Manner Monday®: Kids and Valentine Parties

As adults, we understand the fun and hoopla Valentine’s Day brings… but for the little ones in our lives, it can cause unnecessary anxiety and tension.  Don’t forget to take a few minutes and talk with your child and remind them that the exchange of Valentine Cards is a fun way to show respect and friendship to ALL of their classmates.

Click to tweet: Take time to remind kiddos that the exchange of Valentine Cards is a fun way to show respect and friendship to ALL classmates. #MannerMonday

It’s a fun way to make people feel included and special. Any ‘extra-special valentine’ cards or gifts need to be given outside of the classroom.  For classroom parties, make sure your child has enough Valentine’s to share with each student (and don’t forget their teacher).

Billy apparently thinks he’ll be getting quite a few Valentine’s this week based on the size of his Valentine box!

Do you know someone who would enjoy this post?  If so, please share 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 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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In other news….

Early Bird Registration for the 2016-2017 Season 5-8th grade programs is open, Click here to register.

  • Save $100 by registering now for a single season.
  • Or save $364 by taking advantage of the Multi-Season Discount.

Passport (9-12th Grade) Program

Click Here to access more information and to access the Passport (9-12th Grade) Program.

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Business Etiquette Training and other Workshops

Would you like to schedule a workshop or presentation?

I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs and would love to work with your organization, Click Here to access the Business Section of the website.  Or please call or email for more information, 405-721-1467 or CareySue@CareySueVega.com

Here are just a few of the workshop topics:

  • Etiquette and the Generations – understanding ‘those guys’
  • Creating a Great Customer Service Experience
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism – Navigating Lunch and Networking Events
  • Dude your Rude! Interoffice civility awareness and team building
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress
  • Trade Show Booth Training

Word of Mouth is the best compliment you can give.  Do you know of some who may be interested in our programs, please share our information with them.  Here is the best link to share with them, it covers everything in a nutshell:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/programs/

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Manner Monday®: Don’t let a ‘celebrity’ determine your path

The long-standing tradition of “Groundhog Day” is upon us once again.  Every year, on Feb. 2, we anxiously await Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction… If he does not see his shadow, we can celebrate with an early spring; if he does see his shadow, we will endure six more weeks of winter weather.  I love how this custom has turned into something fun and entertaining; we’re all waiting to hear what Phil has to ‘say’ so we can plan for the next 6 weeks.

I love how we’re watching someone else’s (a groundhog in this case) every move allowing his actions to determine our path.  Does it really matter if Phil sees his shadow or not?  It’s kind of like paying attention to what other people do or say and making plans for our future based on their words or actions.  I try to remind myself, don’t rely on the human ‘Punxsutawney Phil’s’ (celebrities, or the ‘popular people’) of this world, I need to mind my own business and get on with what I need to do… don’t let someone else’s prediction (the current trend or hot thing) determine your path for the next 6 weeks… or 6 years.  Do what’s best, and what’s right, now.

Click to Tweet:  As we await Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction, be careful not to let a ‘celebrity’ determine your path! #MannerMonday http://bit.ly/Grndhg

Do you know someone who would enjoy this post?  If so, please share 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 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

Groundhogday

 


In other news….

Early Bird Registration for the 2016-2017 Season 5-8th grade programs is open, Click here to register.

  • Save $100 by registering now for a single season.
  • Or save $364 by taking advantage of the Multi-Season Discount.

Passport (9-12th Grade) Program
Our High School events have begun!

  • Click Here to access more information and to access the Passport (9-12th Grade) Program registration online.

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Have you signed up to receive Manner Monday directly to your inbox every week?  Click on the button below that says ‘Keep me on the list!’ and choose your settings:

  • Manner Monday will go out every Monday morning with a tip of the week, a helpful hint, or a fun ‘mannerly’ story.
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Business Etiquette Training and other Workshops

Would you like to schedule a workshop or presentation?

