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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Responding to Out-of-Character Behavior

Out-of-character behavior always carries a certain amount of shock value with it. As the saying goes, "just when you think you know someone . . ."

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Keeping Your Things in Their Proper Place

When spaces are shared, as most spaces are, having your things in their proper place not only maintains order, but creates a welcoming environment for everyone.

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When Etiquette Isn’t Cool

There are times when specific actions deemed etiquette-ful feel out of place. When etiquette isn’t cool, it’s usually because a formal gesture was being used in a casual situation.

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Men, Women, and Gender-related Etiquette

Gender-related etiquette may ilicit visions of old-fashioned gentlemanly gestures, but etiquette itself has evolved to the degree that civil behavior applies to everyone.

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Etiquette Tips for Public Speaking

Public speaking can make even seasoned presenters nervous. These tips can help keep you calm and your audience appreciative of every word.

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Why a Good Conversationalist Relies on Etiquette

Communication as a whole doesn’t depend on etiquette. But being a good conversationalist does.

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Etiquette and Online Dating

Online dating has become a popular way to meet a date – or a mate – in recent years. What role does courtesy play in this scenario? Has this evolution in dating caused etiquette rules to evolve?

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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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