state hours or days of availability and the name of salon if it is other than previous situation). Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing...

Business Etiquette: Spouses at casual business dinners, bon apetite, business dinners
bon apetite, business dinners, anne taylor: Don, Who mentioned it is not warranted or justified? It may be budgetary if on the company dollar. In addition, it is acceptable to take a customer and their spouse or significant other out for dinner. Although it may not be the standard in today s...

Business Etiquette: Asking for a job back after being fired, interview.job, office etiquette
interview.job, office etiquette, cynthia lett: Dear Kimberly: My advice regarding getting your job back is to NOT write a letter. You need to make your best impression on your former boss and you won t have the benefit of reading his body language while he is reading a letter. I advise that you call...

Business Etiquette: Business meeting introducing National heros, flag protocol flag etiquette
flag protocol flag etiquette: Dear Mal: The protocol for presenting the colors (Color Guard), the Pledge and the National Anthem is this - the Color Guard marches to the front of the room (from the entrance of the room), all stand and face the flag as it travels. When stopped the Pledge...

Business Etiquette: business correspondence, business writing, business letter
business writing, business letter, proper correspondence: Dear Janet: There is no reason not to split a paragraph between two pages. Even sentences can be split correctly. Above the second page first paragraph you should write continued . It would look like this: Page 2 continued... rest of the paragraph...

Business Etiquette: Denoting deceased partner on letterhead, letterhead, writing etiquette
letterhead, writing etiquette, business etiquette: Dear Sandie: To include a deceased member of your practice you would list his name along with the others in the practice with either a notation of his birth and death years after his name like this,[George C. Smith M.D.. (1919-2008)] or an asterisk after...

Business Etiquette: Protocol on introductions, cynthia lett, madame speaker
cynthia lett, madame speaker, martha washington: Dear Kate: Thank you for your question. When speaking to a group in which there are elected officials and VIPs, you would acknowledge them from highest to lowest. Think -State of the Union address - Mr.Vice President, Madame Speaker, Members of Congress,...

Business Etiquette: promotions, insult to injury, new boss
insult to injury, new boss, current position: Dear Mary: It is always poor etiquette to do something that purposely makes someone uncomfortable or hurt. That said, businesses rarely provide warnings to employees when changes are made that don t include them directly. Generally speaking, proper etiquette...

Business Etiquette: Business Letter Addressed to 2 Recipients, cynthia lett, jane doe
cynthia lett, jane doe, city state zip: Dear Roxanne: I do believe I have answered this question before. You cannot send one letter in one envelope to two different people hoping that one person will give it to the other. Since we know that is true, you send a copy of the same letter to each...

Business Etiquette: Should i contact them back, cynthia lett, initial salary
cynthia lett, initial salary, increase in salary: Dear Rizwan: If the company has a job opening that you would qualify for, then I suggest you apply for it. It sounds like you left the door open with the interviewer when you explained that you will not be able to take the job right away. Call that person...

Business Etiquette: fax confirmation, fax, correspondence etiquette
fax, correspondence etiquette, business etiquette: Dear Steve: A fax confirmation contains the following information that the recipient completes: Date/Time fax was received Name of recipient Title/Dept. of Recipient Recipient s phone number (with extension if applicable) Recipient s e-mail (if applicable)...

Business Etiquette: Is Hebrew name/lettering okay for personal business letterhead?, letterhead, writing etiquette
letterhead, writing etiquette, business etiquette: Dear Wilbur: When considering your business letterhead, consider who will be reading it and what their personal baggage might lead them to interpret from what they see. Everybody, and I mean everybody, is prejudice in some way. Some prefer blondes, some...

Business Etiquette: When to Invite, open house invitation, cynthia lett
open house invitation, cynthia lett, plenty of time: Dear Patricia: Normally invitations should be sent out for this type of event no earlier than six weeks in advance but if I were planning the event I would send them out about 3 weeks in advance. You could send a save this date card up to 8 weeks in advance...

Business Etiquette: Job Seeker Etiquette, cynthia lett, informational interview
cynthia lett, informational interview, transfer opportunities: Dear Maria: The best way to approach a move within the organization is to ask your Branch Manager for an informational interview. In that meeting you ask questions about further opportunities within the company without coming out stating that you want to...

Business Etiquette: Listing Multiple Undergraduate Degress, cynthia lett, professional certifications
cynthia lett, professional certifications, scholarly journals: Dear Kevin: Thank you for teaching me something about submitting to scholarly journals. My experience has been with medical journals and they print the name of the school and location if there is more than one. My field (etiquette and protocol) doesn t have...

Business Etiquette: To Wear or Not to Wear?, open appearance, collar buttons
open appearance, collar buttons, casual settings: Be sure that the collared shirts are starched medium to heavy to ensure the collar will hold. When you are not wearing a tie you may wear open one or two buttons (this is a more business casual appearance), however, be sure that an undershirt is worn with...

Business Etiquette: Workplace drama, indoor garage, bookwork
indoor garage, bookwork, cold shoulder: Ashley, What if the paid spot was rotated so that each person had the opportunity to have a free spot for three months, and had the paid spot for one month? This way it would only cost each person $90. throughout the year, versus the burden of $360. for...

Business Etiquette: Business Invitations, RSVP, business parties
RSVP, business parties, invitations: Dear Beth: Unless you are throwing an open house where it doesn t matter if you know how many to plan to serve because you don t plan to serve any refreshments, RSVP is a necessary part of the invitation. If you want to know who is coming and if they intend...

Business Etiquette: Business lunch taking leftovers, doggie bags, dining etiquette
doggie bags, dining etiquette, business meals: Dear Ms. Kerr: Doggie bags are considered low class for business meals - no matter if you are the host or guest. Save them for personal meals on personal time when you plan to take them right home. The impression that asking for and taking out of the restaurant...

Business Etiquette: job, job, office etiquette
job, office etiquette, getting fired: Dear Chardae: Please know that nobody gets fired from a job for being a couple of minutes late one time. It costs too much to hire a new employee and train them. My guess is that there are other issues that were considered and your tardiness gave your employer...

Business Etiquette: I left without notice!, kroger supermarket, cynthia lett
kroger supermarket, cynthia lett, human resources department: Dear Susan: I am sorry to hear about your loss. If you know that Kroger Supermarket is hiring for a position like the one you had, my suggestion is to make an appointment with the human resources department. Then, tell the HR person the truth of your situation...

Business Etiquette: PHD's, anne taylor, gemologist
anne taylor, gemologist, advertisment: Richard, A PH.D is well deserved as it requires tenacity and hard work. In most cultures a PH.D is highly regarded. If you believe that listing the PH.D may be misleading, then you may want to consider the consequence of such a decision. How are you...

Business Etiquette: Proper listing, forms of address, cynthia lett
forms of address, cynthia lett, titles: Dear Ann: A United States Congressman should be listed like this: The Honorable Joseph Doe U.S. Representative from the Commonwealth of Virginia Make sure you use the proper title of the state. Not all states are called states. When you meet him...

Business Etiquette: How to Quit, formal resignation, short temper
formal resignation, short temper, writing a letter: Dear Will, I hope I am not too late to help you. I apologize for the delay. Okay! If you wish to write a formal resignation,please don t e-mail it. Send or give him a hard copy. The formula is fairly simple and straightforward. You thank him for the...

Business Etiquette: How to Quit Professionally, job resignation
job resignation: Will, Please do not use email. Compose a letter of resignation, as you will need it for their files, and it leaves a trail of documentation. Ask your boss for time to meet in his office (privately) or outside the office for coffee (a public place will...

Business Etiquette: How to Quit, cynthia lett, short temper
cynthia lett, short temper, writing a letter: Dear Will: If your boss offers you more money and you want to stay, stay. If that doesn t make you want to change your plans as you described them, then thank him for his generous offer and no, you already have plans that you cannot change. You are under...

Business Etiquette: how to quit?, short temper, writing a letter
short temper, writing a letter, friday afternoon: leave a letter on his desk, Friday afternoon before leaving work while he s out of office or simply not on desk, turn off your cell phone so he can t reach you, giving him time to get angry, yell at others, cool off, think on why you re leaving and prepare...

Business Etiquette: How and when to quit trying to make things right., cynthia lett, personal contracts
cynthia lett, personal contracts, fire power: Dear Steve: It is hard to answer your question since I don t know the extent of your contractual involvement with the clients you refer to. However I can say that you need to maintain your integrity by being honest with customers and letting know what is...

Business Etiquette: Courtesy Titles, courtesy titles, courtesy title
courtesy titles, courtesy title, joseph smith: Hi Fernando, You are right, title plus last name is the norm, although in the work place, when colleagues, although not at the same level and position, are of roughly the same age, after a little while of knowing each other, and when the office environment...

Business Etiquette: Dress Code, personal belongings, table desk
personal belongings, table desk, anne taylor: Stacey, It is not inappropriate to bring a purse/handbag for business. The rule is that no matter how small the purse/handbag, that it is never placed on the table/conference table/desk etc during the meeting. You were not bad and wrong for bringing a...

Business Etiquette: Being Laid Off, probation period, no hard feelings
probation period, no hard feelings, place stock: Dear Duke, You expressed yourself very well to me. Write to her and explain your position. Try to be as detached and unemotional as you can be when writing it. Lay out the facts plainly and ask her to please reconsider. Best regards, ...

Business Etiquette: Our Office Manager, token of appreciation, anne taylor
token of appreciation, anne taylor, appreciation gift: Michelle, If you have a good working relationship with this person, then perhaps a simple token of appreciation/gift is welcomed. However, it is not appropriate to raise money in the office for such an item, as it places pressure on those that may not...

Business Etiquette: poor service, chocolate ice cream, fried clams
chocolate ice cream, fried clams, jim dandy: Mr. Shafer, Is Friendly s a national chain that serves food and ice cream? It is unfortunate in this day and age that customer service has suffered at many establishments across the country. The only recommendation would be to have a civil conversation...

Business Etiquette: wedding question, home alot, wedding question
home alot, wedding question, mother of the groom: Dear Patty, You are very lucky that you are the Mother of the Groom in this situation. Quite a bit of the guest list is out of your control. Don t invite people to the wedding without inviting them to the reception. Invite the customers that...

Business Etiquette: writing a letter after being fired, dual rate, anne taylor
dual rate, anne taylor, shift manager: Sal, It is unfortunate to hear of your circumstance. The odds of gaining back your position with the casino will probably not be a reality, as few managers go back on a final decision regarding employee release. Did you keep a file of your evaluations...

Business Etiquette: Addressing invitations for a business event, cynthia lett, addressing invitations
cynthia lett, addressing invitations, place cards: Dear CJ: For a business invitation you indicate your invitation to the primary guest by using their name and and Guest after it on the envelope. You can use it for invitations whether you know of a certain spouse or not. Keep in mind that some spouses...

Business Etiquette: Business etiquette, interviewing, job search
interviewing, job search, career transition: Melissa, Follow the posting/classified guidelines, does it state no phone calls, no email s, etc.? How do you know the position has not been filled, have you already called regarding the position? Keep in mind the hiring process can be involved, and...

Business Etiquette: letterhead, cynthia lett, order of precedence
cynthia lett, order of precedence, dear tony: Dear Tony: Your situation can be compared to a law firm which lists its partners and then its associates - both in order of seniority. It is called the order of precedence (this is protocol - rules that don t change and apply to all similar entities). The...

