The Etiquette Blog

The Etiquette Blog is dedicated to the Quest for Civility in the modern world. Our goal with each article is to answer your etiquette questions on table manners, your social life, the work environment and more.

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6 Categories of "Never-do" Table Manners

Whether your table manners are sophisticated or a little rough around the edges, there are some things you should simply never do when dining. Do you know what they are?

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Etiquette Tips for Public Transit

Posted rules for public transit generally apply to safety and times of operation. But there are rules which are not posted: the etiquette rules left entirely to the individual for compliance.

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Discussing Health Concerns with Friends and Family

When you have a loved one suffering from disease, injury, or other condition, how should you receive and respond to the health information shared with you?

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Going off of Social Media

Some people reach their limit with online busyness and decide to go off social media. Fortunately, there are methods for disengaging while keeping connections intact.

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Why Text Messages Leave Room for Misinterpretation

While text messages are a convenient way to communicate, they also leave a lot of room for misinterpretation. But it is possible to circumvent this mishap.

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Is a Hostess Gift Always Necessary?

Whether it’s for a hostess or a host, a small gift is always in order when you’re invited to dinner, a gathering, or a special occasion.

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How to Be a Delightful Houseguest

An invitation to stay for a weekend, or a few days ensures lots of fun. But it can be a gamble whether or not everyone will leave as friends.

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A Meeting Agenda is a Show of Respect

Every meeting should be necessary and organized, otherwise it just feels like a waste of time. The best way to ensure this is to develop a meeting agenda.

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A Candace Smith Etiquette Thanksgiving

Tradition sets aside this time of year to practice giving thanks, to gather people together, and to acknowledge those who contribute to our lives and well-being.

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Leadership and Hosting are Analogous

When a leader assumes that his role will always involve hosting of some kind, respect and kindness are built into the equation.

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Is Chewing Gum Ever Appropriate?

Whether or not chewing gum is appropriate depends on its level of privacy.

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How to Avoid Rude Conversation Endings

Some situations call for a need to end a conversation before both parties feel ready. But how do you avoid having these abrupt endings come across as rude?

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Communicating with Someone Who Has a Hearing Loss

Over one billion people are deaf or have some degree of hearing loss. Odds are you know someone who is experiencing this.

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Why is "May I Join You?" Such a Powerful Question

“May I join you?” is an influential question. It is immediately friendly, but at its foundation it reflects understanding and consideration.

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Etiquette and Cultural Diversity

Technology and communication create boundary-breaking possibilities at an amazing pace. This trend calls us to celebrate cultural diversity and aim for acceptance and understanding.

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Ethics and Etiquette Go Hand-in-Hand

Both ethics and etiquette help us respectfully interact with each other. Both call on us to act morally.

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Tips for Remembering Names

Having trouble remembering names? Understanding and practice are the keys to helping the situation.

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The Difference Between Mingling and Networking

Whether you think of them interchangeably, mingling and networking are not the same thing.

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Remaining Etiquette-ful When Out for a Walk

Watching pedestrians navigate sidewalks and walkways makes it look easy and natural. While practice may make this true, there are rules in place to help keep you civil and safe when out for a walk.

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Why You Should Aim for Stress-free Meals

Any time a meal is shared, being relaxed is the desired state of mind. Creating a stress-free and happy emotional climate where positive interchange can occur is always the goal.

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