Manner Monday®: Company Culture and Gardening have a lot in common!

Recently my husband was working hard around our house doing yard work. More than just the yard, he was tending to the hedges, crepe myrtles, trees, etc. They had gotten a little out of hand and a bit overgrown in some instances. During the summer, he takes care of the yard every week, but doesn’t always tend to those other items. Watching his hard work made me realize, I need to do the same thing with my business. With my company – it’s me, myself and I; along with my husband who helps when he can (in addition to his ‘real job’), a part-time assistant, and a few others like my webmaster and CPA to name a few. I know what my vision is for my business and what I want to accomplish. I know what needs to happen on a daily basis. But I have to admit; I haven’t done a good job lately of tending to company landscape, or ‘culture’. How do those who are helping me know where I’m going if I don’t tend to them? I also don’t want to stifle their creativity, but I also don’t want to wake up one day and realize they’ve grown out of control and are headed in the wrong direction.

His hard work and dedication was a great reminder to me of how I need to spend some important and crucial time with those who work with me, to ensure they understand what I want and need – they can’t read my mind. It’s not fair of me to assume they know what they should be doing.

Here are some things I’ll be adding to my to-do list in the next few weeks:

  • Carving out time to talk roles and responsibilities.
  • Have I clearly outlined those things, and have they changed?
  • Do they know what my vision, mission, and values are?
  • Do they know what my company vision, mission, values and culture are? I sure hope they know my values; but has my vision or mission changed since last communicating it to them?
  • Do they know how much I value them, or do I take it for granted they know? (I’m pretty sure I could do a better job of this for sure!)

Looks like I have some ‘professional gardening’ to do in my business.

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How do you tend to your company culture: weekly, monthly, or quarterly? I’d love to hear what works for you!

Do you know someone who would enjoy this post?  If so, please share it with them and encourage them to sign up to receive Manner Monday?  I would appreciate it!  And if you’re new to Manner Monday, I’d love for you to take a minute to learn more about why I started it. You can click here to read my very first post (five years ago – yowzer) that tells all about it.

Do you have a ‘manner’ or question you would like to see covered in a post?  Feel free to send me your thoughts, I would love to hear from you.

As always – Thanks for reading!
– Carey Sue

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Youth Programs – Start SOON, don’t miss out!
Registration is under way for our 5-12th grade programs that start soon.  Register today!

For more information click on the links below:
5-8th Grade Programs
9-12th Grade Programs
General Information
www.ExpeditionsInEtiquette.com

Did you know we have products available?
We have a few of styles and designs of personalized youth stationery available.  We also have darling place mats that help the little ones in your life get a jump-start on their table manners and make dining more fun.  Here is the link to the shop.

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#FamilyFunDay: FootGolf

The #FamilyFunDay series is an opportunity for us to share our adventures, tips, and ‘manners used’ for making the most of your day if you choose to take a similar adventure of your own.

Today we stuck close to home for #FamilyFunDay. We headed to Midwest City and Hidden Creek Golf Course. The Cub has his arm in a cast so he played FootGolf while the Hub and I played golf at the same time. This is our second time at Hidden Creek and we like it for its laid back environment. We did not need a tee time and didn’t feel intimidated by the ‘pros’ you find at some of the other golf courses.

The FootGolf course runs along side the golf course so it was easy for the three of us to play together. The first time we went, all three of us played FootGolf and knocked it out in about 45 minutes.

 

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Today we rented a cart to haul our clubs and it took a bit longer.  Our outing cost around $35; which covered the cart, green fees for the Hub and I and the FootGolf fee for the Cub.

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After golf, the Cub had spied a skatepark during our previous outing so we stopped by to check it out.

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And how convenient, there’s a snow cone stand at the park! Make sure you have cash if your order is under $5. Otherwise you can use a debit or credit card.

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Manners Used: (great talking points to share with your kiddos as you head out on your adventure.)

