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What do you do to avoid a handshake during cold and flu season?

Have you seen this clever campaign from Lysol on Facebook?
What do you do to avoid a handshake during cold and flu season? ‪
Do any of these look familiar?

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Manner Monday: Bodily Functions at the Dinner Table

Click here to read today’s post:  Bodily Functions at the Dinner Table

Don’t forget, Manner Monday has moved to it’s new home.

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Cotillion is Cool!

If you are a high school student, don’t miss out on the great events we have planned…


Premiere Cotillion (High School)  

Premiere Fall Fling Party:  Please encourage high school students to attend our annual “Fall Fling Party”.  This is a fun opportunity for students who are interested in participating in the Premiere, High School, program to learn more about Cotillion.  Guests are encouraged to bring a friend to the event as a great way to introduce them to the program.

We will have a DJ and dancing. Finger foods and dessert will be served.

Dress Code for the Fall Fling: Business Casual.

Gentlemen, please wear khaki pants, or slacks, a dress shirt or polo style shirt (tucked in with belt).

Ladies, please wear a conservative skirt or dress (skirt length to be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee).

No jeans, tennis shoes or hats please.

Tickets are $7.50 for one or $10.00 for two and are available online by going to: http://cotillionfallfling2011.eventbrite.com

 

Premiere Program:  The Premiere Program begins in January and the class is already filling up, if you are interested in your high school aged child participating, please register him or her soon.  In addition, if you know of anyone interested in this program, please feel free to share this email with them.

The Premiere Program is open to students in 9th-12th grades, previous Cotillion participation is not required.

Details for the Premiere Program, 9th-12th grades, are available online at http://premierecotillion2012.eventbrite.com/

 

Premiere Interview Intensive:  As part of our continued effort to “develop the whole child,” we are excited to continue with our “Interview Intensive” program to instruct students, 10th-12th grades, in the aspects of interaction in interview settings.  We are excited about these efforts to equip the professionals of tomorrow with the manners, etiquette and social skills they will need in the transition from the admission process of the halls of academe, through first job interviews, and on to positions as well respected members of our business and professional communities.

To mark the culmination of our training, students will attend a formal reception where they will be paired with an adult who will interview them for 10-15 minutes and then critique them on their performance.  The process will be repeated until each student has had 3-4 interviews and critiques.  We plan to make the interview process fairly challenging and difficult for them, so that later in life, when they are placed in a high-stakes interview situation, they will be able to enter in knowing how to conduct themselves and therefore feel more confident.

For details on the Interview Intensive Program for 10th-12th graders, please go to http://interviewintensive.eventbrite.com

Space is limited this year for both the Premiere Program and the Premiere Interview Intensive, so please register early.

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Our Season is Underway!

Many many updates for you in this post, so please look for the heading below for information pertaining to your interest or needs.

Please take a minute to check out the fun and exciting updates for the Premiere, High School, students!


Junior Cotillion (5th-8th grades)  

Yes, we still need boys! And in some cases, we still have space for a few girls.  
If you know of a young man or lady who would benefit from knowing how to make a great first impression and feel more confident with his or her social skills, please have their parents contact me so we can enroll them in one of our classes.

If you have a child participating in Junior Cotillion (5th-8th Grade) this season, please refer to your recent email titled “Junior Cotillion Class Details and Information” for your child’s specific class time, location and other details.

Please remember that class details are available the “Class Details” page of this blog.  The page is password protected and case sensitive (password information is in your “Junior Cotillion Class Details and Information” email).

If you haven’t already done so, please review the “Answers to FAQ and Important Information” and “Dress Code Details”, which can be found on the “Class Details” page of my blog.

Important details:


Photograph – If you haven’t already done so, please forward a headshot of your child so we can add it to his or her file. Please send photo via email to Terra@CareySueVega.com

5th Grade Girls, White Gloves – 5th Grade girls, please don’t forget the short white gloves.   If you would like to order them from us, please click on http://5thgradewhitegloves.eventbrite.com  and we will have the gloves on hand at your daughter’s first class.