Business Etiquette: Proper title, cynthia lett, mistress of ceremonies
cynthia lett, mistress of ceremonies, definite answer: Dear Dee: I can t give you a definite answer without knowing who else is involved with the event. Is there a Host? Is there a Guest of Honor?An M.C. (male or female) is usually not the person in charge. The person in charge is the event planner, the Director...

Business Etiquette: TALKING ABOUT YOUR EX BOSS, anne taylor, group department
anne taylor, group department, personal opinion: Mireya, You may want to have discussion about what did not get accomplished, determine how to avoid such a situation in the future, and clean up any outstanding work that can be completed as soon as possible. Although you may not be at fault, the work...

Business Etiquette: thank you notes for group/many interviews, couple interviews, career worth
couple interviews, career worth, stationary stores: The appropriate choice is to write 10 hand written thank you notes. Regardless if you believe it is excessive, it is still the right thing to do if you want to stand out from the competition. Hallmark and other stationary stores carry bulk thank you...

Business Etiquette: letter to customers, letter to customers, anne taylor
letter to customers, anne taylor, business letter: Wendy, You may want to consider making the letter a positive, enthusiastic, invitation to join you on your new adventure. Depending on the type of business, you could offer a discount or special offer for those that choose to remain engaged with your services....

Business Etiquette: Same letter to multiple recipients, cynthia lett, cc name
cynthia lett, cc name, congresswoman: Dear Denise: If it is paramount to the subject of the letter that the other recipients need to know that others have received the same letter, then you can indicate that you are sending it to others at the bottom of the letter by cc: name of other recipient....

Business Etiquette: Notifying a business about a website error, website error, personal friend
website error, personal friend, business owners: Hi Andrea. Unless you are a close personal friend of the business owners or your businesses work together I would not recommend alerting them to the error. They may not take kindly to the criticism and also they may know of said errors and are waiting for...

Business Etiquette: Personal customer contacts versus telephone calls, phone etiquette, business etiquette
phone etiquette, business etiquette, voicemail etiquette: Billie, You are correct a live customer takes precedence over a phone call. When you know you will be tending to a live customer, change your voicemail message, as needed, to something like this: Thank you for your call, I am currently servicing another...

Business Etiquette: writing doctor's name, cynthia lett, honorific
cynthia lett, honorific, proper etiquette: Dear Anne - You are very astute. It is redundant. Proper etiquette states that you either use the honorific in front of the name or the credentials at the end of the name; not both. You might want to bring it to the attention of your doctor if you think...

Business Etiquette: Asking to be invited to a Business Kickoff Meeting, ask for invitation, business events
ask for invitation, business events, corporate events: Dear Meg: Your interpretation of the situation is correct. We should not ask for invitations to anything. If your boss wants to be included in an event, the way for her to handle it is to ask the host if there is anything that will be discussed that will...

Business Etiquette: Business Card, construction management industry, interprovincial red seal
construction management industry, interprovincial red seal, journeyman carpenter: Dear Adam, If it is an important piece of information for people to have about you,please include it. In previous answers,I think the point was that if you had (for instance) an advanced degree in some area,it was gliding the lily to place the letters...

Business Etiquette: etiquette on benefit/fundraisers, fundraising event, medical bills
fundraising event, medical bills, donating their time: Dear Sandy, No,you do not charge anyone who is donating their time or talents for a fundraising event. It is likely that they will make a contribution on their own without prompting,they know why they are there and how much money is needed for the cause...

Business Etiquette: Winner of a prize at a conference paid by employer, lottery prizes, door prize
lottery prizes, door prize, corporate ethics: Dear Marc: Your question is an ethics rather than etiquette question but I will give you my guidance anyway. The answer to your question depends upon your company s rules. Some companies believe that anything won by employees on the clock is the company...

Business Etiquette: asking to finish my internship, engineering internship, doing engineering
engineering internship, doing engineering, retrenchment: Dear Johannes: If your assignment with the company was for a 2 year internship and you have completed only one, you must return to the company. The approach I suggest is for you to call your previous supervisor and tell him that you have completed your studies...

Business Etiquette: Invitations, private invitation, bride and groom
private invitation, bride and groom, good question: Dear H. Barclay, Thank you for asking this good question. The words at home don t belong on an invitation. They are properly used on an announcement which usually informs the recipient of a new address, usually for a bride and groom. The date would indicate...

Business Etiquette: invitations, invitations, corporate events
invitations, corporate events, weddings: Dear Jessica: Corporate and professional event planners use one-sided cards for invitations. Wedding invitations can be either one-sided cards or fold-overs - it is the preference of the bride or social event planner which to use. Rarely are fold-overs...

Business Etiquette: can I get my Job back, single mom, time police
single mom, time police, second chance: Dear Nadege, Bringing a lawyer into this is not a good idea. You don t say what state you are in,but if it is employment at-will state,it s useless to argue. At-will means that you may quit or your employer may fire you for any reason at all. (as long...

Business Etiquette: Order of Listed Degrees, credentials, degrees
credentials, degrees, cynthia lett: Dear Rashied: Because the acronym is not a universally understood credential, I suggest you put it under your name and spell it out as you did in your question. If it was an a certification like CFP and you are in finance, you would put the initials first,...

Business Etiquette: promotion thank you letter, new position, confidence
new position, confidence, heart: Dear Jo Ann: I will assume you want to thank the person who actually promoted you in your letter. You could say, I appreciate so much the confidence you have in my work. I am looking forward to the challenge of the new position and to honing my skills and...

Business Etiquette: Re-accept a job Offer, family circumstances, judy judy
family circumstances, judy judy, anne taylor: Judy, First of all, is the position still available? You may outreach to let them know that your circumstances have changed and that you are available for any future opportunities that would require an 8-5 schedule. While discrimination is not encouraged...

Business Etiquette: Rude Co-Worker, interruptions
interruptions: Dear Janie: This situation is one that ignoring will only make worse. At a quiet moment, behind closed doors sit down with your co-worker and explain that you appreciate working with her and all that she brings to the office, but in order to work well with...

Business Etiquette: how to write multiple degrees, anne taylor, business card
anne taylor, business card, calling card: Bastian, Degrees other than Ph.D are not featured on a business card. Bastian Smith, Ph.D Include an address, email, phone number and that should be sufficient as a calling card for interviews or for social use. How is the business card going...

Business Etiquette: Acronym Etiquette, recognition, earned degrees
recognition, earned degrees, acronyms: Dear Tony: First of all, please call me Cynthia. The rule of etiquette about degrees and certifications is that you only list those that are relevant to the work you currently are doing. Undergraduate degrees are never listed. You list your graduate degrees...

Business Etiquette: bonus, anne taylor, personal funds
anne taylor, personal funds, gratuity: Leea, A bonus for outstanding work throughout the year is always welcomed, and will go a long way in securing the continued performance of that worker. Does the national corporation support bonuses? Is the bonus also from your personal funds, or is it...

Business Etiquette: Christmas collection for boss, office etiquette gift giving
office etiquette gift giving: Susan, You have several choices, contribute a small sum, whatever you can afford or choose not to contribute. The etiquette regarding community gift giving in the office; is that you do not have feel obligated to participate. Just let those that are contributing...

Business Etiquette: christmas party, company christmas party, liquor cabinet
company christmas party, liquor cabinet, christmas dinner: Dear Chris, Perhaps in this economy the manager s boss asked him be creative or do something different to show the rest of you that X Co was more personal and friendly to work for. Who knows. As he is your boss,you don t want to rock the boat by questioning...

Business Etiquette: Inside Address/Salutation, social correspondence, business correspondence
social correspondence, business correspondence, mrs john: Dear Chris: The proper addressing of the envelope should look like this: Mr. and Mrs. John C. Doe (married couple using the same last name) Mr. John C. Doe Ms. Jane B. Lost (married but using different last names) Mrs. Jane C. Doe (widow of any...

Business Etiquette: Invitation to Retirement Reception, spouse attendance, retirement reception
spouse attendance, retirement reception, spa visit: John, It is appropriate to simply inquire as the the status of spouse attendance, if your wife is not included you may consider a spa visit for her while you are at the function. I would advise you do not assume, as it may create an awkward situation...

Business Etiquette: Listing qualifications after Name, project management professional, bachelors degree
project management professional, bachelors degree, hons: Dear Abi: The rule of etiquette is to list only the credentials that are relevant to the work you currently do and which would set you apart from the competition. You also do not list your undergraduate degrees. Since you are working as an IT Specialist,...

Business Etiquette: Rejected at an Interview, client segment, business etiquette
client segment, business etiquette, financial representative: Dear Connie: An interview will take anywhere between 20min to 2 hours depending on the level of the job in question. When filling up more regular positions at entry levels that don t require experience, then interviews will be shorter unless they are looking...

Business Etiquette: Degrees in Business Cards, business cards
business cards: Sonia, List your name and the two Master degrees after your name on a business card. Example: Sue Smith, M.S., M.P. You do not have to mention the bachelor s degree, as you cannot achieve a Master s degree without a bachelor s degree so that is a given...

Business Etiquette: gala flowers?, wrist corsages, wrist corsage
wrist corsages, wrist corsage, gala fundraiser: Dear Citizen Bud, No. Corsages are best given to 80 year old women. On Mother s Day. Wrist corsages are appropriately given to girls going to their junior prom. If your girl falls somewhere between these two categories,please skip it. ...

Business Etiquette: letter, amanda, resume
amanda, resume: Dear Geri, If it is a good resume and the candidate looks promising,file it away for future reference. Your business may suddenly expand or the new hire might not work out. As a courtesy,you may wish to call or write to the person who sent in the...

Business Etiquette: Thank You Gift, cynthia lett, outgoing chairman
cynthia lett, outgoing chairman, s board: Dear Lyn: We cannot account for the gifts people choose to give us. It would have been a better choice on his part to give a pen with the recipient s name on it. I know of very few people who would want a pen with someone else s name of it unless it belonged...

Business Etiquette: Thank You Gift, anne taylor, outgoing chairman
anne taylor, outgoing chairman, s board: Lyn, There may be good explanation for his choice, however, having personalized the pens with each individual name would have been a better choice, or at least the name of the organization. I am sure this was a disappointment. Denise Anne Taylo...

Business Etiquette: "Thank You" Question, profound difference, amanda
profound difference, amanda, martha: Dear Martha, Enough time has passed that you may bring it up. This is a close (or at least an important) friend and you need to clear the air. Being confrontational is not going to get you anywhere. But perhaps you could re-state the important role...

Business Etiquette: Appropriate Office Clothing, dressing for work, business attire
dressing for work, business attire, image consultant: Dressing appropriately for work doesn’t always come naturally. Until I realized some business attire rules, I was at fault for many of the faux pas I now frown upon. I think the best course of action is to communicate your concern privately to your human...

Business Etiquette: Bar causing disturbances, dear john, drug users
dear john, drug users, patrons: Dear John, If everyone were well mannered and did as they ought,we would never have needed a code of law in the first place. This man is beyond the reach of etiquette. Best regards, ...

Business Etiquette: Body Language, body language, image consultant
body language, image consultant, etiquette: Hi Chandra. It seems you are both right. He is right that typically someone who crosses their arms is subconsciously signaling to their peers that they are closed off, uncomfortable or in disagreement with what’s being said or done. You are also right...

