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Common Sense Gum Chewing

I met someone new this week at a networking event.  I knew before our introduction that she is a very qualified professional.  She looked great, had a great handshake and eye contact, BUT then I saw it:  a great big wad of fluorescent blue gum.  She was smacking that “Winterfresh” treat throughout our exchange, and I have to admit that it really distracted me from the focus of our conversation.  Why had she chosen to pop in a big piece of Wrigley’s at a time when she would be talking to so many people?

Exercise good judgment when chewing gum.  Here a few ideas to keep in mind before unwrapping your next piece:
  • Gum is a great way to freshen your breath, keep you going when it’s getting close to lunch, take care of your teeth, or even stop smoking.   Chew it at home, or in the car, or any time you will NOT be conversing with others.
  • If you are at a meeting, or a setting speaking with others (especially clients), consider choosing a mint instead of gum to freshen your breath. 
  • If you do choose to chew gum at work, be sure to chew with your mouth closed.  No popping or smacking! 
  • And when you’re finished, don’t forget to discreetly slip your gum into its wrapper or a tissue and drop it in the garbage.  There are few things worse than stepping on someone else’s littered gum.
Stay gum-free and look more professional when dealing with others.  Follow these common sense tips on chewing gum.  People will remember!

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Common Sense Gum Chewing
How do you want to be remembered?
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About Us
Libby Mack Van Vleet has a background in marketing and administration, and is a certified high school English teacher. She is a graduate of Colorado College and Chapman University.
Wake Mack is a former lawyer, local businessman and financial services development officer. He graduated from Notre Dame, Willamette College of Law, and served in the U.S. Marines Corps.
Wise Words
Life is not so short but that there is always time for courtesy.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
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