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Should You Talk Politics at the Holiday Dinner?

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It goes without saying that this has been a difficult year with a contentious presidential primary. You probably thought that peace would be restored once the election process was final. Wrong. In many ways, it has only gotten worse.  Do you dare talk politics during this holiday season? Before the election, there were those who

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Etiquette and Good Manners Post Election 2016

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After what has been the most divisive and disgraceful presidential primary in modern times, if not ever, when all sense of human kindness, courtesy, etiquette and good manners have been abandoned, we are coming to the end. By that I mean the end of the primary; certainly not the end of the election. Tuesday the

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Etiquette for How Long You Should Wait When Meeting Someone

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 My rule of thumb for how long you should wait for someone who is late is 25 to 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, you can move on with your day or evening. At that point this is pretty much a no-show. The length of time you should wait is no different for family or friends

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The Etiquette of Sympathy: When a Colleague or Client Suffers a Loss

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When a colleague, co-worker or business associate loses a family member, do you find yourself stuck on the etiquette of sympathy? Do you wonder how you should handle this kind of situation?  Do you worry that you will use the wrong words or that you will intrude on the other person’s grief? As a result,

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Can You Accept a Compliment Graciously?

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March 1st was World Compliment Day although I am not sure how many people were aware of it. Did you receive a compliment then or do you even remember? If so, how did you handle someone saying something nice to or about you? Did it make you feel good or did you find it awkward?

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Office Romance -Danger and Opportunity

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It’s not exactly spring yet when a young man’s (or young woman’s) fancy turns to love, but it is the month of romance. There is Valentine’s Day. And bonus! This is also Leap Year when traditionally a woman can propose to a man—a custom that goes back to the 5th century. Perhaps your fancy is

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Customer Service Training Pays Off

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How many times have you been the victim of poor customer service? At one time or another, we've all been on the receiving end of bad manners. Perhaps when you walked into a store,  the salespeople were more interested in finding out what each other had done the night before rather than helping you. Maybe

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Thanksgiving Table Manners–Let’s Talk Turkey

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Let's talk about your Thanksgiving table manners--and not a minute too soon. After all the clock is ticking. You might expect that I am about to tell you which fork to use and how to remove that unwanted item from your mouth during the meal, but I'm not. I am going to go off the

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National Unfriend Day – What’s the Etiquette of Facebook?

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Did you know that today is National Unfriend Day? This event was the brain child of Jimmy Kimmel, who came up with the notion as a joke in 2010.  National Unfriend Day is a time when you rid yourselves of all those so-called "friends" you have on Facebook. You know the ones I mean--the people

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Ouch! Flying Is Painful!

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Carry-on luggage in overhead storage compartment on commercial airplane. When was the last time you flew? I just returned from a cross-country trip from Savannah to Spokane where I presented a four-hour seminar to an engaged and engaging audience of paraeducators. I flew diagonally across the United States. To get to

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