I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs and would love to work with your organization, Click Here to access the Business Section of the website.  Or please call or email for more information, 405-721-1467 or CareySue@CareySueVega.com

Here are just a few of the workshop topics:

  • Etiquette and the Generations – understanding ‘those guys’
  • Creating a Great Customer Service Experience
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism – Navigating Lunch and Networking Events
  • Dude your Rude! Interoffice civility awareness and team building
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress
  • Trade Show Booth Training

Word of Mouth is the best compliment you can give.  Do you know of some who may be interested in our programs, please share our information with them.  Here is the best link to share with them, it covers everything in a nutshell:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/programs/

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Manner Monday®: Text Etiquette

I recently sent one of my best friends a text at 11:30pm.  I was surprised when she responded as she and I are complete opposites when it comes to our most productive hours – I’m a night owl, she’s an early bird.  When she texted me back, I replied with ‘what are you doing awake?’  Her answer, ‘responding to your text’.  Oops.  I obviously woke her, when I had intended for her to read the message the next morning once she was awake.  Yikes.  She politely offered to continue the conversation at 5:00am. :-/

When making a phone call, traditional ‘old-school’ telephone manners dictate that one should never call too early in the morning or too late in the evening.  A good rule of thumb to follow when placing calls to someone’s home is:  wait until after 9:00 a.m. and before 9:00 p.m. during weekdays.  On weekends, extending extra courtesies by not calling someone before 10:00 a.m. is always a thoughtful gesture.

As we all know, advancements in technology have blurred the lines when it comes to telephones and working environments.  It’s hard to determine if someone’s phone number is his or her office phone number or a residential home office, and it seems everyone is (or appears to be) accessible 24/7.   And landline phones are quickly becoming extinct as smartphones have rapidly become the norm.  When talking about this subject with our younger students, they look at me in disbelief and say, ‘does anyone really still use a landline phone?’

So now we’re faced with new issues:  texts/calls at strange hours.  I’m guessing that many of us have been the guilty party {raising hand here} as well as the victim to this circumstance.  Personally, we’ve lost count of how many texts/calls we have received at the most bizarre times:  1:00 a.m., 4:45 a.m., 5:30 a.m., just to name a few.  I’m thinking the ‘traditional telephone manners’ aren’t too far off base and still apply even as technology advances.

Click to Tweet:  ‘Old-school’ rules still apply to modern tech; don’t text/call before 9am or after 9pm. (Note to self!) #MannerMonday http://bit.ly/Txt-Etq

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 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

old phone


In other news….

Early Bird Registration for the 2016-2017 Season 5-8th grade programs is open, Click here to register.

  • Save $100 by registering now for a single season.
  • Or save $364 by taking advantage of the Multi-Season Discount.

Passport (9-12th Grade) Program
Our High School events have begun!

  • Click Here to access more information and to access the Passport (9-12th Grade) Program registration online.

Important Note
Have you signed up to receive Manner Monday directly to your inbox every week?  Click on the button below that says ‘Keep me on the list!’ and choose your settings:

  • Manner Monday will go out every Monday morning with a tip of the week, a helpful hint, or a fun ‘mannerly’ story.
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Business Etiquette Training and other Workshops

Would you like to schedule a workshop or presentation?

I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs and would love to work with your organization, Click Here to access the Business Section of the website.  Or please call or email for more information, 405-721-1467 or CareySue@CareySueVega.com

Here are just a few of the workshop topics:

  • Etiquette and the Generations – understanding ‘those guys’
  • Creating a Great Customer Service Experience
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism – Navigating Lunch and Networking Events
  • Dude your Rude! Interoffice civility awareness and team building
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress
  • Trade Show Booth Training

Word of Mouth is the best compliment you can give.  Do you know of some who may be interested in our programs, please share our information with them.  Here is the best link to share with them, it covers everything in a nutshell:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/programs/

 

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Manner Monday®: Martin Luther King Junior Day

Here are some words from previous MLK posts that I thought were worth repeating:

Martin Luther King (b1929), in 1964 became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.  The prize was awarded to him for his efforts and advancements to end racial segregation and discrimination, by way of civil disobedience and other nonviolent means.  That’s pretty good headway for a 35 year old.  We are all only left to wonder what he could have accomplished had he made it to his 40’s and beyond.

I’m thinking it’s pretty safe to say that one of the characteristics that led him to his power was one of respectfulness.  By treating everyone with the same respect we wish to be treated, we can strive to be respectful and civil towards others in all of our actions.  Sometimes we may fall short, but remembering one of his famous quotes, “The time is always right to do what is right,” may help us on our journey.