Business Etiquette: Business Event Invitation, cynthia lett, golf event
cynthia lett, golf event, name badge: Dear Chris: The best way to word this invitation is to your guest (Mr. George Jones) and Colleague. When they RSVP it would be nice if the person taking the responses asked what company the colleague is from for their name badge. They can express at that...

Business Etiquette: business funeral etiguette, deceased woman, immediate family
deceased woman, immediate family, sister in law: Dear Janice, It is entirely up to you and the rest of the staff. A note of sympathy alone would also be appropriate. Try to gauge how upset he was by this loss and how much support you wish to show him. The flowers,even if sent to a funeral home,would...

Business Etiquette: business or personal email?, email
email: Dear Amy: It is definitely a good idea keeping your business and personal emails separated. You could change your personal email and not inform your boss what it is. His expecting you to see emails sent to your old personal email which you won t see could...

Business Etiquette: Condolence Note, condolence note, letter of condolence
condolence note, letter of condolence, loss of loved one: Although dealing with loss is difficult and often rather avoided, those affected will almost always appreciate sincere notes of condolence. As someone who has gone through the tragic loss of a loved one, I appreciated the one considerate note that was sent...

Business Etiquette: Declining a business proposal, declining a proposal
declining a proposal: Sippy, You may simply state that your organization has chosen to move in a different direction, that you appreciate their contribution, and will keep it on file for future consideration (adding a thank you, of course). Avoid rambling or saying things you...

Business Etiquette: Interview Follow Up, handwritten note, tenacity
handwritten note, tenacity, e mail: Dear Nicole: I read your question carefully and noticed that the position you interviewed for is actually not yet available. The owner said it would become two positions in the future. His behavior is typical of people who are just looking so I wouldn...

Business Etiquette: Interview Follow Up, tenacity, business owner
tenacity, business owner, mentality: It is proper protocol after the interview to send a handwritten note of thanks for consideration. It is not that email is bad and wrong and although he may use email often; it is still more impressive to send a handwritten note of thanks. The phone call...

Business Etiquette: Introductions, introductions, business dinner
introductions, business dinner, clients: Hi Richard. As the host of the event you should definitely plan on introducing the parties at your business dinner who do not yet know one another. Avoiding making the introductions may make you appear unprepared or unprofessional. When it comes to...

Business Etiquette: Being late, work tardiness, late to work.
work tardiness, late to work.: Amber, The best solution is to be on-time. However, a note confirming your agreement to be timely would be appreciated. Recognize the value of employment in this economy and that regardless of sleep challenges etc. it could cost you your career. Being...

Business Etiquette: How To Network With Director of Job I Applied For, government internship, informational interview
government internship, informational interview, popular government: Dear Courtney: First of all don t contact her directly the first time. Have one of your first line contacts help you with this by sending an introduction on your behalf. It will help the director of the program take you seriously as a new contact. Once...

Business Etiquette: workplace issue, workplace conflict
workplace conflict: Lavon, It is inappropriate workplace behavior to announce a colleagues age. However, as we know...the problem with commonsense...it isn t too common. The best way to address the issue is to speak directly to the party involved, privately. Use this...

Business Etiquette: Boyfriend/Girlfriend Title, nyc image consultant, boyfriend
nyc image consultant, boyfriend, titles: Hi John. A very similar question was posted in an article called Etiquette, Relationship Titles and Introductions . There were some great (and contrasting) replies from several etiquette consultants as well as readers. Take a look and you will be able...

Business Etiquette: Business card credentialing (IP)?, cynthia lett, rn msn
cynthia lett, rn msn, phd program: Dear Jason: The etiquette rule for credentials is that you list those that you have earned - not intend to earn or partially earn. Just like you can t say you graduated from a college until you have the diploma in your hand. The is no such designation as...

Business Etiquette: Business Letterhead, letterhead, image consulting
letterhead, image consulting, nyc image consultant: Hello Sannene. Ideally the first page of a document should be printed on company letterhead and the remaining document on a more simplified, pared down version of your letterhead. For example, the primary letterhead may have a logo and address at the top...

Business Etiquette: business, conflict management, career
conflict management, career: When was the business started? Does the business have an annual report? What legal and signed documentation do you have outlining agreed upon compensation and participation as an officer and share holder in the business? If you could answer the above...

Business Etiquette: business and civic awards at the office, cynthia lett, awards plaques
cynthia lett, awards plaques, civic awards: Dear Ms. Drew Lerdal: Congratulations on your accomplishments. The purpose of giving awards and recognitions is to show others your good deeds. It is ok to show them off - especially if you have space and they are not the most prominent items in your office....

Business Etiquette: Re: Composing an Invitation, cynthia lett, financial planning services
cynthia lett, financial planning services, pleasure of your company: Dear Gizelle: You could write: Jeanne Last Name requests the pleasure of your company for an evening of fellowship and education Featuring your company name Date Place Time (start and finish) RSVP (phone and date) I hope this...

Business Etiquette: Toasting at a Birthday, image consulting, nyc image consultant
image consulting, nyc image consultant, how to give a toast: Hello Piper. I applaud your effort to learn proper toasting procedures. You are a gracious host to do so! Some of my best resources for etiquette information are the guidelines put forth by Emily Post. Her family continues in the tradition of etiquette...

Business Etiquette: terminated from a 4 month job, job opportunity, misbehavior
job opportunity, misbehavior, postion: If you choose not list the job, which appears to have been a very short term postion of 2 months, then it would not have to listed, months are not used on a resume unless it is less than a year. Therefore you can list you job of ten years and then the following...

Business Etiquette: How to ask for Reemployment, employment thanks, competitive marketplace
employment thanks, competitive marketplace, anne taylor: Srini, If the company suggested you may check back for opportunity; do so. Resubmit for employment to the direct report and then be VERY mindful to follow direction. It is a competitive marketplace and regardless of setbacks (which should have been communicated...

Business Etiquette: Kind of t-shirt under a dress shirt, business attire, work clothing
business attire, work clothing, undershirts: Robert, A solid white T-shirt or tank style undershirt is acceptable and is about preference. The most important point is that you wear one under your dress shirts for work. The full t-shirt does give a more refined look, however, some individuals prefer...

Business Etiquette: listing degrees, cynthia lett, earned certifications
cynthia lett, earned certifications, mba leadership: Dear Barbara: The rule for listing degrees is that they should be listed in the order of importance to your current position. You do not list bachelor degrees. If your MBA is not relevant to your dental practice, it should not be listed. Licenses are like...

Business Etiquette: Re: Business and Interview Luncheon, thank you notes, interviewing
thank you notes, interviewing, appreciation notes: Dear Ash, If by interview you mean the interview dinner in which you are discussing the position then definitely send a thank you note the next day. If you are referring to a proper interview that might be conducted after your dinner then t perhaps a...

Business Etiquette: Wage Increase, new job salary
new job salary: Greg, First you should consider doing some salary research online at a site like salary.com or indeed.com. Input your title, zip code, and other required information to determine the range for such a role. This range may be used to negotiate, and it...

Business Etiquette: Addressing Others as "Sweetie", anne taylor, galbraith
anne taylor, galbraith, sweetie: Ms. Galbraith, The following formula may be useful: F-State only facts. Yesterday, Jane, you called me sweetie. I-Impact on you and only you. When you call me sweetie it makes me feel uncomfortable. R-Respect her choice. I understand you may...

Business Etiquette: I shouldn't have waited so long., conducting a phone interview, phone interviews
conducting a phone interview, phone interviews, candidacy: Vicki, Yes you shouldn t have waited so long, 3 business days is a good norm. But the fact is, 490,000 Americans went jobless in June alone! bringing the number closer to a million people out in the streets hitting the application forms all over the...

Business Etiquette: corporate titles on business cards, title abbreviations on business cards, cynthia lett
title abbreviations on business cards, cynthia lett: Dear Betty: There is no acceptable by protocol standards abbreviation for Managing Member. Since it is a formal working title, it is spelled out completely. Any abbreviation you might want to make for it will most likely not be recognized by those reading...

Business Etiquette: Fundraising request and volunteer work, charitable contribution, volunteering for fundraising
charitable contribution, volunteering for fundraising, business etiquette: Dear Amanda: I am not surprised if a letter requesting a monetary donation was sent to a volunteer who has dedicated their time and talent to the cause since the total dollars collected is the only way to meet a fund raising goal, letters are sent to everyone...

Business Etiquette: Funeral plans., final ritual, horrible sense
final ritual, horrible sense, losing a parent: Dear Randy, Losing a parent is a terribly hard experience for anyone,no matter how old or infirm the person is at the time of passing,the adult children are still going to feel a horrible sense of loss. Even though you have the right to pay you...

Business Etiquette: Gift//Badge, name badges, thank you for gift
name badges, thank you for gift, cynthia lett: Dear Betty: Both very good questions. When you physically receive the gift, say thank you, gush a little, say something like, I really appreciate this. and smile. Then within 48 hours, send a handwritten card thanking the giver for their kindness and thoughtfulness....

Business Etiquette: Job Acceptance Letter, job acceptance letter, subsequent offer
job acceptance letter, subsequent offer, anne taylor: Matt, When sending your letters, be sure to address to each separate individual, stating your acceptance and enthusiasm about joining their team and making a significant contribution to the future of the company/department. The main letter of acceptance...

Business Etiquette: Am I justified in asking for a bonus?, bonus program, mallory
bonus program, mallory, hourly rate: Dear Mallory: As you presented it to me, I suggest you go to your boss and explain what you know, why you know it, and ask if you can also participate in the bonus program. Keep in mind that you may not get it. It may have been a condition of her employment...

Business Etiquette: Question about an event hosted at someones house, dress for home event, host gifts
dress for home event, host gifts, hostess gift: Dear Mitu: Your ensemble sounds great for an evening event. If it is during the day I would opt for a solid jewel color - red is the most noticeable and powerful so if you want to be noticed, it is best. A bottle of wine is not really a good host gift....

Business Etiquette: Sales Home Visit, denise thanks, footies
denise thanks, footies, anne taylor: Sophia, You may request the use of the slippers, or invest in your own pair for such situations (preferred). Many cultures have you remove your shoes at the door because it is believed that negative energy is brought into the home from the soles of shoes....

Business Etiquette: Using name of a deceased patron, charity program, deceased person
charity program, deceased person, debi: Dear Debi: If the deceased person gave money to the cause prior to his death you would recognize his donation by his name and (d.2009) after his name. In memory of denotes that someone gave money to honor the deceased but this doesn t fit your question....

Business Etiquette: adding degree to business cards?, landscape architecture, maryland dept
landscape architecture, maryland dept, economic climate: Dear Tina: Setting ourselves apart from our competition is important whatever the economic climate so you are right to seek the proper way to do it. By all means add Horticulturist under your husband s name on his card. I consulted with the Univ. of Maryland...

Business Etiquette: Business Cards, robert hickey, forms of address
robert hickey, forms of address, business cards: Dear Margaret, Thanks for asking this good question. Yes and yes. A comma goes after the person s name. Periods go after the post nominal abbreviations. I hope this helps. You can refer to Robert Hickey s great book, Honor and Respect for all questions...

Business Etiquette: business matters, global pr, poor business
global pr, poor business, prospective employer: Dear Cha: You are running into cultural differences in doing business. I see aggressive behavior like you describe often in interview situations in Asian based countries. However, the way this process has played out, unless you feel the money is worth trying...

