Career QnA

Read about the career choices our mentors have made to become established biotech professionals. Each month, a new mentor will share their career journeys and advice for those wishing to follow in their footsteps.

Margaret Page

Ashraf Amlani - Sunday, October 31, 2010

Margaret Page is the founder and director of Etiquette Page, a leading Canadian firm offering business etiquette and international protocol services. With 20 years of success as an entrepreneur and business leader, Margaret brings to the table proven knowledge and a genuine appreciation for the highest standards of etiquette and protocol. Margaret inspires her clients, giving them the essential skills and confidence required to handle any situation they encounter with style and finesse. As an etiquette consultant and businesswoman, Margaret Page is passionate about relationships and how they are affected by our behavior, whether in social or business settings. To Margaret, being an etiquette consultant means revealing to workshop participants the inner workings of a social scenario, as well as their own patterns of behaviour, so that they can enter any room or occasion with confidence.

Margaret PageA graduate of CoachU and Protocol School of Washington, she also has two College Diplomas: one in Business Management and one in Accounting. Margaret is the creator of “Cognito: Modern Wisdom for Dining and Social Etiquette” cards and co-authored the book, “Blueprint for Success,” with Steven Covey and Ken Blanchard. In 2008 Margaret was nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Trailblazer of the Year Award.

SBN: Describe your typically day at work

MP: One of my biggest challenges is finding time to accomplish all that I want to do. This is how my time is generally spent: 30% working with clients, 20% writing, correspondence & communication, 20% marketing, 20% learning news skills, keep up to date on industry, technology and complimentary areas, 10% planning

SBN: What attracted you to this profession?

MP: I had been a small business person for 25 years and observed every type of behavior and manners imaginable from clients, employees and suppliers. I wanted to learn from a reliable source what was most appropriate and fruitful in social and business situations so I took my training at the Protocol School of Washington to become a certified Etiquette and Protocol Consultant. I have also taking training in Coaching and Speaking. 

SBN: What challenges did you encounter while establishing your career? 

MP: The greatest challenge was creating new connections in a new city since I moved from Las Vegas to the Vancouver area.

SBN: Any advice you would like to share with those wishing to continue in your footsteps?

MP: Do what you are passionate about and the pieces will fall into place.

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