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Are Manners Lost in a Modern World?

There's an interesting conversational phenomenon that occurs when people learn I'm an etiquette consultant. In one breath, people ask whether we really need etiquette these days, given that modern society is more relaxed. In the next, they'll share an anecdote about how someone was incredibly rude to them, or how someone they know has atrocious [...]

Business Etiquette, Living in a Social Etiquette World

It's a question I get asked all the time - what is the difference between business and social etiquette? Here is the initial way I would answer that: business etiquette is based on your position within a business relationship (think of where you would be on the org chart), and is gender neutral; social etiquette [...]

Yakkity yak, keep your conversation on track

The other evening I was out for dinner at a lovely restaurant, celebrating a friend's birthday. We were having a great time enjoying the meal and the conversation - until a couple arrived at the table next to us. Our tables were not that close together, however the gentleman was a "leaner" in his chair [...]

Cross-Generational Secret Decoder Ring

During our International Business Success course, we play an excellent video that clearly demonstrates cultural differences in the business world. It is always an "aha" moment when people see it, particularly when they understand how different cultures may view something - seemingly as simple as having dinner together - in completely different ways. The last [...]

Find the fun in ‘fancy’ food and manners

Sit up straight! Don't talk with your mouth full! Elbows off the table! USE YOUR MANNERS! Love my grandma as I did, there were times where you could have confused her for a drill sergeant. She was pretty no-nonsense when it came to trying to teach proper manners. One time when I was staying at [...]

Social guidance for right here, right now

If the thought of learning about etiquette makes you automatically think of rules dating back to the Victorian age or the era of Louis XIV, you’re not wrong – but you’re not completely up to date either. I know Queen Victoria never had to contend with her children trying to use a cell phone at [...]

#EtiquetteMatters contest 2017

We believe strongly that etiquette training can be life-changing, which is why we are launching our 2017 #EtiquetteMatters contest. The winner will receive two spots in our The Finishing Touch - Session 1 course, running May 6th, 2017 in Vancouver; approximate retail value $456. There is no cost to enter, and signing up for any [...]

Tag – you’re an event planner now too

Reality check time: in today’s fast-paced world, business meals are a part of life. Clients are busy, so if you want to work with them, you may be squeezing in a conversation over lunch. Maybe they’re only in town for a short period of time, so you have to mix contract talks in with dinner. [...]

#EtiquetteMatters, always

For some reason, people tend to think etiquette is only for ‘fancy’ meals – when you are all dressed up, and when you can hardly see the food on your plate because the portion sizes are so small. That couldn’t be farther from the truth – let me explain why. I’ll start with a personal [...]

It’s not easy being a teen

Have you ever had that dream where you are making an entrance into an important event or meeting, only to trip and fall? Or maybe your dream is about making an important speech in front of a large crowd, only to realize you aren't wearing pants? It can be scary putting yourself out there in [...]