Manner Monday: Bodily Functions at the Dinner Table

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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.

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Manner Monday: Thinking of you…

Take a few minutes to send a hand-written note to someone this week.  Believe it or not, it only takes a few short minutes!

It’s amazing what the power of the pen and paper can do.  Here are some ideas to get your thoughts flowing:

  • Send a ‘thank-you’ note
  • Send a ‘thinking of you’ note
  • Send a ‘note of support’
  • Send a ‘sympathy’ note
  • Send a note to Grandparent

If you’re up for a personal challenge, try and make it a personal goal to send a note every day this week.

What are some other reasons you can think of to send a hand-written note?  Please share!…

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Manner Monday: Interruptions

In the world of business, we are all well aware of “interruptions” during our day.  They consist of everything from that little email “chime” on our digital device, to telephones ringing (or vibrating), and coworkers stopping by for a chat.

The other day, my five year old was in the middle of some serious Lego construction.  He was humming and singing and having a grand time.  In my efforts to keep everyone “on schedule”, I was getting ready to start chatting with him to share what was on our “to-do” list for the rest of the day.  Something stopped me in my tracks and I’m so glad it did… I decided my “interruption” could wait, as it was obvious he was focused on the project at hand.  He ended up working diligently for about 30 more minutes on his creation.  If I had interrupted him, I doubt the creation would have seen the light of day.

I know the next time I get ready to “interrupt” someone when I can clearly see they are otherwise engaged with a task… I will second guess the interruption and decide “is this interruption immediately important?” or “can it wait?”

If you are having difficulties in your office workspace with interruptions, click here to read a previous blog post on Office Space Etiquette.

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.

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Manner Monday: Happy 4th of July!

Happy Fourth of July!

I hope you’re enjoying the long holiday weekend.

Hopefully you had a chance (or are planning) to spend some time with family and friends.  Take a minute today and think of someone you spent time with this holiday weekend and drop an old-fashioned hand-written note in the mail.  Share with him or her, how much you enjoyed spending time with them over the holiday weekend.

If you’re flying your flag today, click here for some tips on Flag Etiquette

 

Please swing by and visit my blog Wednesday, July 6, and I’ll share how we made the yummy ice cream pops.

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.

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Manner Monday: Salt is Pepper’s Friend

You may have heard some of the following sayings when it comes to the two most famous spices you’ll find at the dinner table:

  • “Salt is Pepper’s friend”
  • “The Salt and Pepper are married”
  • “Don’t divorce the Salt and Pepper”

So remember; when passing the Salt and Pepper, please keep them together … that way Sugar can’t slip in and start a rumor.

What phrase do you use, to help remember, to keep the happy couple together?

 

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.

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