Awesome Etiquette

Awesome Etiquette: An Uncomfortable Link

Oct 6, 2017
An invitation to a website of personal interest should not be included in a business-related e-mail message.
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A listener recently asked advice on how to reply to a work-related e-mail from a very nice client. Even though the message was related to business, it also included an invitation to receive a link for religious material. Working in a public sector job where separation exists between church and state, the recipient was unsure how to respond and felt it inappropriate to engage the request.

Awesome Etiquette: Commenting On Social Media

Sep 29, 2017
Social media is all about engagement and participation, so the rules of an in-person conversation don't always apply.
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Controlling interruptions is useful and polite when having a conversation. But should that skill be applied to social media? Are you hijacking someone's post if you try to one-up the person with a photo you think is more cute or with a funnier story?

Awesome Etiquette: Innocent But Inappropriate

Sep 22, 2017

We all appreciate a compliment on our appearance from time to time. But should it happen each and every day in the workplace? And from the boss?

Awesome Etiquette: Stuck In Your Seat At 30,000 Feet

Sep 8, 2017
If you have a window seat while flying and need to get up, plan on doing so when others in your row are out of their seats.
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You're at crusing altitude on a flight home when, suddenly, nature calls. Not a problem since there's a restroom a few rows away; however, the person in the aisle seat won't get up to let you out!

Awesome Etiquette: How On-Line Dating Has Changed First Dates

Sep 1, 2017
The convenience of on-line dating often allows a person to go on multiple first dates in the same day.
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In the world of on-line dating, first dates are becoming less formal and, instead, turning into quick meetings over coffee or lunch. With this modern, time-saving way of getting to know someone, the opportunity to have multiple first dates in one day is now an option.

Awesome Etiquette: Oh, So You're Not Pregnant?

Aug 25, 2017
Asking others about their health, family or finances is always a no-no unless you've been invited into the conversation.
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This time we're faced with a classic etiquette question: how do you reply when someone wrongly assumes you're pregnant and comments on it publicly?

Awesome Etiquette: It's Never Too Late

Aug 17, 2017
A thank-you note should always be written in a timely manner but it's still appreciated even when sent late.
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An important task for a married couple to get to not long after their big day, is sending out thank-you notes to those who participated, celebrated and gave gifts at the wedding. But how long is too long to mail those cards?

Awesome Etiquette: The Art Of The Online Compliment

Aug 11, 2017

This week's question delves into the realm of online dating. A listener wrote in to ask how best to respond to the comment, "You're too pretty to be on a dating site!"

Though the person who sent it probably meant his comment as a compliment, there are better ways to compliment someone on a dating site that you haven't met yet in real life.

Awesome Etiquette: Explaining Your Decision To Give Up Alcohol

Aug 4, 2017
Giving up drinking alcohol is a personal lifestyle choice which requires no explanation to others; however, it may be useful information for someone like a dinner party host.
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Dinner parties and social events often include the consumption of wine, beer or cocktails. But when you make a decision to cut alcohol out of your life, how do you inform your circle of friends with whom you usually share a few drinks? What do you say if they ask why? And should you make a dinner party host aware of your lifestyle change?

Awesome Etiquette: Zip It, It's My Turn To Talk

Jul 28, 2017
Good conversation is an art but often difficult when the other person won't stop talking to give you a turn.
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We've all been caught up in a conversation with someone who enjoys talking a lot about very little and, often, about themselves. So how do you keep the dialog on-topic and the focus off of the other person?

Awesome Etiquette: When Real Life Relationships Impact Social Media Friendships

Jul 21, 2017
When you "unfriend" someone on social media, that person may not even realize it since these types of notifications aren't typically sent to users.
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Your best friend just broke up with her beau who you happen to be friends with in both real life and on Facebook. Now what do you do? "Unfriend" him or stay connected at the risk of ticking off your bestie?

Awesome Etiquette: It's My Party And I'll Swim If I Want To

Jul 14, 2017
With a little preparation, it's totally do-able to host a pool party AND enjoy time in the water without neglecting the needs of your guests.
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So you're throwing a pool party. The guests are on their way, food is prepped, drinks are chilled and the pH balance in the pool is perfect. It's going to be a great time! But, wait. How can you enjoy all the fun you've planned when you're the host? 

Awesome Etiquette: The Private Guest List

Jul 7, 2017
Private guest lists sent on-line allow attendees to know who is and is not invited to an event.
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If you've ever been invited to a party only to find out that a close friend was not, it could make for an uncomfortable moment. But the private guest list could help avoid that sort of situation.

Awesome Etiquette: For Crying Out Loud, Get Up And Say Hello!

Jun 30, 2017
There's nothing wrong with relaxing on the couch but, when a guest arrives,  always be sure to get up to say hello.
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You finally have some highly coveted down-time on the couch when, all of a sudden, a friend of your spouse arrives and you're faced with the decision of staying horizontal or getting up to say hello.

Awesome Etiquette: I Love You But, Sorry, That's My Food

Jun 22, 2017
Regardless of your relationship, always ask before taking food from someone else's plate.
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No matter how long you've been with your spouse or partner, there's still a protocol for sharing food.

Awesome Etiquette: Open Discussions About Odors

Jun 15, 2017

This week's episode tackles a two-fold issue: a dog odor at a family member's house and declining an invitation to return to the less than aromatic abode.

Awesome Etiquette: The Cost For Cat Sitting

Jun 9, 2017
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You've got a cat, friends who also have cats, and an arrangement. The arrangement is that your friends cat sit while you're away and you return the favor when they're out of town. So is it necessary to offer a gift or money as a thank you?

Awesome Etiquette: What To Do Between A Wedding Ceremony And Reception

Jun 2, 2017

When a wedding reception takes place many hours after the ceremony AND in another town, is it okay to skip the reception?

Awesome Etiquette: How To Spit The Pit

May 21, 2017
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Let's jump right into the pit of etiquette and tackle the issue of properly eating olives with pits while dining with others.

Awesome Etiquette: Wait, Is This A Date?

May 12, 2017
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This time, we field a question about whether or not an invitation to join a friend for a drink or to attend a movie, is really a request for a date.

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