Dress CodeClick here for detailed dress code information

 


Premiere Cotillion (High School)  

Premiere Fall Fling Party:  Please encourage high school students to attend our annual “Fall Fling Party”.  This is a fun opportunity for students who are interested in participating in the Premiere, High School, program to learn more about Cotillion.  Guests are encouraged to bring a friend to the event as a great way to introduce them to the program.

We will have a DJ and dancing. Finger foods and dessert will be served.

Dress Code for the Fall Fling: Business Casual.

Gentlemen, please wear khaki pants, or slacks, a dress shirt or polo style shirt (tucked in with belt).

Ladies, please wear a conservative skirt or dress (skirt length to be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee).

No jeans, tennis shoes or hats please.

Tickets are $7.50 for one or $10.00 for two and are available online by going to: http://cotillionfallfling2011.eventbrite.com

 

Premiere Program:  The Premiere Program begins in January and the class is already filling up, if you are interested in your high school aged child participating, please register him or her soon.  In addition, if you know of anyone interested in this program, please feel free to share this email with them.

The Premiere Program is open to students in 9th-12th grades, previous Cotillion participation is not required.

Details for the Premiere Program, 9th-12th grades, are available online at http://premierecotillion2012.eventbrite.com/

 

Premiere Interview Intensive:  As part of our continued effort to “develop the whole child,” we are excited to continue with our “Interview Intensive” program to instruct students, 10th-12th grades, in the aspects of interaction in interview settings.  We are excited about these efforts to equip the professionals of tomorrow with the manners, etiquette and social skills they will need in the transition from the admission process of the halls of academe, through first job interviews, and on to positions as well respected members of our business and professional communities.

To mark the culmination of our training, students will attend a formal reception where they will be paired with an adult who will interview them for 10-15 minutes and then critique them on their performance.  The process will be repeated until each student has had 3-4 interviews and critiques.  We plan to make the interview process fairly challenging and difficult for them, so that later in life, when they are placed in a high-stakes interview situation, they will be able to enter in knowing how to conduct themselves and therefore feel more confident.

For details on the Interview Intensive Program for 10th-12th graders, please go to http://interviewintensive.eventbrite.com

Space is limited this year for both the Premiere Program and the Premiere Interview Intensive, so please register early.

Business Etiquette

We need professionals to interview the high school students as part of our Premiere Interview Intensive Program (see details above) on Thursday, November 3rd from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Quail Creek Country Club.  If you, or someone in your office, would like to help – please contact me so I can add you to the list.

Business Etiquette training opportunity:  
I would love to work with your employees.  
Email or call to schedule an appointment to work in house, or click on the link below if you would like your employees to participate in the next Business Etiquette lunch workshop.

Join us for a lunch workshop as we navigate through the Do’s and Don’ts of the business lunch.

Are you a mentor to someone?  This would be a great opportunity for your mentee.



Tuesday, September 20

Skirvin, Downtown, Oklahoma City

11:30am – 1:00pm

Register for the Business Etiquette lunch and workshop http://businessetiquettesept20.eventbrite.com/

 

Tuesday, October 18

Quail Creek Country Club, Oklahoma City


11:30am – 1:00pm


Register for the Business Etiquette lunch and workshop http://businessetiquetteoct18.eventbrite.com/

 

Social Etiquette and Hospitable Entertaining

Join us for a lunch workshop:  We will cover Basic Table Manners, Table Settings, Centerpiece Creation and Party Planning Tips.


Register for the Social Etiquette lunch and workshop  http://socialetiquettenov17.eventbrite.com/

Thursday, November 17

Gaillardia Country Club


11:30am – 1:00pm

As always, please do not hesitate to call or email if you have any questions!

Thanks!

Carey Sue


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Manner Monday: We’re moving…

Manner Monday is moving to a new home, www.MannerMonday.com

www.CareySueVega.com will still be the site for Cotillion details and other “mannerly musings”.

Please bear with us as we move all of the previous Manner Monday posts to their new home.