Business Etiquette: CFO company opening, cfo position, ft position
cfo position, ft position, anne taylor: Heather, It is important to follow company protocol as this is sensitive and if you go directly to CEO after advisement from HR it could create conflict. Advice: Follow protocol and pursue the opportunity as you have expressed interest to HR and they...

Business Etiquette: emailing for work, mail piece, direct mail
mail piece, direct mail, anne taylor: Christina, You may want to consider a combination of direct mail and e-mail. You may find a site called www.constantcontact.com of interest. It allows you to set up creative e-mail blasts to notify customers of your recent achievements, offerings, and...

Business Etiquette: Retirement Dinner Invitations, invitations, exclude guests
invitations, exclude guests, cynthia lett: Dear Margo: Since typical human behavior is to talk about what we are doing and where we are going, information about the dinner will be shared with those not invited no matter what. Those who are not invited are bound to feel left out and there will be...

Business Etiquette: Shoe Etiquette, loafers, socks
loafers, socks, client etiquette: Hi Kenneth. If your client asks you to remove your shoes, it is fine to go barefoot in their home. Typically the reason is cultural or to keep their homes in better condition - in both cases you will usually find the floors to be clean. If you do, however,...

Business Etiquette: showing degree on business cards, unemployment area, landscape architecture
unemployment area, landscape architecture, bachelors degree: Tina, Under your husband s name he could state as Accredited Horticulturist and Landscape Architecture (if this applies). Accredited appears to be the standard descriptor with an individual degreed in this specialization. Thank you for your question....

Business Etiquette: Unsigned Recommendation Letters, mail attachments, company letterhead
mail attachments, company letterhead, punctuation errors: Dear Holly: You should use the letters as they are. It would be insulting to the writers for you to make any changes. You are welcome to ask them to mail them to you but it would be best to preface your request with, If it wouldn t be too much of an inconvenience...

Business Etiquette: Business Correspondence, snail mail, business correspondence
snail mail, business correspondence, document copy: Tim, For future reference; you keep original and send copy of signed document to other party. You can purchase an ink stamp with the word COPY and can stamp the document COPY to indicate it as such for the other party. Thank you for your question. ...

Business Etiquette: Correct way to list degrees?, speech language pathology, clinical competency
speech language pathology, clinical competency, master of science: Pat, It is not required to list your degrees at the end of your name unless it is a professional degree such MD. Ph.D., CPA, etc. or accredited degree for a specific industry. Your name with contact detail would be sufficient. Let me know if you are still...

Business Etiquette: Follow up after sending resume, job search, internshsip
job search, internshsip: Jenn, You may connect with the contact utilized for your resume submission. It is appropriate to indicate receipt of document and to express interest, and to discover if other opportunities are available. This should be done preferrably by phone, it avoids...

Business Etiquette: Initials for various degrees, degrees listings
degrees listings: Dear Teddy: Thank you for your question. The rule is that you list the credential that is relevant to your current work. You don t use Dr. on a business card, only M.D. or D.O. or PhD. Redundancy is not allowed. If you have more than one degree that applies...

Business Etiquette: What is the proper way to turn down a job offer?, voice mail, anne taylor
voice mail, anne taylor, job offer: Ideally, this matter should have been addressed in a more timely manner, as they are expecting you tomorrow morning. However, you can leave a message apologizing for any inconvenience and indicating that you have decided to move in a different direction....

Business Etiquette: Designations on business cards, professional degrees, certifications
professional degrees, certifications, initials: Dear Shannon: Designations and degrees give a lot of people trouble. Since the designation is part of the person s identity, there is no comma after the name. It doesn t matter if you put commas between the designations or not. It should look like this:...

Business Etiquette: Letterhead Etiquette, letterhead, business etiquette
letterhead, business etiquette, writing: Dear Mr. Doyon: If the letterhead contains the names of firm members, then the answer to your question is no. It is considered normal business practice that everyone listed is acting on behalf of the firm and doesn t need approval or to inform the others...

Business Etiquette: Nursing Jacket, staff nurse, labcoat
staff nurse, labcoat, thread color: Dear Kay: I suggest you embroider RN with your title under your name as you suggest with the hospital name and department on the other side. Your name and title should be on your right side, the proper place for your name. Use a thread color that is not...

Business Etiquette: Proper way to pay the bill in a business invitation, business appointment, location restaurant
business appointment, location restaurant, secretary assistant: Dear Maria: Great question! When you arrive at the restaurant a few minutes earlier than your guests, tell the manager/Matre d that you don t want the bill to come to the table. Give him your credit card to run through and hold at his desk until after the...

Business Etiquette: Resume Envelopes, anne taylor, blank sheet
anne taylor, blank sheet, cover letter: Sherri, I would not be concerned that you can read the cover letter through the envelope, the cover letter and resume should be face up when the envelope is opened, therefore it should not bleed through the front of envelope because the backside of resume...

Business Etiquette: Acronym Etiquette Part II, undergraduate degrees, acronym
undergraduate degrees, acronym, doctorate: Dear Tony: No, you would add the Ed.D to the list. Nothing has to drop off. Undergraduate degrees are not listed but your Master s degrees and Doctorate can be listed. You can certainly drop off the list any degrees that are not relevant to the work that...

Business Etiquette: A better position offer but I turned it down, now I want it, spring semester schedule, entry level position
spring semester schedule, entry level position, anne taylor: Courtney, Approach the individual that offered you the position and explain that upon further review of your schedule and personal situation you have determined that you would be thrilled to accept the offer if at all possible. Keep in mind, for every...

Business Etiquette: Listing degrees on letterhead, dear marilyn, livlihood
dear marilyn, livlihood, bachelor degrees: Dear Marilyn: You are right. If they are retired, their graduate education still stands as part of who they are. Whether they are listed are really a choice of the person. If I were setting up the letterhead, I would ask each retired member whether they...

Business Etiquette: Elected Official Protocol, order of precendence, introducing high ranking guests at a function
order of precendence, introducing high ranking guests at a function, cynthia lett: Dear Ann: Based upon the list of officials that you mention they would be listed based upon their position on the order of precedence. You would list them as: Current Senator Former Governor (still addressed Governor) the first one Current City Mayor...

Business Etiquette: Interview Attire and Etiquette, interview, attire
interview, attire: Calab: Thank you for your questions. If the position is not in management, then a nice pair of slacks with a shirt and with or without a tie is perfect. No khakis, but a nice dark slack, neatly pressed. A solid colored, long sleeve shirt is perfect....

Business Etiquette: Introduction, robert hickey, john ashcroft
robert hickey, john ashcroft, director of fbi: Dear Nancy, Thanks for this good follow up question. The short answer is yes; however, in certain instances, such as senators and congressmen, where there are multiple office holders at any given point in time, the title generally remains for life. I recommend...

Business Etiquette: Potential Employers, interview, resume
interview, resume, telephone: Christopher: Sending blind resumes is a dead end street. Companies are overwhelmed with attempting to fill open positions thus hardly ever keep on hand resumes for possible future openings. I suggest you use social networks such as Linked In to network...

Business Etiquette: Shoe Etiquette and Appearance, shoes, home visits
shoes, home visits, guests: Dear thoughtful shoe wearer: Yes, please wear socks or bring a pair along when asked to remove your shoes. Some home owners provide slippers, however if this is not the case in the home you are visiting, slipping on a pair of socks or already having them...

Business Etiquette: Title or no title?, using honorifics, informality in business
using honorifics, informality in business, using first names: Dear Ms. Lutz: The proper way to address someone, no matter what their title, is by using the appropriate honorific until they tell you otherwise. If they call you Susan, then you may ask if you may call them Joe. If they say, Yes, of course, I wish you...

Business Etiquette: Employee hospitalization, open heart surgery, anne taylor
open heart surgery, anne taylor, proper etiquette: A card with a plant would be appropriate to know that this employee is being thought of is always welcomed. If your husband wanted to represent the department/company, I am sure the hospitalized employee would be appreciative that those they work with are...

Business Etiquette: Invitations, accurate mailing, dangerous ground
accurate mailing, dangerous ground, personal nature: Dear Val, Thanks for asking this good question. You are on dangerous ground here. I advise that you reconsider the arrangements. Either everyone can bring a guest and the invitation is worded accordingly or you must do the legwork and figure out specifically...

Business Etiquette: Do we introduce a past governor and US Congressman at a fund-raising gala?, cynthia lett, profit agency
cynthia lett, profit agency, candace: Dear Candace: I would ask the guest whether he would like to be recognized before you do so. If he says yes, you address him as Governor and introduce him as former Governor of whatever state and Representative of whatever district of whatever state. ...

Business Etiquette: Spouse traveling with husband on business trip, china, travel
china, travel: Linda: You have a wonderful experience ahead of you. China is a fabulous country with amazing people. I suggest you check out the web site: http://www.chinatoday.com/travel/traveltips.htm . This will assist you with your various questions. Happy...

Business Etiquette: Spouse traveling with husband on business trip, Doing business in China, spouse traveling to China
Doing business in China, spouse traveling to China, cynthia lett: Dear Linda: There is a lot to learn about dealing with the Chinese culture as a westerner. When you greet your husband s hosts, you bow first and then put out your hand for a handshake. The handshake will be either firm and pumping or lighter. It depends...

Business Etiquette: Unwanted Facebook contact, Facebook friends at work, LinkedIn
Facebook friends at work, LinkedIn, cynthia lett: Dear Natalie: What a great question! Thank you. My suggestion is to unfriend everyone at the office (actually everyone with whom your relationship is business related versus personal) explaining that you prefer to interact online with professional contacts...

Business Etiquette: How to address an individual in the body of an letter to multiple people, cynthia lett
cynthia lett: Dear Bean: To address only two of a group of recipients of the same letter, in the body you could write: In consideration of (this blank subject), I ask Mr. Jones (this question). Additionally, in consideration of (this blank subject), I ask Mrs. Johnson...

Business Etiquette: COOKIE EXCHANGE, cookie exchange, cynthia lett
cookie exchange, cynthia lett: Dear Ms. Pearson: If you are going to someone s house for a party and the cookie exchange is part of the party, put them in a tin and take a plate that you don t mind leaving behind. Your hostess will probably have plates that will be used but just in case...

Business Etiquette: confronting or dealing with inappropriate behavior, unvarnished truth, term evaluation
unvarnished truth, term evaluation, inappropriate behavior: Dear Michelle, Please do nothing until the end of the semester. This woman sounds a bit deranged and there is no need to jeopardize your GPA over a fight that you cannot win. Or at least not win alone. I have never known a college or university not...

Business Etiquette: Entertaining, suzanne leroy, etiquette books
suzanne leroy, etiquette books, pot luck: Dear Ms. LeRoy, Unfortunately,I was not able to find the answer to this question. I have many etiquette books from the late 19th and early 20th centuries,but none of them had this term in them. I think your guess that a cover meant a dish is correct...

Business Etiquette: Gift-giving etiquette, thank you gift
thank you gift : You are never obligated to give when you receive. You can always make a donation to a charity within their state of hometown especially if you don t know the party very well or there are several contacts within the same company. Just remember to send a thank...

Business Etiquette: Leave job with unfinished business?, family owned company, business standpoint
family owned company, business standpoint, initial career: K. First, you may want to pursue other opportunities as the cycle time in landing a new position is lengthy due to the economy. Therefore, once you begin this process you will get a better idea of the timeline that will be involved in landing a new position....

