The Etiquette Blog

As hard as we try to exercise good judgement and use common sense, the fact remains: we never know what it’s like being on the other side of “me.”

This is the Great Personal Challenge as we try to do our part in living full lives in a free and civil society.

My purpose for writing The Etiquette Blog is to promote the on-going conversation concerning ways we can choose to show up recognizably respectful and civil.

Check out the over 200 articles on The Etiquette Blog to find answers to your etiquette questions on table manners, your social life, and work environment and more.

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How to Deal with Bad Listeners

You can strive to improve your own listening habits, but you cannot control others who are bad listeners.

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Addressing Someone with Correct Transgender Pronouns

Using appropriate transgender pronouns is not only appreciated, it’s etiquette-ful. Good manners indicate that we address a person as they would prefer.

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Should You Always Tell the Truth?

As children, we were told to always tell the truth. This was often supported with the fear that if we didn’t, the truth would eventually be revealed. The operative lesson being, “Don’t lie!”

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Someone is Spreading Gossip About You!

It's unsettling to learn that someone is spreading gossip or awful things about you. Should you confront this person? Let it go? Or let time prove what a fool he is for speaking untruths?

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Why Moral Support is Just as Meaningful as Material Support

One of the most important gifts we receive as social beings is moral support from family, friends, and colleagues. Kind words or an offer of help give you strength to move forward.

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Do You Use Terms of Endearment Too Often?

Terms of endearment are typically used between people who are close. But using affectionate names with people you hardly know, or using them too liberally, can make others uncomfortable.

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Smelly Food in Shared Spaces

Our sense of smell is much more powerful than any of our other senses. But when smelly food is involved, it not only creates an unpleasant situation, it can be very disruptive.

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Working Through a Working Lunch

Working lunches consist of you and your colleagues eating while meeting. Though this type of business lunch is not fine dining, your good manners are called for.

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Do You Feel Inadequate by Comparison?

We all know someone we aspire to be like. That perfect person who has it all together. It’s one thing to have aspirations, but quite another to feel inadequate when comparing yourself to a friend.

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Common Condiments and How to Use Them

Salt and pepper are the most common condiments, but let’s not forget about sauces and relishes. While all these added seasonings can improve a meal, there are times when you might not use them.

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Are Traditional Place Settings a Dying Art?

Traditional place settings may make you think of an elegant holiday table or a simple family dinner. But are they a dying art? Or is it that family meals are evolving?

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Leaving a Proper Voice Message

Many people will do anything to avoid leaving a voice message. Whether using a cell phone or a landline with voice mail opportunity, leaving a proper message is the appropriate thing to do.

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Visiting a Place of Worship

Depending on the religion, the rules of welcoming newcomers and visitors to a place of worship can not only vary, but may be quite different. Be prepared for your visit with these tips.

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Picnic Etiquette for Outdoor Fun

Picnics in all their varieties are the perfect place to show off your knowledge of being etiquette-ful. Primarily for the simple fact that they occur outdoors.

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Integrity: the Cornerstone of Etiquette

When you stand in integrity, and act in a courteous, respectable manner, the people surrounding you take notice. They feel the sincerity and authenticity in your actions.

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How Parents Can Teach Gratitude

When parents teach gratitude, and the art of expressing it, they continue a tradition of giving and receiving in its most sacred form.

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Using Creative Gratitude to Say Thank You

While a thank-you note is always in order, you can switch things up a bit. Being creative in attitude and action when expressing your gratitude can even show that your feelings are authentic.

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Wine Etiquette

If you celebrate with wine, you never know when wine etiquette habits will pay off. As with most experiences, observing an orderly manner helps enhance your enjoyment.

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Should You Brush Your Teeth in a Public Restroom?

Excusing yourself from shared common space to solve a personal issue in private is most appropriate. But how does this apply if you use a public restroom to brush your teeth?

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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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