Senior Spotlight: Evelyn Blount

What a pleasure it’s been to watch Evelyn grow over the past seven years!  We have loved watching her mature into the beautiful young lady she has become.
“During these past seven years that I have been involved in the program, my favorite part was learning the different types of dances and meeting new people.  My favorite memory was in sixth grade, when I was trying desperately to learn the new dance steps and not to get my feet stepped on during the first class.  I continued the program for the next several years because I realized that in order to obtain a solid foundation of social and etiquette skills, you must be given opportunities to practice these skills several times before they become second nature.  This program has provided this experience and so much more!  It has given me the confidence to meet new people and to attend any and all types of social events!  I also enjoyed the opportunity in serving as a Teen Assistant and as a member of the Teen Board (Student Ambassador).  These experiences were a wonderful way to become more involved with the program.
Of course, my favorite event of each season has been the final ball in February.  It was a time when everyone could dress in his formal attire, look his best and apply the etiquette skills and dance steps he had learned during the year.  Also, the opening kick-off party was one of my favorites, as well.  At this time, one could meet new members who were interested in joining the program and see returning members once again.
This past spring break, I had the opportunity to go to Guayaquil, Ecuador on a mission trip!  My training in the program definitely came in beneficial when meeting and greeting the school educators and directors!  You are definitely judged by your etiquette skills and how you carry yourself!
Upon graduation from Edmond Memorial High School, I plan on attending Texas A&M University in the Fall of 2014.  Majoring in Biology!  Gig ‘Em Aggies!”- Evelyn
Evelyn Blount

 

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Manner Monday®: Being a Houseguest or Being a House Host – takes a little planning

Summer is such a great time of the year!  Children are out of school and families are taking vacations.  Many of us will be hosting houseguests or we, in turn, will BE houseguests.  Being a hospitable host, and a gracious guest, takes just a little bit of extra effort – and that extra effort goes a long, long way in making sure everyone enjoys their time together.

Tips for the Houseguest:

  • As a houseguest, plan to take a hostess gift.  This can be anything from a plant, flowers, chocolates, wine, to a good book you know your host and hostess will enjoy – and it starts your stay off on such a nice note.
  • If you’ve been invited as a houseguest to a vacation or lake home – offer to help with additional expenses such as gas for the boat, or to purchase the food to grill.
  • Be courteous and try to respect your hosts’ boundaries.  For example, if they have small children who take naps, be aware of the noise you make during naptime.
  • It’s always appreciated if you try to pick up after yourself and keep your areas tidy.  Pick up your shoes from the living room and offer to help with the dishes.
  • If you’re staying of a few days, offer to take your hosts out for dinner one night.  It can be a bit of an overload on your host if they end up playing short-order-cook your entire stay.
  • Upon “checking out”, offer to take the sheets of the bed to expedite the preparation for the next guests.  More than likely your host will say ‘Oh, please don’t worry about it; I will take care of it.’  But offering to help out speaks volumes.
  • In addition to obviously verbally thanking your hosts upon your departure – follow up with an old-fashioned hand-written note, thanking them again.  It’s an archaic act that is truly appreciated.

Tips for the House Host/ess:

  • Do you best to make your guests area (bedroom, playroom, whatever space will be ‘theirs’ during their stay) inviting and relaxing.  Your guests will need space for their belongings, so make sure the closet, or dresser, is not overflowing with your children’s toys or Holiday decorations.
  • Make sure you have clean guest towels ready to go and in place.
  • Do a pre-check of the bathroom space your guests will be using and make sure there is plenty of TP, Kleenex and other toiletries on hand and backups ready for easy replacement in the cabinets.
  • Other conveniences and niceties that add a special touch to their stay include placing bottles of water on the nightstand or in the bathroom along with some travel sized amenities that can serve them in a pinch in case they forgot their shampoo, tooth brush or razor.
  • Wi-fi access?  More than likely your guests will have technology that they want to connect.  Place a note in their room with the Network name and password so they can connect at their leisure.
  • For guests who may be trying to ‘unplug’ during their visit, you may want to place a few books or magazines in their space so if they would like to spend some alone time, they have plenty of things to peruse.
  • If your guests will be coming and going during their stay, have a key made for them and be ready to share any special instructions about security systems or anything else they will need to gain access to your home.
  • Fresh flowers always make people feel special, just make sure they’re not too fragrant; you don’t want to trigger any allergies.

Having company, or being company can be exhausting – but it can also be very enjoyable.  If everyone does his or her part, it can make for a very memorable stay.