  • the same rules of golf etiquette apply to FootGolf
  • repairing of divots
  • the Cub was super excited to drive the golf cart for his first time so we had plenty of teachable moments there! 😳
  • Cordial interaction with the course employee.

 

This will definitely be another ‘do over’, great family fun and it’s close to home!

We would love to hear if you do, please leave us a comment and let us know about your #FamilyFunDay Adventure.

Thanks for reading!
– Carey Sue

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Manner Monday®: Don’t let this Virus infect your office!

You provide hand sanitizer at every door and soap in all of the restrooms. You encourage employees to work out and to stay healthy. You work hard to keep employees healthy.

But unfortunately there is another virus that is spreading, and if it goes untreated, it too can hurt your bottom line… The Incivility Virus.

A recent University of Florida study found that mistreated people are also more likely to feel as if others are treating them rudely. They then respond with more rudeness, passing on negative emotions like a virus.

According to Trevor Foulk, the study’s lead author, “Rudeness has an incredibly powerful negative effect on the workplace.” The study was published recently in the Journal of Applied Psychology.

Just like secondhand smoke from cigarettes, the study found that disrespect also has harmful side effects. Participants who watched a video of an impolite workplace interaction and then answered an email from a fictitious customer were more likely to be discourteous in their responses than people who watched a video of a polite interaction.

“That tells us that rudeness will flavor the way you interpret ambiguous cues,” Foulk said.

Workplace Incivility can rear its ugly head in many places; there are three basic types:

  • Interpersonal – This might happen when someone doesn’t say thank you after you did something nice for them.
  • Cyber Incivility – sending time sensitive information without giving the recipient a heads up. Not responding to emails. Using abrupt or curt verbiage in emails that leave the receiver questioning the tone of delivery. Without tone of voice, there is unfortunately room for interpretation, and we may end up seeing the sender as being rude.
  • Victimless – this is the ‘leave it for someone else to do’ syndrome. Leaving the coffee pot empty, leaving a paper jam in the copier without trying to fix it or report it, throwing trash ‘close’ the receptacle and not picking it up to put it in the trashcan. Victimless incivility does not have an instant impact on others, but it definitely violates norms and expectations for courtesy.

Civility costs nothing but goes a long way in helping to keep employee moral healthy, and boost your bottom line. Here are a few tips to help cultivate civility in your office:

  • Lead by Example. Management has to be onboard and they have to model civility at all times. If employees see their boss being disrespectful, it sets an underlying tone that the behavior is acceptable.
  • Have a discussion during staff meeting. Have the staff establish the norms and expectations so that everyone is onboard and understands what is expected.
  • No one gets a hall pass. Put your foot down; stop it in its place, especially any recurring offenders. Everyone plays be the same rules, even your favorite ‘rock star’ on the team. If the other team members see that you gave Betty a hall pass because she’s the top salesman – that will only help to perpetuate the incivility virus.
  • ‘Don’t let crazy in the door.’ I heard that phrase one time from Dave Ramsey and I’ve thought about it many times since. Do your due diligence during the interview process. Take the potential new hire out to eat with their significant other and watch closely how they treat that person. Pay attention to how they interact with the wait staff. It’s much easier to find out before you hire someone if they’re disrespectful than after you’ve brought them ‘in the door’.

Continuing Education is a good thing, and Civility Training will help to keep the incivility virus at bay in your office. Please email or call to talk more about how I can offer beneficial training to your team.

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Do you know someone who would benefit from this post?  If so, please share it with them and encourage them to sign up to receive Manner Monday?  I would appreciate it!  And if you’re new to Manner Monday, I’d love for you to take a minute to learn more about why I started it. You can click here to read my very first post (five years ago – yowzer) that tells all about it.

Do you have a ‘manner’ or question you would like to see covered in a post?  Feel free to send me your thoughts, I would love to hear from you.

