Category Archives: Relationships

Wedding Day Tip Guide

Wedding Day Tip Guide

5 Wedding Day Tips

Today, weddings are different than say 25 years ago.  It seems that the focus is more on the anticipation of the 'partay' than the ceremony.  The atmosphere seems to be less sacramental. Still, there are time-honored traditions and behavior that is expected at weddings. Traditions like:
  • arriving on time.
  • ...
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National Honesty Day

April 30 is National Honesty Day.

In some cases being honest is not easy or the wisest thing to do, especially in the workplace. Picture this: Only yesterday, your boss was a brunette with a mainstream hair style, but this morning he walks into the office beaming with delight and confidence showcasing his new cut...
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How to Split the Check Without Ruining the Evening

The process of splitting the check can ruin the most pleasant dinner. 

Dining out with friends can quickly turn disagreeable, when the check is presented. And, depending on how everyone handles this all too frequent occurrence, relationships and stomachs can turn sour. Q: If I only order a salad and soft drink, why am I expected...
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When They Come Home From College for the First Time

Returning home from college can be a difficult adjustment for both student and parent, especially when it's the first time back home.

He's coming home from college for the first time! His favorite cookies are baked, his favorite yogurt is neatly stacked in the refrigerator, his bed is freshly made, and all...
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Comparing Your Child to Others

When your coworker compares her child to yours, can it be considered borderline bullying?

Q:  I have a coworker who is always finding ways to compare her child to mine. We both have boys that are about one year apart. She inquires about his height, whether he knows how to (insert her child's latest...
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8 Drama Free Responses to 8 Common Workplace Situations

Awkward business-related situations cannot be avoided. How you respond will either bring on the drama, or deflect it.

Here are 8 common workplace situations with 8 drama-free responses:  
  1. You realize that you were wrong. Apologize. (For some people, apologizing is a painful process. Remember that a genuine apology does not require a lot of...
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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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12 Ways to Improve Your Online Engagement

Improve online engagement; how you connect, reply, and what you share can help or hinder your image and potential relationships.

When a potential employer sees the astounding number of contacts you have, they don't think, "Ooh, he's popular, let's hire him." They are looking for the bigger picture. Your online image includes...
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12 Ways to Respond to Personal Questions

Responding to personal questions requires communication and social skills.

Tell me about...I politely replied, "I'd rather not talk about that."

Okay, I agree, that was not assertive. But should a person have to be? In this case, yes.  They pressed and pressed, "Come on, you can tell us..."  Exasperated, I broke down and spilled the...

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