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Manners Do Matter: Even At The Theatre!

Recently in the news we heard about an audi­ence mem­ber who’s cell phone rang dur­ing a sold-out per­for­mance of A Steady Rain star­ring Hugh Jack­man and Daniel Craig.  Do man­ners mat­ter? To avoid being the next News Head­line here are few things to remember: Do not arrive  Late or Leave Early …it is unfair to the artist and the audience. Do not talk dur­ing the performance…whether it be film or live Do not rus­tle the pro­gram Make sure cell phones are on vibrate or off Do not [...]

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Wedding Gift Etiquette: When the gifts last longer than the marriage

   Celebrity wed­dings rarely last and the lat­est attempt has come to an abrupt end. It is sad to say that Kim Kar­dashian has filed for divorce from her hus­band, Kris Humphries, after only 72 days of mar­riage. With a wed­ding that was reported to cost $10 mil­lion and had a two-night cable spe­cial, it has lead many peo­ple to won­der if this was a cha­rade for rat­ings and money. Whether it was or not, 72 days of mar­riage is [...]

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Metropolitan Etiquette Authority: Signs of Civility Hitting the Streets

Jason Shelowitz, a 31 year old graphic designer from New York City, is fed up.  He’s reached his boil­ing point and he’s doing some­thing about it. Shelowitz started the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Eti­quette Author­ity — his one man cam­paign to enforce eti­quette in New York City.  In an effort to gen­tly remind New York­ers of civil­ity and man­ners, Shelowitz has posted 40 imi­ta­tion street signs through­out the city with help­ful reminders like “Pull up your pants”, “Don’t flick your butts on the ground” [...]

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Business Etiquette

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE When trying to land the job of your dreams or seal the big deal, impressions count. Making that impression a positive one is where business etiquette plays a major role. As business evolves, client interaction can occur many different ways. From the high tech forms of an e-mail or a video conference to the old fashioned telephone call or boardroom meeting, you will be instructed on the proper way to present yourself. Some of the topics include: Communication skills Internet and [...]

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A TITLE IS EARNED.… How to Address a Retired Lt Col

  Fox News Channel’s The Five, co-host Bob Beckel expressed his dis­plea­sure with Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Allen West’s com­ments about the Democ­rats at the Lin­coln Day Din­ner.  Mr. Beckel con­tin­u­ously referred to Rep­re­sen­ta­tive West as Mr. West while crit­i­ciz­ing his views.  Co-host Eric Bowl­ing cor­rectly pointed out to Beckel that he should be refer­ring to Allen West as Rep­re­sen­ta­tive or Lt Col Allen West because he had earned both titles. Here is what eti­quette states: Although Rep­re­sen­ta­tive or Congressman/Congresswoman are not tra­di­tional hon­orific titles, [...]

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International Protocol: Avoiding a “Sticky Wicket”

Before con­duct­ing busi­ness in for­eign coun­tries, it is impor­tant to famil­iar­ize your­self with the cus­toms and cul­tures of that coun­try. What is accept­able here in the United States may be taboo in that coun­try. By prepar­ing ahead of time, you will lessen the risk of embar­rass­ing your­self and stick­ing your foot in your mouth and poten­tially dam­ag­ing your busi­ness rela­tion­ship. Pres­i­dent Obama is cur­rently mak­ing his first offi­cial visit to Aus­tralia and kudos to him for tak­ing the [...]

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A Lesson in Social Etiquette: It is said that any publicity is good publicity.

    It is said that any pub­lic­ity is good pub­lic­ity. Appar­ently PR reps in NYC are try­ing to get pub­lic­ity for their events in cre­ative ways. They have asked blog­gers to post about their events after the fact and not hav­ing invited them to attend. Christo­pher Kouli­uris, a NYC social scene blog­ger for scallywagandvagabond.com, is appalled by this and has writ­ten an enter­tain­ing post on his blog about it. Check out the post and let me know your thoughts. For those [...]

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