Politics & Etiquette

First Lady’s Action Is Speaking Louder Than Words

In my etiquette workshops, I stress the importance of being aware of body language. These days every phone is equipped with both a video and still camera, so you never know who might be looking, recording or snapping pictures of you and your actions. how to get her back Case in point, at Monday's post-inaugural luncheon, First Lady Michelle Obama was caught rolling her eyes at Speaker John Boehner.  Although there is no audio of what was said, it has been [...]

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Mr. Romney visits the White House for lunch with the President

Photo property of Getty Images On November 29, 2012, Mr. Romney will join the President for a private lunch at the White House.  Yesterday, I had the honor of speaking to KNX 1070 radio regarding etiquette tips for how both men should conduct themselves. Here is what we discussed, as well as other things to keep in mind. Hostess Gift Whenever you are a guest, you should always show up with a gift for your host.  In this case, Mr. Romney could [...]

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Hey Ms. Longoria, I am a Minoity Woman voting for Romney and I am NOT Stupid!

The beautiful Eva Longoria is taking some heat for an offensive retweet  @evalongoria  “I have no idea why any woman/minority can vote for Romney. You have to be stupid to vote for such a racist/misogynistic twat.” As one of President Obama’s campaign co-chairs and a role model, we would expect a little more professionalism and sensitivity from her when deciding what she is going to retweet. Maybe Ms. Longoria can use a refresher course on how to talk politics.   To be fair, [...]

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Manners Monday: Politics and Etiquette 7 Tips on how to talk Politics when the conversation get’s political

Politics is one of those topics that is off limits along with religion, money and sex.  But, with the election just a few weeks away, emotions are running high and there is no escaping the topic. In this week’s Manners Monday video we discuss “7 thing ways to mind your manners when there is no escaping the political conversation.” *Weddings and holidays are risky settings for such potentially divisive conversations, especially among family members who might not be so shy [...]

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National Etiquette Week – 2012

May 7  – May 12 is nationally known as National Etiquette Week, a week of bringing awareness in all areas of etiquette from the boardroom to the classroom. In honor of National Etiquette Week, we are doing our part in promoting graciousness & civility.   Purchase a copy of the Power of Civility this week for only $17.99 regularly $24.00 The Power of Civility is packed with thought-provoking perspectives on what civility really means, as well as practical solutions for incorporating [...]

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International Protocol ~ Conducting Business In Japan

Gift giv­ing is com­mon in Japan and are often given at the first busi­ness meet­ing. Here are a few ideas: Imported Scotch or cognac Elec­tronic gifts and toys for the kids Lux­ury for­eign name brands are preferred It is also a good idea to have your gifts wrapped in Japan to avoid using paper that would be con­sid­ered unat­trac­tive to the Japanese. Help­ing You Avoid Business & Social Faux Pas

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10 Tips on How to “Talk Politics” When There is No Escaping it!

We should all know we never speak about “Pol­i­tics”  at the din­ner table, at a gath­er­ing with fam­ily or friends, the office, but what are you to do when there is no escap­ing it.  Here are 10 tips writ­ten by Diane Gotts­man of The Pro­to­col School of Texas. 1.  Allow the other per­son to state his or her opin­ion – Don’t inter­rupt – allow oth­ers to make their feel­ings heard. 2.  Ask ques­tions – Even if you dis­agree with the com­ments of oth­ers, [...]

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Etiquette for The American Flag

In Cel­e­bra­tion of Memo­r­ial Day just a few days away, it is a good time to remind our­selves about flag eti­quette.  Did you know that the dis­play and han­dling of the Amer­i­can flag is cov­ered under fed­eral law?  In fact, it is Chap­ter 1 of Title 4 of the United Sates Code.  This means you could be cited for improper use of the flag, but it is highly unlikely as the Supreme Court has ruled that the dis­play­ing [...]

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President Obama’s Royal Mishap When Toasting The Queen

Yes­ter­day Pres­i­dent Obama began a toast to the Queen at the wrong time as a result “God Save The Queen” was play­ing dur­ing his toast. Pro­to­col states that the toast is to be given after “God Save the Queen” is played. And now I pro­pose a toast to the Queen, Pres­i­dent Obama began, but only got as far as To the vital­ity of the spe­cial rela­tion­ship before God Save the Queen cut him off. He con­tin­ued to give his toast and raised [...]

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