Political Correctness Versus Courtesy, Respect, and Honesty

I thought I would share some comments on a topic that is often discussed whenever we see, hear, or read about politicians in the news.  What’s important to remember is that you always convey your thoughts with respect, courtesy, and honesty, no matter the subject, and no matter where you live in the world. That […]

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Halloween Etiquette for Adults and Kids

Did you know that, in the U.S., Halloween is the second biggest celebration, next to Christmas? Click here to learn the history behind his celebration and trick or treating. (Also at: http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-trick-or-treating) Everyone can have fun celebrating Halloween. Within a year or two of living in your home and neighborhood, you’ll learn whether you will […]

It’s Mooncake Festival Time!

It all began, more than 1000 BC years ago, when the Chinese realized the movement of the moon coincided with the changes of the seasons and its annual crop production.  So to express thanks for the harvest, the Chinese created the mid-autumn festival on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. […]

8 Guidelines to Teen (and Adult) Dating

Although most of our readers are adults, these tips are for both adults and teens. They are truly universal to anyone who dates. Thus, please read and forward the article or print it out to give a teen in your life. Here’s my special message for teens: By the time you are of age to […]

Serving Others is the Highest Etiquette

Here is a meaningful quote from the Dalai Lama, about how to live one’s life well. Please it three times to absorb its deepest meaning: Each one of us is a just visitor to this planet, a guest, who will only stay for a limited time. What greater folly could there be than to spend […]

8 Tips on Sending Flowers to a Funeral

It’s often interesting how end results come about because of a series of situations having taken place. This May tip is such an example: • I received a request from a funeral home in the UK, asking for permission to use content from an article I wrote on Funeral Etiquette. I happily granted permission and […]

Top 8 Restaurant Etiquette Tips

Spring is a time of year I start to think about dining out more and inviting friends to join me. The weather is better now and restaurants promote the plentiful local seasonal produce on their menus, which I love. Here are my top 8 tips on restaurant etiquette to keep in mind. These are different […]

8 Tips on Airplane Etiquette

March begins peak season for traveling. Not only is it spring break for students, but conventions and meetings begin worldwide. Here are eight tips to keep in mind when traveling in an airplane: 1. Arrive early. The main reason people are late is because they do not plan ahead. It’s that’s simple. For most trips […]

Tone is Everything

As we begin yet another New Year, it’s a time to share ways to make life a little better through etiquette. This year’s tip is especially personal to me as it is something I must constantly work on to improve.  It’s my top resolution for the year. Communication has two parts: content and delivery. Often […]

How to be a Positive versus a Negative Person

I recently met a man who was highly accomplished, intelligent, and wealthy. I thought at first he was a positive person, because of all he had achieved. However, as I got to know him, I learned he was a difficult person to know and like. He was indecisive and would constantly contradict himself in words […]

Celebrate World Teacher Day!

When I saw October 5th is World Teacher Day, I immediately entered the date in my calendar to remember from now on. We all know when Mother’s Day and Father’s Day take place; I think we should also remember World Teacher Day. The origin of this day started on October 5, 1966, at a UNESCO […]

8 Tips When Using an Interpreter

At some point soon, you might be traveling the world and using interpreters for business or pleasure. Here are eight tips to successfully communicate with someone who does not speak your language: Know your terms. Hire an interpreter, not a translator. An interpreter translates your words in real time, whereas a translator changes words from […]

Ethics and Etiquette: Thinking rightly!

I’m asked I sometimes get asked whether I conduct seminars on ethics, thinking it is much the same thing. While these are related concepts, there is a distinction between ethics and etiquette, especially as they relate to decision making in business and in society. As defined in The American Heritage Dictionary of The English Language, […]

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8 Tips for Microphone Etiquette

We all attend events where speakers use microphones and more often than not— especially during panel discussions—one or more speakers aren’t being heard well. So this month’s tips are dedicated to all who must use a microphone at least once in their life, whether a handheld or a label mic. 1. Arrive early. This way […]

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Ramadan Awareness and Celebration

What is Ramadan? Ramadan is an Islamic month-long holiday observance by Muslims. It is also known as Ramadhan or Ramzan. Muslims consider it the most holy and blessed month of the year. It takes place in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. This year the dates are June 19 through July 17. Ramadan begins […]

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