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A definition of etiquette includes the ways we show up in our behaviors. At its core are the principles of good manners: respect, courtesy, tact, restraint, self-command, and responsibility.
A compliment on jewelry is meaningful. When a person chooses to accessorize with jewelry, they have privately, and perhaps subconsciously, made a decision about what complements their style.
“Adulting” means conducting yourself as an adult when you're on the verge of becoming an adult. But there is a difference between an adult-in-progress and someone who "adults" once in a while.
Entertaining at a restaurant calls for attention to detail, so the “pre-work” is important. No matter the occasion, these fourteen considerations will make your restaurant dinner party a success!
Is the term “lady” and the traditions that go along with it becoming obsolete? I hope not, as some of the strongest, most respectable people I know are ladies.
Receiving a gift is always a special occasion. Except when it's an unwanted gift. What does a polite person do when faced with this conundrum?
Your appearance in a courtroom or house of government calls for proper dress. What you wear signals the importance of the occasion and expresses your attitude and confidence.
Before you ask for a raise, you must be prepared to prove you should have one. It’s a stage set for nervousness. Regardless, you aim to be respectful, courteous, and maintain your dignity.
We all have experiences testifying to the anxiety Saturday shopping can cause. But even this occasion can be made less stressful when everyone observes parking lot etiquette.
Whenever you think you deserve a “yes” and are told “no” you probably shift into the attitude of, “Don’t take ‘no’ for an answer!” Why is accepting “no” such a difficult thing to do?
You view yourself as a kind, forgiving person and you hope to always be so. But something has happened, an apology was owed and has been given, yet you can’t bring yourself to forgive the person or the situation.
Has anyone ever asked you to use your “inside” voice? What they mean is that you are talking too loudly. It’s a not-too-subtle request to speak more quietly.
You probably enjoy receiving compliments because it means the personal statement you’ve created with your clothing is noticed and appreciated. But complimenting clothing can sometimes have a catch.
Bad news has the power to change a person’s view of the future and will be immediately perceived in a negative way. But kindness can help lessen the immediate effect of stress and anxiety.
There is an art to navigating disagreements. Stand your ground? Give in to avoid an argument? Or exercise diplomacy and listen to your counterpart, doing your best to create a win-win scenario?
Being uncluttered signals preparation and organization. Combining your handbag with a tote bag, briefcase, business backpack or computer bag frees one hand to open doors and greet others.
Balancing a shared household is a challenge when you work from home. But the challenge can be met with courtesy, respect for space and priorities, and willingness to compromise when needed.
Object lessons exist to teach us a better path. But when used as a response to something personal you’ve shared, they only serve to chill the conversation.
Unless they are controlling a situation, some people have no idea how to be in one. Etiquette guidelines allow you to know when all that is required is that you be present.
It is difficult to predict how someone may react to your opinion on a subject. Fortunately, there are etiquette rules of engagement that can help keep a civil conversation from going awry.