Taking a look at Dr. King’s famous “I have a dream speech”, the following line is pretty powerful (OK, I know the whole speech is powerful, but bear with me):

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

A person’s character is critical.  No matter how successful one gets in life, his or her character is one of the few things they will not be able to “out-source” to someone else to “increase the bottom line” or “make it happen”.

Click to Tweet: No matter how successful one gets in life, character is not something you can “out-source”! #MannerMonday http://bit.ly/MLKcharacter

Take a few minutes today to visit with a young person in your life about “character” and how important it is everyday to consistently make smart choices and good decisions.

As we all know…the good, the bad and the ugly: those choices and decisions stick with you for a lifetime!

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 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


In other news….

Early Bird Registration for the 2016-2017 Season 5-8th grade programs is open, Click here to register.

  • Save $100 by registering now for a single season.
  • Or save $364 by taking advantage of the Multi-Season Discount.

Passport (9-12th Grade) Program
Our High School events have begun!

  • Click Here to access more information and to access the Passport (9-12th Grade) Program registration online.

Important Note
Have you signed up to receive Manner Monday directly to your inbox every week?  Click on the button below that says ‘Keep me on the list!’ and choose your settings:

  • Manner Monday will go out every Monday morning with a tip of the week, a helpful hint, or a fun ‘mannerly’ story.
  • Weekly Updates go out every week (or as I have information to share… so I really should call it something else because you won’t see it ‘weekly’).

Click the button below to subscribe and access Email Newsletter settings:

Keep me on the list


Business Etiquette Training and other Workshops

Would you like to schedule a workshop or presentation?

I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs and would love to work with your organization, Click Here to access the Business Section of the website.  Or please call or email for more information, 405-721-1467 or CareySue@CareySueVega.com

Here are just a few of the workshop topics:

  • Etiquette and the Generations – understanding ‘those guys’
  • Creating a Great Customer Service Experience
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism – Navigating Lunch and Networking Events
  • Dude your Rude! Interoffice civility awareness and team building
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress
  • Trade Show Booth Training

Word of Mouth is the best compliment you can give.  Do you know of some who may be interested in our programs, please share our information with them.  Here is the best link to share with them, it covers everything in a nutshell:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/programs/

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Passport (High School) Program begins Thursday!

We’re super excited about the Passport (High School) Program beginning soon!

Classes begin Thursday, January 14!

This season we’re headed to Lyric for our Theater outing.  For our difficult foods class – it’s Sushi and Asian dining etiquette!

For more information and to register, please Click Here to visit the website.

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Manner Monday®: Gym Etiquette

Is heading to the gym on the list of your New Year resolutions?  If so, the ‘regulars’ at the gym want to remind those of us who are getting back into the swing of things (as I dust off my sneakers) a few of the do’s and don’ts

Do Keep it Covered – Not only is dressing appropriately important for the everyday life and the workplace, it’s equally important to be dressed suitably for the gym.  ‘Too little’ cover provides ‘too much’ skin for your fellow gym patrons to feel comfortable.

Do Keep it Clean –  That infamous sign you see posted in various places, ‘Your mother doesn’t live here’, is what immediately comes to mind.  Clean up after yourself!  Who wants to work out on a piece of equipment that has pools of sweat lingering?  Wipe down the equipment and make it presentable, just as you would like to find it yourself!  Along with the above-mentioned sign, another childhood flashback ‘pick up your room’ comes to mind.  Don’t forget to leave your equipment in a neutral setting, put the extra weights back in their proper storage area before heading to your next station.

Do Keep it Quiet – Please do yourself, and everyone in the gym, a favor and turn your ringtone to silent.  It’s very distracting to hear a ringtone going off while you are focusing energy on your workout.  And for those of you who still use your smartphone to actually ‘talk’, step outside or away from the gym floor while you carry on your conversation.

*Don’t use a machine as a couch – Sitting on a machine scrolling through your social media feed while someone else is waiting to use that piece of equipment will not win you friends.  If you need to take a break between reps, we get it… but don’t get caught up with your phone and forget why you’re at the gym.

Don’t forget to Eat – Even though you may be trying to lose weight, you don’t want to pass out during the process.  Make sure you eat something before heading in for your workout.

Don’t Stink up the place – Sweating and perspiring are great, stinking is not.  Clean out your dirty closes from your gym bag as soon as you get home and restock it with clean and fresh gear.  Don’t forget the deodorant but leave the cologne or perfume for ‘date night’.