Business Etiquette: about previous answer, absolute fact, editorial commentary
absolute fact, editorial commentary, obscenities: Dear Michelle, It would be far better to go to the head of the department with your concerns. Your professor,going on what I recall of the original question,is dismissive of anyone who disagrees with her. So it is unlikely that she will take anything you...

Business Etiquette: Corporate function name badges, name badges, cocktail reception
name badges, cocktail reception, anne taylor: Carolina, Name and title would be appropriate and would allow guests to network more effectively. In addition, the titles are of distinction and should be recognized. The use of Ms. is appropriate for women if you are uncertain as to their status (married,...

Business Etiquette: Engraving protocol, monogram, engraved stationery
monogram, engraved stationery, correspondence: Dear Lee Ann: When you are engraving a monogram for someone with four names, the proper way to do this is the first initial of each name in order with the first name s initial first and the last name initial last. In the case of your example the proper way...

Business Etiquette: Promotion Announcement, letter to customers, assuming a leadership role
letter to customers, assuming a leadership role, cynthia lett: Dear Brian: First of all, Congratulations! You are correct in wanting to send correspondence to your contact list thanking them for their loyalty in the past and your excitement for the future. This is probably more information than you can fit on a notecard...

Business Etiquette: Promotion Announcment, announcing promotions, workplace rivalry
announcing promotions, workplace rivalry, Cynthia Lett: Dear Douglas: Everyone in the corporate world is on a different path to their success. It sounds like there are a few employees who have made it to the next rung on their ladder and others who will make it there in their own time. It is proper to celebrate...

Business Etiquette: settle a dispute, honorifics, governor
honorifics, governor, titles: Dear Kay: The proper protocol is that if someone is elected to a position of leadership, they retain the honorific of The Honorable for life, even after they leave office for whatever reason. There are two elected offices in the United States that retain...

Business Etiquette: Business Open House, wine connoisseur, humorous note
wine connoisseur, humorous note, wine cellar: Dear Lois, Normally wine isn t the thing to take to the opening of a new office,but as he is a good friend and you know his tastes,go ahead. Include a humorous note about having a wine cellar on the 40th floor (or whatever fits) to diffuse any implication...

Business Etiquette: business etiquette, husband traveling for business, client invitations
husband traveling for business, client invitations, Cynthia Lett: Dear Ann: Even on out of town meeting trips, business ends when the group disbands for the evening. It would not be appropriate for your husband to accompany a single woman to an evening show by himself. If you were not going to be there, is there another...

Business Etiquette: introducing a city Mayor, forms of address, mayor
forms of address, mayor, Cynthia Lett: Dear Pam: When you make the introduction you would say, The Honorable Joe Lockwood, Mayor of Anytown . When you address him in conversation he is Mayor Lockwood or Mr. Mayor. On a place-card he would be Mayor Lockwood. In the program he would be listed...

Business Etiquette: money, anne taylor, initial costs
anne taylor, initial costs, corporations: Aretha, Typically the policy for many corporations is the first interview expense is the responsibility of the candidate (person for hire); the cost is absorbed by the company if you are of serious consideration for hire and at that point they usually will...

Business Etiquette: Nameplate, anne taylor, kiron
anne taylor, kiron, nameplate: Kiron, Upon receipt of her Ph.D; it would read Susan B. Smith, Ph.D, the remaining professional identifiers are not required because you cannot acquire a Ph.D without a B.A. and an M.A., however if you do chose to use other professional identifiers they...

Business Etiquette: RE: Email, real estate, psycho
real estate, psycho, listing agent: Dear Rebecca, Okay,let s remember who is in charge here. YOU ARE. They are employees. One is employed by you and the other is employed by the person selling the condo. Neither of them holds the power. You do. You have the money,they want the money. ...

Business Etiquette: Showing credentials in address, credentials, degrees
credentials, degrees, cynthia lett: Dear Corinne: There is no etiquette rule that states you must show your credentials except if you are a medical doctor in practice. Show the relevant ones and feel free to delete those which are not. I personally only show the two that are most relevant...

Business Etiquette: Etiquette on Benefits/ Fundraiser, etiquette standards, hospital expenses
etiquette standards, hospital expenses, none of my business: Dear Vicky: I believe that both sides are not specifically wrong by etiquette standards. However, because it was for a person for personal needs and not an organization with various needs, the nicest thing would be to say that the benefit brought in enough...

Business Etiquette: Interviewer's Manners, express personnel services, personnel assistant
express personnel services, personnel assistant, anne taylor: Jessica, It is not uncommon to experience unusual or unexplained actions on behalf of those that interview. Most interviewers are not trained on how to interview; therefore you may experience situations that are less than professional or out of the ordinary....

Business Etiquette: Open House Etiquette, door prizes, blind draw
door prizes, blind draw, slip of paper: Dear Bonnie, If the open house is from 2-4 (for instance) simply divide the time by the number of door prizes that you have. Two hours and four prizes would mean a drawing every half hour. The awarding of the prizes should be by some sort of blind draw....

Business Etiquette: Protocol regarding the use of the title Dr., forms of address, honorary degrees
forms of address, honorary degrees, cynthia lett: Dear Larry: Honorary degrees are treated the same way that earned degrees are. Honestly they are not respected as much as earned degrees unless they are given by a particularly prestigious university. However, the protocol of using the designation is the...

Business Etiquette: Using Rev. Dr. in a title, forms of address, Reverend
forms of address, Reverend, Cynthia Lett: Dear Gina: This is the proper way to address an envelope to him: The Reverend John Doe, D.D., Litt.D. (and Mrs.Doe). Doctor of Divinity and Liturgical studies is the common designation for doctorate level degrees for a Reverend. You might want to...

Business Etiquette: Appearance of name on business card, name on business card, cynthia lett
name on business card, cynthia lett: Dear Paul: If you use a derivative of your full name you need to write your full name with the derivative in parentheses. Like this: Richard (Rich) J. Smith . Your full name is your signature and your signature should be on the card that you leave which...

Business Etiquette: addressing past Presidents, addressing former presidents, cynthia lett
addressing former presidents, cynthia lett: Dear Sher: The rules of address are part of protocol. These are rules that were set originally in 1814 and again 1832 and subsequently at the Vienna World Congress. The rule is that there is only one President of a country at a time. Therefore, former...

Business Etiquette: Degree included, licensed designation on business card, degrees listed
licensed designation on business card, degrees listed, cynthia lett: Dear Mr. Sandoval: If you are a practicing Social Worker then by all means put your license on your business card. I spoke with the credentialing department at the National Association of Social Workers and they said you are appropriate putting LBSW after...

Business Etiquette: How do I decline a sales proposal politely?, anne taylor, awkward situation
anne taylor, awkward situation, future thanks: Mel, First of all, I commend you on actually declining the sales proposal as many will find ways to avoid this awkward situation. Simply indicate that although you appreciate the time and effort expended on the sales proposal that after careful review...

Business Etiquette: Letterhead for non profir org, letterhead listing of Officers, Advisors
letterhead listing of Officers, Advisors, Cynthia Lett: Dear Diane: There is a protocol for listing Advisors to the firm on letterhead. It is normally done on the opposite side of the page than the current officers of the organization. They should be listed by the dates they served with the longest ago first....

Business Etiquette: Best Buy Interview (Help!), interview, cynthia lett
interview, cynthia lett: Dear Mariah: When it comes to scheduling interviews for prospective employees, they are not continued to the third interview unless they are very interested in offering you the position. I don t know the Best Buy interview process specifically, but your...

Business Etiquette: Best Buy Interview (Help!), customer service experience, manager gm
customer service experience, manager gm, interview help: For a junior sales position with no previous sales experience youy can assume they have basically agreed to offering sth if it s already the 3rd interview. Although the next person might test some basic technical knowledge, if the GM already saw you and you...

Business Etiquette: Business Cards, business cards, job hunting
business cards, job hunting, networking: Dear Lisa: From the way you worded your question it seems that your husband is using his old business cards to find his next job. This is usually the wrong approach. He needs to make cards that have the credentials he holds that are valid for the job he...

Business Etiquette: Business Casual, business casual for women
business casual for women: Joanne, Business Casual for Women: Staple wardrobe items that can easily be mixed and matched and yet still maintain a cost conscious result. Description: Separates to include skirts, slacks, sweater sets, blouse, blazer, accessory pieces. 1 Black...

Business Etiquette: Business cards for retirees, business cards retirees, cynthia lett
business cards retirees, cynthia lett: Dear Cindy: Unfortunately it would be against the law to include a former employer s logo on your business card. It is called intellectual property theft/fraud. Your husband can put his name, contact information and current endeavor on the card. It is not...

Business Etiquette: Credentials, Masters degree credentials, licenses on business cards
Masters degree credentials, licenses on business cards, cynthia lett: Dear Heather: You can use whatever credentials you have earned that relate to the actual work you are doing. Since your are working in a state that doesn t recognize the LMHC it would be disingenuous to imply you have the credential for the state in which...

Business Etiquette: Listing Credentials, degrees designations on business card, cynthia lett
degrees designations on business card, cynthia lett: Dear Patricia: Since you have two Masters degrees which are referred to with the same acronym, I suggest that you you use explanatory language under your name with the two different courses of study. I would look like this: Patricia LastName M.Ed. Severe...

Business Etiquette: letterhead protocol, letterhead listing of Officers, Advisors
letterhead listing of Officers, Advisors, Cynthia Lett: Dear Elise: Letterhead headings (all the names you want to list) need to be balanced right and left side on the sheet. On the left side are the most important and current leaders who in your case are the President and the Board of Trustees (assuming you...

Business Etiquette: Use of letterhead, word processors, anne taylor
word processors, anne taylor, business letter: Paul, The rule still stands using the letterhead on first page for a business letter, followed by the remaining pages of document. Some companies run a line featuring company name and address along the bottom of page for those pages following the letterhead...

Business Etiquette: how to list names on letterhead, charity fundraiser, names on letterhead
charity fundraiser, names on letterhead, cynthia lett: Dear Carole: If all three of you are equal in your co-chairing of the event, then you all get equal billing. The way you have it laid out is fine. Your detractors are correct only if there is one person who is the leader and the other two are supporting...

Business Etiquette: progam listing, forms of address, cynthia lett
forms of address, cynthia lett: Dear Cheryle: The Honorable is used to describe someone in print, on an envelope and when introducing a Congressman to others. Congressman is not a title - it is a job description. You should use The Honorable John Charles Doe, Representative from the State...

Business Etiquette: Business Casual, interview, what to wear
interview, what to wear, business casual: HI Justin. I would recommend to dress as well as possible for your interview and make an impression that makes you stand out from the other people who are dressing business casual who just wore the typical chinos and polo. You are correct that you don...

Business Etiquette: contacting possible employer before they contact you, job search, job applications
job search, job applications: Alisha, Many companies have specific guidelines and protocols for outreach. Keep in mind that many organizations are receiving upwards of over a 1,000 applications for employment per posting depending on the industry and therefore they will state specifically...

Business Etiquette: Letterhead, dear teresa, list of doctors
dear teresa, list of doctors, asking this question: Dear Teresa, Thanks for asking this question. I have seen this done in a variety of ways, all of which are fine. Some do not include the retired or deceased at all. Some include them with no mention of their being retired or deceased; but my preference is...