As always – Thanks for reading!
– Carey Sue

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Back to ‘Business’ School for Adults; are YOU ready for a great Continuing Education opportunity? The Executive Success Series begins in September.  Research shows that 85 percent of success in the business world hinges on your soft skills, and only 15 percent on your technical skills. Yet many people do not take the time to invest in the most critical part of their professional training, the crucial social skills that enhance your ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead which helps you build relationships and close deals. Are you ready to invest in your 85 percent?
Click here to register now, space is limited!  Registration closes Monday, August 31.

Youth Programs – Start SOON, don’t miss out!
Registration is under way for our 5-12th grade programs that start soon.  Register today!

For more information click on the links below:
5-8th Grade Programs
9-12th Grade Programs
General Information
www.ExpeditionsInEtiquette.com

Did you know we have products available?
We have a few of styles and designs of personalized youth stationery available.  We also have darling place mats that help the little ones in your life get a jump-start on their table manners and make dining more fun.  Here is the link to the shop.

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Manner Monday®: #FamilyFunDay

We’ve heard from so many people who’ve paved the parenting path before us, talk about how we need to enjoy our time with our son as it goes by fast and before we know it, he’ll be grown up. So we’ve made a conscious effort to take advantage of our weekends together. We don’t always get to do fun family things every weekend, but we sure try as often as we can; and when we do, we call our little adventures #FamilyFunDay.

Quite often we get follow up questions from friends who have seen our posts on social media. They want to know what we did, where we went, and any tricks or tips we can share with them before they head out. Since we love sharing and we’re all about everyone else having fun too; I started a blog post series aptly titled #FamilyFunDay to document our adventures, tips, and ‘manners used’ for making the most of your day if you choose to take a similar adventure of your own.

For our son, we find outings are so much more successful when we have conversations BEFORE we get to where we’re going and give him an idea of what to expect. Even if we’ve never been there, we have a pretty good idea of some of the situations we may encounter and can prep him on manners to use and expected behavior. Does it always go as planned? No. Does he always use the manners we prep him with? No. Do we usually always have a great time and learn something along the way? Yes! So at the end of each post, I’ll also share ‘Manners Used’ which will hopefully serve as great talking points for you to discuss with your kiddos while you’re on the road.

So far, I have posts up about our adventures to:

I’ll be working to update the blog with some of our previous outings:

  • Beavers Bend
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Foot Golf
  • Turkey Mountain (Hiking and Moutain Bike Riding)
  • Bluff Creek  (Walking, Hiking and Moutain Bike Riding)
  • Stanley Draper  (Hiking and Moutain Bike Riding)

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We’d love to hear recommendations from you for our next #FamilyFunDay Adventure.

If you liked this post, would you mind sharing it with someone else you think might enjoy it and encourage them to sign up to receive Manner Monday?  I would appreciate it!  And if you’re new to Manner Monday, I’d love for you to take a minute to learn more about why I started it. You can click here to read my very first post (five years ago – yowzer) that tells all about it.

Do you have a ‘manner’ or question you would like to see covered in a post?  Feel free to send me your thoughts, I would love to hear from you.

As always – Thanks for reading!
– Carey Sue

Click to Tweet: Catch #FamilyFunDay blog posts with tips, and ‘manners used’ for making the most of your day exploring. http://bit.ly/MMFamilyFunDay

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Back to ‘Business’ School for Adults; are YOU ready for a great Continuing Education opportunity? The Executive Success Series begins in September.  Research shows that 85 percent of success in the business world hinges on your soft skills, and only 15 percent on your technical skills. Yet many people do not take the time to invest in the most critical part of their professional training, the crucial social skills that enhance your ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead which helps you build relationships and close deals. Are you ready to invest in your 85 percent?
Click here to register now, space is limited!  Registration closes Monday, August 31.

Youth Programs – Start SOON, don’t miss out!
Registration is under way for our 5-12th grade programs that start soon.  Register today!