In the meantime, here is the Manner Monday post from a previous Labor Day weekend:

Labor Day is a National Holiday dating back to 1882 when the first “Labor Day Celebration”, or street parade, took place in New York City as a way to honor the American labor force.  In 1894, it became a federal holiday.

Ask your friends and family to share their definition of Labor Day and more than likely they will respond with something similar to, “it’s the official end of summer”; or you may get another popular answer, “it’s the kickoff to Football season”.

Today, it seems as though not too many young people truly understand the concept of labor.  As adults, we recognize the true meaning of labor as we work hard to support and provide for our families and ourselves.

What does Labor Day mean to you?

    • An extra day to rest and recoup from all of your hard labor?
    • The end of summer?
    • Football season has begun?

Whatever it means to you… take some time to thank the people in your life that “labored”, or who currently “labor”, to provide for you.

I’d love to know what you did to celebrate Labor Day!

Please visit my post ‘What is Manner Monday?’ to learn more about how to make the most of Manner Monday. Do you have a ‘manner’ you would like to see covered on Manner Monday?  Feel free to send me your thoughts.

And, of course, please share ‘Manner Monday’ with your friends and colleagues. If you would like to subscribe to my newsletter and receive ‘Manner Monday’ in your inbox, please enter your email address in the ‘Subscribe to Newsletter’ box on the right.

On another note… Are you short on personalized stationery?  If so, please visit:  www.MannerMonday.PaperConcierge.com we have hundreds of styles and designs available.  We also have darling place mats that help the little ones in your life get a jump start on their table manners and make dining more fun.

Thank you for reading Manner Monday!

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Manner Monday: The Hug

Some people are huggers; others are not.

As adults, I think it’s somewhat easy for us to look for non-verbal cues and know when a hug is acceptable for friends.  A handshake is always an acceptable way of greeting someone if you’re not sure if the other person is comfortable with a hug.

Teenagers, well that’s another story!  As we prepare to kick off another season of Cotillion, I’m reminded of a situation that happens often.  Picture this scenario:

Young Teenage Girl (YTG), giddy with excitement that Cotillion is gearing up again.  Young Teenage Boy (YTB), actually excited as well, just not letting it show; he’s playing it “cool” and acting as though his parents have forced him to return for another season.  YTG sees YTB whom she met last season and is SO excited to see him again, runs up and gives him a full-on frontal hug (just as she would one of her girlfriends).  YTB turns many shades of red and beelines it to the restroom.

In this situation a handshake may have been a bit awkward for a teenager. If a hug is really what the situation calls for, I would suggest going in for the “side hug”.  It still shows, “Hey, I’m glad to see you”, without invading the other person’s space bubble too badly.

Please visit my post ‘What is Manner Monday?’ to learn more about how to make the most of Manner Monday. Do you have a ‘manner’ you would like to see covered on Manner Monday?  Feel free to send me your thoughts.

And, of course, please share ‘Manner Monday’ with your friends and colleagues. If you would like to subscribe to my newsletter and receive ‘Manner Monday’ in your inbox, please enter your email address in the ‘Subscribe to Newsletter’ box on the right.

On another note… Are you short on personalized stationery?  If so, please visit:  www.MannerMonday.PaperConcierge.com we have hundreds of styles and designs available.  We also have darling place mats that help the little ones in your life get a jump start on their table manners and make dining more fun.

Thank you for reading Manner Monday!

 

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Manner Monday: College Dorms and New Roommates

Many students are heading off to college and getting ready to face a multitude of new situations and circumstances.  One of these new situations is “dorm life” and a new roommate.

Here a few tips and suggestions to help ease the transition:

  • Have an open and honest chat about expectations. This should be helpful in keeping “little things” that could otherwise turn into “big things” at bay.
  • Remembering to use key words such as “Please” and “thank-you”…everyday.
  • Respect – Treat your new roommate with the same respect you wish to receive… remember, “you gotta give it to get it”.
  • Be considerate – If your new roommate has loads of homework or is preparing for a test, do you best to keep noise and distractions on your end to a minimum.
  • I’m guessing you won’t have someone around to gently remind you to “pick up your room”… and you’re thinking thank goodness! By making it a habit to keep things in their place, it will make your life so much easier. Trust me… give it a try.

