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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Etiquette Tips – Cell Phone Etiquette


Cell Phone Etiquette

Cell phone etiquette has been a popular topic lately. Yet, some people continue to have bad manners when it comes to talking on their cell phone.

I was standing in a Starbucks line recently thinking about my order, a green tea latte and maybe an iced scone to go with the latte. The young woman in front of me had her cell phone glued to her ear. She had been talking since entering the store. Even when it was her turn to order, she continued to talk while she somehow or other, maybe with hand signals, gave her order. She totally ignored the person serving her. No smile or, “How are you today?” It was as if there was no one else there, just her cell phone and her conversation.

How impolite.
How rude.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Etiquette Tips – Etiquette Boo-Boos


Etiquette Boo-Boos

I am sure that most of you and your children have excellent manners -- then there are those who do not.

Here are the Top 3 Etiquette Boo-Boos that really bug me:

Men who wear hats in restaurants
The other evening my husband and I were dining out. At the table next to us was a family group having a birthday celebration. There was a grandmother, grandfather, mom, dad and two darling girls. One, obviously the birthday girl, was wearing a “birthday cake” hat. That’s okay and lots of fun. The dad was wearing a ball cap, and that is not okay.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Etiquette Tips - Cyberspace Etiquette


Cyberspace Etiquette

Even though internet etiquette can be complicated, the old rules of etiquette still apply.

Courtesy always means being considerate of others. Making others feel comfortable is the basis of all kinds of etiquette, be it table manners or the internet.

It is easy to be rude on the internet because the internet allows you to be anonymous, unlike sitting across the table from someone who is slurping their soup. Unfortunately, some teenagers try to take advantage of this and behave poorly. They think nothing of lying, harassing or boring others. Teens need to understand that people can be hurt by an email or chat room discussion that is hateful.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Etiquette Tips - Body Language


Communication and Body Language

You can tell a lot about a person by watching his or her body language. (Just watch your teenager or his friends.) A person can send you a signal without even talking to you. Body Language is nothing more than nonverbal communication or nonverbal signaling.

Most teens are unaware of the effect of their body language on the people they are talking with, discussing proper body language an excellent topic to discuss with your teen.

Below are several suggestions for the discussion:

Bodily movements, gestures, eye contact and facial expressions are things to watch for in trying to read body language. A smile can easily be read. A smile can tell you a person is friendly, but too many smiles tend to appear that a person may be hiding something.

Looking away while you are talking, playing with an ear and scratching a chin are all clues that the person is not paying attention, or has a different agenda.

Crossing the arms is one of the most powerful body language signals you can get – or give. It indicates a defensive or hostile attitude.

Many businesses use experts in body language to translate what a person in an interview is really thinking. Lawyers in courtroom settings also often use body language experts.

Understanding body language can be a useful tool, whether you are a parent talking to your child, or a child interacting with other friends or adults. Appropriate body language helps make a first good impression.


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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Etiquette Tips - How to Shake Hands


6 Tips for Shaking Hands

I’ve always felt it is important to teach children to shake hands and to introduce themselves. I can’t tell you how many young adults I’ve met who had not mastered the art of shaking hands. It’s such a simple skill and one that is not always taught in the home. Take a moment this week and teach your children how to shake hands.