For more information click on the links below:
5-8th Grade Programs
9-12th Grade Programs
General Information
www.ExpeditionsInEtiquette.com

Did you know we have products available?
We have a few of styles and designs of personalized youth stationery available.  We also have darling place mats that help the little ones in your life get a jump-start on their table manners and make dining more fun.  Here is the link to the shop.

 

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#FamilyFunDay: Ft. Sill and LETRA

The #FamilyFunDay series is an opportunity for us to share our adventures, tips, and ‘manners used’ for making the most of your day if you choose to take a similar adventure of your own.

Ft. Sill and Lake Elmer Thomas Recreational Area (LETRA) are in Lawton, which is about an hour and a half drive South from Oklahoma City.

This #FamilyFunDay adventure was prompted after our recent trip to Mt. Scott. From the top of Mt. Scott the Cub of course spotted the water slides and beach area at LETRA … adding that to our list of to-do’s.

To gain access to the base, you need to stop at the visitors center by the main gate off Sheridan. You will need a drivers license for all of the adults in your group and fill out a visitors form. After a background check, you will be issued your visitors pass for the day.

We were pleasantly surprised by everything on base that awaited us.  Our first stop was at the museum.

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The Cub was in heaven to say the least.  The Musuem was closed (we were there on a Sunday) but the outside housed an endless supply of

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Army tanks,

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missile launchers,

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and more.

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We spent a good 45 minutes walking around and climbing on everything.

The architecture of many of the buildings and houses on base was amazing. Quite a bit of Spanish Colonial designs with tile roofs. You can see some of the homes in the background of the pictures above.

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We then headed out in search of LETRA; but found another detour on the way – Geronimo’s gravesite. We had to go check that out!

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There are numerous playgrounds that we made pit stops at as well. Good thing we packed a picnic lunch again. If you don’t bring your lunch, the base has plenty of options available, close to the main gate, such as Subway, Burger King, and Church’s Chicken.

Back on track and headed to the ‘beach’, we found our destination with more fun to offer. Miniature Golf, Kayaking, and Paddle Boats. They also have bass and pontoon boats available to rent.

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After a quick round of miniature golf, we cooled down at the water slides and the beach.

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The beach area was quite enjoyable. They have a nice bathhouse with restrooms and showers.  The water was somewhat clear and the view of Mt. Scott provided a nice backdrop and a few shaded areas to get some temporary relief from the sun.

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The watersports are only open during the summer between Memorial and Labor Days.

They also have archery and paintball rentals. Those, we were told, are available year round weather permitting.

Rental Cabins are available too. Looks like we’ll be checking into those for a weekend of Family Fun Days, archery and paintball.

Manners Used: (great talking points to share with your kiddos as you head out on your adventure.)

  • Respect for authority and for military personnel. You will have contact with gate attendants, and other military personnel as you’re on an active U.S. Army base.
  • Following the rules at all times; speed limits, no swimming areas, non access areas.
  • Eye contact, please and thank you.
  • Reverance for the deceased as you walk through the cemetery to see Geronimo’s grave.
  • and of course car ride manners for the 2.5 hour outing (5 hours round trip) (Here’s an idea to help ward off the ‘are we there yet?’ questions.)

This will be another ‘do over’ destination.  There is so much to do in this area, we’re thinking a weekend getaway is in order!

We would love to hear if you do, please leave us a comment and let us know about your #FamilyFunDay Adventure.

– Carey Sue

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#FamilyFunDay: Mt. Scott and Medicine Park

The #FamilyFunDay series is an opportunity for us to share our adventures, tips, and ‘manners used’ for making the most of your day if you choose to take a similar adventure of your own.

Mt. Scott and Medicine Park are about a 1.5 hour drive from Oklahoma City.

We headed straight to Medicine Park to drive through ‘town’ and check it out before heading to the ‘mountain’ – yes, I think that’s just fun to say since we live in Oklahoma, ‘where the wind comes sweeping down the plains’.

