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Pretty please with a cherry on top

Pretty please with a cherry on top

By Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy Truly formidable manners begin with ‘Please’, and saying the word need not only be  reserved for clerks and mothers with cookies.
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The Etiquette of Making Small Talk

The Etiquette of Making Small Talk

By Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy There's a real art to making small talk at a social gathering, dinner party or even a business networkinge event. The mingling and the chatting – dreaded by so many (and we can relate!), but truly an art.
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Please stop flicking your cigarette butts (it's rude)

Please stop flicking your cigarette butts (it’s rude)

By Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy Only a short while ago, a friend commented on how disgusted he was looking out his office window and watching a group of people smoking, huddled around the front entrance to another building. What irked him was the careless disposal of their cigarette butts onto the sidewalk or into the street.
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Valentine's Day: traditional views from the Etiquette Guy

Valentine’s Day: traditional views from the Etiquette Guy

By Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy I remember when everyone exchanged Valentine's Day cards with one another in grade school. I hope that tradition still exists. It was good because we took some time to recognise the good in each person with
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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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Too much information: Part one

Too much information: Part one

by Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy Readers are a great source of material for my writing, and this column demonstrates this clearly. One would think that for a seasoned writer about etiquette, subject matter would be getting scarce but the reverse seems to be the case. The dynamic of imparting too much information to others when having a conversation is a new topic.
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Please, be seated: dinner party seating

Please, be seated: dinner party seating

by Jay Remer Enjoying the camaraderie of one’s friends and family around a dinner table is often considered one of life’s greatest pleasures. Whether entertaining at home or hosting a dinner party at a restaurant, the question invariably arises: “Where shall we sit?”
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Apology Accepted

Apology Accepted

by Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy Let's face it. As humans, we all make mistakes. Sometimes, we readily recognise them; sometimes we don't. Some mistakes are big, serious, frightening events; others are rather simple and of little consequence. When mistakes involve other people, an acknowledgement is respectful and the decent thing to do. An apology is often appropriate and actually required in order to bring things back to centre. Saying "I'm sorry" is something we learn to do at an early age. It helps us to know what is acceptable behavior from what is not.
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Table settings: back to basics

Table settings: back to basics

By Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy A reader stopped me in a local coffee shop and asked me to consider writing a sort of  'back to basics' column on simple table settings. I began thinking about this request and thought this could be a real
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Holiday traditions and table settings

Holiday traditions and table settings

By Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy One of the great traditions, which we have at this time of year, is a festive holiday meal. For most of us, it is part of our Christmas celebration. There is the meal itself- , which from one family to the next can differ - but usually within a family, certain traditions exist. Some always have turkey, some have ham, and some have roast beef. But no matter what we have, there is always a table to set as beautifully as possible. It is the one time of
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