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Jul 8, 2010

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Ashley Brooke Designs: Returning Emails

Anyone who has worked with me knows I am an email fiend!  I try super hard to answer all my emails as quickly and efficiently as possible.  So I thought we’d take a look at what Ms. Post says about responding to e-mails.

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How Quickly Should You Respond?

Personal E-mail messages should be returned within one to two days but business e-mails should be returned within 24 hours, depending of course on how pressing the matter is.  If you are someone who only checks their email once a week or so (aka my grandmother)  make sure people know this so they don’t feel slighted when you don’t respond right away.

If you are going to be out of town or away from the computer for a few days, be sure and let people know or put up an out of office or vacation auto reply so senders get the message!

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May 20, 2010

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International Travel Tips

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Traveling can be a scene in and of itself.  Trying to arrive with your grace and dignity in tact can be a challenge and adding international customs and unfamiliar etiquette could be the recipe for disaster.  Since I am far from an international etiquette expert, I thought I’d share this great article from Forbes with a link to quick and easy overviews of frequently traveled destinations.

Enjoy!

Travel Etiquette In The World’s Most Visited Countries
by: Devon Pendleton

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May 12, 2010

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Addressing Political Officials

If you know me, you know I am not terribly political at all!  But it is an election year and with so many hot topics on the table, I imagine some of you may be contacting your local congressmen and women or state senators.  Whenever people hold elected office, there are specific ways to address them and I thought I would share some examples.  This way you will know your letter gets to the right place and is in line with proper etiquette too!

Washington DC Panoramic

If addressing a member of the House of Representatives:

The Honorable David {Donna} Jones

United States House of Representatives

House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

United States Senator:

The Honorable John {Jane} Smith

United States Senate

Washington, D.C. 20510

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Apr 20, 2010

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Being a Considerate Boss

Good Tuesday Morning!  We are up and at ‘em today at Ashley Brooke Designs and I’ve been thinking about bosses.  Everybody has things they like and don’t like about their boss.  And if you are like me and are a boss or are aspiring to be one someday, you want to a well-liked, fair and honest one.  Here are some etiquette tips on being a good boss!

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–Know your employees can’t read minds.  If you want a certain task done a certain way or done at all, be specific and spell it out for employees

–Be courteous.  Greet employees with kindness.

–Learn how to criticize constructively.  Employees won’t always behave or complete tasks to your satisfaction.  It’s important to know how to express your displeasure calmly and directly so that the employee knows what is expected in the future.

–Respect your employees time.  If you consistently ask for overtime or intrude on employees during non-business hours, employees may become frustrated with your management.

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