Awesome Etiquette

Sunday at 10:40 a.m. on VPR
  • Hosted by Lizzie Post, Daniel Post Senning

Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning of the Emily Post Institute answer your questions about etiquette. From the most traditional to the unexpectedly modern the Posts tackle etiquette through the lens of consideration, respect, and honesty.

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Awesome Etiquette: The Do's And Dont's Of Renting From Friends

Jan 27, 2017
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What's the protocol for inviting guests to stay at a house you've rented from friends?

Awesome Etiquette: Splitting The Dinner Bill

Jan 20, 2017
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Deciding how to split the dinner bill could turn your evening out with friends from a delight into a drag.

Awesome Etiquette: When To Stop Saying 'Happy New Year'

Jan 13, 2017
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For how long do you continue to say "Happy New Year!" when greeting someone? After the first week of January? Anytime before March?

Awesome Etiquette: How To Address Your Professor

Jan 6, 2017
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Is it okay to address your professor by name or is it best to use a formal title?

Awesome Etiquette: Handwritten Thank-You Notes

Dec 29, 2016
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Handwritten thank-you notes are the standard, according to the Emily Post Institute, but what if an injury prevents you from writing? 

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You're the new kid on the block at your office and you're invited to the annual luncheon when your boss treats the staff to lunch. Here are a couple of helpful tips when deciding what to order.

Awesome Etiquette: Dealing With A Judgy Do-It-Yourself Master

Dec 16, 2016
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Everyone has that DIY-inclined friend that seems to make it all. They brew their own kombucha in their kitchen sink while re-upholstering their old sofa (Heck, you might even be that friend.) And it's all well and good — that is until they start to judge you for your store-bought choices.

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When visiting someone in a shared building with a security system, you may find yourself waiting at the door to be buzzed in. If others are waiting as well, should you let them in with you when your friend buzzes you in, or ask them to wait for the person they're visiting to unlock the door for them?

Awesome Etiquette: When Rampant B.O. Is In The Air

Dec 2, 2016

When you're in close quarters with a friend or co-worker and you repeatedly find that their personal hygiene isn't quite up to par, should you say something?

Awesome Etiquette: Time To Go

Nov 24, 2016

When you're the consummate party host but the party is over, how do you get friends to head home for the night?

Awesome Etiquette: Speak Nicely Of Ex In Front Of Kids

Nov 18, 2016

Here's something to think about as we approach the holiday season: Even though you may be separated or divorced from your spouse, it is always best to speak positively about your ex in front of your children. And this rule goes for everyone in the family.

Awesome Etiquette: Be A Gracious Guest When Friends Are Not Great Cooks

Nov 12, 2016

When your new friends, who also happen to be self-professed lousy cooks, have invited you to their house for a meal, it's time to strategize.

At mealtime, first and foremost, do not bring up the quality of their cooking. Instead, plan ahead: Approach the situation with awareness, knowing you probably won't be eating a full meal and eat a snack before and bring one with you for after. Make an effort to at least try a small portion of everything that you're served.

Awesome Etiquette: Hosting Holiday Visitors

Nov 4, 2016

You are hosting both of your families for the long Thanksgiving weekend and they haven't spent this much time together since your wedding. Their personalities could not be more different. How do you keep everyone happy and not lose your mind in the process?

Awesome Etiquette: A "Soup"er Table Manner

Oct 27, 2016

You're seated at a restaurant and in front of you, the waiter places a beautiful bowl of soup. Instead of settling in to enjoy the meal, you might begin to fret about the inevitable spill potential.

Awesome Etiquette: When A Friend Copies Your Resumé

Oct 20, 2016
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You've offered to help a friend write a resumé and, as an idea-generator, you share yours. Then, your friend uses the same copy, font and order that's on your resumé instead of using it as a template to create their own original document.

The first step is to remember that old adage: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."

Awesome Etiquette: Notes To A Food Thief

Oct 14, 2016
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The refrigerator in your communal office kitchen can be a great money-saving resource when you want to brown-bag it. But when you leave food items that you intend to consume later and they show up missing, the kitchen can become a source of frustration.

Awesome Etiquette: Are You Okay?

Oct 6, 2016

When your facial expression doesn't match your inner mood, this can cause friends and acquaintances to check in with you and inquire if you're okay.

Awesome Etiquette: Your Table Is Ready...And Hurry Up

Sep 30, 2016
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It is now easier than ever to make reservations for dinner at your favorite hot spot via online apps. But while this tool is great for making sure your table is ready and waiting when you arrive, it also comes with some drawbacks, namely the restaurant's desire to turn over your table quickly so they can reserve that table for the next set of diners and add to their bottom line.

Awesome Etiquette: Irresponsible Inviting

Sep 23, 2016
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If you've been invited to a party by a friend who hasn't first cleared the invite with the host, it could be cause for an awkward situation.

Awesome Etiquette: Give A Gift To Celebrate, Not Just Reciprocate

Sep 16, 2016
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What happens when, without explanation, a family member who traditionally sends a birthday gift to your child does not? It can leave you wondering whether you should send a birthday gift to their children or skip it.