Business Etiquette: Proper business letterheads, company letterhead, image consulting
company letterhead, image consulting, letters: Hi Robyn, Yes, having so many employees on the company letterhead is overkill. The company should have a professional letterhead that includes all of the information that does not change such as the logo, address, phone number, etc.. This should be used...

Business Etiquette: Reception and dinner invite for VIPs, food allergies, anne taylor
food allergies, anne taylor, dinner menu: April, You are not obligated to supply a dinner menu with or on the invitation; however, if it is a cash bar or open bar that may be stated. An alternative to the menu on the invitation may be to include an insert sheet the size of invitation (i.e. 4x6,...

Business Etiquette: Benefit Cause Etiquette, profit charity, benefit dinner
profit charity, benefit dinner, telephone consultation: Dear Martha, This is a very complex question and one which requires a bit of conversation. If you are serious about getting input from me, we should arrange a telephone consultation. Please email me directly at jay@etiquetteguy.com if you would like to schedule...

Business Etiquette: letterhead etiquette, paper stock, letterhead
paper stock, letterhead, constance: Dear business professional: If a sceond sheet is required, it should match the paper stock of the first page which is the letterhead. Usually when letterhead is order you can request what is called second page or second sheet. It is the same just without...

Business Etiquette: BS Interior Design, working in sales, cynthia lett, legal designation
cynthia lett, legal designation, professional designation: Dear Susanne: It is not appropriate to put a BS degree designation after your name. What would be appropriate is to put a description designation. You could put Interior Designer or something your employer could suggest as acceptable. Are you a member...

Business Etiquette: NURSING CREDENTIALS, nursing credentials in signature block, cynthia lett
nursing credentials in signature block, cynthia lett: Dear Shirley: Thank you for your question. Your boss s signature block should look like this if she earned her RN before her Master s degree: Jane Doe RN,MHA Compliance Officer Anytown, USA if she earned her RN after her Master s degree you switch...

Business Etiquette: Showing floral gifts, recognizing gifts, cynthia lett
recognizing gifts, cynthia lett: Dear Barbara: If you leave the cards with the arrangements, the givers of the flowers who will be attending will most likely look at each arrangement s card to find their own. They will then compare the grandeur of their arrangement to the size and style...

Business Etiquette: Dont you agree with me that stockboy is a liar about the lease, lease negotiation, stock boy
lease negotiation, stock boy, full disclosure: One should never assume to understand the relationship between employee and owner. Perhaps the owner prefers to give full disclosure, or management shared. Going to the source or to directly to management will assure you have the answer you are seeking...

Business Etiquette: Dont you agree with me that stockboy is a liar about the lease, long term leases, lease negotiation
long term leases, lease negotiation, stock boy: Debbie, Thank you for your feedback. The stockboy may have provided misinformation, or mentioned what he had been told, I question whether he deliberately lies or if he just wants to satisfy the customer and communicates what he knows to be true at that...

Business Etiquette: Dont you agree with me that stockboy is a liar about the lease, asking store employees questions, cynthia lett
asking store employees questions, cynthia lett: Dear Debbie: Since I don t know the stock boy you are referring to in your question I cannot say for sure whether he is sharing truths he knows or is making up stories; but I do know from over 30 years in the business world that rumors in companies are most...

Business Etiquette: Promotion, anne taylor, business etiquette
anne taylor, business etiquette, specifics: Carolyn, Every company typically has protocols regarding how promotions are managed. What level or promotion, would the celebration just be departmental or company wide? Please clarify what you mean in your second question regarding a celebration is the...

Business Etiquette: 23 yr old son wants to take business etiquette, adult population, birmingham community
adult population, birmingham community, adult class: Marsha, I can bring this up to the program committee for consideration to address the adult population to see if a spring class may be of interest. I appreciate your feedback and will certainly discuss with the committee based on your suggestion. Have...

Business Etiquette: Letterhead Etiquette, etiquette, business
etiquette, business, stationary: Dear Steve, I recommend a front page which is used as the front page no matter how many pages the document is. All of the following pages can either be blank or have the information at the bottom of the page as you suggest. I hope this helps. Regards, Ja...

Business Etiquette: Business Card Etiquette, medical certifications on business card, cynthia lett
medical certifications on business card, cynthia lett: Dear Julie: The proper way to list certifications on a business card is to list the most relevant right after the name and other also relevant acronyms after that in the order you earned them. This works if those who will be reading your business card know...

Business Etiquette: business attire, black sheath dress, corporate protocol
black sheath dress, corporate protocol, professional attire: Gi, It would depend on the weight of the sheath dress as to whether a blazer/jacket would be too bulky. There are many variations of the black sheath dress and although many have a professional tone, some can come across as too short above the knee,...

Business Etiquette: hosting a benefit fundraiser, giving yourself a benefit party, asking others for money to pay your expenses
giving yourself a benefit party, asking others for money to pay your expenses, cynthia lett: Dear Kathy: While it is never really in good taste to ask for money from others, there is an exception to the rule. I suggest that you have a friend host this benefit on behalf of your husband and another charity. If you ask for help from people you know,...

Business Etiquette: How to get re-employed from a Company, special needs children, poor economy
special needs children, poor economy, disolved: Dear Ms. Peterson, There is no harm in asking for your old job back. The worst that they can do is say no thank you . The letter should be fairly simple. You need to introduce yourself (in case there have been changes to the office staff)and let...

Business Etiquette: Is This Selfish, co-worker disagreement, co-worker conflict
co-worker disagreement, co-worker conflict: Jean, Your co-worker statement is quite general. To avoid future conflict in the place of work schedule a time to talk privately together. You want to get specific instances where only your perceived actions affected this co-worker directly. ...

Business Etiquette: Wanted: Invite to Annual Dinner, awkward position, thick skin
awkward position, thick skin, bill smith: Dear Linda, Thanks for asking this great question. First of all, you are not responsible for anyone s embarrassment other than your own. I can understand the complexity of this situation could put everyone in an awkward position. My advise is to keep everything...

Business Etiquette: Professional Signature Block, cynthia lett, signature blocks
cynthia lett, signature blocks, business ettiquette: Dear David: The nice thing about signature blocks is that they can be whatever you believe your audience needs to know and reach you. Your signature should have relevant information to the work you are doing now. Bachelor degrees are never listed. Master...

Business Etiquette: Retaining U.S. gov't cabinet titles, government titles, cynthia lett
government titles, cynthia lett: Dear K.: After the person no longer holds the position the only officials who retain their title in conversation are Senators and Governors. Under-cabinet positions are not addressed with their title even when they are active. They are addressed in conversation...

Business Etiquette: How to write a letter to re-hire?, resignation letter, personal reason
resignation letter, personal reason, employment record: Dear Christina, Please do go ahead and try to get the job back. Summarize briefly the past events (Even if you are sure they will remember you. Just in case they have forgotten details.) and then explain why everything is fine now and how you do not...

Business Etiquette: Business Letter, business letters with two recipients and one enclosure, cynthia lett
business letters with two recipients and one enclosure, cynthia lett: Dear Jennifer: I am not entirely clear about what you are asking but I will give my answer a try. When you are sending the same letter to two recipients you address the letter separately to each recipient with a cc:the other recipient after the...

Business Etiquette: Why no commas between the name and designation, cynthia lett, professional designation
cynthia lett, professional designation, commas: Dear Sekeno: The reason that there are no commas between the last name and professional designation is that the designations become part of the person s name and we don t put commas between our first,middle and last names. To be completely accurate you wouldn...

Business Etiquette: Lunch Invite to my Boss, favours, gratitude
favours, gratitude, tenure: Dear Vinitha, I hope this reply reaches you in time. It is simple enough say or write a date specific invitation. I am so appreciative of all that you have done for me in the last five years. I would like to take you out to lunch on Thursday,would...

Business Etiquette: Letterhead Protocol, cynthia lett, letterhead design
cynthia lett, letterhead design, order of precedence: Dear Laura: Separating the acting Board and the Honorary Board is correct but the nice thing about protocol is that you start with the correct way and you can modify to meet your needs as long as the basic structure isn t changed. So, feel free to keep to...

Business Etiquette: Recognizing Volunteers, recognizing volunteers with certificates, cynthia lett
recognizing volunteers with certificates, cynthia lett: Dear Danielle: How an organization recognizes their volunteer workers is entirely up to the organization. There is no wrong or right way. The only etiquette question is that everyone recognized the same way - whether it be with one certificate or multiple...

Business Etiquette: Asking for a voluntary position for research assistant, laboratory techniques, desparate
laboratory techniques, desparate, agricultural research: Dear Amar, Please forgive my tardy reply. Write a letter to the professor and tell him what interests you about the field of study and are unsure of how to get started down the career path that you wish to take. Let him know that you are available to help...

Business Etiquette: email, transit driver, new boss
transit driver, new boss, would like your opinion: Bud, You may consider owning your input, don t shy away, you could consider approaching your boss/supervisor and indicate that out of true concern for the well-being of passengers you wanted to share your feedback and you were uncomfortable and hesitant...

Business Etiquette: Order and Form of Address for Listing of Dignitaries, cynthia lett, brazilian ambassador
cynthia lett, brazilian ambassador, order of precedence: Dear Laura: You are correct: the Ambassador of Nicaragua. To the United States is not listed. I am sorry but I didn t mean to put the Representative before the Ambassador. Assuming they are a current Ambassador and current Congressman the Ambassador...

Business Etiquette: Proper Etiquette to Ask for a Job Back Post-Resignation, interviewing where you have already worked, cynthia lett
interviewing where you have already worked, cynthia lett: Dear Amber: You are very lucky that you have a history (and I am assuming a good history) with someone who is in the position to hire you. Don t worry that she doesn t remember you. The point that is important is that you remember her. I suggest you call...

Business Etiquette: Designation of master's degree, cynthia lett, email signature
cynthia lett, email signature, dual focus: Dear Brenda: The MA or MS goes after your name. You leave off what your degree focused on. That information should be a marketing line in your email signature under your name. I hope this helps. Best regards, Cynthia Lett www.thatssoannoyingbook.co...

Business Etiquette: List of Board of Directors on Non-Profit Letterhead, listing board members on letterhead, cynthia lett
listing board members on letterhead, cynthia lett: Dear Stephanie: Thanks for your questions. You are correct to list by title/position at the top of the list. For other Board members you would list them alphabetically by last name if they have served approximately the same amount of time. If your letterhead...

Business Etiquette: Follow up after second interview, following up after an interview, cynthia lett
following up after an interview, cynthia lett: Dear Alex: I understand how stressful job hunting is but patience is definitely part of it. My suggestion is that you have made enough contact and the HR officer is going to take her time no matter what you do. If I were you I would send one more email...

Business Etiquette: office lunches, office lunches, etiquett
office lunches, etiquett, anne taylor: Marge, A booth is a tough call as it is quite limiting regarding seating arrangements, however, there is really no formal business etiquett or protocol on this particular matter and should not be seen as anything other than colleagues going to lunch and...

Business Etiquette: writing a thank you letter, mourning period, loss of a child
mourning period, loss of a child, school principal: Dear Melissa, Thanks for asking this good question. Thank you notes or calls to as many people as possible is always a good idea as long as addresses or phone numbers are handy. Any thank you note needs to come from the heart and can be very short. The loss...

