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Etiquette Tip: Use of a Napkin

Posted by: ~ December 16, 2011 ~ 0 comments

In a restaurant:

  • As soon as you are seated, remove the napkin from your place setting, unfold it, and put it in your lap. Do not shake it open. At some very formal restaurants, the waiter may do this for the diners, but it is not inappropriate to place your own napkin in your lap, even when this is the case.
  • The napkin rests on the lap till the end ...
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Professionals: Shine at Holiday Time!

Posted by: ~ December 8, 2011 ~ 0 comments

The holiday season is officially here, and now is the time to extend your best wishes to business clients and colleagues. The right gesture will help you reinforce strong relationships with the people who matter. Here are other tips:

  • Keep “business” out of your holiday correspondence, though it is fine to include your business name or logo. Neutral messages like ...
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My Attendance at the Protocol Conference for Africa (APCA 2011)

Posted by: ~ December 6, 2011 ~ 0 comments

A couple of weeks ago I attended and was a guest speaker at the 2nd Annual Protocol Conference for Africa which was held at the CSIR International Convention in Pretoria, South Africa, November 23-25. Interest in this conference was generated from the inaugural conference that took place at the same time last year, with ...

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Professional Storage Tips

Posted by: ~ November 14, 2011 ~ 0 comments

As Winter pokes it’s head around the corner and Autumn is clearly in full swing, our friends at Gard Robe share their tips on storing and protecting your precious wardrobe and keeping it in pristine condition during the change of season!

So, you have the walk-in closet you always dreamed of and assembled an impeccable collection of vintage, haute couture, evening wear and accessories.  Now, how do you go about protecting ...

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Advice on Wedding Gift Protocol by etiquette expert Fiona Cameron-Williams

Posted by: ~ November 3, 2011 ~ 0 comments

Kim Kardashian Should Return Her Wedding Gifts and Ring

In this age of highly publicized, short-lived weddings, it is possible to have your wedding cake and eat it too…just make sure that if the marriage is over in less than six months, all unused gifts are returned to the buyers with a handwritten note. No tweets or emails, thank you.

Even during personally challenging times, manners do matter so it is important to respond appropriately in order to leave a positive impression ...

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Feng Shui and Your Front Door

Posted by: ~ November 1, 2011 ~ 0 comments


Feng Shui and Your Front Door
By: Catherine Brophy
Defining feng shui is difficult. To a large degree it is intangible and invisible. Simply put, feng shui is a practical way of aligning people in their environments, in a way that not only eliminates obstacles, but also enhances opportunities and good fortune. This holds true whether you have one or many homes, offices, buildings, etc., because everything that ...

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How To Be a Thoughtful Host

Posted by: ~ October 24, 2011 ~ 0 comments

New York in the Fall and during the holidays is one of my favorite times of year. No doubt this is when you’ll start getting more and more guests visit you as well! Here are some tips on how to be a thoughtful host:

“Nightingale” hallways in the medieval Japanese Nijo Castle were built squeaky on purpose. Royal hosts didn’t want any uninvited guests–especially those carrying ...

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Holiday Season: How to make it one to remember!

Posted by: ~ October 19, 2011 ~ 0 comments

Start a family tradition of bringing the generations in a whole new way. Help youngsters and seniors bond by organizing cross-generational interviews about everyone’s favorite family holiday. Just count the great payoffs when you:

  • Bring all generations together for a fun, unique and memorable holiday event
  • Help youngsters appreciate family traditions, celebrations, and their elders
  • Give them lifelong academic skills rarely taught in class–writing, history, social studies etc.
  • Make a permanent keepsake or “snapshot” book about the members of your family
  • Make youth feel more ...
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