Medicine Park is a fun little tourist town that reminded me of Eureka Springs Main Street (on a much, MUCH smaller scale). The summer draw is the old fashioned ‘bath lake’ and ‘swimming hole’. They have a number a restaurants to choose from but we were planning to head to the neighboring town of Meers (FYI, it’s not a ‘town’ it’s just a building) for their famous burgers. More on that in a bit.

We then headed up Mt. Scott. And in the words of our 9 year old the the ‘mountain’ is ‘perfect training ground for American Ninja Warrior’. And off he went climbing, jumping, crawling, and hopping from rock to rock. It was pretty cool. Lots of hiking opportunities in the area. The next time we go, the Hub and Cub plan to take their mountain bikes.

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On the way to Meers we drove through the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. We saw buffalo and prarie dogs and stopped at the visitors center to learn a bit more about camping in the area.
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Now we were getting hungry so we decided to go ‘grab’ our Meers burger. For starters, we should have figured it out when we asked about directions, everyone just said, ‘oh, you’ll find it’ with a smile on their face. What they forgot to tell us is to make sure you bring plenty of cash. They don’t take credit cards or checks. Cash only! They do conveniently though have an ATM in the lobby. The tab for the three of us was around $50. Yes, they’re proud of their ‘Longhorn’ beef burgers and their homemade ice cream and peach cobbler. I also had to try their version of fried pickles ‘frickles’, and YES, they were delish! All in all it was good grub, just not sure when we’ll be ready to spend 1.5 hours for the experience again.  Apparently there is ALWAYS a wait to get in.  We arrived around 2pm and still had to wait for a table – so if you’re ‘starving’, be forewarned that it might be awhile before you see food.

After our yummy lunch, we headed to the swimming hole to cool off.  And…you’ll need cash again friends; $2 per person to swim. There was a small community restroom on the Main Street where we were able to change into our swimsuits.

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Manners Used: (great talking points to share with your kiddos as you head out on your adventure.)

  • Respect for Nature.  As cool as the round cobblestone rocks are in Medicine Park, you can’t take them home with you for your budding rock collection.
  • Patience while waiting in line for your table at Meers.
  • Polite Conversation skills for talking to your table mates (and not your technology) while waiting for your food at Meers.
  • and of course car ride manners for the 2.5 hour outing (5 hours round trip) (Here’s an idea to help ward off the ‘are we there yet?’ questions.)

We definitely plan on a return trip to this area so we can spend more time, we loved it!  We noticed rental houses on the river overlooking the swimming hole.  Definitely need to check into that more.  Click here for the rental home website someone told us about.

We would love to hear if you do, please leave us a comment and let us know about your #FamilyFunDay Adventure.

– Carey Sue

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Manner Monday®: Back to School

Summer is over and it’s back-to-school time for the kiddos.

Please take a few minutes to remind the young people in your life how important it is to be aware of their surroundings and how easy it can be to help make the shy, or new, person feel more comfortable; not only during these first few weeks of school, but anytime during the year.  It’s amazing how the simple and easy act of eye contact, a smile, a sincere compliment or kind word can go a long way in making someone feel a bit more comfortable, confident, and welcomed.

They may even end up making a new “best friend”.

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Speaking of Back to School; are YOU ready for a great Continuing Education opportunity? The Executive Success Series begins in September.  Research shows that 85 percent of success in the business world hinges on your soft skills, and only 15 percent on your technical skills. Yet many people do not take the time to invest in the most critical part of their professional training, the crucial social skills that enhance your ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead which helps you build relationships and close deals. Are you ready to invest in your 85 percent?
Click here to register now, space is limited!  Registration closes Monday, August 31.

If you liked this post, would you mind sharing it with someone else you think might enjoy it and encourage them to sign up to receive Manner Monday?  I would appreciate it!  And if you’re new to Manner Monday, I’d love for you to take a minute to learn more about why I started it. You can click here to read my very first post (five years ago – yowzer) that tells all about it.