Business Etiquette: Business Letter Question, recognizable name, point font
recognizable name, point font, business letter: Dear Reba: I apologize for taking so long to reply to your inquiry. There is no etiquette rule that states you must list your Board of Directors and other officers on your letterhead. It would be perfectly acceptable to add them to a separate sheet of paper...

Business Etiquette: Proper Congratulations To Someone Making Substantially More Than Me, professional acquaintances, snail mail
professional acquaintances, snail mail, coffee retailer: Dear Kinda, I do apologize for not answering this question sooner, but my email has been acting up. In any event, your instincts are spot on. You have a wonderful solution to your plans. I wish you well. If you would like to delve into your shyness or networking...

Business Etiquette: signature block, signature block, corporate signature
signature block, corporate signature, state zip code: Good morning, Michele. Thank you so much for your question regarding the signature block. Your question references a paper letter with a signature block that is not signed. As you may be aware, this is standard procedure for many emails that carry a corporate...

Business Etiquette: Letterhead Arrangement, corporate letterhead
corporate letterhead: Dear Chris, Thank you for writing with your superb question. From a clarity standpoint, I would cite the name of the division first, followed by a division of company XX. But there may be a way to deliver the information even more succinctly. For example,...

Business Etiquette: Thank you for a donation made on behalf of a deceased person's estate, Thanking an estate donor for a contribution through an executor, cynthia lett
Thanking an estate donor for a contribution through an executor, cynthia lett: Dear Chelle: Congratulations! How wonderful for the library! If the library is part of your state s local government, then you will need to inform the appropriate office within the state government that they received this donation to be used on behalf of...

Business Etiquette: Chatty Co-Worker and Quiet Me, networker, co worker
networker, co worker, sincerity: Dear Mouse, Thanks for asking these good questions. 1- If you feel the chatty one is saying damaging remarks, share your opinion with her privately. If she gets it, she ll thank you. If she doesn t get it, go to your supervisor. 2- No reason to be jealous....

Business Etiquette: employee protection, new employment, corporate bank buys out local bank
new employment, corporate bank buys out local bank, employment concerns: Don, Every corporate culture is unique. Gossip and hearsay can be costly. She should sit down with new management to get a factual and clear picture of all expectations upfront and then once she has a better understanding directly from her superiors she...

Business Etiquette: name tag question, name badges, speaking engagements
name badges, speaking engagements, tag question: Barbara, Each organization may or may not have protocols for volunteers regarding such a matter. With that being said, a name badge is professional (as long as it is not handwritten, and is a real name badge which can be created and purchased online...

Business Etiquette: promotion, promotion, job
promotion, job: Nena: Don t sit around and wait for your coworker to set the agenda. Right now you re reacting to what she does, instead of taking control of what you do. State something verbal or written (not e-mail) It s important that we work well together in order...

Business Etiquette: Spouse at a Business Dinner, correct protocol, business dinner
correct protocol, business dinner, business development manager: Dear Pam. Thank you for writing to ask this question. First off, there is no need to panic. With a bit of preparation and homework, you will handle the evening with poise and confidence and have a wonderful evening. You mention that your partner is in...

Business Etiquette: Spouse at a Business Dinner, business networking, business dinner
business networking, business dinner, how to be at a business meal: Pam, Your role is to establish rapport and bonding to solidfy the business relationship that your husband has secured. Conversation topics include...travel, food, latest books or movies you have experienced, and most importantly ask questions of those...

Business Etiquette: Business Etiquette, conversational exchanges, exact language
conversational exchanges, exact language, communication breakdown: Hi, Peggy. Thank you for writing to me. I appreciate that you have been through a harrowing experience. Part of it is that it seems like there is a communication breakdown between you and the VP, which needs to be addressed. My advice would be to first,...

Business Etiquette: How to Address a Letter to a Former Mayor, Addressing a former Mayor, Cynthia Lett
Addressing a former Mayor, Cynthia Lett: Dear Niki: The Mayor of a city does not retain her title after she leaves office. However she does retain the honorific of The Honorable. When addressing the envelope you write The Honorable above and slightly to the left of Jane C. Doe. In you salutation...

Business Etiquette: business card title, ordering business cards, terrific title
ordering business cards, terrific title, style considerations: Hello, Sarah, and thank you for writing to me. You have a terrific title and if it all fits on one line on the business card, that would be my preference. Ask your boss for a copy of his or her business card and then be sure to model yours on it exactly, choosing...

Business Etiquette: Business Card Title, founder president, business card
founder president, business card, good luck: Alan, This is a great question and asked often. Just put Owner. If you put CEO or President your customer may assume that there will be others that work with/for you. For example, if a customer thinks they will speak with someone in your accounts payable...

Business Etiquette: Degrees listed after my name., listing undergraduate degrees, cynthia lett
listing undergraduate degrees, cynthia lett: Dear Dorian: It is generally not good etiquette to list your undergraduate degrees. If you have graduate degrees, you list those. They are listed in the order you received them but only if relevant to the work you are currently doing. However, you shouldn...

Business Etiquette: Introduction of former Senator, salutation, state senator
salutation, state senator, spite: Former governors continue to be The Honorable (Full Name). Once an honorable, always an honorable, more or less. But in spite of what you hear in the media, only a current governor is formally addressed in conversation or in a salutation as Governor (Name)....

Business Etiquette: Protocol regarding similar degrees, mba on business card
mba on business card: Tony, It is true that a Master s degree is an educational accomplishment that requires years of post-secondary schooling and dedication, however, Master s degrees have not traditionally been noted on business cards. I would keep this to the resume, email...

Business Etiquette: Business Cards and BA, adding undergraduate degree to business card, cynthia lett
adding undergraduate degree to business card, cynthia lett: Dear Michelle: Your assumption is correct. It is not proper to put an undergraduate degree after your name. It doesn t matter whether it has relevancy to your chosen profession. It is assumed that you have the proper baseline credentials including education...

Business Etiquette: Name lines- signature block, business cards, using military Ret. after your retirement, cynthia lett
using military Ret. after your retirement, cynthia lett: Dear Mr. Heflin: You certainly may use USAF,Ret. after your name for the rest of your life. However, if you earn any professional designations, certifications, or academic advanced degrees that are relevant to your profession or career, you would list those...

Business Etiquette: politics, Having business inventory that would turn off opposing believers, cynthia let
Having business inventory that would turn off opposing believers, cynthia let: Dear Lisa: There are two answers to your question. One is purely monetary and one is marketing. First the monetary - why would you want to eliminate 50% additional revenue potential for your bottom line? You are starting a business to hopefully make money...

Business Etiquette: politics, perspective customers, lisa lisa
perspective customers, lisa lisa, different sides: Lisa: My advise is when you start a business you need to consider what will increase profits since that is the bottom line. In this case, providing a shirt that can be sold to two different sides will allow you to market and sell in a broader range,...

Business Etiquette: politics, target audience, perspective customers
target audience, perspective customers, personal component: Lisa, This is where you need to create a business plan that outlines the pros and cons financially for your t-shirt line. If the website and brand are progressive and liberal in nature then the brand identity would reflect such and so would the goods sold....

Business Etiquette: politics, Liberals, Conservatives
Liberals, Conservatives, t-shirts: Dear Lisa, This really is not an etiquette question,but I will try to help. As I see it,each of you needs to be clear on why you are going into business. Then,taking emotion out if it,do what is best in the service of that bottom line goal. ...

Business Etiquette: Dr. to Dr. communication at office visit, calling your doctor by their first name if you are a doctor, cynthia lett
calling your doctor by their first name if you are a doctor, cynthia lett: Dear Pat: In social situations when someone is introduced to you with an honorific and then they start using your first name, they are implying a level of informality and thus you are able to match that level. However, when it comes to professionals who...

Business Etiquette: fundraiser for cancer patient (me), fundraiser for self, cynthia lett
fundraiser for self, cynthia lett: Dear Lori: Actually the best thing to do in this case is not to attend. A fundraiser for a person with the person in attendance is awkward for those who are the givers. It also puts forth a gimme indicator from the recipient (you) which is not the intention...

Business Etiquette: Political Title Etiquette, form of address for a former Senator and current President, cynthia lett
form of address for a former Senator and current President, cynthia lett: Dear Gary: In your brochure you refer to President Obama as Senator Obama since that was the title he held when he secured the funding for the project. It will also be the title he will hold when he leaves office as President. Former Presidents revert back...

Business Etiquette: Deceased partner, Listing deceased partners on letterhead, Cynthia Lett
Listing deceased partners on letterhead, Cynthia Lett: Dear Kris, I suggest either you give both gentlemen their proper titles - Founding Partners Name (dates of life/death) Name (dates of life/death) List them alphabetically to keep them equal partners. I hope this helps. All the best...

Business Etiquette: Research assistant email ettiquette, current project, future research
current project, future research, current research: Dear Sam, You have done all that you can do at this point. If she is not responding it could be that she is feeling pressure to finish up her current project and cannot take the time to consider her next move yet. I know that you want to work...

Business Etiquette: Emeritus on letterhead, deceased person on letterhead, cynthia lett
deceased person on letterhead, cynthia lett: Dear Nicole: Thank you for your question. You can t have a deceased person on letterhead - you can have a retired person but not one who no longer is living. You could, however, put a line at the bottom saying something like Founder - First Name Last...

Business Etiquette: Meetings - How to stay professional without hurt feelings?, Setting up a non profit, cynthia lett
Setting up a non profit, cynthia lett, the lett group: Dear Christina: Thank you for your question. It is indeed difficult to keep everyone happy when you start a business. You will have to get tough and set limits. Decisions that the Board are supposed to make should be done only at closed Board meetings....

Business Etiquette: How to stay professional without hurt feelings?
Good morning, Christina, and thank you for sending your question. Your nonprofit start up sounds like it s beginning to take off, generating interest in the community even before the group is official. That s great news. I am not a lawyer so can t advise...

Business Etiquette: Welcoming Local Government Officials
Trisha, You are correct. You want to closely match rank and status when possible. An elected official will always take precedence; however, match rank and status as closely as you can when matching someone from your organization and the elected official....

Business Etiquette: Taking a job offer knowing you may hop, job hopping, looking for a job
job hopping, looking for a job: Dear Larry: First of all, congratulations on your search and that it has produced options. So many people I speak with haven t had that success yet. My advice to you is both pragmatic and practical. Take the offer you have in hand, even if you think...

Business Etiquette: luncheon attire, business casual attire, dress slacks
business casual attire, dress slacks, award luncheon: Jo-Ann, If you call the local country club directly they will be happy to provide you with guidance for suitable attire. Each club has slight variations, however, I can provide you with some ideas that traditionally fit most county club standards for attire....

Business Etiquette: signing letterhead printed with board member names, organization letterhead, listing the Board of Directors on letterhead
organization letterhead, listing the Board of Directors on letterhead, cynthia lett etiquette expe: Dear Jerri: When the letterhead of an organization has the Board of Directors names listed, it is fine if the staff also use that letterhead. It is not necessary to have two sets of letterhead - one for official use with the principals listed and one with...

Business Etiquette: Celebrating a promotion, etiquette questions, business etiquette
etiquette questions, business etiquette, smart answers: Dear Pinky, Thank you for writing in with your question. It s a good one. As a general rule, I feel that the person who initiates the celebratory meal should pay. So in the case that you mentioned, it probably should have been the manager who paid the...

