Holiday etiquette

Get your holiday manners on

By Arden / December 19, 2011 /

The holidays are here! As I was standing in a very long line at the post office this morning I reminded myself how stressful this time of year can be. Inside I was feeling impatient and angry at the everlasting queue, but I tried to focus on the positive rather than my irritation. I noticed the surprisingly well-behaved…

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I’m RSVPing for your party

By Arden / December 14, 2011 /

The holidays are here and that means a lot of parties. Perhaps you’ve received a few invitations for holiday functions. Whether the invitations are for a holiday cocktail party or a summer barbeque the invitation most likely has the acronym RSVP on it. Let’s talk about that acronym and why people add it to their…

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Holiday gift giving and tipping

By Arden / December 1, 2011 /

There is often confusion about who we should give gifts and holiday tips to. The most important aspect of gift giving is that it comes from the heart and you give to express thanks and appreciation, not out of obligation or because you received a gift. Here are a few of the most frequent gift…

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All we need is love

By Arden / February 14, 2011 /

Today is Saint Valentine’s Day. A day many men dread, women anticipate and singles hate. While I think Valentine’s Day is more of a Hallmark kind of holiday I believe the spirit of it is good; that is to celebrate love. And, I don’t think we need to celebrate only being in love or loving…

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Gag gifts gone wrong

By Arden / December 20, 2010 /

I enjoy giving gifts, especially when I pick just the right item and the recipient is thrilled with the present. Because of this, I’m not a fan of white elephant gift exchanges. It seems wasteful to give people gag gifts or gifts no one wants. It can also be offensive if a risqué gift is…

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How I survived my first TV appearance

By Arden / December 15, 2010 /

In business, as in life, there are firsts. Our first interview, our first presentation, the first time managing people, etc. The firsts are always scarier because of the unknown. We haven’t experienced it before and we don’t know what to expect. We may not know everything we need to know to be good at the…

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Halloween Dos and Don’ts

By Arden / October 21, 2010 /

This is a guest post by Rachel Burke, student and Clise Etiquette intern. On the one night of the year when we encourage our children to talk to strangers and accept candy from them, parents need to be on top of all the do’s and don’ts for this spooky day. Most importantly, remember to use…

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Etiquette Questions and Faux Pas

By Arden / December 12, 2009 /

When you are an etiquette consultant people love to either share with you their etiquette horror stories or ask for etiquette advice. I love that my friends and business associates want to tell me their stories and trust me for advice. I thought it would be fun to feature some of the etiquette faux pas and…

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The Six Biggest Mistakes Employees Make at the Company Holiday Party

By Arden / December 1, 2009 /

It’s that time of year when businesses host their annual holiday party. The corporate event can be a wonderful time to make and strengthen connections, or leave you disgraced and possibly fired for your lack of good judgment. Avoid these six pitfalls to steer clear of the latter.    Dressing Inappropriately Follow the attire description…

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Keeping the Giving in Thanksgiving

By Arden / November 18, 2009 /

Thanksgiving is almost here, and with the holiday comes etiquette challenges. Make your Thanksgiving a happy occasion by following these tips. Approach Thanksgiving with a giving heart While you may not look forward to seeing loud Uncle Ernie or crazy Cousin Sally this is a time to be gracious and kind even to those who…

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