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Whistling while you work and other etiquette faux pas

By Arden / May 3, 2019 /

Do you have an etiquette pet peeve – something that others do that drives you crazy? I was talking to a friend on the phone when I heard her shout “no whistling!!!” I didn’t catch who was doing the whistling, but she said she finds it very annoying when people whistle in public and suggested…

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Eight graduation dos and don’ts for grads, family and friends

By Arden / May 25, 2017 /

It’s cap and gown time; that wonderful time when high school and college students graduate and move on to their next adventure. It’s an exciting time. But, graduation can also be a bit of an etiquette minefield. I certainly made some mistakes with my own graduation and have made etiquette faux pas with other people’s…

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How to recover from a major mistake

By Arden / January 20, 2017 /

Have you ever made a cringe worthy mistake? One that ruins not just your day but the week or weeks following? One where you can’t stop obsessing about your failings? Yes? You’re not alone. I made a big mistake last year. A mistake that I was so embarrassed about I couldn’t talk about it to…

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Don’t ask these 8 questions: Conversation dos and don’ts

By Arden / December 14, 2016 /

“Where do you live?” I asked the man sitting at the table at which I was seated. He stated a neighborhood I hadn’t heard of so I said, “Oh, I’ve never heard of that neighborhood. Where is that?” As he revealed where he lived and the entire table listened I realized it was the wrong…

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How to win favors and influence opportunity

By Arden / September 20, 2016 /

Oh the power of “hello,” “please” and “thank you.” When they are used you often get better service, lower prices, maybe even a seat on a crowded plane. When they are not employed, you’re put in the “rude” category and are faced with possible negative consequences.

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Navigating holiday gifting and tipping dilemmas

By Arden / December 17, 2015 /

Wondering if you can regift that ugly sweater Aunt Mary gave you? Are you stumped by office gift giving protocol? Feeling tripped up about tipping the service people in your life? The holidays pose many etiquette dilemmas that can leave you fretting. No need to fret, here are answers to the most common holiday etiquette…

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Avoiding Thanksgiving manners mishaps and misunderstandings

By Arden / November 24, 2015 /

I love Thanksgiving. Not only are turkey, gravy and all the fixings my favorite foods but I love being with family and friends celebrating our blessings. However, with most gatherings over meals there are often manners mishaps and misunderstandings. To keep the peace I thought it might be helpful to share answers to some common…

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Keeping remote employees happy in conference calls

By Arden / April 2, 2015 /

Meetings are a part of our work life, much to the consternation of many. Employees complain about how many meetings they have to attend, which are often poorly run and seem to lack purpose. Meetings are even more challenging when you are a remote employee calling in via conference call. Often those outliers dialing in…

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Why I love the Seahawks but hate football

By Arden / January 31, 2015 /

Two years ago, when I’d do my usual Sunday afternoon grocery shopping in the winter I’d wonder why the store was so empty. A few times I asked the clerk where everyone was and she’d reply “Watching the game.” I’d think, well I timed that right. I had absolutely no interest in football. In fact…

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Forget bossy; How to act like a leader

By Arden / April 3, 2014 /

Growing up, a relative often called me bossy. The term was never used in a positive way. To this day the moniker has left me afraid that being bossy is akin to another b word.

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