Leave Out the Beef When Doing Business with Indians

About 80% of India’s population is Hindu.  And, although some of these people eat meat, they nonetheless do not eat beef as the cow is considered a holy animal.   The Pizza Hut in Ahmedabad (of which the majority population is vegetarian) dishes out only vegetarian pizzas. And even McDonalds in India does not serve beef burgers!  Yes, you can...

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How to Handle Your First Big Mistake

Somewhere along the way you are going to mishandle a situation. Mistakes are tough, but how you deal with the situation is most important. Follow these steps in order to turn your mistake into a learning experience. Come clean – You should take full responsibility for your role in the mishap. Be honest about what happened and try to avoid...

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Does your résumé have skill gaps?

Your résumé may have some employment gaps due to relocation, medical leave or family obligations, but what about smaller, skills-based gaps? These can include language skills, computer knowledge, or industry specific education. Review your résumé and see which gaps you may have then write a list of ways in which you can improve. Whether it’s at work or at home,...

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Multi-Generational Communication: Crafting Your Message

Gen Y? Gen X? Or Baby Boomer? Identify what generation you fall into and with that of the person you are trying communicate with to ensure that your message is best received. When communicating with Gen Y/Millennials, remember to: •       connect with them on a personal level •       provide them with balanced feedback on a regular basis •       show them how their work...

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Understanding Surprise Feedback

Any type of criticism can be unsettling and difficult to accept, especially when it is unexpected. According to Peter Bregman from the Harvard Business Review, “surprise feedback” is criticism that seems to come from nowhere, about an issue we haven’t perceived ourselves.     In the office, you may receive surprise feedback from bosses or coworkers in regards to a...

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Texting Is Convenient – But Not Professional

(Networking Hopeful):  (7:39 P.M.) Hey Whitney!!! we met at that ntwrkng event last month. I’m still lkng for work. Do u know of ne jobs? J/w Thx With the conveniences of technology, it is easy to remain connected while in and out of the office. However, it is important to be mindful of the proper etiquette when reaching out to...

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Communication Between Generations

Understanding your own communication style is crucial to recognizing how others perceive your messages and making improvements. The NEXT for Women community consists primarily of Gen X and Gen Yers. Begin by identifying yourself with one of the following groups: Gen X – born 1965-1981 : Gen Xers are born between Boomers and Gen Yers. They easily relate to both...

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Writing Your Way to Success

What does it mean to be an “effective communicator”? Effectively communicating determines how you are viewed by your colleagues and friends. Since the business world relies heavily on email, your written skills should be polished and professional. Follow these tips to sharpen your written communication: Limit sentences to 17 words or less. A journalism professor once taught me to “keep...

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Ways to Request and Get a Face-to-Face Meeting

By Cindy Alvarez (Head of Products and Customer Development, KISSmetrics)   True or false? If you’re asking a favor of someone, it’s best to give them plenty of freedom in terms of how and when they do it. I mean, it seems awfully presumptuous to not only ask for a favor, but also to ask that it be done in...

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Ask The Wrong Question, Get Meaningless Answers

By Chris Shipley (Co-Founder, Guidewire Group) Oy. My head is about to explode. I’m at an event listening to a panel that had such wonderful potential. I suppose it was inevitable, though, that an audience member would ask that question that makes my eyes roll like an exasperated teenager: “Why are there so few women in tech?” For some seemingly...

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