The Etiquette Blog

The Etiquette Blog is dedicated to the Quest for Civility in the modern world. Our goal with each article is to answer your etiquette questions on table manners, your social life, work environment and more.

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Etiquette-fully Doing What's Best for Your Health and Safety

Today’s health and safety issues reflect concern about public policies and outcomes. And civil conversation can seem reserved only for those with similar views.

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What's More Important than the Handshake?

When greeting someone within a socially distant range, the handshake is (often awkwardly) skipped. But let’s not forget the other vital aspects of greetings.

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Video Conference Etiquette

As social creatures, we will find a way to meet and communicate even when distancing is the new normal. Video conferencing is a convenient solution.

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Appropriate Tip Amounts for Deliveries

Have you noticed a shift in tip amounts during the pandemic? As other rules are suspended, there is a consensus that standard tipping rules are also suspended.

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When Someone Presses an Insistent Viewpoint

When someone pushes an insistent viewpoint rather than discussing it to persuade, there is no element of satisfaction for either participant in the conversation.

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How to Be a Good Neighbor Today

Technology and public health concerns have redefined what it means to be neighborly. But there is still ample opportunity to be a good neighbor.

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Etiquette: The Outcome of Kindness, Wisdom, and Common Sense

We have a built-in capability for sharing kindness. And when that kindness is genuine, any difference in belief or opinion is mitigated, even forgotten.

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Reviving the Family Dinner - What Better Time?

In recent years the family dinner has been hindered by family busyness. But for now, most everyone is home. What better time to revive an important tradition?

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Being Recognizably Respectful in 2020

Even while socially distanced, there is still optimism among the fear and skepticism. It is this optimism that propels us to be recognizably respectful.

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Etiquette Tips When We're Cooped Up at Home

For most of us confined at home, family roles have changed drastically and feel weird. But there are etiquette tools to employ before tensions rise too high.

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What to Do When We're Not Shaking Hands

Shaking hands is the most common greeting and gesture of good will. But how do you greet people and welcome conversation while mindful of health concerns?

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When Someone Lets You Down

It’s human nature to feel hurt, angry and even a bit betrayed when someone lets you down. But despite these feelings, consider your emotions and keep control.

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The Importance of Napkins

Napkins are an important tool on any table. More than a a piece of fabric, they prevent spill mishaps and serve as a signaling tool for hosts.

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Why Do Americans Eat Using a Four-step Method?

Americans eat using a four-step method, while other countries use two-steps. We Americans love our individualism, but why the difference in dining styles?

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Working Through Low Morale at Work

Low morale makes you feel alone and isolated, even among a group of people. Regardless of the situation, there are ways to work through it, or even overcome it.

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How to Handle Feeling Not Good Enough

We all face moments of being unsure of ourselves. Feeling inadequate or "not good enough" comes with the territory of being human.

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Etiquette Tips for Left-handed Folks

While many left-handed people have a unique style for performing certain tasks, there are etiquette practices for blending in.

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Always-do Table Manner Tips

As opposed to the things we never do while sharing a meal with others, there are things we should always do. Practice these at your next dinner party.

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6 Categories of "Never-do" Table Manners

Whether your table manners are sophisticated or a little rough around the edges, there are some things you should simply never do when dining. Do you know what they are?

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Etiquette Tips for Public Transit

Posted rules for public transit generally apply to safety and times of operation. But there are rules which are not posted: the etiquette rules left entirely to the individual for compliance.

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