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Tippling responsibly at the office party

Tippling responsibly at the office party

By Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy With the holiday season fast approaching, there will be no lack of happy occasions for celebration. This is the customary time of year for office parties as well as times for colleagues and special friends to get together for festive luncheons and dinners. During these special meals, it is not at all uncommon for alcohol
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The Semi-colon: restoring the King of Punctuation to its throne

The Semi-colon: restoring the King of Punctuation to its throne

by Michelle Garrett With modernity has come a certain licentiousness when it comes to punctuation. Though there is a certain freedom in dropping commas at one's own leisure, I withhold that with this breakdown of grammar comes a breakdown of communication. Every poorly-punctuated paragraph leads us further away from F Scott Fitzgerald's flawless prose and closer to the incomprehensible mutterings of rap lyrics. We're swapping a brilliant vision of the world for a lacklustre attempt at poetry authored by somebody with an inexplicable need to reduce their name to initials (P Diddy, Jay Z...). Friends: this is dire.
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Don’t call us (we won't call you): job-hunting etiquette tips for employers

Don’t call us (we won't call you): job-hunting etiquette tips for employers

by Jean Bernard Talon Job-hunting can be a most gruelling if not taxing affair. If not waiting for the telephone to ring, should you call? Or when you are asked for a second meeting, and it’s a lunch -- is there a hidden meaning? Now, it’s been over a week and nothing from them so you call
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Office etiquette: a few social graces for the modern workspace

Office etiquette: a few social graces for the modern workspace

By Jay Remer In today’s lightning fast paced business world, good communication is very important and this includes both verbal and written skills. Just because we have the ability to send messages around the globe at warp speed doesn’t mean that any less care should go into crafting their content.
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Good manners in the office and workplace (moving picture: part 1)

Good manners in the office and workplace (moving picture: part 1)

Getting along in the workplace can be fun or hard - it all depends on how you look at things. The golden rule is: treat others as you want to be treated.
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The etiquette of exchanging business cards in Japan

The etiquette of exchanging business cards in Japan

Manners and social graces are a very serious matter in Japan. Here is a charming moving picture about the ritual of exchanging business cards.
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Is it still taboo to discuss politics?

Is it still taboo to discuss politics?

By Dana Gornitzki Not so long ago, one dared not speak about political leanings at the office or at the dinner table – in fact, it was almost seen as gauche. However, as times change so do the rules of social graces. In our modern era, sharing opinions is very popular especially in the prolific world of social networking where one can easily hide behind the veil of the computer screen.
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Minding your BlackBerry manners

Minding your BlackBerry manners

By Dana Gornitzki It seems that being reachable 24/7 has become the norm in the modern age. When a tiny personal digital assistant (PDA) such as a BlackBerry enters one's life, it can become an obsession.
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Cell phone faux pas at the White House

Cell phone faux pas at the White House

It's a beautiful moment when an etiquette breach is handled in a gallant manner.
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Pleased to meat you

Pleased to meat you

Definitely an innovative introduction, but not suitable for vegetarians.
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