And of course, do be patient with the newbies (raising hand here)… they may end up being a regular… OR a new client or colleague!

Click to Tweet: #GymEtiquette: Don’t Stink up the place – Sweating and perspiring are great, stinking is not. #MannerMonday http://bit.ly/gymEtiq

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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 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


In other news….

Passport (9-12th Grade) Program
Our High School events begin Thursday, January 14!

  • Passport (9-12th Grade) Program registration online via:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/programs/high-school

Business Etiquette Training and other Workshops
Would you like to schedule a workshop or presentation?

I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs.  Please call or email for more information, 405-721-1467 or CareySue@CareySueVega.com

Here are just a few of the workshop topics:

  • Etiquette and the Generations – understanding ‘those guys’
  • Creating a Great Customer Service Experience
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism – Navigating Lunch and Networking Events
  • Dude your Rude! Interoffice civility awareness and team building
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress
  • Trade Show Booth Training

Word of Mouth is the best compliment you can give.  Do you know of some who may be interested in our programs, please share our information with them.  Here is the best link to share with them, it covers everything in a nutshell:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/programs/

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Manner Monday®: Q&A

My goal with my career is to help others.  I love answering questions and helping people solve some of those pesky little questions that may be lingering in the back of their mind. Over the holiday break, I had a couple of people reach out with various Q’s so I thought I’d share the A’s with you.  As I tell students all of the time, ASK questions, if you have a question – there’s a pretty good chance someone else wants to know that answer too!  Do you have a question you’d like to ask?  Please let me know!

Q – Should one write a thank you note for hostess gifts received when hosting a dinner or party?
A – No need to write a thank you note for a hostess gift (unless it’s something over the top and really extravagant).  Technically their hostess gift is a ‘thank you’ to you for hosting them.   A text message would work in the situation of acknowledging something more than an ordinary or common hostess gift.  (I know, don’t faint, I said ‘text’), you don’t want to create a never e cycle of thank-you notes.

Q – Why do people cross out their names printed at the top of formal stationery? Am I supposed to be doing that?
A – This is an ‘old school‘ tradition and I RARELY see it done today.  There are a couple of thoughts behind the practice.  One is that the note is actually coming from the writer and not their assistant or secretary.  Another idea is that the mark shows a personal touch that the sender considers you a close friend versus an acquaintance.  It’s totally up to you if you want to engage in the practice.  It would be a nice touch when responding in writing to friends who have already demonstrated the practice and understand the meaning.

Q – I have a question about cards and envelopes. When stuffing a card into the envelope, should the card face the front or the back of the envelope?
A – This question takes me back to high school and the three years of ‘Typing 1’, ‘Typing 2’, and ‘Office Practice’ – which also reminds me to thank my mother for making me take the classes (showing my age here with those course titles!)  The card should face the ‘back’ of the envelope. So when the recipient opens the envelope, the note/card is right side up to them (see the picture below).

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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 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


In other news….

Passport (9-12th Grade) Program
Our High School events begin Thursday, January 14!

  • Passport (9-12th Grade) Program registration online via:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/programs/high-school

Business Etiquette Training and other Workshops
Would you like to schedule a workshop or presentation?

I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs.  Please call or email for more information, 405-721-1467 or CareySue@CareySueVega.com

Here are just a few of the workshop topics:

  • Etiquette and the Generations – understanding ‘those guys’
  • Creating a Great Customer Service Experience
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism – Navigating Lunch and Networking Events
  • Dude your Rude! Interoffice civility awareness and team building
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress
  • Trade Show Booth Training

Word of Mouth is the best compliment you can give.  Do you know of some who may be interested in our programs, please share our information with them.  Here is the best link to share with them, it covers everything in a nutshell:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/programs/

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Manner Monday®: The Gift of your Presence

It’s crunch time, we’re all rushing around trying to tie up last minute Holiday shopping and wrapping all of those gifts, making ourselves more stressed than we already are trying to get the perfect thing for everyone on our list. And not to mention – if you have children, more than likely their Holiday ‘wish list’ is long (and expensive) adding to the stress.

