The Etiquette Blog

The Etiquette Blog is your 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 your life and work.

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Etiquette Creates Opportunities

Besides skills, knowledge, and networking, etiquette creates opportunities for success or advancement by making you the type of person others want to be around.

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When You Are Challenged with Your Own Negativity

Negativity is different than negative feelings. Feelings are pure – happy, sad – and tell us how we are doing. Negativity is a mindset, and worth overcoming.

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Should You Tell Someone Their Dining Habits are Disgusting?

Inappropriate dining habits are generally not recognized by the person committing them. Should they be told by you? Etiquette errs on the side of “not.”

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Communication is an Etiquette-ful Two-way Street

Communication occurs with responsibilities. Your words, energy, and gestures work together sending messages. But if not received properly, who is responsible?

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Imagining a World Wherein Everyone is Etiquette-ful

If everyone were etiquette-ful, what would our world look like? What if everyone aimed for peace and to be recognizably respectful in all relationships?

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Why Time Management is Etiquette-ful

Regardless of your age or profession, time management helps in living a rewarding life. Being mindful of your and others’ time is a responsibility we all have.

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When You Receive a Message Intended for Someone Else

People report that when they receive a message intended for someone else their first response is to delete it. However, the mannerly rule is to respond.

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Seeing Your Ex at an Event

Seeing your ex at graduations, weddings, or parties presents a unique set of challenges. Fortunately, there are etiquette guidelines to help you navigate them.

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Talking About People When They Are Present During Your Conversation

Talking about people when they are in the room while ignoring them is rude. Especially when they're the subject of your conversation. Count everyone "present".

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Responding to a Negative Person with Positivity

Speaking with a negative person can zap your energy if you let it. When pessimism is the default, optimism doesn’t always feel available.

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When Sneezing Etiquette and Mask Etiquette Merge

Sneezing etiquette is not new to us, nor is wearing a mask. But do masks and sneezing make for a tolerable combination?

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Create Love Instead of Division

An effort to create love is easily thwarted when we act in ways that divide. If you repeat, or harp on a transgression, even close friends can be separated.

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Can You “Tell It How It Is” Without Being Rude?

We like someone who can tell it how it is because we think of them as honest. But when that honesty feels brutal, we wish those words had been sugar-coated.

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The Recipe for Success Contains Etiquette

Everyone wants to find a recipe for success. When we embrace getting along with others as the main ingredient, the recipe becomes a very simple one.

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A Table Manners Review - Because We're All Getting Back Together!

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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Does Your Tone of Voice Need a Tune-up?

Aiming to work on our tone of voice is a most etiquette-ful, polite thing to do, as it demonstrates self-respect and respect of others.

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Polite Reciprocals of Etiquette

Polite reciprocals are all around us if we take a moment to notice them. After all, reciprocity is one of the foundations of etiquette.

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Dealing with the Unexpected Death of a Loved One

The unexpected death of someone you love is not something you can ever be prepared for. Quite the opposite, in fact, as a dear friend recently learned.

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Is There a Place for Small Talk During Virtual Meetings?

Small talk during virtual meetings – or any meeting – introduces business conversation. It helps us find something in common, something on which to build.

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Tell Me What You Really Think

The invitation to “Tell me what you really think” is intended with an emphasis on “really.” Can you recognize when it is a trap or when your opinion matters?

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