Manner Monday®: April Fools Day

Manner Monday will run on Tuesday of this week.  I’ll be doing a segment that day with Channel 4 on the topic of April Fools and will post the link, and send an email, as soon as it is available for your convenience.

Stay Tuned…

April 1

 

 

In other news…

Spring Special Registration Discount is available
Registration Information for 5th-8th Grades for 2015-2016 Season

Registration Information for 9th-12th Grades for the 2015-2016 Season

Multi-Season Discount
You’ve asked and we have listened!  We now offer a multi-sesason discount to families who would like to register a child for three consecutive years in the program.  As each season builds on the previous; maximum benefits are achieved by continued exposure for a minimum of three years (many students participate for 8 consecutive years).

As always, thanks for reading!
– Carey Sue

 

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Manner Monday®: Technology in the Car

So if you’ve been following Manner Monday for a while, you know I’m not a fan of kids using technology (dvd, games, etc.) in the car. In our family, we do not allow movies, or games, on short trips. We look at this time as a great opportunity for conversations and teaching moments for our son about driving, navigation, landmarks, and a whole host of other things including music ‘appreciation’ like AC/DC, George Strait, and Bruno Mars to name a few J. I’ve heard from moms of older kids, that as their children venture into the tween/teen years, some of their best conversations have taken place in the car. And not to mention how I can’t help thinking that the time will get here before we know it when our Cub will be driving, and we want him to know how to find his way around town.

But as we all know ‘rules’ can also come with exceptions to the said rule… and a long car trip, yes, that is definitely one of our exceptions to tech check, load up and bring out the tech! We still try to point out learning opportunities, but realistically, technology just makes those long trips manageable. For instance, how many times have you heard ‘are we there yet’, and ‘how much longer’ shortly after you pull out of the neighborhood?!?! One way we make tech work for our family on long trips is by teaching our son how to use the timer and map apps on our devices. As we start out on our adventure, we pull up the map app and figure out what our best route is and the estimated travel time, and then we open the clock app and enter that travel time into the timer. Our son knows that instead of asking us ‘are we there yet’, or ‘how much longer’, he can look at the iPad to answer his own question. So far, for us, it’s working like a charm.

What about you, how do you make technology work for your family on long trips?

Tweetable: “A way we make tech work for our family on long trips is by teaching our son how to use the timer and map app on our devices.” #MannerMonday

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In other news…

Spring Special Registration Discount is available
Registration Information for 5th-8th Grades for 2015-2016 Season

Registration Information for 9th-12th Grades for the 2015-2016 Season

Multi-Season Discount
You’ve asked and we have listened!  We now offer a multi-sesason discount to families who would like to register a child for three consecutive years in the program.  As each season builds on the previous; maximum benefits are achieved by continued exposure for a minimum of three years (many students participate for 8 consecutive years).

As always, thanks for reading!
– Carey Sue

 

 

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Manner Monday®: Sunglasses

Happy Spring Break!

Spring is in the air (hopefully) and that means sunglasses are coming out of hibernation.

Eye contact is a huge part of human interaction, it helps to gauge honesty, character, and helps to make a good first impression. When engaging in outdoor face-to-face conversations, start things off right by taking off your shades.  Unless you’re Jack Nicholson or Corey Hart – the last thing you want is to appear ‘shady’ (pun intended).  And speaking of Corey Hart, don’t wear your sunglasses at night (yes I went there)!  It worked for him, but if you try it, you’ll look like a goof whose trying to revive your break dancing career from the 80’s.

Do your best to keep the sunglasses off during the conversation, unless of course, you have a medical condition.  If it’s really bright and you find yourself squinting and squirming, apologize to the other person you need to put the shades back on due to the bright sun.

Another nice gesture, when you’re on the go and interacting with another person via a drive through, take your sunglasses off at the window so you can look them in the eye and say thank-you during the transaction.

When choosing your shades, think about the environment you will be in – if you have really cute, trendy, blingy shades, they may be perfect for your summer vacation, but may not be the best choice for a professional situation.  Too much bling will be a distraction for others.  Something a bit more conservative will help to keep the focus on you and the professionalism you bring to the relationship.

Bottom line, you don’t want your sunglasses to create a barrier to relationships or opportunities, just a buffer from the sun and protection for your eyes – their intended purpose.

Tweetable: Remember to take off Sunglasses when speaking to others, don’t let them create a barrier to relationships or opportunities. #MannerMonday

 

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In other news…

Spring Special Registration Discount is available
Registration Information for 5th-8th Grades for 2015-2016 Season

Registration Information for 9th-12th Grades for the 2015-2016 Season

Multi-Season Discount
You’ve asked and we have listened!  We now offer a multi-sesason discount to families who would like to register a child for three consecutive years in the program.  As each season builds on the previous; maximum benefits are achieved by continued exposure for a minimum of three years (many students participate for 8 consecutive years).