If we’ll take a minute to stop, we know deep down that the best present we can give our family and friends over the holiday break is the gift of our presence. I know it sounds cliché, but think about it… we all know it’s true. When is the last time you had a really good conversation with someone – without the interruption of a ping taking your attention away to something else?

I bet you can agree, that no matter how much money you spend:

  • Your Significant Other wants your Presence
  • Your Child(ren) want your Presence
  • Your family members want your Presence
  • Your friends want your Presence

As much as we all think we HAVE to check our email, we HAVE to check our social media accounts… do we really? If you’re ‘addicted’ to checking your phone, then you may need to leave it in your car. Will the world stop if we turn the technology off for a few hours at a time and focus on good old-fashioned face-time? We know the answer. And yes, our work will still be waiting for us after the break, but we can dig into it then.

Don’t miss another family get together because you’re lost in your phone. Work can wait.

Your family wants uninterrupted time with you – the best present money can buy!

…I don’t know about you, but I look forward to unplugging a bit and having some good old-fashioned family face time.

Merry Christmas, from our family to yours!

Click to Tweet: The best present we can give family and friends during the Holiday is the gift of our presence! #MannerMonday http://bit.ly/giftpresence

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Here is a recent segment I did with Channel 4 were I answered viewer questions on Holiday etiquette:

And I was also happy to be on Living Oklahoma with Meg Alexander where we tackled some more Holiday questions like what happens when you forget to RSVP :-/ (yes, it’s happened to me before too!):


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 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


In other news….

Passport (9-12th Grade) Program
Our High School events begin soon!

  • Passport (9-12th Grade) Program registration online via:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/programs/high-school

Business Etiquette Training and other Workshops
Would you like to schedule a workshop or presentation?

I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs.  Please call or email for more information, 405-721-1467 or CareySue@CareySueVega.com

Here are just a few of the workshop topics:

  • Etiquette and the Generations – understanding ‘those guys’
  • Creating a Great Customer Service Experience
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism – Navigating Lunch and Networking Events
  • Dude your Rude! Interoffice civility awareness and team building
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress
  • Trade Show Booth Training

Word of Mouth is the best compliment you can give.  Do you know of some who may be interested in our programs, please share our information with them.  Here is the best link to share with them, it covers everything in a nutshell:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/programs/

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Manner Monday®: Holiday Tipping Tips

Do you find yourself asking how much you should spend when spreading Holiday Cheer to service providers? It can be a bit overwhelming when you start making the list of all of the people who not only make your life easier, but also those who help you, take care of you; everything from day care providers, housekeepers, and pet groomers, to hair stylists and personal trainers. And modern times bring new categories to that growing list; personal assistant/errand service, eyelash care, nail tech, and don’t forget the technology ninja who makes sure your home office stays online! After all, they are the people we rely on throughout the year.  To help you navigate the process, Paula Burkes with the Oklahoman asked me a few questions, so I put together some guidelines to help you show your appreciation.

Q: So who SHOULD I tip?

A: When thinking through who should be on your list, start with the suggestions above and then add to it any other people who you think deserve a special thank-you. If you think about the word ‘gratuity’ it’s very similar to ‘gratitude’. Which service providers do you need to show gratitude to for helping you throughout the year?

Q: Is there anyone I SHOULD NOT tip?

A: Yes, you do not need to tip you banker, attorney, doctor/dentist, or financial planner. These types of professionals don’t rely on gratuities. Also, steer clear of tipping your kiddos teachers in cash; you don’t want it to look like you’re bribing them for good grades!

Q: Ok, I’ve made my list, how much should I tip those on it?

A: How much glee do you consistently spread throughout the year?  For example, your Hairdresser, do you tip them well on a regular basis? If so, maybe consider something a little more creative for the Holidays. Of course cash is always a great gift, and always appreciated. Or, you could opt for something a bit more creative.  More than likely you’ve spent enough time with them to have a pretty good idea what some of their favorite things are, or the things they enjoy doing like going to the movies.  You could get them a gift card to their favorite restaurant or to their favorite movie theater.

Q: What if money is tight this year; can I cut back on tips?

A: Be careful and think through your gifts, you don’t want to avoid giving a gift to someone you’ve historically gifted – that might send the wrong message.  Instead you can still give something, but maybe a bit scaled down.  Then make sure you include a sincere handwritten note focusing on why you are grateful for them.  More than just ‘thank-you’, share with them why are you thankful – be specific.

