Author Archives: Peggy Swords

Peggy Swords

About Peggy Swords

Peggy Swords is the founder and president of Excalibur Exhibits, a $10 million Houston-based exhibit manufacturing and production corporation. Excalibur Exhibits designs, builds, delivers, assembles and disassembles as many as 300 exhibits per year. Swords was named as a finalist for NAWBO Houston 2003 Woman Business Owner of the Year and 2005 Enterprising Woman of the Year Finalist. Additionally, Excalibur Exhibits is a five time member of the Inc 5000, a three time member of the LSU100 and a two time member of the Houston Fast 100, a list of fastest growing privately held companies.

Tradeshow Mishaps Are Solvable

Posted on December 14, 2016

Smart tradeshow exhibitors know to expect the unexpected. Booth fabric can be accidentally ripped. Giveaways might not arrive on time. A special piece of furniture may need to be sourced at the last minute.


Emails Impact Reputation and Leave a Lasting Impression

Posted on November 7, 2016

Emails leave an impression, in fact a lasting one. People often judge a businessperson by the language, tone and style of his or her emails. Emails sent in haste can be damaging. The best advice is to slow down and think before entering “send.”


Your reputation hinges on telephone etiquette

Posted on October 10, 2016

Good telephone skills can make or break a business and your professional reputation. Not answering phones quickly and not returning calls promptly are two recipes for business disaster.

Can you juggle two or three things while answering your phone? The listener can tell and he or she is annoyed. Do you mumble and not speak directly into the mouthpiece? You’re not doing all you can to enhance your company’s reputation. Have you put someone on speakerphone without his or her knowing it? Oops!

You may know how to operate a telephone but do you know how to really use it to your business advantage? See how.


It’s never too early to begin planning your tradeshow exhibit

Posted on September 7, 2016

Exhibit planning needs to begin at least nine to 12 months ahead of a tradeshow. The tradeshow timeline starts with establishing a budget and reviewing last year’s exhibit. Be critical. Before contacting an exhibit company, set new goals, develop dynamic messaging and your booth’s parameters. Remember: Can the booth be used multiple times during the […]


Business Etiquette—the unwritten rules that make people feel good and fuel business success

Posted on August 29, 2016

If you’re consistently inconsistent about missing appointments, not returning emails or phone calls or being late for meetings, your reputation can suffer in business. Simple courtesies are mandatory in business. It’s not enough to have good business skills. Successful businessmen and businesswomen know proper social skills go a long way in getting you ahead. Come see what we mean.