Summer Party Guest Etiquette Tips

July 30, 2012  |   Blogs,Business Etiquette,Dining Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

Summer Party Guest Etiquette Tips When you are invited to a party, no matter how casual or formal the event may be, you have an obligation to be a polite, mannerly, and considerate guest.  Here are some etiquette tips to keep in mind to ensure you live up to your guest duties and impress your host: 1.  Acknowledge and Respond to an Invitation   If you receive a verbal invitation to a party, let your host know right away whether or not you will be able to attend.  This enables your host to effectively plan for his or her event. You should never stand in the way of holding this up.  If you receive a written invitation with an RSVP date, be sure to honour it. 2.  Be Punctual   Generally, it is polite to arrive at a party at the time stated in the invitation.  However, it is acceptable to be “fashionably late” - which means arriving no later than 10 to 15 minutes past the time stated in the invitation. Never arrive early. Never cancel at the last minute except in a dire emergency.  Either is incredibly rude and inconsiderate and a definite way to never get invited back! 3.  Bring ...

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Why Attending a Retreat is a Recipe for Success!

July 23, 2012  |   Blogs,Business Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

Why Attending a Retreat is a Recipe for Success! I just attended a two-day retreat for business leaders.  The title of the retreat was “Sit Happens - a Relaxation Retreat Designed for Very Busy People.”  It took place at a cottage resort that provided a wide selection of relaxation experiences to recharge and learn some new tools that we could take home and use anywhere - whether in meetings, during work, while on the phone or driving our car. What tools did I take away?  I know I have to schedule regular “pause time” to reflect on issues or matters important to me and plan to take that one small action that will make the biggest difference each day. I know I have to be more clear on what are my “yes’s” and what are my “no’s” so that I don’t overextend myself; and I also know that I have to be better at “letting go” so that my ego cannot stand in my way. Whether in business for yourself or working as an employee for a company or organization, the demands and expectations placed upon us are often varied and challenging.  How we choose to deal with them is up to ...

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Summer Party Host Etiquette Tips

July 16, 2012  |   Blogs,Business Etiquette,Dining Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

Summer Party Host Etiquette Tips I love this time of year.  The warm weather and sunshine naturally lift the human spirit and encourage a reason to come together to celebrate as family and friends.  I also love to entertain and take full advantage of doing so during the summer.  The duties of a host are numerous regardless of whether the party is informal or formal.  A host must take time to plan, prepare, decorate, cook or hire caterers for the party in addition to making sure all of the guests are having fun.  Here are some “good host” etiquette tips to consider if you want your party to be memorable and successful: 1.  Provide a Clear Invitation The invitation to your guests should provide enough information so that they can anticipate if the party is casual or formal, what the appropriate attire should be, the time they should arrive, and date by which to RSVP.  When I hold a party, I also like to inform my guests who else will be there, and do so when they RSVP.  I find it provides a sense of comfort or a framework for them in advance of attending the party. 2. Be ...

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