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What’s in a Name?

"Hello, my name is Irma, I’m pleased to meet you...?" Several times, I've encountered a confusing situation at social gatherings. As a guest, I should...
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What ever happened to “Mrs”?

Ms, Miss, or Mrs? How do we navigate the many honorifics used for women?Let’s take a small detour back the late 50s and early 60s...
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Tips on Networking

What do successful business leaders have in common? An MBA? A vision and financial backing? A niche in the market? A strong and loyal team?...
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The etiquette of business meetings in cafés

More and more business people are opting to meet out of the office and in cafés. Unfortunately, I've observe lots of inconsiderate behaviour during such...
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Handshakes and “hand shakes”

Recently, my husband returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. which included many meetings on Capitol Hill. (He is a member of Parliament here in Latvia). As is...
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Gym-iquette

A gym is different from most social environments in that etiquette dovetails with health and safety. Ignore your neighbour and you could end up hurting...
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Whom are you having lunch with today?

If I'm guessing right, it’s probably your computer screen. Checking up on Facebook, maybe—the latest news reports, or reading some document. Perhaps you're scrolling with...
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Please, don’t interrupt—but if you must, be nice!

Here's what happened just the other evening. During a business dinner, I sat with two friends I've known for a long time—a husband and his...
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The cheek-to-cheek greeting

Should you air kiss or just shake hands? Perhaps the right answer should be—it depends on who you are greeting, for what purpose and in...
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Respect in the age of social media

Since my business is training people in etiquette and good communication skills—this topic really strikes a personal chord. Is being rude, disrespectful, outrageously angry really...

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