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The University of Arkansas Dining Etiquette Workshop

We had the pleasure of working with some awesome students at the University of Arkansas. The workshop took place at Itta Bena in downtown Memphis. Students learned the essential skills of dining in business and social settings. This was simply a great experience! These students will be ready to meet with any CEO and business [...]

By |2018-11-01T09:30:19+00:00July 10th, 2016|classes, Etiquette Tips, News|Comments Off on The University of Arkansas Dining Etiquette Workshop

Can I Have a Cocktail?

True or False Many people prefer to discuss business while having a cocktail before lunch. False! Alcohol can slow one’s productivity, as well as create a feeling that an afternoon nap is needed to help one get through the day. Some companies frown on employees having an alcoholic beverage at lunch.

By |2018-11-01T09:30:20+00:00July 10th, 2016|Etiquette Tips, News|Comments Off on Can I Have a Cocktail?

Business and Humor

True or False? People want to do business with those who take their business seriously but who take themselves less seriously.    True! Humor is a powerful business tool. It creates bonds, relieves stress, lowers blood pressure and lets everyone know how human you are. To be quick on your feet, down to earth enough [...]

By |2015-11-05T08:37:45+00:00November 5th, 2015|Etiquette Tips, News|Comments Off on Business and Humor

Keep Your Hands to Yourself. 

Business Etiquette Tip: Touching others in a friendly manner on the arm or shoulder indicates your desire to show genuine warmth and friendship.False!   ALWAYS keep your hands to yourself. Don't be a "toucher" no matter how friendly and innocent your gesture might be. So many people are offended if you break into their personal [...]

By |2018-11-01T09:30:20+00:00September 9th, 2015|Etiquette Tips, News|Comments Off on Keep Your Hands to Yourself. 

What is the Proper Dining Place Setting?

Etiquette Tip: What is wrong with the place setting in this picture?    In America, at a correct table setting, every fork from left to right is married to a knife. The two utensils are picked up together as you begin a course. This setting is missing a knife! Also, silverware never rests on the [...]

By |2018-11-01T09:30:21+00:00May 28th, 2015|Etiquette Tips, News|Comments Off on What is the Proper Dining Place Setting?

Wardrobe Tricks to Appear Taller

What kind of clothing tricks can be employed to make a short frame appear taller, so you don't seem so little next to your colleagues?                 To appear taller, hem, hose, and heels should be the same color family. For example, a black dress with black hosiery and [...]

By |2018-11-01T09:30:21+00:00March 23rd, 2015|Etiquette Tips, News|Comments Off on Wardrobe Tricks to Appear Taller

Is the Ambiance Important When Meeting to Discuss Business?

The business discussion is more important than the restaurant in which you choose to conduct the business.         This is False. A restaurant that is quiet and hassle-free is a good place to discuss important business. Always request a table toward the back of the room, away from the kitchen and restroom.

By |2018-11-01T09:30:21+00:00January 7th, 2015|Etiquette Tips, News|Comments Off on Is the Ambiance Important When Meeting to Discuss Business?

Holiday Party Etiquette Tips

Tis the season for holiday parties! Whether you are a host or receive an invitation, knowing how to conduct yourself will make the gathering merrier. Here are a few tips that will help you sparkle!         Be a Fabulous Guest • When you receive an invitation, reply as soon as possible. This [...]

By |2018-11-01T09:30:21+00:00December 14th, 2014|classes, Etiquette Tips, News|Comments Off on Holiday Party Etiquette Tips