Has it really been 30 years?

Thi0802171121-1rty years ago, I taught my first etiquette class in DeRidder, Louisiana.  Who knew moving from Mississippi to Louisiana would help launch a career as an etiquette specialist? Charm lessons were something I took for granted–because when you’re a kid, farting is funny!  But the lessons I learned help navigate socially awkward situations, uncomfortable conversations, and klutzy falls and paved the way for the years of polite behavior.

I hope you’ll enjoy this blog as I share the etiquette I’ve used to move through the world with confidence.


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Excuse me, I was next…

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One of the best etiquette books I’ve read is Peggy Post’s, “Excuse Me, But I Was Next…”  She wrote an entire book that just deals with rude behavior (and making sure you aren’t offending with your own rudeness).    What are … Continue reading

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Tips for Giving a Group Gifts

Whether you are organizing a group gift (a group of people go in together and give money to purchase a gift for a one person) or participating in a group gift, things can get awkward. If you are in charge … Continue reading

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Holiday Gifting Etiquette

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Buying for those on your Christmas gift list can be overwhelming.  Heck, just making a list of who to buy gifts for can make a strong person cry! Emily Post wrote an entire chapter on giving and receiving gifts, so … Continue reading

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FYI: The middle seat gets the armrest

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November and December is the start of the holiday travel season.  If you will soon be traveling, please pay attention to your behavior!  Here are some tips for traveling politely: 1.  Pay attention and be prepared.  Meaning be ready to … Continue reading

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Great impressions and bull riding…?

Riding a bull just might be easier than making a good impression. Eight seconds are about all you have to make a great impression on the people you meet. For the bull rider, that eight seconds must feel like waiting … Continue reading

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