Category Archives: Public Places Etiquette

Who Gets the Airplane Armrest

Who gets the airplane armrest?

Is it the person in the middle seat?

There have been in-the-air battles over who gets the airplane armrest. On a recent flight I boarded last, knowing I had a reserved window seat. The woman in the middle seat had claimed and was firmly holding her position—both elbows...
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I Overheard My Coworkers Talking About Me

When you've got something confidential to say, find a private setting. If you've got something unfavorable to say about a coworker or boss, keep it to yourself.

What do you do when you overhear a conversation that involves you?
Picture it, you're walking down the hall and as you approach the conference room you overhear...
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Kellyanne Conway on the Boss’ Couch

Kellyanne Conway on the Boss' Couch

Kellyanne Conway; Etiquette breach? Unprofessional? Or, getting the job done?

Kellyanne Conway is no stranger to controversy and criticism, and handles it quite well. The most recent is her sitting position on the boss' couch. While this is certainly not a big deal in the scope of our country's situation,...
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Umbrella Etiquette; how to use an umbrella to avoid being rude

Umbrella Etiquette; how to use an umbrella to avoid being rude.

Etiquette and umbrellas? Rude behavior surrounds us throughout every season, but in the rainy season we carry a potentially hazardous tool; the umbrella. Using an umbrella requires social skills and a little consideration for others. Umbrella Etiquette: Here are a few things to keep in...
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Wearing Sunglasses Inside

Fashion statement, leave me alone, I've got a migraine...

What impression does it give?  Maybe you don't care. But why not read about it anyway? Wearing sunglasses indoors can give the perception that you are pretentious, deceptive, a rock star wanna-be, or someone who does not want to be bothered. Or, in the minds of the...
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Pitching a fit on an airplane

Pitching a fit on an airplane

When we board an airplane, most of us try to find an empty row, choosing either the aisle or window seat. But, when you are at the end of the line, your seat selection diminishes. You know that feeling as you slowly step onto the plane, your neck stretches...
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Michelle Obama’s Facial Expressions

Michelle Obama's Facial Expressions; can we please cut her some slack! 

Okay, picture it; you're at your cousin's wedding, you've never liked the guy she's about to marry, but, because you are a supportive cousin, (and couldn't talk her out of it...kidding) you showed up anyway. But, when you hear your cousin's future husband say...
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Melania Trump’s Gift to Michelle Obama

Melania Trump's Gift to Michelle Obama

Let's set aside whose inauguration it was, and take a moment to discuss the kind and thoughtful gesture of Melania Trump. I refer to the gift box she handed to Michelle Obama as they greeted one another. Q: Awkward or smooth? A: Awkward. In those few moments, you could see...
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Tips on how to survive Inauguration Day

Tips on how to survive Inauguration Day -- no matter what side you're on.

Admittedly, this election season has been more tumultuous, than any other in recent history.  Sadly, it continues to be. Families have severed relationships with one another, long-time friendships have fallen apart, and some workplaces have requested that employees who voted for...
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