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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May Holidays to Celebrate

(Image by John Carrington/Savannah Morning News) 1.  Friday, 1 May is May Day Worldwide.  The first in May marks the halfway point between the first day of spring and the summer solstice.  May Day is also known as International Worker’s Day or Labour Day throughout the world. Its History:  Click here (Also at To […]

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Part 2: Public Transportation Etiquette During the Ride

In Part 1 of this two-part series I shared tips on what to do before and upon boarding and exiting public transportation. Now here’s what to do after boarding… Oh, if you missed Part 1, here’s the link (Also at 1. Give others your seat: Younger men and women should always offer their seat […]

8 Etiquette Tips for Public Transportation, Part 1

San Francisco is known for having a good public transportation system, including buses, above and below ground trollies—we call street cars, trains, and our world-famous cable cars (as shown to the right) that transport millions of people each day. Yet recent articles in our local newspaper describe an increase in rude behavior, as part of […]

Pedestrian and Driver Habits

In cities and areas around the world, where cars are plentiful and pedestrians are in massive force, it becomes increasingly necessary we all learn to be respectful and careful. I’m human, too. I used to run late for meetings and appointments. Pressed to arrive at my destination on time, I’d aggressively push that red light, […]

Wine Bottle Smarts…

Have you ever wondered why all wine bottles are sized in the metric versus our Imperial system, What various sized wine bottles are called, and How many servings each sized bottle yields? We’ll here it is: [Disclaimer: After extensive research, I learned there are contradictions and variations on what bottles are named, based on the […]

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Celebrating Your Name Day

The name our parents gave us is perhaps the most important possession we have. It distinguishes us from others and is part of our individuality and uniqueness. This is why pronouncing someone’s name correctly and writing a person’s name accurately is so important to attracting and retaining relationships. (As much as I recognize my name […]

Sending Thank-You Notes

Did you know Friday, December 26, 2014 is National Thank You Note Day? The day after the Christmas holiday is a perfect opportunity to send thank you notes for gifts received over the holiday season, no matter what the occasion. Sending a note shows people you care, you appreciate their gift, and that you are […]

Etiquette and Emotional Intelligence

For years I’ve been talking about an Etiquette Intelligence Quotient, which include the behaviors we display in specific situations. Now I’ve been learning more about another important EIQ… your Emotional Intelligence Quotient. This EIQ is the ability to manage our relationships and ourselves effectively. I’ve come to realize both these EIQs (EI²) truly go hand-in-hand […]

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Make a Great Life!

I read some amazing quotes this month inspiring me on how to live life. Reading these quotes got me thinking about how we must break our old bad habits of destructive behavior to instead build and make a life that is productive, fun, happy, and enjoyable… at the workplace, at home, and in our community. After all, if we only have one life to live, we deserve it to be a happy and productive life, in a loving environment…