tipping guidelines for service providers

  With the holidays upon us, and 2018 coming to a close, end-of-year “thank you” tipping can be a tricky and confusing topic. The purpose of holiday tipping is to reward good service and to say thank you. And according to a recent survey by Consumer Reports, “sixty percent of us gave tips to one or… Read More


Many people are overwhelmed by how to set the table for a Christmas or holiday dinner. However, learning to properly set the table is simple.  In my tips below, you will learn how to set the table so it’s elegant, yet easy for guests to navigate and not feel intimidated.   1. Start with an… Read More


6 Tips Office Holiday Party | Party Etiquette | Etiquette & Protocol Training

Be Savvy, Not Sorry at your Holiday Party ‘Tis the season for the office holiday party. It’s a great place to have fun with coworkers and mingle with the higher ups. But,  etiquette and professionalism still matter at the office holiday party. After all, it’s still a work event. And you’re being observed by coworkers,… Read More


uber,lyft,ridesharing,etiquette

Ever used a rideshare service such as Lyft or Uber and wondered about correct etiquette? I know I did the first time my “taxi” was an Uber. Do I tip the same as a taxi? Can I tell the driver to turn the AC up or the music down? The Uber and Lyft etiquette tips… Read More


  Workplace character traits often trump skills. A lack of character in the workplace has now caused some companies to “hire for character and train for skill.” It doesn’t mean skills and competence don’t matter. But, often skills can be taught and mastered on the job, while character flaws may not be redeemable. We’ve all… Read More


In a conversation recently with a high-level professional, he said he often scribbles notes on the back of someone’s business card to remember something they talked about. He asked if this was okay. My response: It’s not ideal. It’s like putting graffiti on someone’s card. A best practice is to wait until the person has… Read More


Meetings can be a way to focus on business issues, gather input and jointly solve problems. But, many people don’t practice good meeting  etiquette. According to a recent report in USA Today,* attendees ranked the four meeting etiquette pet peeves below as the most annoying.  Here are the faux pas and best practices to avoid… Read More


Business People Shaking Hands - Business Etiquette Errors

Good business etiquette skills go a long way to increase your influence  and position you for career advancement. But, sometimes, even the most “seasoned” professionals drop the ball and make mistakes when it comes to proper business etiquette. Consider how you can set yourself apart as a more credible and polished professional by avoiding these… Read More