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Besides skills, knowledge, and networking, etiquette creates opportunities for success or advancement by making you the type of person others want to be around.
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.
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.”
Communication occurs with responsibilities. Your words, energy, and gestures work together sending messages. But if not received properly, who is responsible?
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?
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.
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.
Seeing your ex at graduations, weddings, or parties presents a unique set of challenges. Fortunately, there are etiquette guidelines to help you navigate them.
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".
Speaking with a negative person can zap your energy if you let it. When pessimism is the default, optimism doesn’t always feel available.
Sneezing etiquette is not new to us, nor is wearing a mask. But do masks and sneezing make for a tolerable combination?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Polite reciprocals are all around us if we take a moment to notice them. After all, reciprocity is one of the foundations of etiquette.
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.
Small talk during virtual meetings – or any meeting – introduces business conversation. It helps us find something in common, something on which to build.
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?