Q: What’s the best way to give them the gratuity?

A: I like to be creative in the presentation. If you are planning to give cash, swing by your local bank and get new, clean, crisp bills.  If you’re giving gift cards, wrap them and add a nice bow.  If you’re writing a note, use nice paper and a good pen.  Taking the time to make an attractive presentation is just another part of showing how much you care – you’ve thought through the process, and didn’t just hit the drive thru on your way to see them.

Here are a few possible categories of service providers and recommendations on ‘how much’ to tip.

Those who help with your Children:

  • Babysitter – 1 nights pay, plus a small gift or note from your child.
  • Day Care provider – $25/75, plus an optional small gift.
  • Teacher – $10/20 gift cards make great teacher gifts anytime of the year!
  • Pet groomer (your other child) – one service fee.

Those who help with your Home:

  • Housekeeper – up to one week’s pay, plus an optional small gift.
  • Letter Carrier –  gifts up to $20 in value; they are not allowed to accept cash.
  • Handyman – $15-50
  • Technology Ninja – $20-50 if they make regular visits to your home office.
  • Yard/Garden Worker – $20-50
  • Trash/Recycling worker – $10-30

Those who help ‘you’ take care of ‘you’:

  • Personal Trainer – One session
  • Personal Assistant / Errand service – $20-50, possibly more depending on how much and how often you rely on their services (up to one month of fees).
  • Hairstylist – cost of haircut or service.
  • Nail Tech – cost of one service.
  • Eyelash Care – cost of one ‘fill’.

Click to Tweet:  #TippingTip: if you are planning to give cash, swing by your local bank and get new, clean, crisp bills. #MannerMonday http://bit.ly/TpngTps

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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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In other news….

Passport (9-12th Grade) Program
Our High School events begin soon!

  • Passport (9-12th Grade) Program registration online via:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/programs/high-school

Business Etiquette Training and other Workshops
Would you like to schedule a workshop or presentation?

I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs.  Please call or email for more information, 405-721-1467 or CareySue@CareySueVega.com

Here are just a few of the workshop topics:

  • Etiquette and the Generations – understanding ‘those guys’
  • Creating a Great Customer Service Experience
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism – Navigating Lunch and Networking Events
  • Dude your Rude! Interoffice civility awareness and team building
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress
  • Trade Show Booth Training

Word of Mouth is the best compliment you can give us.  Do you know of some who may be interested in our programs, please share our information with them.  Here is the best link to share with them, it covers everything in a nutshell:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/programs/

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Manner Monday®: Budget Cuts and Business Gifts

If you live in an oil and gas community, you know how many people are faced with budget cuts and job layoffs this Holiday season which may leave some looking at ways of cutting down on business gifts they’ve traditionally given to clients.

If you’re searching for creative and inexpensive Holiday gifts this year, think about a well thought out hand-written letter.  Include how thankful you are for the business relationship and refer to something special about that client/customer so they can tell it’s not a ‘form’ letter.  And (again) take the time to handwrite it.  You can type it out first so you can work through your thoughts and grammar and get it ‘just right’.  Then after you’ve settled on the perfect verbiage, get out your pen and nice stationery and write out your sentiments.

I bet this will end up meaning so much more to your customers in the end than any ‘thing’ you have given them before.  It may even end up being a new tradition for you.

Click to Tweet:  This Holiday season, opt for a hand-written letter to clients instead of the usual swag. #Manner Monday http://bit.ly/bizgfts

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 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

handwritten letter


In other news….

Passport (9-12th Grade) Program
Our High School events begin soon!

  • Passport (9-12th Grade) Program registration online via:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/programs/high-school

Business Etiquette Training and other Workshops
Would you like to schedule a workshop or presentation?

I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs.  Please call or email for more information, 405-721-1467 or CareySue@CareySueVega.com

Here are just a few of the workshop topics:

  • Etiquette and the Generations – understanding ‘those guys’
  • Creating a Great Customer Service Experience
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism – Navigating Lunch and Networking Events
  • Dude your Rude! Interoffice civility awareness and team building
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress
  • Trade Show Booth Training

Word of Mouth is the best compliment you can give us.  Do you know of some who may be interested in our programs, please share our information with them.  Here is the best link to share with them, it covers everything in a nutshell:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/programs/

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