All Articles By Judith Bowman

Judith Bowman
Business Protocol

Judith Bowman founded Protocol Consultants International in 1993 and has prospered to become an established Business Protocol expert, educator, corporate speaker, and renowned authority in the field of Professional Presence, Dining Savvy, International Protocol Awareness, and personal and professional development. Ms. Bowman also provides Protocol Certification. She is a graduate of Boston College and has pursued studies in Effective Business Communication at Harvard University.

Ms. Bowman speaks to critical interpersonal communication skills and shares specific nuances advantageous to exemplary conduct in today’s fast-paced and highly competitive global work environment. She showcases everyday business situations and shows professionals how to leverage these as opportunities to demonstrate respect while earning respect – while showing you know “the difference” while making a difference to stand apart and outclass the competition!

Ms. Bowman has authored two business protocol books: “Don’t Take the Last Donut…” (Career Press) presently sold in 16 countries, translated in 14 languages, and her new book, “How to Stand Apart @ Work …” She has authored a weekly Everyday Etiquette column syndicated throughout New England for ten years by the Pulitzer Prize winning Eagle Tribune Publishing Company. Internationally, she authored a Business Protocol column for the prestigious Noblesse Magazine, China. She presently writes a weekly Business Protocol column for Boston Herald newspapers and has a coordinating weekly radio segment, “A Protocol Moment” on Herald Radio.
She also writes a monthly Fabulous Woman series which features truly fabulous women who have shattered the glass ceiling and has been featured in Leader to Leader, March, 2015.

Bowman has produced a series of support products which include: Executive Etiquette/First Impressions DVD, DINING 101 DVD and Protocol Training DVD – from her on-line How to Stand Apart series.

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December 5, 2017

Business Dining Tips: How to Wine and Dine Your Way to the Deal 

Categories: Protocol, Social Networking

Business Dining Tips: How to Wine and Dine Your Way to the Deal 

Advisors and business professionals at all levels have long-held the notion that wooing prospective new hires and closing a deal over lunch is extremely effective. However, I am thrilled to tell you there is now evidence to support this belief, according to Lakshmi Balachandra, a Harvard fellow. Inside the Dining Research Ms. Balachandra’s work subjected […]

September 26, 2017

Deriving Business Connections from Social Events

Categories: Protocol, Social Networking

Deriving Business Connections from Social Events

When so many of us will traverse in an out of companies and continents the need for connections derived from business-related social events and social settings becomes indispensable, something upon which the savvy business professional will capitalize. Doing so will enhance your business reputation as one who is socially savvy, business-wise and well-connected. There was […]

August 22, 2017

17 Top Tips on Job Interviewing with a Firm

Categories: Hiring & Onboarding

17 Top Tips on Job Interviewing with a Firm

Interviewing can be an intimidating, humiliating and nerve-wracking experience for many however, your true professional colors will surely shine if you are aware of some ‘gentle reminders’ and prepare, accordingly. First, you must consciously decide to make this a positive, insightful experience. Be mentally prepared to embrace the challenge and, the opportunity to learn first-hand […]

August 1, 2017

Mastering the Art of Small Talk

Categories: Protocol

mastering the art of small talk

You are at the dining table having a spirited discussion with the person on your left however, the person on your right is not responding and appears bored or disinterested. You are walking from the reception area to their office or meeting room, going up the elevator 36 floors (!) with your host who says […]

May 23, 2017

Be Prepared: 11 Tips on Giving a Top Presentation

Categories: Speaking

tips on presenting

We all ‘present’ ourselves every day, and as we know, “The Presentation is everything!” Preparation in life is key and integral to being well-perceived and well-received by others. It helps you own your material and remember your goal: to convey your message by relating to your audience while remembering that every audience is different. Your […]

April 25, 2017

Top Tips for Networking Success

Categories: Marketing, Social Networking

networking tips

They say, there are only seven degrees of separation between us and any job or connection we ever endeavor to make. Therefore, making a conscious effort to consistently expand our network of connections is key. Social networking aside, real-time networking is about putting yourself physically out there. But what to do once you are there? […]

December 13, 2016

Holiday Etiquette 101: Office Parties & Family Gatherings

Categories: Client Appreciation, Culture, Protocol

Holiday Party Etiquette

The Holidays are here and present a wonderful time to reflect, gather together and share special time with colleagues, friends and loved ones, acknowledge our many blessings, especially those in our lives who lift us up and make us better. Many go to great lengths to be together therefore, preparing to create special memories requires […]

October 4, 2016

9 Powerful Tips on Using Business Cards with Purpose

Categories: Marketing, Prospecting

business card tips

We all meet and exchange cards at meetings, in restaurants, attending industry functions, while traveling and at social events. Absently handing someone our card is a missed opportunity to convey valuable information. The everyday practice of business card exchange is time-honored. Honing this seemingly innocuous gesture demonstrates respect, shows you know the difference, portrays you […]

