Category Archives: Advice

Business trip etiquette: just some thoughts

I am going on a trip to a conference as well for training to two separate companies.  I am interested to know what people believe is the correct dress code.  As many may know, I work for a yoga apparel company where I wear stretchy pants, tank tops, flips flops, runners, and so on all day long.  If I worked at a bank or another corporate type of environment this really wouldn’t be an issue.  Now if I am going as the guest to a conference, does that mean I need to go shopping and wear clothes I wouldn’t otherwise?

I figure since I am the “customer” in both situations that I should be allowed to wear and do as I would at my normal job.  But the question does arise – am I pushing the boundaries, does dress code really matter to the other company, and would they find it offensive or refreshing?

To make things more interesting, when we have consultants or vendors come to our office, we ask that they wear comfortable clothing (even if it isn’t stretchy pants) and have people come in wearing 3 piece suits, sweat pants, short shorts, dresses, and jeans.  Never have I seen anyone receive it as offensive if the person didn’t wear athletic wear.  What should I do?

“Hey, you, your not doing your job”

Recently I have learned a lot about feedback. How darn empowering it can be, even if the feedback isn’t about how great someone is. In the last week I have been the feedback giver and recipient. Working at a dynamic company, where we get to do things quickly and waiting for someone to get their game up to speed isn’t an option. Here are my two personal take aways from each situation.

Giving. Do not under estimate how inspiring feedback can be. Sometimes telling someone they aren’t meeting expectations is exactly what they need to start exceeding expectations. I unfortunately didn’t give the feedback right away, because I couldn’t get my finger on what the problem was. Once I realized it wasn’t “one major thing” I was able to articulate what the negative impact someone had on a project. Since then, this key person has just blown me away.

Receiving. Being a recipient brought me down to reality, again. As much as I would like to believe that I am a high performer in everything I do, I am not. I was told I wasn’t doing my job right. I need to hear it in a way that literally gave me a verbal kick in the ass.

I urge those who have been holding in a piece of feedback (constructive or not) to put it to good use.  My closing thought: “feedback is the currency of performance. If you have feedback and don’t give it, you are being greedy. Giving feedback is always being charitable.”

Presentation Meltdown

Being a young panelist, yup, that’s me!

So I was asked to speak at a panel on March 15th 2010 in Richmond about my career path/ advancement. I found this quite flattering and obviously said yes. Now that I am 4 days away, I am starting to feel a little nervous and ill-prepared. So what does a young professional do when you need help… you google.

Long story short, I need a PowerPoint presentation that explains how I got to where I am

in my short period of time. I need to talk for 15 minutes, boy is that ever a long time! This isn’t some kind of dinner with copious amounts of wine either.

I found this cool presentation 101 link on google and it gave me an awesome id

ea to

use lots of pictures versus all text. I was always really good at it, but I am going to try to take it to the next level!

Wish me luck, and once I do my presentation, I will blog about my experience.

Until next time,

Agata