Do you have a ‘manner’ or question you would like to see covered in a post?  Feel free to send me your thoughts, I would love to hear from you.

Youth Programs – Start SOON, don’t miss out!
Registration is under way for our 5-12th grade programs that start soon.  Register today!

For more information click on the links below:
5-8th Grade Programs
9-12th Grade Programs
General Information
www.ExpeditionsInEtiquette.com

Did you know we have products available?
We have a few of styles and designs of personalized youth stationery available.  We also have darling place mats that help the little ones in your life get a jump-start on their table manners and make dining more fun.  Here is the link to the shop.

As always – Thanks for reading!
– Carey Sue

Back to School

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#FamilyFunDay: Alabaster Caverns

The #FamilyFunDay series is an opportunity for us to share our adventures, tips, and ‘manners used’ for making the most of your day if you choose to take a similar adventure of your own.

Alabaster State Caverns is about 2.5 hours from Oklahoma City in Northwestern Oklahoma close to the town of Freedom. We arrived at the park around 12:30pm so we were able to eat our picnic lunch before the 1:00pm tour.

The park has a really nice picnic area and we were glad we packed our own lunch as there were not too many food options.  In the small town of Mooreland there was a nice (clean) convenience store with some food options.  At the entrance to the State Park, there was a cafe but it wasn’t open the day we were there (we went on a Sunday).

You’ll want to take two pairs of shoes for everyone in your group. One that you don’t mind getting muddy and dirty. And don’t forget to bring a plastic bag to put them in after, if you want to keep your car clean. Then you’ll have your clean pair for the ride home.

#FamilyFunDay Alabaster Caverns

The tour took about 45 minutes and winds up and down stairs and through narrow passageways. The pathway was very muddy and slippery. No one fell, but I could see how it could happen easily. There were handrails on the path that were helpful for those tight and slippery spots. The cave was a cool 55-60 degrees inside so it was a welcome respite from the triple digit heat and hot Oklahoma sun.

Our guide was very knowledgable and had great information to share. She pointed out the several types of alabaster found in the cave, including pink, white, and the rare black alabaster that is found in only three veins in the world, one each in Oklahoma, Italy and China. She told us how the Smithsonian came to the caverns to collect a sample of the black alabaster and it is now on display at the Musuem in Washington, DC.  There were some amazing natural formations that were pretty impressive. The kids were excited to see a few bats, itty-bitty frogs, and possum tracks inside.

If you have little ones under the age of five, you may want to wait until they’re a bit older before you visit.  We had some smaller children in our group who needed to be carried and I’m not exactly how the mom did that without wiping out. Also, towards the end of the tour there is a section where the guide turns out the lights so you can experience ‘total darkness’ for one minute. Let’s just say that one minute was even a bit uncomfortable for some of us adults in the group.

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While we were there we saw a Boy Scout troop returning from a ‘wild caving’ adventure. They had helmets, headlamps, gloves and were covered from head to toe in mud and soaking wet. Needless to say they also had huge smiles and said they were having a blast.So I guess it looks like we’ll be returning one of these days for our Cub to go ‘wild caving’. I’ll be excited to hear all about it from his perspective because that’s going to be a bit off the charts for my adventure list.

Manners Used: (great talking points to share with your kiddos as you head out on your adventure.)

  • respect the park guide
  • listen to the park guide (don’t talk while he or she is talking)
  • follow directions (no you can’t climb on the rocks off the guided trail.)
  • eye contact and a genuine thank you to the guide at the end of the tour
  • and of course car ride manners for the 2.5 hour outing (5 hours round trip) (Here’s an idea to help ward off the ‘are we there yet?’ questions.)

 

We would love to hear if you do, please leave us a comment and let us know about your #FamilyFunDay Adventure.