September 6, 2016

Programming the Subconscious Mind to Achieve Positive Results

Categories: Culture, Health & Wellness, Human Element

Programming the Subconscious Mind to Achieve Positive Results

The quote, “I think, therefore I am” prompted me to think further about our ability to actually program our subconscious to redirect our destiny. We can actually program the subconscious mind to tell ourselves we “are.” When we consciously tell the subconscious mind that we feel a certain way, we program our subconscious mind to […]

August 2, 2016

The Power of Words in the Workplace

Categories: Communication, Culture, Leadership, Leadership

The Power of Words in the Workplace

When we are fully absorbed in an activity, the mind tends to get focused and more pointed. “Me” time away from business-at-hand allows the mind to become steadier, quieter, promoting more awareness, harnessing new energy, allowing us to be more attentive. Rudyard Kipling said, “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” […]

July 19, 2016

The Power of Character and Integrity at Work

Categories: Culture, Leadership, Team Development

The Power of Character and Integrity at Work

There are metrics for measuring goals, P&L statements to show bottom-line profits and trophies to reflect triumph however, there is not a gauge to measure character and integrity — central to creating a successful business with loyal employees while enjoying a respected reputation. These traits are felt rather than spoken. “People will forget what you […]

July 4, 2016

Workplace Putdowns Are Counterproductive

Categories: Business Model, Leadership, Performance Evaluation

Workplace Putdowns Are Counterproductive

The workplace is renowned for holding conventional team sales meetings wherein performance, achievement and sales numbers are publicly touted. When sales numbers are met and quotas exceeded, bells ring, horns blow, trumpets play and even obtuse exercises are ritually and merrily performed. Key individuals are buoyed by the recognition, accolades and affirmations which are great […]

May 31, 2016

6 Pieces of Advice for Aspiring Women

Categories: Culture, Leadership

6 Pieces of Advice for Aspiring Women

Jacqueline Moloney is the first woman to serve as Chancellor of University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dr. Moloney embraced technology early, confronting the boys’ network head-on. She became a pioneer in online education making UMass Lowell a world-class leader in the field. The married mother of two – who is also a grandmother – was the […]

May 17, 2016

Boardroom Protocol: 17 Tips for Successful Business Meetings

Categories: Advisory Boards, Protocol

Boardroom Protocol: 17 Tips for Successful Business Meetings

Social media platforms aside, the one-on-one, face-to-face business meeting remains an integral part of the professional landscape and presents a singular opportunity to personally connect and ultimately advance critical interpersonal relationships. Think of business meetings as fertile judgment grounds where others almost relentlessly judge behavior because a business opportunity is on the table, so to […]

January 5, 2016

Your Resting Face

Categories: Blog, Communication, Human Element

Facial Expressions

  Most of us aren’t aware of what our natural facial expression is saying about us – without us saying a word!  To anyone who isn’t sure, ask someone you trust to tell you the truth about your natural facial expression. Today, social media has a name and an acronym for this called BRF, “Bitchy […]

November 10, 2015

Connecting is the Key to Voice Mail – It Can Start or End with Your Voice

Categories: Blog, Prospecting

Voice Mail

Your voice is 38% of your overall message to the world according to UCLA’s Albert Mehrabian. An original voice – high, low, or in-between – can be your calling card. So when it comes to leaving a voice mail message, don’t sell yourself short. Voice mail presents a huge opportunity to connect… but you only […]

October 20, 2015

Handling an Irate Client

Categories: Business Development, Communication, Human Element

Handling an Irate Client

Coming face-to-face, tete-a-tete with an irate client can be daunting, yet this potentially volatile situation presents an opportunity to distinguish yourself at your highest skill set. An irate client is essentially saying, “Give me attention!”  Therefore, we say, “Give it to them!” Kill them with kindness. Immediately establish yourself as the consummate professional, in control […]

September 17, 2015

Shoes Reveal Your Standing

Categories: Blog, Human Element

Shoes Reveal Your Standing

You can be beautifully dressed, meticulously groomed, and well put together, however, when someone looks down at your feet and your shoes are scuffed, shabby, or stretched out; you have negated all your efforts toward making a professional statement. Appearance sends a message.  Shoes are not just an accessory, they communicate intention – from boat […]

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Advisors and business professionals at all levels have long-held the notion that wooing prospective new hires and closing a deal over lunch is extremely effective. However, I am thrilled to tell you there is now evidence to support this belief, according to Lakshmi Balachandra, a Harvard fellow. Inside the Dining Research Ms. Balachandra’s work subjected […]

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