Business Etiquette: Listing Dignataries Co-hosting an Event, Order of Precedence
Order of Precedence: Dear Laura: I am sorry it has taken so long to get to your question. With the guests you have attending the order of precedence is this: Current Foreign Ambassador to the USA Former Foreign Ambassador to the USA Former Senator Former Lieutenant Governor...

Business Etiquette: Mixed messages, hr directors, hr team
hr directors, hr team, mood light: Bella, You may want to outreach to the original HR Director that indicated the initial opportunity. I would recommend off-site for a coffee. The approach is more for information gathering and also to get greater clarity on the opportunity that she originally...

Business Etiquette: Should I have followed up?
Dear Angie: Thank you for writing in to ask this great question. I would suggest following up with a thank you note, which will serve as a gentle reminder. Your letter should thank the parents for letting you babysit their kids and also say something...

Business Etiquette: follow up email, Thank you
Thank you: Jenny, Avoid apologizing and avoid saying you were extremly busy; everyone is busy... and it will not bode well. Just send out an email or a, preferred, handwritten note to kick off the new year with a thoughtful message and to let them know that you were...

Business Etiquette: title in business cards, business cards, titles
business cards, titles: Claudia, Senior Vice President or Vice President titles include a role/operation or business practice name, NOT just the name of the Group. Unacceptable: Senior Vice President, Industrial/Process Group Acceptable: Vice President, Operations...

Business Etiquette: Unused degree
Ed, The trade association on behalf of the paralegal industry may be the best place to outreach in your local area. They would have the contacts to guide you accordingly or could direct you to someone that would put you in touch with organizations in need...

Business Etiquette: Stacked signatures on certificate, Signatures on award, signature on certificate
Signatures on award, signature on certificate: Dear Merritt: Thank you for your question. The protocol for signatures is that the most prominent - the first read, is the signature of the person who is closest in contact with the recipient - probably the Department Head in this case. It is followed...

Business Etiquette: how to write letter
Here are some thoughts: I am expressing my sincere interest in the current open position as dishwasher for your Whitewood restaurant. I am a effective team player with a strong desire to learn quickly and be immediately effective to your operation. I...

Business Etiquette: Kick Off Event Order of Speakers, government forms of address
government forms of address: Dear Susan: Thank you for your question. The order in which you have speakers speak is determined by the order of precedence. Your invited speakers would be introduced either in ascending or descending order depending if the highest level person is giving...

Business Etiquette: Addressing Business Envelope, business envelope, honorifics
business envelope, honorifics, female executive: Dear Miss Croley, Are you inviting them socially or as part of a business related event? If it is socially,it doesn t matter if he s a hobo and she s a congresswoman. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith is still correct. If she is being invited JUST because...

Business Etiquette: Announcement letter to customer, top salespeople, sole motivation
top salespeople, sole motivation, mortgage practices: Amy, A professional letter announcing your commitment to your employer, confirming for your customers they will get the same great service, and request for referrals should be mentioned. It is not necessary or would i recommend you reference any negativity...

Business Etiquette: Apology, quality suit, appreciative thanks
quality suit, appreciative thanks, color shirts: Ed, Your first suit should be of high quality and the price may range about $400.00-$600.00. There are less expensive suits on the market and if you choose the $199.00 price point just ensure proper tailoring and fit to give a more expensive appearance....

Business Etiquette: Art in the office, thomas hart benton, cynthia lett
thomas hart benton, cynthia lett, marketing image: Dear Ryan: While I appreciate your appreciation of fine art, to most people who see a painting with a nude, don t appreciate it. My guess is that the managing partner of the firm will tell you to take it home and that it doesn t reflect the image of the firm....

Business Etiquette: ask for an interview, business socials, hidden opportunities
business socials, hidden opportunities, anne taylor: Michele, Please be aware the success percentage of online resume submissions is only about 13%. Your highest success rate will be through your network of friends, family, former colleagues etc, which is 65%. You will have better luck if you go online,...

Business Etiquette: How to ask for your job back, cynthia lett, human resouces
cynthia lett, human resouces, lifestyle change: Dear Myriam: Ok - if it is a letter not a face to face meeting, the best way to approach it is positive. The information that should be included could be put into this order: 1. Compliment the firm about the positive experience you had there. If you did...

Business Etiquette: how to ask for a job/volunteer at the library, summer reading program, genealogical inquiries
summer reading program, genealogical inquiries, entry level positions: Dear Anna, Get dressed up and go to the library (or libraries) and find the reference desk. Ask the reference librarian if there are any entry level positions open at that branch. If there are,yes,go through the application process. If they say...

Business Etiquette: How to ask for your job back, watt lightbulb, dewey cheatham and howe
watt lightbulb, dewey cheatham and howe, hr person: Dear Ms. Helton, I wish I had more information. By left on good terms do you mean you gave them plenty of notice,etc? Did they indicate that they would like to have you back? No matter. You won t lose anything by trying. Depending on how big the...

Business Etiquette: how to ask for reemployment, elmwood heights, home depot inc
elmwood heights, home depot inc, lengthy detail: Dear Mr. Ledezma, Since you have returned to Home Depot in the same position and have 3 years behind you and the incident , you should be fine. The new store director is in your corner,so this is mostly a formality. Dear Mr. X, My name...

Business Etiquette: asking for your job back, anne taylor, old job
anne taylor, old job, constructive criticism: Dear Jen, First, determine if you really want to continue to work for the company that you considered leaving. Second, if you do want to inquire about getting your old job back, then you should contact the key decision maker, ask for a 1/2 hour meeting....

Business Etiquette: attorneys, nurse life care, supply guidance
nurse life care, supply guidance, career services department: Crystal, I would begin by contacting firms in your area and asking the receptionist or administrative assistant for guidance and appropriate submission of your resume. You can also use your network of co-workers, family, friends to let them know what position...

Business Etiquette: Background Check, alarm bells, government contracts
alarm bells, government contracts, fake id: Dear Lisa, In this day and age the odds of them NOT doing a background check are slim to none. Especially if the company has any kind of government contracts. I would be honest about it and see what happens. If you do lie and are hired,they can come...

Business Etiquette: Boss' party, cynthia lett, hillman
cynthia lett, hillman, great time: Dear Ms. Hillman: It is always acceptable to do something nice for someone else, even if that someone is upset with you. As long as he doesn t have to contribute food to the party, I encourage you to have a great time. It may soften his mood about his...

Business Etiquette: The British title, baronetcy, sarah james
baronetcy, sarah james, formal letter: Dear Ms. Nagy, With a Baronetcy,the wife is automatically Lady James if it is her husband who has been accorded the honor. If she is a Baronetess in her own right she is Dame . Please use two lines on the envelope: Sir John James,Bt...

Business Etiquette: BUSINESS ETIQUETTE, cynthia lett, sense reasoning
cynthia lett, sense reasoning, business etiquette: Mr. Balwin: The name tag goes on the right shoulder. The common sense reasoning for this is that when you shake hands with someone, their eyes go first to your face and then shift down to the right shoulder. If you put it on the left, the other person would...

Business Etiquette: Business Adminsitration - Computer Info Systems Degree jobs., job search engines, college career services
job search engines, college career services, computer info systems: Your biggest asset in the process of a job search will be the people that you know. You may want to investigate your college career services department for leads regarding available positions. Also, consider joining a trade organization, chamber of commerce,...

Business Etiquette: Business Card Degrees, designing a business card, cynthia lett
designing a business card, cynthia lett, mba degree: Dear Ms. Tieder: The proper way to display her name would be First Last CPA,MBA BUT.... The order is determined by which is most important to the job she does. Is she an accountant? If so, the CPA would definitely go first because it is recognized as...

Business Etiquette: Business Correspondence, cynthia lett, business protocols
cynthia lett, business protocols, business correspondence: Dear Ms. Palmer: You were taught the correct way to use memos vs. letters to clients. If I received a memo from my attorney, I would think that I am privy to internal communication. Keep it formal with clients. They expect respect and for a professional...

Business Etiquette: Business cards designation and degrees, masters degree in public administration, cynthia lett
masters degree in public administration, cynthia lett, example john doe: Dear John: First of all, congratulations on your achievement. Second, there are many times, especially when you don t have a descriptive title for the job that you do to use a spelled out version of your certification, under your name used as a title. It...

Business Etiquette: Business Dinner Etiquette?, dinner etiquette, dear kate
dinner etiquette, dear kate, business dinner: Dear Kate, Two weeks should be enough advance notice for anyone if it s just a dinner. Now,if you re having a very formal affair for dozens and dozens of people,a save the date card would be sent a month before the invitations went out. Best...

Business Etiquette: Business Dinner Invitation, mr mrs smith, dinner invitation
mr mrs smith, dinner invitation, management types: Dear Ms. Harrell, If you cannot call up their secretaries/assistants and simply ask for clarification,please go ahead and use and guest . I would try and do a little polite snooping first, though. Best regards, ...

Business Etiquette: Business Dress, federal government customer, visual impressions
federal government customer, visual impressions, business dress: Mr. Hall, Thank you for your insight. We live in a visually oriented society where visual impressions make a significant impact. Remember it is not about your comfort, it is about the value that others place on you when you are appropriate with attire...

Business Etiquette: Business Etiquette for celebrating a Promotion, intimate affair, social opportunity
intimate affair, social opportunity, anne taylor: Susan, The family may provide celebration for such an achievement, however, it should remain a private and intimate affair. The organization, if it chooses, may take it to the next level. Sincerely, Denise Anne Taylor www.passportforsuccess.co...

Business Etiquette: Business Etiquette (How to write a letter on asking for your job back after being fired, dear danny, bad habit
dear danny, bad habit, business etiquette: Dear Danny, As you were given a warning before being let go,I would say that the odds were very slim that you will get that job back. It may just be for the best to consider it a lesson learned and move on to a new place where they know nothing of...

Business Etiquette: Business Etiquette, formal business letter, anne taylor
formal business letter, anne taylor, office mgr: Did you interview directly with the Owner/CEO? If so, then address them directly, and if not, then send the letter to the person of highest rank and status that made the hiring decision. I would recommend you send a formal business letter briefly stating...

Business Etiquette: Business Introductions, cynthia lett, business introductions
cynthia lett, business introductions, female companion: When you attend a business related function and you have a relative who is not in the business but is your guest, the proper introduction is Lisa, I would like to introduce to you my colleague, George Smith. Dr. Smith, this is my wife, Lisa. The companion...

Business Etiquette: Business Invitation, cynthia lett, best regard
cynthia lett, best regard, administrative assistant: Dear Brenda: On your invitation, on the right at the bottom where you normally put instructions about the event, write Cash Bar. Across the bottom centered write Invitation intended for invited guest only. I hope this helps. Have a great party. Best...

Business Etiquette: Business Lunch Location, bon apetite, personal stake
bon apetite, personal stake, business lunch: It is quite acceptable to dine at the restaurant your husband manages. It is not necessary to let the client know your personal business in regard to the restaurant. I suggest to my clients they find a location with a diverse menu that is reliable, affordable,...

Business Etiquette: Business Lunch, wonder widget, business lunch
wonder widget, business lunch, etiquette questions: Dear Megan, No,it is not all right for the invited party to turn around and ask three or four others to join you. If this happens,be pleasant but firm. I don t mind if you all come along if you re really interested in hearing Magna Corp s new Wonder...