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Special Announcements:

Registration is in full swing for our 5-8th grade programs that begin this Fall and classes are fulling up quickly.
Don’t forget to register now and save $50 with the ‘Summer Special’ rate.
And yes, a deposit can still be made to secure their spot!
For more information, visit the registration page on the website:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/registration

etc…
The highest compliment you can give us is a referral to your friends and coworkers. Please share our registration and contact information with any families you think might be interested in participating in our program.

Each year we build on the previous year as we add to the curriculum.  We have many students who continue with us each season, from our Level 5 (5th grade) program through our Passport (High School) Program.  Our goal with the continuous exposure, and gentle reminders, of the courtesies we teach over consecutive years – is to assist you in raising well-mannered young adults.

  • Continued Exposure:  Just as continued exposure to athletics and school homework reaps rewards; continued exposure to the social skills taught in our program will provide lifelong lessons that will benefit your child throughout the classroom and into the boardroom.
  • Benefits and Rewards:  One of the biggest rewards of our students returning year after year, is the virtual ‘light bulb’ that seems to turn on and stay on; the students are really starting to get it and they are very proud of themselves.  Their confidence is building.  We’ve highlighted some of our graduating seniors on my blog at www.CareySueVega.com/?s=senior+spotlight

5-8th Grade Levels:  We encourage you to register early to take advantage of the ‘Summer Special’ discount.  Regular tuition for the 2014-2015 season will be $425.

  • All Families, ‘Summer Special’ $375 by July 31
  • 5-8th Grade registration online via:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/registration

9-12th Grade Levels:  Registration is open and will continue with the Early Bird discount into the fall.  Register early to avoid the waiting list.

  • 9-12th Grade registration online via:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/passport-high-school-registration

 

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

I’m busy booking projects and working on presentations for clients and am already scheduling well into the Fall!  Thank you so much for your continued support for this part of my business!

I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs and would love to work with your organization, 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
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress

 

As always, thanks for reading!
- Carey Sue

 

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Manner Monday®: Flag Etiquette

Happy Memorial Day!

Many of us will celebrate Memorial Day by displaying a United States Flag so I thought it would be helpful to share some tips on Flag Etiquette.  In my research, I stumbled upon a very detailed and helpful resource http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagcode.htm

Here are some highlights:

“It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.”

If utilizing a flagpole, when flying your flag on Memorial Day, it should be at half-staff until noon.

“When the flag of the United States is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff. When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.”

“The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.”

“The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

If you do have a flag that has seen better days and is ready to be replaced. Please let me know, our son is a Cub Scout and would be happy to dispose of it properly at our next official scouting ‘Flag Retirement’ ceremony.

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Special Announcements:

For families who missed the Early Bird rate, please let them know they can still save $50 with the ‘Summer Special’ rate.
And yes, a deposit can still be made to secure their spot!
For more information, visit the registration page on the website:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/registration

etc…
The highest compliment you can give us is a referral to your friends and coworkers. Please share our registration and contact information with any families you think might be interested in participating in our program.

Each year we build on the previous year as we add to the curriculum.  We have many students who continue with us each season, from our Level 5 (5th grade) program through our Passport (High School) Program.  Our goal with the continuous exposure, and gentle reminders, of the courtesies we teach over consecutive years – is to assist you in raising well-mannered young adults.

  • Continued Exposure:  Just as continued exposure to athletics and school homework reaps rewards; continued exposure to the social skills taught in our program will provide lifelong lessons that will benefit your child throughout the classroom and into the boardroom.
  • Benefits and Rewards:  One of the biggest rewards of our students returning year after year, is the virtual ‘light bulb’ that seems to turn on and stay on; the students are really starting to get it and they are very proud of themselves.  Their confidence is building.  We’ve highlighted some of our graduating seniors on my blog at www.CareySueVega.com/?s=senior+spotlight

5-8th Grade Levels:  We encourage you to register early to take advantage of the ‘Summer Special’ discount.  Regular tuition for the 2014-2015 season will be $425.

  • All Families, ‘Summer Special’ $375 by July 31
  • 5-8th Grade registration online via:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/registration

9-12th Grade Levels:  Registration is open and will continue with the Early Bird discount into the fall.  Register early to avoid the waiting list.

  • 9-12th Grade registration online via:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/passport-high-school-registration

 

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

I’m busy booking projects and working on presentations for clients and am already scheduling well into the Fall!  Thank you so much for your continued support for this part of my business!

I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs and would love to work with your organization, 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
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress

 

As always, thanks for reading!
- Carey Sue

 

 

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Senior Spotlight: Kelsey Jennings

Here’s another one of our graduating seniors who has been with us for the long haul!  She’s an amazing and gifted young lady with a passion for God.  We’ve enjoyed watching her grow and mature over the years and look forward to seeing her grow even more.

