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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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Justin Timberlake: Man of His Word

  When deal­ing with eti­quette, I am con­stantly point­ing out people’s short­com­ings and turn­ing those into learn­ing sit­u­a­tions. Finally, I have the oppor­tu­nity to point out some­thing that some­one has done right. Justin Tim­ber­lake is a man of his word and attended Saturday’s Marine Corps ball with Cpl. Kelsey De San­tis. Back in July, Cpl. De San­tis posted a YouTube video ask­ing him to escort her to the the ball and he accepted. Sat­ur­day he proved he was a man of his [...]

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Who Needs A Wedding Planner — I Do!

    Every lit­tle girl dreams about their wed­ding day. They spend time plan­ning all the details and act­ing it out. Is a fun time. How­ever, plan­ning the real thing isn’t always that fun. Most brides have to jug­gle the demands of their work and their rela­tion­ship at the same time as plan­ning the wed­ding. There are only so many hours in a day and the stress from all of this can be too much for some cou­ples. To help resolve [...]

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It’s Only A Game

When most peo­ple think about eti­quette, they think about table man­ners and which fork to use while eat­ing their salad. Eti­quette is also a pop­u­lar topic in the busi­ness world. Hir­ing man­agers judge their prospec­tive employ­ees to see their knowl­edge of eti­quette and man­agers have their employ­ees take eti­quette train­ing to help improve their skills in hopes it will increase sales. Most peo­ple do not real­ize that eti­quette is also a part of sports. Webster’s defines sports­man­ship as con­duct [...]

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A big THANK YOU to our heroes this Veterans Day

    With today being Vet­er­ans Day, we need to take a moment to pay our respects to all the cur­rent and for­mer mem­bers of the armed forces. These heroes have taken time away from their fam­i­lies to pro­tect the free­doms we enjoy each and every day. Vet­er­ans Day began as Armistice Day and was a day to honor those who fought in World War I. It was called Armistice Day because it rec­og­nized the anniver­sary of the armistice that brought an end [...]

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Trick or Treat Etiquette

    Hal­loween is an evening when a child can dress up and be who­ever they want, but no mat­ter who your child wants to be don’t for­get to take your trick or treat eti­quette with you. Here is a list of Do’s and Don’ts to remember: For Givers: If you are plan­ning on giv­ing out candy do leave your porch light on. Leav­ing the light on sig­ni­fies that you are in the trick-or-treat business.   Giv­ing out fruit, box of raisins or home­made treats, [...]

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Things to do in Los Angeles: dineLA is back, but don’t forget your Manners.

    Hey, Ange­lenos.  Have you ever dreamed about din­ing at Spago?  How about sam­pling the sushi at Nobu?  Fight­ing the paparazzi as you pre­pare to eat at BOA Steak­house in West Hol­ly­wood?  Now is your chance as dineLA restau­rant week has returned.  Hun­dreds of local restau­rants are offer­ing spe­cially priced three course meals for lunch or din­ner, so why not go out and sup­port your local restau­rants and taste some of the food that makes Los Ange­les one of the [...]

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Is Black the new White in Wedding Gowns?

    After Vera Wang’s fall 2012 Bridal Show she will have us won­der­ing “is Black the new White ” in wed­ding gowns.  Here is what the New York Times said.…. AFTER a sea­son of high-profile wed­dings, begin­ning with Kate Middleton’s royal affair and cul­mi­nat­ing with Kim Kardashian’s blowout, could bridal design­ers be expe­ri­enc­ing white-dress fatigue?   For her fall 2012 bridal show this month, Vera Wang, who designed Ms. Kardashian’s wed­ding dress and those of count­less other famous brides, sent a flock of black [...]

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