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> Quick Tip Holiday Job Hunting others. Plus, people can start wondering what negative things you are saying about them. DISAGREE AGREEABLY. Saying, “I see it differently,” or “I disagree” lets people know that you have a different opinion without attacking them or their opinion. If you say, “You’re wrong,” you are pointing fingers. manager said, “I don’t want my people viewed as unprofessional or incompetent.” Or, “I want my people viewed as professional and competent.” What would you rather hear? REMEMBER YOUR NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION. Have a pleasant facial expression. No stern expressions, frowns, or stares of gloom as you go about your day. Greet people when you see them. Avoid sarcasm and eliminate any harsh tone to your voice. This can be the slowest time of year for those looking for a new opportunity. Companies usually don’t hire at the end of the year due to budgets and time off issues. For those of you in a job search, use this time of year to plan your strategy for 2009. Create your job search business plan so that you can start the year off with a systematic approach to your next career step. This plan should include your objectives, criteria for a new position, target audience, and knowing what may stop you from succeeding. Also use this time of year to build your network. A simple holiday card or call (not a job solicitation call) can keep your name in the forefront. 5 8 AVOID USE OF THE WORD “BUT.” “But” can negate what comes before it. If someone says, “I agree but…” or “You did a nice job but…” you are waiting for the bad news. Use the word “and.” “You did a nice job, and it would even be better if…” 6 Barbara Pachter is a speaker, coach, and author of numerous business books, including “NewRules@ Work: 79 Etiquette Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Get Ahead and Stay Ahead” (Prentice Hall Press) and “The Power of Positive Confrontation” (Marlowe & Co.) She specializes in business etiquette and communication. Her client list includes Microsoft, Pfizer, Chrysler, and Genentech. For a free copy of Pachter’s e-newsletter, visit —Dawn Penfold WORD THINGS POSITIVELY. The same thought can often be expressed negatively or positively. One 7 Dawn Penfold is the owner of The Meeting Candidate Network Inc., a corporate recruitment firm specializing in the meetings industry. To reach her visit The trademark HYATT and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation. ©2008 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved. THE BLUEPRINT FOR INSPIRATION…THE NEW HYATT REGENCY BELLEVUE. $185 MILLION EXPANSION. 60,000 SQUARE FEET OF MEETING SPACE. 733 GUESTROOMS. Introducing the new standard for urban adventure in the Pacific Northwest. In Summer 2009, this stunning expansion will add a second tower housing state-of-the-art meeting space featuring an 18,000-square-foot ballroom and a 14,000-square-foot exhibition hall. Located minutes from Seattle, Hyatt Regency Bellevue resides within The Bellevue Collection – a vibrant fusion of premier shopping, dining and nightlife that offers the perfect balance of business and pleasure. Feel the Hyatt Touch®. For more information, contact your Hyatt Sales Representative, call 800 872 3600 or visit

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Successful Meetings - December 2008

Successful Meetings - December 2008
Editor's Note
Corporate Events
On the Record
Planner Spotlight
Personal Success
Technology Talk
Food & Beverage
Professional Development
Quick Tip
Tools of the Trade
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Deep Impact
Recession-Friendly Speakers
Showing Off
Hawaii Insert
Places & Spaces
Mississippi Gulf Coast
Fort Worth
South Florida

Successful Meetings - December 2008