“Looking back on the past eight years, my mind is overwhelmed with different memories. My first few classes of the program, going to the Civic Center, getting dressed up for the balls. Each memory is extremely different from the next. Each are precious and fun in their own way.

I’m the “typical case” when it comes to the program. Originally, my parents forced me continue. After two or three years, I really began to enjoy it. I made new friends, had fun, and got to wear pretty dresses. For a middle school girl, that’s more than enough reason to continue. But, as I grew into high school, I was able to recognize how useful the program was, and is, as I continue to grow into a young adult. (Plus I still got to hangout with my friends.) This really encouraged me to continue to be involved in the program, not just as a participant but also as an ambassador and teen board member.
Some of my favorite activities were our “outings”. As a high school participant, we are able to go around Oklahoma City and participate in a variety of activities. Some of my favorites were the art museum and the shows at the Civic Center. I really enjoyed being able to connect with other participants outside of the typical classroom setting.” –  Kelsey
Kelsey Jennings

 

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Senior Spotlight: Emily Faulkner

We have truly enjoyed watching Emily grow into an amazing young lady!!! We can’t wait to see what all she accomplishes!

“My favorite memory from the program was my first ball. As a sixth grader, and because it was my first year, I was a little nervous and scared. But in the end I had a great time! I continued with Expeditions in Etiquette because of the memories and friends I made that first year. Also, the etiquette I have learned has really come in handy when attending banquets, dances, going out to nice restaurants or just helping out others I was with who didn’t know what to do! The program has lead to more opportunities to help through the student ambassador program and being a part of the teen board and making decisions for the future of the program. I’m really glad I continued the program through my senior year because the friendships and my manners and social skills have grown tremendously over the years. Expeditions in Etiquette has given me the confidence and social skills that I didn’t have starting out as a nervous little sixth grader. I couldn’t be happier that I chose to participate in this program all these years.” – Emily

Emily Faulkner

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Senior Spotlight

Manner Monday®: Spitting

Yes, spitting.

In the past week, I’ve witnessed way too many episodes of spat being hurled purposefully – in VERY public places.

  • A young 4th grade boy at my son’s school, during field day, I assume he was spitting to appear ‘cool’.  But it came REALLY close to my foot.  Not cool.
  • A young adult, not certain how old, but old enough to know better, spitting just outside the entrance (directly in front of the doors) at the grocery store.
  • Another young adult, an employee at a local hardware store, in uniform, spitting in front of the store while tending to the seasonal plants on display.
  • And I won’t go into detail about the young man who pulled a ‘Cowboy Kleenex’ outside the entrance to Petsmart… let’s just say it even ‘creeped out’ our 8 year old son!

What in the world is going on?

I’m pretty easy going, and am all about being flexible, times and cultures changing, and the rules of etiquette changing – but all of these recent episodes have left me feeling like that mature relative reliving the ‘olden days’ of walking uphill both ways in the snow to school… lamenting about the demise of manners – and spit.

Is it too much to ask – if you must spit, save it for someplace not so public?  And definitely…
don't spit on the sidewalk

Thanks for letting me rant.

I’d love to hear from you.  Am I being a curmudgeon?  Do you remember the bricks like in the picture above?  Hop over to our Facebook page to share your thoughts.

 

 

Special Announcements:

For families who missed the Early Bird rate, please let them know they can still save $50 with the ‘Summer Special’ rate.
And yes, a deposit can still be made to secure their spot!
For more information, visit the registration page on the website:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/registration

etc…
The highest compliment you can give us is a referral to your friends and coworkers. Please share our registration and contact information with any families you think might be interested in participating in our program.

Each year we build on the previous year as we add to the curriculum.  We have many students who continue with us each season, from our Level 5 (5th grade) program through our Passport (High School) Program.  Our goal with the continuous exposure, and gentle reminders, of the courtesies we teach over consecutive years – is to assist you in raising well-mannered young adults.

  • Continued Exposure:  Just as continued exposure to athletics and school homework reaps rewards; continued exposure to the social skills taught in our program will provide lifelong lessons that will benefit your child throughout the classroom and into the boardroom.
  • Benefits and Rewards:  One of the biggest rewards of our students returning year after year, is the virtual ‘light bulb’ that seems to turn on and stay on; the students are really starting to get it and they are very proud of themselves.  Their confidence is building.  We’ve highlighted some of our graduating seniors on my blog at www.CareySueVega.com/?s=senior+spotlight

5-8th Grade Levels:  We encourage you to register early to take advantage of the ‘Summer Special’ discount.  Regular tuition for the 2014-2015 season will be $425.

