In today's highly-competitive, fast-paced, always-connected business arenas, personal and online interactions often lack the common courtesies and considerations that promote smooth and harmonious human relationships. The result outcome can be unnecessary coarseness, tension and uneasiness that may have an impact both internal and external to the organization.Civility means finding common ground as a place for mutual respect and the practice of considerate, kind and responsible behavior on a consistent basis, regardless of disagreements or differences between parties. Like civility, protocol addresses commonly expected behaviors. It also includes procedures governed by custom and practices that encourage respect and courtesy. Civility and protocol provide a framework and skill set that help us guide us to more readily take into consideration the dignity and comfort of others. These skills bring out the best in us and pave the way for happier, more positive and ultimately more productive relationships. Practiced in everyday interactions between colleagues, clients or customers, these are the seeds that can empower business and professional relationships to flourish.
Yasmin Anderson-Smith ,MCRP, CIP, CPBS is an award-winning, coach, trainer and author who brings leading-edge experience in the new fields of business and personal image management, civility in the workplace and personal branding. Combining high enthusiasm, dedication and inspiration, Yasmin offers ground-breaking presentations, seminars, personal coaching and awareness-building programs, across cultures. She succeeds in igniting, elevating, and empowering business women, young professionals and college students to project confidence, credibility, and embrace civility in their image and personal brand. Often misunderstood, civility is essential to building the trust and respect needed for harmonious relationships inside and outside the workplace. A former resource management professional with over fifteen years experience, Yasmin re-branded her career as an entrepreneur in 2006 with the founding of KYMS Image International. To educate, inspire and elevate women, she subsequently launched several business development, career- readiness, and networking and civility awareness programs. In 2006, Yasmin created and launched the sub-brand, Every Girl Can™, know internationally for empowering teen girls to embrace a healthy body image. Yasmin is co-author of the books, Executive Image Power and The Power of Civility and a contributor to Expert Beacon, Younique, MCDA Wellspring and Respectful Workplace magazines.