The Etiquette Blog

The Etiquette Blog is a personal, social, and professional curriculum for success. Dedicated to the Quest for Civility in the modern world, each article informs and educates on topics related to being successful in life and work.

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Signs that You Should Disengage a Conversation

Have you ever felt you should disengage a conversation sooner than it ended? When you think, “Wow, that went on too long!” it’s time to recognize the signs.

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When to Exit a Conversation and How to Do it Gracefully

There are many reasons to exit a conversation but all of them are because you need to place your focus – or your physical presence – somewhere else.

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How to Handle Interruptions from Others

Are you constantly dodging interruptions? Dealing with them comes down to what is most respectful to not only the interrupter, but to ourselves.

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Conversation Topics to Shy Away From

When I ask students which conversation topics should be avoided, their answers rarely differ. Find out why, and when, to shy away from certain subjects.

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An Etiquette-ful Mindset Mantra for Success

Getting through a day isn’t always easy, but a mindset mantra might help. Create one based on your belief that you are valuable and important.

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A Table Manners Review

Giving yourself a table manners review once in a while is a helpful exercise. Even the most etiquette-ful among us can benefit from a refresher course.

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Receiving Undeserved Credit for a Job Well Done

Getting credit for achievements happens as you aim for effectiveness and do your work well. But what if you receive undeserved credit for an accomplishment?

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Sending Emails Addressed to Two or More People

When sending emails to two or more people, they should be directly involved in the subject at hand. A particular communication goal is to be achieved.

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Dealing with a Grumpy Coworker

A grumpy coworker doesn’t just have the potential to put a damper on your day, but on your entire work life. Here are tips for overcoming this situation.

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Bowling Etiquette Guidelines

Bowling etiquette rules encourage courtesy, promote safety, and help keep areas orderly. As a game of skill, abiding by guidelines ensures optimum performance.

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When a Best Friend has a Serious Illness

When you learn that a friend has a serious illness, it puts everyone off balance. As much as you want to help, sometimes this requires the least effort.

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Overcome Phone Anxiety with Etiquette

Communication is challenging enough, but when phone anxiety is part of the challenge, things become even more difficult. Here are tips to help you overcome it.

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Efficiency and Effectiveness – How Etiquette Leads to Both

Etiquette promotes personal efficiency and effectiveness when socializing with others. It is about facilitating ease and helping others be more comfortable.

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Behaving Well is Not an Antiquated Idea

Showing up in a polite, positive, or good way means that you are behaving well. Yet some people have the opinion that etiquette is an antiquated idea.

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How to Have a Difficult Conversation

Using etiquette guidelines when having a difficult conversation will put you at ease. It can even help establish a better outcome than you anticipated.

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Being Nice and Kind Engages You as a Person

Being nice and kind are necessary for our sanity. When persons are described as both nice and kind, they act in ways that demonstrate consideration for others.

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Giving Flowers as a Meaningful Gift

Since ancient times, the act of giving flowers conveys a special meaning. Flowers provide a message for those who receive them in a language all their own.

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Overcoming Shyness Through Etiquette-ful Action

Shyness is a learned behavior, sometimes resulting from negative life experiences. But practicing etiquette skills can help you overcome wallflower tendencies.

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Spring Cleaning Negative Etiquette Habits

While you’re busy spring cleaning your home, think about the negative etiquette habits that could be holding you back. Ready to sweep those away as well?

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Camping Etiquette Guidelines

Camping etiquette rules are important to know whether an outdoor enthusiast or a novice camper. They’ll keep you safe, and in good standing with Mother Nature.

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