  • All Families, ‘Summer Special’ $375 by July 31
  • 5-8th Grade registration online via:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/registration

9-12th Grade Levels:  Registration is open and will continue with the Early Bird discount into the fall.  Register early to avoid the waiting list.

  • 9-12th Grade registration online via:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/passport-high-school-registration

 

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

I’m busy booking projects and working on presentations for clients and am already scheduling well into the Fall!  Thank you so much for your continued support for this part of my business!

I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs and would love to work with your organization, 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
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress

 

 

As always, thanks for reading!
- Carey Sue

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Manner Monday®: Graduation “invitations” or “announcements” and the mailing list

It’s that time of year again, Graduation.  I recently was asked about the difference between graduation ‘invitations’ and ‘announcements’ so I thought I would pull out an old post to address their question:

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“Graduation announcements – this is the topic of the year for many of my friends.  Who should you send them to?  There is so much debate on this question…only family; family and very close friends; people who have touched the student; everyone on your Christmas list; the dentist, doctor, orthodontist, teachers.  We definitely don’t want it to look like we’re fishing for gifts… I’d love to see your answer.”

In many cases, during a student’s road to graduation the “it takes a village” quote is all too familiar.  Many parents want to stand on the rooftop and shout it out… Wahoo!!!  He’s graduating!!!  Thank you for helping!!!

So let’s break down the options for sharing the good news:

Graduation Invitation:  This is an invitation to the actual graduation festivities.  Many schools have a strict limit on how many people may attend in support of each student.  This may determine your list for the “invitation” group.  If you want to have a party so more people can share in the celebration, you could host a graduation party and extend invitations to the other close friends and family who may have been left out of the ceremony itself.  As the recipient of an “invitation; if you are able to attend, a gift should be given to the graduate.  If you are not able to attend, you may still send a gift, but it is not required.

Graduation Announcements:  An announcement does not extend an invitation to an event; its sole purpose is to “announce” the news to whomever you think might be excited to know of the accomplishment.  Many people may have lost track of time and did not realize that Johnny is “already” a senior.  They would be excited to hear about this great stage in his life (and yours).  Those who receive announcements are not obligated to send a gift.  A hand-written note would be a great way to respond to the announcement, sharing your excitement for the achievement.  Of course, if the recipient of an announcement would like to send a small gift, they are welcome to do so.

With all of that being said.  Some parents will want to send announcements to everyone they know, others will choose to send them only to close friends.  I think the extent of the list will fluctuate for different families and situations.

And unfortunately, some people do send invitations and announcements as a ploy to receive gifts.  We can only hope that the invitation or announcement we receive was sent in the spirit of the occasion and respond accordingly.

 

 

Special Announcements:

For families who missed the Early Bird rate, please let them know they can still save $50 with the ‘Summer Special’ rate.
And yes, a deposit can still be made to secure their spot!
For more information, visit the registration page on the website:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/registration

etc…
The highest compliment you can give us is a referral to your friends and coworkers. Please share our registration and contact information with any families you think might be interested in participating in our program.

Each year we build on the previous year as we add to the curriculum.  We have many students who continue with us each season, from our Level 5 (5th grade) program through our Passport (High School) Program.  Our goal with the continuous exposure, and gentle reminders, of the courtesies we teach over consecutive years – is to assist you in raising well-mannered young adults.

  • Continued Exposure:  Just as continued exposure to athletics and school homework reaps rewards; continued exposure to the social skills taught in our program will provide lifelong lessons that will benefit your child throughout the classroom and into the boardroom.
  • Benefits and Rewards:  One of the biggest rewards of our students returning year after year, is the virtual ‘light bulb’ that seems to turn on and stay on; the students are really starting to get it and they are very proud of themselves.  Their confidence is building.  We’ve highlighted some of our graduating seniors on my blog at www.CareySueVega.com/?s=senior+spotlight

5-8th Grade Levels:  We encourage you to register early to take advantage of the ‘Summer Special’ discount.  Regular tuition for the 2014-2015 season will be $425.

  • All Families, ‘Summer Special’ $375 by July 31
  • 5-8th Grade registration online via:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/registration

9-12th Grade Levels:  Registration is open and will continue with the Early Bird discount into the fall.  Register early to avoid the waiting list.

  • 9-12th Grade registration online via:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/passport-high-school-registration

 

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

I’m busy booking projects and working on presentations for clients and am already scheduling well into the Fall!  Thank you so much for your continued support for this part of my business!

