Magazine article Talent Development

Flirting Inc.: It Might Be OK to Flirt at Work, or Not. (Working Formerly Working Life)

Magazine article Talent Development

Flirting Inc.: It Might Be OK to Flirt at Work, or Not. (Working Formerly Working Life)

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"Flirting takes place in the corporate world every day and isn't necessarily sexual," says Susan Rabin, president of Dynamic Communications and founder of the Business School of Flirting. Rabin made her point recently by flirting with David Letterman on his show while lying on a bed.

Rabin contends that flirting is smart business, is politically correct, and builds better business relationships between women and men--if done the right way."

Flirting is subtle and can be the first step in communication, notes Rabin. It's a people skill and a charming, honest pression of interest in others. But it must be light and without serious intent.

Here are some corporate flirting dos and don'ts from the Business School of Flirting:

Start your conversation with a question, comment, or compliment. End with a clever close.

Tune out the "what's in it for me?"

Don't step over the boundary into sexual harassment. The discomfort zone includes threatening touch, out-of-line compliments, and invasion of someone else's personal space.

The Business School of Flirting targets corporate HR and training departments, and Rabin asserts that allowing harmless flirting can lead to higher income, teambuilding, and promotions because it equalizes people's business skills and gives you social savvy. Rabin gives talks at workplaces and conferences and is the author of the books How to Attract Anyone Anytime Anyplace, 101 Ways to Flirt, and Cyberflirt!

* Source/www.dynamiccommunications.com; srabin7128@aol. …

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