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

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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

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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
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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  • 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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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®: 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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Manner Monday®: Don’t get fired after your Holiday Party this year!

It’s the season of Christmas and Holiday Parties!  Whether it’s a social gathering or a company celebration, parties are on the calendar and people are celebrating.  If you have the company party to attend, you may be interested in a previous Podcast Jessica Miller-Merrell of Blogging For Jobs hosted where we talked about How To Not Get Fired At Your Holiday Party.

As silly as it sounds, some really smart and normal people make bad choices after having too many adult beverages at the company party and, well… you know the rest of the story. I think we all have a story we could share, and some of those stories may hit a little close to home.  If so, it may be worth throwing yourself under the proverbial bus to share that story with a junior colleague who you may be mentoring, to hopefully keep him or her from doing the same thing.

Podcast:  click here for the link to the podcast with Jessica.

And here are some tips that may be helpful as well as you head out to the company party:

  1. Technology – Steer clear of excessive use of technology at the table or gathering.  This is a time for good old-fashioned “face-time”.
  2. No Show – Unless you have a legitimate excuse like the flu, you should always attend the office party. 
  3. Low Show – Use good judgment when you dress for an office or holiday party. Don’t wear something too casual like jeans. Women should avoid low-cut blouses and short, tight skirts or dresses.
  4. Watch Your Mouth – Remember the office party is an office function, so don’t be negative, tell inappropriate jokes or bring up controversial topics. You never know who will be there, such as a current or potential client.
  5. Flirting – Don’t even think about it!!  Your job is at stake here.
  6. Too Much Fun – Remember that office holiday parties are still an office function. Limit yourself to one or two drinks.
  7. Mix and Mingle – Refrain from holding court in the corner with your bestie.  Parties provide a great opportunity to meet new people and visit with others you don’t get to see very often.
  8. RSVP – You should always RSVP.  Pay close attention to how the invitation was addressed; you should never bring a child or guest who was not invited and who you didn’t RSVP for in advance.
  9. Hostess Gift – When attending a party or function in someone’s home, take a hostess gift. It can be a traditional holiday goody or something more unique like a book for the host’s child.
  10. Thank You Notes – Don’t forget to write – not e-mail – thank you notes for gifts and to party hosts.  This may seem archaic, but it it’s a little gesture that makes a huge impact.  When’s the last time you received a hand-written note?

By keeping these tips in mind you will be remembered for all of the right reasons… and you will save yourself from headlining the Monday morning water cooler gossip.

Click to Tweet:  Tips to save yourself from headlining the Monday morning water cooler gossip after the company party! #MannerMonday http://bit.ly/HolPrty

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

wine glasses


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®: Thanksgiving Tips to survive the Holiday

With the Holidays fast approaching, many people will be sitting down to ‘break bread’ with a number of extended family members.  Oftentimes, this includes ‘unfamiliar’ family members.  Not too many of us actually enjoy that awkward moment of ‘what am I going to say’ or being stuck in an uncomfortable moment when the conversation isn’t flowing as freely as we would like for it to.  Spend some time now (or on that long car ride) with your immediate family to work on ‘comfortable conversation’ starters – so hopefully you won’t be stuck in an ‘uncomfortable conversation’.

If you’re hosting this year, here are some helpful tips to make sure things go as smooth as possible when it comes to creating comfortable conversation opportunities:

Assigned Seating:  It helps to take the guess work out of where everyone will sit and you’re also able to corral “Uncle Tom” between you and your sister… who will be able to help you keep him in check.

Table Setting Tips:  If you’re tasked with setting the table, check out this previous post with details to make it fun and easy!

Place Cards:  You can use something as simple as a piece of card stock, or you can do something fun such as a pinecone with the persons name tied to it with construction paper or ribbon.  You can also do something a bit more special such as a mini picture frame with your guest’s name, or photo, in it that they can take home with them as cherished memento.  If you have a little one, have them get in on the place card task; they love being included and can add an artistic touch that everyone will appreciate.

Conversation starters:  Another benefit of place cards, you can place a question on each place card that helps to get the conversation going.  Planting questions is a fabulous way to get the family talking and to share stories from ‘days gone by’ and create wonderful family memories you will treasure for a lifetime.