I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs and would love to work with your organization, 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
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress

 

 

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Manner Monday®: Life lessons from Mom

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock – everywhere you go, the grocery store, the drug store… you name it , I’m sure you’ve seen all of the ‘gentle’ reminders – don’t forget mom this Sunday!

Last year I spotted this sign at our local grocery store,

I think we all know many women who are not ‘biological’ mothers; maybe by choice, maybe not.   There are also many women who act as role models and mentors, leaving an indelible mark and positive influence to those whose paths they cross and who are treated like a member of the family.

What is your favorite ‘life lesson’ you learned from a ‘mom’ in your life?

One of my favorite lessons? … “Be nice to everyone.  You don’t have to be best friends with them, but be nice to them.

Mom - Thanks for planting that seed of respect early on!  And thanks for all of the love and support you’ve showed us over the years!  Not to mention the respect you’ve shown to all of my friends!!!

Here’s to hoping everyone has a great ‘Mother’s Day’, no matter how you are connected to your ‘family’.

 

Special Announcement:

Early Bird Registration for 5-8th Grade Programs

The highest compliment you can give us is a referral to your friends and coworkers. Please share our registration and contact information with any families you think might be interested in participating in our program.

Each year we build on the previous year as we add to the curriculum.  We have many students who continue with us each season, from our Level 5 (5th grade) program through our Passport (High School) Program.  Our goal with the continuous exposure, and gentle reminders, of the courtesies we teach over consecutive years – is to assist you in raising well-mannered young adults.

  • Continued Exposure:  Just as continued exposure to athletics and school homework reaps rewards; continued exposure to the social skills taught in our program will provide lifelong lessons that will benefit your child throughout the classroom and into the boardroom.
  • Benefits and Rewards:  One of the biggest rewards of our students returning year after year, is the virtual ‘light bulb’ that seems to turn on and stay on; the students are really starting to get it and they are very proud of themselves.  Their confidence is building.  We’ve highlighted some of our graduating seniors on my blog atwww.CareySueVega.com/?s=senior+spotlight

5-8th Grade Levels:  We encourage you to register early to take advantage of the ‘early bird’ discount.  Regular tuition for the 2014-2015 season will be $425.

9-12th Grade Levels:  Registration is open and will continue with the Early Bird discount into the fall.  Register early to avoid the waiting list.

 

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Manner Monday®: The Kentucky Derby and Hats

In honor of the Kentucky Derby this weekend, I thought I’d share some helpful tips when greeting your friends with a hug or kiss on the cheek while wearing a hat.

I’m a huge fan of acronyms, so to help avoid a Hat Hazard, here is a simple solution to help you navigate the social seas with style, grace…and of course a fabulous hat!

H – Hats are reserved for daywear; please remember, no fashion hats after dark.

A – Approach with your hat on the left and hug, or kiss on the right cheek,

T – Tilt your head, far enough for clearance (45 degrees should be good),

S – Stay in position as you step back.

For more fun on the history the hat and horse races, check out this fun article:  http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/NATL-History-Kentucky-Derby-Hats-202358231.html

If you’re stepping out with a beautiful bonnet in the next few days (or weeks), please email me a picture of you in your fabulous hat!  I would love to post it.

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Manner Monday®: Sunglass Etiquette

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.

Sunglasses_at_Night_(Corey_Hart_album_-_cover_art)

 

Special Announcements:

Early Bird Registration for 5-8th Grade Programs
The highest compliment you can give us is a referral to your friends and coworkers. Please share our registration and contact information with any families you think might be interested in participating in our program.

Each year we build on the previous year as we add to the curriculum.  We have many students who continue with us each season, from our Level 5 (5th grade) program through our Passport (High School) Program.  Our goal with the continuous exposure, and gentle reminders, of the courtesies we teach over consecutive years – is to assist you in raising well-mannered young adults.

  • Continued Exposure:  Just as continued exposure to athletics and school homework reaps rewards; continued exposure to the social skills taught in our program will provide lifelong lessons that will benefit your child throughout the classroom and into the boardroom.
  • Benefits and Rewards:  One of the biggest rewards of our students returning year after year, is the virtual ‘light bulb’ that seems to turn on and stay on; the students are really starting to get it and they are very proud of themselves.  Their confidence is building.  We’ve highlighted some of our graduating seniors on my blog atwww.CareySueVega.com/?s=senior+spotlight

5-8th Grade Levels:  We encourage you to register early to take advantage of the ‘early bird’ discount.  Regular tuition for the 2014-2015 season will be $425.

9-12th Grade Levels:  Registration is open and will continue with the Early Bird discount into the fall.  Register early to avoid the waiting list.

As always, thanks for reading!
- Carey Sue

 

 

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