A lovely tray of oysters on the half shell was beautifully presented to our table as an appetizer on my recent birthday dinner at the spectacular Summit Club in Tulsa.  As an etiquette expert, I want to always feel I know what’s correct for any situation. But, I will admit… I committed a  faux pas… Read More


In the world of tipping…from the dog groomer to the pizza delivery person to the massage therapist…what’s the appropriate compensation? Diversity Woman Magazine tackled this topic in their summer 2015 issue, and I was honored to be the etiquette consultant they contacted for advice. Here are nine tipping dos and don’ts to help you navigate… Read More


Pie is my favorite dessert… there’s coconut cream, Key Lime, pecan, Dutch apple, Door County cherry, chocolate, lemon with mile-high meringue, banana cream,  mincemeat sour cream, pumpkin…and the list goes on. Pie became the iconic American dessert in the 1940s. Research by Crisco and the American Pie Council reveals that when asked what dessert Americans… Read More


Whether you’re 25 or 55, it’s important to polish your Valentine date etiquette, especially if it’s a first date…or it’s been a while since you’ve dated. Don’t let poor manners and social faux pas turn what could be a fairy tale event into an evening of foibles and lament. Here are eight ways to polish… Read More


Woman at business lunch.

At a business lunch, the focus should be on the client—not on a trail of ‘special sauce’ that escapes down the front of your shirt from an oversized burger. Two words: embarrassing, unprofessional. The best practice is to avoid ordering anything that would fall into the category of messy, awkward, hard-to-eat, or unpredictable. The benefit:… Read More


Napkin etiquette at a business meal is an often overlooked aspect of good table manners. Many people don’t think to hone this simple skill because it doesn’t come to mind until you are in the moment. From the initial seating to final table departure, it is essential to know what to do with your napkin… Read More


Tipping etiquette can be tricky. From dining with clients and colleagues to who you should tip and how much, there are so many subtle ways to fall short of showing appreciation. Follow these 10 simple rules and you’ll always maintain a gracious and image. Read the entire article on the American Express Open Forum.… Read More