Here are some sample questions:

  • Ask an ‘older’ relative (grandparent, aunt, uncle or friend) what they remember about:
    • the invention of ‘cell phones’ and what did it look like?
    • What were their telephone ‘rules’ in the house before cell phones?
    • Before text and email, how did they send correspondence to friends and family. Did they have a ‘pen pal’?
    • Landline phones that were attached to the wall via a cord Party lines.
  •  Tell us about your favorite childhood Thanksgiving memory.
  • What was life like before Cell Phones and DVRs?
  • What are you most thankful for this year?
  • What is your most memorable school picture?
  • What special childhood memory do you have of a family member who is no longer with us?
  • What luxuries do you take for granted and why are you thankful for them?
  • Which teacher were you most grateful for?
  • What is your favorite memory from grade school?
  • How did you meet?  Tell us about your first date.  (This is a great one for the Grandparents.)
  • What family recipe reminds you of something special?
  • Tell about a time when you were reminded “it’s better to give than receive”.
  • Thinking of the pilgrims and their adventure, what do you think it would be like to leave everyone and everything behind and move to a new country…without a job secured?
  • What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken in your life?
  • What do you appreciate most about the person on your right?

As people are answering their questions, think of saying things such as “tell us more” instead of cutting them short to share your version or answer.

Turn the TV off and leave your cell phone at the front door (or in the car).  Take this time to focus on good old-fashioned ‘face-time’!

Click to Tweet:  Thanksgiving is a time to turn off the technology and focus on good old-fashioned ‘face-time’! #MannerMonday http://bit.ly/thxgvgtips

And if you’re hosting and a little stressed about the details, here are more tips on Planning the Perfectly Imperfect Party.

What are your tricks to keeping the conversation comfortable at your Thanksgiving table?  Please leave a comment below to share your tips and stories.

Happy Thanksgiving!  … and may the conversation be comfortable!

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

Thanksgiving Table


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®: Gift Wrapping 101 for Kids

Gift-wrapping was my first job as a teen… so as I’ve started teaching my son how to gift-wrap, I’ve had to dig down deep and let it go (sorry for getting that stuck in your head). As much as I want packages to be pretty and perfect, I realized I wasn’t doing my son any favors by doing all of this for him. I wanted to teach him the real meaning behind gift giving – gratitude, joy, and a cheerful heart. Teaching him how to RSVP, pick out a gift, wrap it and be a gracious guest has been WAY more fun than me wrapping the picture perfect package!

If you’re up for the challenge, we’ve laid out the process to get the party started.

RSVP
When an invitation arrives, share it with your kiddo. Look at your calendar together and determine if they’re able to attend. If they are, let them take care of the RSVP.   Teaching them early on about the importance of the RSVP process will go along way in creating a good habit to carry on after they’ve left home.

The Gift
Next, give them a budget and let them pick out the gift. Budget… hello, I still need help with budgeting, so I’m trying to get him thinking about how much money can be spent for special occasions and gifts. This is also a great exercise in focusing on others – it takes a few times, but eventually they realize, ‘no’ they’re not getting something for themselves, they’re choosing a present for someone else. This is the gift of learning that it’s not always about them.

1PickingTheGift

It’s a Wrap
Now whip out the wrapping supplies and teach them to wrap!  And yes, singing is half the fun (as you can tell in the video towards the end of this post).

2GettingSupplies

Lay the gift out on the wrapping paper to determine how much you’ll need.

3Measuring

Make sure you have some overlap with the paper – then cut.

4Cutting

Add some tape to keep the paper in place.

5Taping

Then fold the edges…

7FoldingCorners

Forget the perfect corners and blind seams, enjoy the process and let go of perfectionism (continued reminder to self).

8AndFolding

9MoreFolding

And yes, more tape!!!

10AndMoreTaping

11Taping

Did I mention tape? :-)

15DidIMentionTape?

Now it’s time for the bow…

14TimeForTheBow

And then we decided to switch to video for the bow… I hope you enjoy the sound effects:

Word
On the way to the birthday party, talk about party manners and expectations. Role-play how to thank the hosts (the parents and the birthday kiddo) for inviting you to the party. Then role-play what to say when leaving the party. We’ve come up with a hand signal for our son, I’m not really sure how it even started, but if he needs a gentle reminder, we can subtly flash him the sign and he’s reminded of what to do.

Seeing the smile on his face after accomplishing the task is WAY more fun than me wrapping the picture perfect package!

16HappyBoy

 

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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


Etc…

Do you know of a high schooler who would benefit from improved social skills, confidence (the right kind of confidence) and better manners?

We need a few more Adult Interviewers:  if you would like to help us during the mock interviews, please let me know, we would love to have you serve as a roll model for these students.  Your services would be needed on Thursday, November 19, from 6:30-8:30pm.  You will get to meet some amazing young people that will give you encouragement for our future!

Passport Program: 
The Passport Program schedule has been set!  Early registration is available with a $50 savings off tuition:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/passport-high-school-registration/

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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