As always, thanks for reading!
– Carey Sue

 

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Manner Monday®: Is it rude to cut my salad with a knife?

Q – ‘We were told today at lunch that it is poor manners to cut a large chunk of lettuce in a salad. We were quite surprised. Is this true?’ - Linda

A – First off, I hope that it was told to you in conversation and not directed towards you as if you were breaking the law. If the latter is the case, then the person correcting you would be creating a much bigger etiquette violation than anyone who may be using a utensil ‘incorrectly’.

To answer the question, this is actually an ‘old-school’ rule that really no longer applies. Old-fashioned knife blades were made from steel or iron and they had a tendency to react with vinegar or citrus juice in the dressing, the knives also had a tendency to discolor/brown the edges of cut lettuce; hence the utilitarian need for the rule.

This is one of the numerous ‘old-school’ rules that continue to get recycled but don’t really apply. Plus, can you imagine tacking the trendy ‘wedge’ salad without a knife? Today it boils down to courtesy and respect versus usage of fork and silverware. As long as you don’t look like a Neanderthal at the table, you’re good!!!

Tweetable: Dining Etiquette boils down to courtesy and respect versus usage of fork and silverware. Just don’t look like a Neanderthal! #MannerMonday

Wedge Salad

 

 


In other news…

Spring Special Registration Discount is available
Registration Information for 5th-8th Grades for 2015-2016 Season

Registration Information for 9th-12th Grades for the 2015-2016 Season

Multi-Season Discount
You’ve asked and we have listened!  We now offer a multi-sesason discount to families who would like to register a child for three consecutive years in the program.  As each season builds on the previous; maximum benefits are achieved by continued exposure for a minimum of three years (many students participate for 8 consecutive years).

As always, thanks for reading!
– Carey Sue

 

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Manner Monday®: Baby Shower – who can host?

I received this question via email last week.  It’s been asked before, so I’m pulling the answer out of the archives to share again:

Is it proper for a mother to host a baby shower for her daughter? – Linda

What an exciting time in your life, congratulations on the new grand baby!

Historically, close friends or coworkers of the expectant mother have been the ones to offer to throw the shower. Sometimes extended family members such as an Aunt or Cousin may act as host. As gifts are usually the main reason for the shower, immediate family members typically do not act as host as it appears a bit “self-serving”.

Of course, with every ‘rule’ there are exceptions. Today, with families spread out across the country and literally around the world, you see parents or siblings hosting showers for a child, or sister, who does not live in the same town. The family member plays host as an opportunity for close friends to share in the celebration while the mother-to-be is in town for a visit.

If you don’t have someone offer to host a shower: a fun alternative for you would be to throw a “sip and see” after the baby is born, where the guests are invited to see the new bundle of joy.

Enjoy this amazing time with your daughter.

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In other news…

Executive Success Series
I’m so excited for this new series!!!  Please feel free to share this information with anyone else you think may be interested.

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?

Schedule:

  • Tuesday, March 10, 11:30am-1:00pm, Skirvin, Downtown Oklahoma City  (lunch included)
  • Tuesday, April 14, 11:30am-1:00pm, Skirvin, Downtown Oklahoma City  (lunch included)
  • Tuesday, May 12, 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

REGISTRATION CLOSES MARCH 3:  Click here to register


 

Spring Special Registration Discount is available
Registration Information for 5th-8th Grades for 2015-2016 Season

Registration Information for 9th-12th Grades for the 2015-2016 Season

Multi-Season Discount
You’ve asked and we have listened!  We now offer a multi-sesason discount to families who would like to register a child for three consecutive years in the program.  As each season builds on the previous; maximum benefits are achieved by continued exposure for a minimum of three years (many students participate for 8 consecutive years).

As always, thanks for reading!
– Carey Sue

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5th-12th Grade Programs – Early Bird Registration

Don’t forget to register for our 5th-12th grade programs by March 1, and save $100!

Teaching Manners and Etiquette, Professional, Social and Soft Skills, with a fresh, fun, exciting, entertaining and modern approach.  Preparing Students for the Professional and Social Seas of life.  We include games and dancing in our curriculum to aid in the positive impact of teaching these important life skills.

Students may join at any level.  Each level builds on the previous; however, ‘basics’ are covered each year, as they are an integral part of the foundation.

Each Level will participate in a series of Classes.  Each class will include curriculum instruction, dance instruction and light refreshments.  At the end of the year, each Level will participate in a formal affair, including a seated and served dinner, where students get to put into practice everything they’ve learned.

For Class Schedules, please visit the individual location (Oklahoma City or Edmond) page.

