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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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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How to Lead by Example

People are watching other people these days to see how they handle themselves when facing challenges. This is the perfect moment to lead by example.

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A Taste of Etiquette History

Looking at etiquette history, we can assume that many of our social guidelines came about as a result of demand for respect and personal safety.

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What "Respect" Looks Like

Respect is one of the most important words we can know. We feel it when we read or hear it. We know its significance when we use it.

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The Importance of Etiquette in a Civil Society

Within the conversations in our society regarding how to inspire better behavior, the word “etiquette” doesn't come to the fore often enough. But it should.

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How is Technology Challenging Civility?

Technology creates many opportunities, but there is a downside. It makes private reactions instantly public, creating a challenge to civility.

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On Wearing Masks

The choices on wearing masks have been a source of polarization. But polarization serves as an opportunity to re-evaluate our judgements and behaviors.

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Flipping Out from Overwhelm

When we have habits in place that guide us through negative emotions and interactions with others, our chances of flipping out are greatly decreased.

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Saying "I'm Sorry" Too Often

A sincere apology shows concern for correcting a situation. But saying “sorry” too often turns the word into an excuse and isn’t an apology at all.

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Dealing with Disgusting Mouth Sounds During a Meal

Is it appropriate to call someone’s attention to their annoying mouth sounds? As with most etiquette guidelines, the answer is related to the situation.

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How Should You Respond When You're Unfriended on Social Media?

No one enjoys feeling rejection or exclusion. When you learn that someone has unfriended you on social media is it worth it to find out why? Probably not.

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Email Sign-offs During the Pandemic

Correctly crafting an email sign-off requires that you consider the person on the other end of your message. A little lightheartedness can make someone smile.

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Etiquette and the Happiness Factor

Connectedness is the essence of happiness, and the happier you choose to be, the more confident and comfortable you are.

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Why the Difference Between Assertiveness and Rudeness Matters

There is a fine line between assertiveness and rudeness. It’s the same line that makes rude an antonym of polite. Once crossed, requires immediate correction.

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