– Carey Sue

#FamilyFunDay Alabaster Caverns with the Hub and Cub

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Manner Monday®: ‘Should I wear Pantyhose?’

Pantyhose, to be or not to be – that is the question… that continually comes up when I’m speaking to Millenials. During a recent presentation, one of the young ladies asked about wearing pantyhose, aka ‘hosiery’, ‘stockings’ to an interview and did I recommend them.

I believe instead of being a rule of Etiquette or Protocol, it has evolved into something much more complicated. 
I personally think it boils down to a number of things:

  1. Before the interview, do some research on the company culture. If the atmosphere is conservative and traditional, then bust out the hose. If the organization is more casual and a bit on the trendy side, I’d say bare legs would be acceptable.
  2. Generational issues; if your Grandmother is a Traditionalist, she would not even consider stepping out in public with bare legs. Stockings are a must for her wardrobe! 
 So if you’ll be with a more ‘mature’ (meaning older) group, then out of respect I would don hosiery.
  3. Are your legs able to stand on their own without the gentle camouflage or support that stockings provide?
  4. Time of year – will your legs have goose bumps and be pasty … Summer – not a problem. Winter, bleh – opt for hosiery.
  5. Flat out preference – Some people feel more confident WITH stockings, other people can’t stand them.

My answer to her in the end was to do a bit of research. As she’s preparing for her interview and researching the company, go ahead and find out what the company culture is when it comes to dress code; and let that be her guide. And if there is any question, it’s best to err on the safe side and slip on some stockings.

After that, I suggested that all of the ladies search the Internet for pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton! (Spoiler alert, she often wears hosiery!) I love her sense of style. She’s a great role model for young professional women in so many ways. And I love how she doesn’t have to break the bank to look good. You can easily find Kate’s preferred choice of pantyhose by googling the topic. In case you’re curious, they run about $9US. Sensible, smart and fashionable – she’s a great role model to follow for clothing cues.

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As always – Thanks for reading!
– Carey Sue

Hosiery

On another note…

Business Etiquette Training Opportunity 
Executive Success Series
Research shows that 85 percent of success in the business world hinges on your soft skills, and only 15 percent on your technical skills. Yet many people do not take the time to invest in the most critical part of their professional training, the crucial social skills that enhance your ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead which helps you build relationships and close deals. Are you ready to invest in your 85 percent?
Click here to register now, space is limited!
Registration closes Monday, August 31.

Youth Programs
Registration is under way for our 5-12th grade programs that start soon.  Don’t miss out – register today!

For more information click on the links below:
5-8th Grade Programs
9-12th Grade Programs
General Information
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Did you know we have products available?
We have a few of styles and designs of personalized youth stationery available.  We also have darling place mats that help the little ones in your life get a jump-start on their table manners and make dining more fun.  Here is the link to the shop.

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Executive Success Series

Research shows that 85 percent of success in the business world hinges on your soft skills, and only 15 percent on your technical skills.  Yet many people do not take the time to invest in the most critical part of their professional training, the crucial social skills that enhance your ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead which helps you build relationships and close deals.  Are you ready to invest in your 85 percent?

Click Here to Register Now

Schedule:

  • Tuesday, September 15, 11:30am-1:00pm, Location TBA, Downtown Oklahoma City (lunch included)
  • Tuesday, October 20, 11:30am-1:00pm, Location TBA, Downtown Oklahoma City (lunch included)
  • Tuesday, November 17, 6:00-7:30pm, Cocktail Party, Location TBA

Curriculum:

  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Hosting and being a guest at a lunch, dinner, board, or coffee meeting
  • Communication; verbal, written and electronic
  • Networking Events; advanced techniques for both Introverts and Extroverts
  • Customer Service, and much more.

Course Fee:  $287 for all three events in the series

Click here to register, seating is limited and registration closes on August 31.

Please feel free to share this information with anyone else you think may be interested.

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