To register for our 5th-8th grade programs, please visit the Registration page.

Register Now

 

Level 5 (5th Grade) – Laying the Keel. 

Every ship needs a good foundation. We will introduce all of the important ‘basics’ of etiquette: from Respect to Personal Presentation, we will lay the groundwork.

 

Level 6 (6th Grade) – Polishing the Deck. 

While reviewing the basics learned in Level 5, we will add more detailed material and introduce generational topics.  In this level, we incorporate more social interaction and begin working on better conversational and interpersonal skills.

 

Level 7/8 (7-8th Grades) – Bon Voyage.

Bringing all of the skills together from previous levels, we will strengthen social skills by incorporating round table exercises, putting curriculum into practice.  Students will prepare to set sail to the high school level with self-confidence and improved self-esteem.

 

Level 9-12 (9-12th Grades) – Passport Program. 

Bringing all of the skills together learned in previous levels, we will introduce business etiquette and professionalism to prepare students for college, employment and our global society.

To register for our 9th-12th grade programs, please visit the Registration page.

Register Now

 

Business and Social Etiquette for Adults and Young Professionals. 

For more information on our adult education programs, please click here

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Manner Monday®: Manners for Main Event

This week for MannerMonday we talk about Manners for Main Event.  We’re working on our manners for nice little humans before we head out for a little fun.  Holding the door open for the ladies, treating the employees with respect and showing our friends good sports etiquette when we lose helps to keep things fun for everyone!

Tweetable: Treating employees with respect and showing our friends good sports etiquette helps keep things fun for everyone! #MannerMonday

 


 

In other news…

Executive Success Series 
I’m so excited for this new series!!!  Please feel free to share this information with anyone else you think may be interested.

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?

Schedule:

  • Tuesday, March 10, 11:30am-1:00pm, Skirvin, Downtown Oklahoma City  (lunch included)
  • Tuesday, April 14, 11:30am-1:00pm, Skirvin, Downtown Oklahoma City  (lunch included)
  • Tuesday, May 12, 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 March 3.


 

Friends and Family Early Bird Registration Discount is available
Registration Information for 5th-8th Grades for 2015-2016 Season

Registration Information for 9th-12th Grades for the 2015-2016 Season

Multi-Season Discount
You’ve asked and we have listened!  We now offer a multi-sesason discount to families who would like to register a child for three consecutive years in the program.  As each season builds on the previous; maximum benefits are achieved by continued exposure for a minimum of three years (many students participate for 8 consecutive years).

As always, thanks for reading!
– Carey Sue


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Executive Success Series 

I’m so excited for this new series!!!  Please feel free to share this information with anyone else you think may be interested.

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?

Schedule:

  • Tuesday, March 10, 11:30am-1:00pm, Skirvin, Downtown Oklahoma City  (lunch included)
  • Tuesday, April 14, 11:30am-1:00pm, Skirvin, Downtown Oklahoma City  (lunch included)
  • Tuesday, May 12, 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 March 3.

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Manner Monday®: What Would George Say?

Happy President’s Day!

In honor of the Holiday, we’re pulling another rule from George Washington’s 110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation which he penned at the ripe age of 16 (yes, 16) to highlight how his ‘archaic’ rules are still pretty relevant in today’s modern world.

Rule #42: “Let thy ceremonies in Courtesy be proper to the Dignity of his place with whom thou converses for it is absurd to act the same with a Clown and a Prince.”

In other words:  There is a time and a place for everything. We’re all about fun, but knowing when to ‘drop anchor’ (pun intended) and knowing how and when to apply the rules of etiquette is your ticket to self-confidence!

Tweetable: We’re all about fun, but knowing knowing how and when to apply the rules of etiquette is your ticket to self-confidence! #MannerMonday

George-Washington

In other news….

Early Bird Registration for the 5-8th grade programs is openClick here to register.

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


Business Etiquette Training:  
Executive Presence Master Class Coming Soon 

We’re putting the finishing touches on this exciting program.  We should be ready to announce the details very very soon!
Do you know of a young professional who could benefit from participation?
Classes are scheduled to begin in March. … stay tuned…

In the meantime, 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

 

Thanks for reading!
-Carey Sue

 

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Manner Monday®: Valentine’s Day 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.  Take a few minutes to 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.

Tweetable: 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 Robot Valentine box!

Billy's Robot Valentine

 

In other news….

Early Bird Registration for the 5-8th grade programs is openClick here to register.

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


Business Etiquette Training:  
Executive Presence Master Class Coming Soon 

We’re putting the finishing touches on this exciting program.  We should be ready to announce the details very very soon!
Do you know of a young professional who could benefit from participation?
Classes are scheduled to begin in March. … stay tuned…

In the meantime, 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

 

Thanks for reading!
-Carey Sue

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