The Etiquette Blog

Employing etiquette is entirely up to you. Etiquette is situational and contextual - “It depends.”

We try to exercise good judgement and use common sense, but we all face the fact that we never know what it’s like being on the other side of “me.”

That’s why the on-going conversation about the ways we show up recognizably respectful is the purpose of The Etiquette Blog.

Check out the articles listed below to find answers to your etiquette questions on table manners, your social life, and work environment. Explore and enjoy the over 175 articles on this site!

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Dog Walking Etiquette

Whenever you leave home to take your dog for a walk, you enter the world of others. Not only are you now asked to be mindful of your own interactions, but the interactions of your pet as well.

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Hand Placement and Gestures that Create a Comfortable Presence

Your hand placement and gestures send many messages to other people. What are you revealing about yourself?

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Saving Someone from a Faux Pas

When faux pas happen, you can only hope someone else hasn’t noticed. And if onlookers are kind, they will manage to quickly distract from your social error.

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Business Casual vs. Professional Dress

Business casual continues to throw a wrench in the 21st century work world. Is it professional enough or too casual for office environments? The short answer is: it depends.

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Handling Money and Friends

Money has different meanings to different people. It's personal, tangled in self-worth, and easily judged. And when money and friends collide, it can affect even the best relationships.

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The Disadvantages of Distracting Habits

In many encounters, it's body language that speaks loudest. If you knew you had some distracting habits drawing attention from who you really are, would you correct them?

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Board Meeting Etiquette

Board meeting etiquette is, many times, determined by the tradition and culture of the organization represented by a particular board. Members are responsible for upholding these guidelines.

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Writing Business Thank-you Notes

Like personal thank-yous, business thank-you notes are appropriate whenever you want to express gratitude and leave the door open to the future.

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Modesty in Today's World

In its use today, it can be an emotional word, ringing of judgment and disdain, particularly when referring to what a person does not have. It’s a word people can and have taken sides over.

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Practicing Etiquette While Using Taxi Services

Taxi services help you get where you're going. Practicing courtesy and kindness will ensure you always enjoy a smooth ride.

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Easing Cultural Differences

When people from different countries interact, it’s the little moments that call for open-mindedness, patience and pause. This is what etiquette can do for us - ease those cultural differences.

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Observing Theatre Etiquette When Attending Performances

With so much care, pride, and traditions tied to our theatres, we should also consider observing theatre etiquette when visiting them.

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When to Stand and Greet Someone

Traditionally, when someone enters a room, the people already in the room stand and greet the newcomer. It is a respectful and welcoming gesture signaling acknowledgment of that person.

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How to Be a Team Player in Today's Workplace

The word "team" is used often in many company cultures. What does it mean to be a team player in today's workplace?

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How Parents Can Teach Gratitude

When parents teach gratitude, and the art of expressing it, they continue a tradition of giving and receiving in its most sacred form.

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How Dining Rules Keep You Under the Radar

Dining rules are a bundle of civility skills pertaining to sharing a meal with others. They are your ticket to increased confidence and the ability to relax and enjoy yourself.

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Following Everyday Etiquette Rules

If doing the right thing is what everyday etiquette is all about, then we should aim for more awareness. Courtesy and manners are, at their essence, forms of awareness.

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What to Do When You Overhear Conversations

You may or may not want to overhear conversations between other people. But even when you have no intention of listening, it's easy to become drawn in, especially if you have an opinion on the topic.

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Using Etiquette in a Shared Workspace

In a shared workspace, tact, courtesy, and sensitivity to the needs of your coworkers are most important in creating an overall environment of productivity and accomplishment.

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Dating Etiquette

With all of the ups and downs of meeting a potential mate, these dating etiquette guidelines can help put you at ease.

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