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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Leading Virtual Business Meetings

Virtual business meetings are one method for adjusting to current business practices. But they must be conducted well, or employees feel their time is wasted.

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Restart Your Best Self

The decision to restart your best self is a commitment you make just for you. But it creates the opportunity to benefit many more lives besides your own.

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Acting Ugly Leaves an Ugly Impression

Acting ugly is a term my grandmother used when someone was behaving in a negative way. But I’ve since learned that acting ugly is directly tied to attitude.

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How Introductions Are Changing

Introductions are a first step in conversation with someone you’ve never met before. But how do we properly introduce people in a now mostly virtual world?

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Why I Write “The Etiquette Blog”

A reader thanked me for writing The Etiquette Blog and asked, “What is the genesis of your blog? Do you think you’ll run out of topics?” Here are my answers.

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Passionately Dispassionate: the Etiquette-ful Stance

Being clear-sighted, or even passionately dispassionate, does not mean you give up feeling deeply, empathetically, or compassionately.

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Positive Influence Through Etiquette

Etiquette, as a tool of positive influence, relies on the subtle acts of kindness, courtesy and respect to persuade others to act accordingly.

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Your Personal Responsibility Toolkit

At our best, our actions reflect our values. Meaning we take personal responsibility for the actions we take, the reactions we have, and the words we say.

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Etiquette-ful Habits for 2021

The first step in strengthening any habit is identifying it and putting it into practice. What etiquette-ful habits do you want to grow stronger in 2021?

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Playing the Glad Game

As 2020 ends, there are bad things evident in our world. But what if, like Pollyanna, we play the Glad Game to find the good in negative situations we face?

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Airport Etiquette During and After a Pandemic

Our main priority when leaving home is remaining safe as we go about our business. Traveling is no different, which is why airport etiquette can be so helpful.

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Instead of Perfection, Strive for Excellence

A strive for excellence brings a sense of achievement when goals are reached. It gives room to handle setbacks, learn from mistakes, and lead by example.

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Creating an Etiquette-ful Personal Brand

Choosing how we want to be perceived is an act of positivity. An etiquette-ful personal brand can ensure that others view us in a positive light.

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Overcoming Holiday Perfectionism

You want the holidays to be filled with memory-making moments for your family. But when holiday perfectionism invades the season, the fun is gone.

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Reading Between the Lines of Written Communications

“Reading between the lines” is necessary in life. Having this ability helps you discern what others intend or want when a request isn’t directly expressed.

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How to Have a Voice of Reason

Listening to your voice of reason provides comfort in knowing you have considered the facts of a situation and responded fairly and respectfully.

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Etiquette in a Virtual Workplace

While a virtual workplace is convenient, etiquette rules still apply. The most important one: show respect for your co-workers, team members, and leadership.

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How to Embrace Change Etiquette-fully

Understanding how to embrace change offers opportunity to adapt mindfulness and optimism. Etiquette can help smooth this process of re-positioning.

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Hosting a Party During Social-distancing Times

Hosting a party everyone enjoys carries important responsibilities. But current circumstances require hosts to consider additional details.

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How to Smoothly Change the Subject of Conversation

Every conversation reaches a point when it’s time to change the subject. The art is in switching topics when no one knows you intended to.

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