The Etiquette Blog

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Does Being Polite Mean Being Insincere?

Most of us were taught that being polite is the primary path to social acceptance. But when politeness is not genuine, its insincerity does not go unnoticed!

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Keeping a Friendly Touch Friendly

A friendly touch is a good thing. Keeping it appropriate, especially when making a first impression, is also important.

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Are You Always Late?

If being on time means you prioritize correctly, what does it mean when you are always late? Harnessing the importance of the things you do is one key to getting them done in a timely manner.

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Standing Up to Social Pressure

Social pressure tempts you away from your real self. Learn to recognize this temptation, know what you stand for, and maintain respect for yourself and others.

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Business Card Etiquette

When you employ appropriate business card etiquette, not only is your card put to valuable use, you are remembered in a most positive way. This is networking at its best!

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How to Handle Your Handbag

How you handle your handbag says a lot about you. Not only your personality, but also your good manners.

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When You're Called by the Wrong Name

Has someone addressed you by the wrong name? It's frustrating, and may be a little embarrassing if you're unsure how to handle the situation.

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How Etiquette Alleviates Negativity

Having systems of etiquette in place overshadow the negativity "out there." When you are positive and etiquette-ful, there is simply no room for negative thoughts, attitudes, or actions.

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How to Use a Finger Bowl

A finger bowl is served at formal dinners, or if the course before it was a little messy. It's a bit rare in our modern times, but adds a special touch to a meal.

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Telephone Faux Pas and How to Avoid Them

Regardless of the type of telephone used, voice communication is still a necessity in our modern world. But if your voice isn't clear, information is misunderstood - or not understood at all.

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Are You Too Personal When Talking to Strangers?

If you are friendly and chatty, you may also be getting a little too personal with people you've just met. Learn how to pace yourself in conversations with strangers and new acquaintances.

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How to Deal with a Nuisance

A person who’s become a nuisance can be a sore spot in your day. Read on for tips to avoid the anxiety and etiquette dilemmas such a person can bring to your world.

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Sitting Properly in Any Seat

Sitting properly communicates to others who you are and what you represent. Would they label you confident? Comfortable? A slouch? Your posture will be their guide.

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Using Small Talk to Find Something in Common

Making small talk with a stranger isn't always fun. Unless you play the game of finding something in common. Find out how to do this and possibly come away with a new friend.

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Are You Showing Civility on Social Media?

When you're not physically present with others, it is easy to forget that civility on social media is just as important as civility in any other social arena.

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Professional Dress for Women

While working, interviewing, or represententing your business away from the office, your level of professionalism is assumed from the way you are dressed.

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Wine - and Other - Glasses on Your Table

Setting a proper table focuses primarily on the placement of flatware and dishes, but let's not forget the secondary focus: wine glasses, water glasses, and other drinking glasses.

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Is Your True Personality Reflected in Your Behavior?

Your true personality is expressed in the way you conduct yourself. Many times each day you have the choice conform or rebel.

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The 3 Acts of Dining: Leaving the Table

As in the other two Acts of Dining, there is a system to leaving the table appropriately. Once again, this is a time to seek guidance from your "place map" - or table setting, as well as your host.

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The 3 Acts of Dining: Enjoying Your Meal

Enjoying your meal is the second act of a dining experience. Good manners reign, yet, one goal of pleasant dining is to stay under the radar. This is how you can put it all together.

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