Come to think of it… these tips aren’t just for students heading off to college; these are “life lessons” that work great in an office environment as well. Especially for those who share cubicle space or work in an open floor plan.  If you would like to read more on Office Space and Cubicle Etiquette, click here.

Please visit my post ‘What is Manner Monday?’ to learn more about how to make the most of Manner Monday. Do you have a ‘manner’ you would like to see covered on Manner Monday?  Feel free to send me your thoughts.

And, of course, please share ‘Manner Monday’ with your friends and colleagues. If you would like to subscribe to my newsletter and receive ‘Manner Monday’ in your inbox, please enter your email address in the ‘Subscribe to Newsletter’ box on the right.

On another note… Are you short on personalized stationery?  If so, please visit:  www.MannerMonday.PaperConcierge.com we have hundreds of styles and designs available.  We also have darling place mats that help the little ones in your life get a jump start on their table manners and make dining more fun.

Thank you for reading Manner Monday!

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Manner Monday: The Power of “Please”

The power of “please”

  • “Hand me the pencil.”
  • “Will you hand me the pencil?”
  • “Will you please hand me the pencil?”

No matter the question and no matter to whom the question is directed.  The power of “please”… it makes all of the difference in the world.

Please visit my post ‘What is Manner Monday?’ to learn more about how to make the most of Manner Monday. Do you have a ‘manner’ you would like to see covered on Manner Monday?  Feel free to send me your thoughts.

And, of course, please share ‘Manner Monday’ with your friends and colleagues. If you would like to subscribe to my newsletter and receive ‘Manner Monday’ in your inbox, please enter your email address in the ‘Subscribe to Newsletter’ box on the right.

On another note… Are you short on personalized stationery?  If so, please visit:  www.MannerMonday.PaperConcierge.com we have hundreds of styles and designs available.  We also have darling place mats that help the little ones in your life get a jump start on their table manners and make dining more fun.

Thank you for reading Manner Monday!

 

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Manner Monday: Networking and Social Anxiety

This past June during National Business Etiquette Week I wrote a blog post “Technology vs Talk” where I made the comment “but truly successful people will be those who can TALK and be SOCIAL with other people”.  This comment prompted some emails with questions from a few readers who self-identified themselves as “shy”.  They asked for me to share some tips on overcoming their social anxiety of attending networking functions.

I like to think about networking as an opportunity to make new friends.  Bottom line, people want to do business with friends and people they know – people they trust.  When an opportunity presents itself to meet new people and “network”, even those who are most shy can be successful by asking a few open ended questions and listening.  So often we’re worried about what we are going to say next.  Instead, just listen… and continue to ask questions, you will find that more often than not, the conversation starts to flow and before you know it, you feel as though you are talking with a new friend.

Here are some of my favorite questions to ask:

Business events -

  • How did you become interested in this industry/line of work/organization?
  • What do you like best about what you do?

Fundraisers -

  • How did you become familiar with XYZ organization?
  • What is you favorite thing about XYZ organization?

Social events -

  • How do you know the Host/Hostess?
  • Did you grow up in Oklahoma City?

If you would like to review the previous post on “nametag” tips, please click here.

Please leave a comment below and share what questions you like to use when meeting someone new at a networking event. I would love to know!

Please visit my post ‘What is Manner Monday?’ to learn more about how to make the most of Manner Monday. Do you have a ‘manner’ you would like to see covered on Manner Monday?  Feel free to send me your thoughts.

And, of course, please share ‘Manner Monday’ with your friends and colleagues. If you would like to subscribe to my newsletter and receive ‘Manner Monday’ in your inbox, please enter your email address in the ‘Subscribe to Newsletter’ box on the right.

On another note… Are you short on personalized stationery?  If so, please visit:  www.MannerMonday.PaperConcierge.com we have hundreds of styles and designs available.  We also have darling place mats that help the little ones in your life get a jump start on their table manners and make dining more fun.

Thank you for reading Manner Monday!

 

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