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Table Manners Tips for Grown-Ups

Table Manners Tips for Grown-Ups

How not to gross out or annoy your dining companions.  Because so many people eat on-the-go or at different times, there aren't as many opportunities to learn or reasons to use table manners. And, if you are used to eating alone, it is easy to fall into habits like...
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Post-Election Aftershock

Post-Election Aftershock

I did not watch the election day play-by-play; what for?  For me, it would like watching someone tediously describing someone crossing the street. "Wait for it...there, she lifted her left foot about four-inches off the pavement, slowly placing her heel in front of her right foot..." Aghhh! Besides, except for my vote, I...
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Voting Day Etiquette

Voting Day Etiquette

Ahh, voting day is almost here. (November 8, in case you haven't heard.) That means your phone will cease to ring; no more political campaign calls. Your mail box will be reduced to only coupons from Bed, Bath & Beyond; no more proposition leaflets. I wonder if the monotonous spewing of hateful...
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10 ways you are being a self-centered airplane seatmate

10 ways you are being a self-centered airplane seatmate.

Don't assume because you've paid for first-class tickets, you'll be sitting next to someone with first-class social skills. Unfortunately, airlines don't make you sign an agreement: I (insert traveler), promise to be considerate and courteous, or else, at the discretion of the...
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10 Social Skills for Dinner Guests

10 Social Skills for dinner guests. 

I understand that sometimes you accept certain dinner invitations out of obligation. Or, agree to go to please your love partner. No matter what the reason is, there is no excuse for being a boor. Even when the host is your good friend or family member, and even if they've...
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How to Handle an Interrupter

How to handle an interrupter.

Unless it's an emergency, it's rude to interrupt a conversation. Then why do people do it all the time?  Here are few reasons:
  • It's just a quick question.
  • Their time is valuable.
  • They have no manners or common sense.
  • They are used to getting their way.
  • They don't care.
  • ...
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Madonna and the Trump Piñata

Madonna and the Trump Piñata

Madonna, really? A Trump piñata at your son's 11th birthday fiesta?  Are there lessons to be learned here? Q:  Is it acceptable to furnish a political-figure for a child's party, for any purpose? A: Well, maybe a stand-alone life-size poster where children and parents alike could use as a photo op.  Or,...
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7 Ways to Rouse Up a Civil Disposition

7 Ways to Rouse Up a Civil Disposition

Rousing up a civil disposition is sometimes a willful decision. Especially when we're having a bad day. Sometimes our disposition is destined to be vinegary due to circumstances beyond our control, such as:
  • Lack of sleep. (Sometimes beyond our control.)
  • Concern about a family illness.
  • Worry about...
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Social Media Behavior

Social Media Behavior

Social media is a wondrous phenomenon. It is also a new avenue where we can express ourselves. And, where our behavior can be put to the test. When you post a photo or inspirational quote, do you sit with anticipation waiting to see who "likes" it?

How do you...

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Call Center Call Etiquette

Call Center Call Etiquette

Have you ever received a call from a call center? Who hasn't! How to do you handle the call? Using your best call center call etiquette, I'm sure. Call-center aka "telemarketer calls" are annoying. Typically, I let voicemail do the job. However, if I want to get rid of them once...
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