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Lessons in Etiquette with Carolyn Davenport

Lessons in Etiquette with Carolyn Davenport

Carolyn Davenport

April 25, 2012

Wedding Toasts Q) My best friend is getting married, and he has asked me to be his best man.  That means I am going to have to make a toast at the reception.  I’ve never done that before.  Help, please! A) Toasts are nothing more than a short speech lasting approximately two to three minutes.  Trad...

Lessons in Etiquette

Carolyn Davenport

April 11, 2012

Q) I want to make a good impression on my boss in the first big sales meeting I will be attending. What should I do?  How should I act? A) To begin, you want to “look the part.”  You should dress appropriately for any business situation, but it sounds like this is an important meeting.  A dark,...

Lessons in Etiquette

Carolyn Davenport

March 28, 2012

Q) I’ve just graduated college and have landed my first full-time job.   I’m really nervous since I’ve never worked in an office before.  What should I do?  How should I act? A) You want to start out on the right foot, so be polite to everyone you meet.  Companies want team players.  Don’t...

Lessons in Etiquette with Carolyn Davenport

Carolyn Davenport

March 14, 2012

Q) I recently started a new job where I will be traveling for business, for the first time, to a conference.  What should I do to make the trip a success? A) First, research your destination.  Know where you are going before you get there.  You will be less stressed when you arrive.  Make arrangements...

Lessons in Etiquette

Carolyn Davenport

February 22, 2012

Q) I’m falling behind in my English Lit class, and found a number of sources online where I can buy term papers.  Is it okay to do this to help me out in a bind? A) I think you probably already know the answer to your question, and it is a definite NO.  Not only could you get caught and face a failing grade, suspen...

Lessons in Etiquette

Carolyn Davenport

February 8, 2012

Q) I will be hosting my first business dinner in a couple of weeks, and am going to have to make a toast to a retiring executive from my company.  I’ve never done this before.  What should I do?  A) First of all, sit down and write out what you want to say.  It will allow you to give a much more ...

Lessons in Etiquette: The Cellphone

Carolyn Davenport

January 25, 2012

Q) My cell phone is such a huge part of my life, but I’ve had complaints from people around me that I’m bothering them.  What should I do and not do to use it correctly? A) The cell phone is a wonderful invention, but you must be very aware of your surroundings to use it properly.  The best advice...

Lessons in Etiquette

Carolyn Davenport

December 7, 2011

Q) When I’m invited out to lunch or dinner, I am never sure what to do before the meal begins ... who sits first, who orders first, etc.  Can you help please? A) It depends on whether the meal is for business or personal reasons. Let’s begin with a business meal.  If your host is waiting for...

Lessons in Etiquette

Carolyn Davenport

November 16, 2011

Q) When I have to introduce someone to someone else, I’m never sure how to make the right kind of introduction.  How should I do this? A) First of all, a good rule of thumb to follow is to say the name of the person with the highest business or social ranking, or the oldest person, first.  That...

Lessons in Etiquette with etiquette instructor Carolyn Davenport

Carolyn Davenport

November 2, 2011

Q) I’ve been invited to a holiday party at the home of my girlfriend’s parents.  I want to make a good impression.  What should I do?First, assume that your invitation ultimately came from your girlfriend’s parents.  Therefore, an RSVP to them, by telephone or in person, is warranted.  If you...

Lessons in Etiquette

Carolyn Davenport

October 19, 2011

Q: I recently went to dinner at an upscale restaurant with my parents and their friends.  I was nervous about making a faux pas while eating.  I know the different pieces of silverware pretty well, but I get lost on what to use and how to use everything else on the table.  Please help. A: Congratulations...

Lessons in Etiquette

Carolyn Davenport

October 5, 2011

Q) I have been invited to two special events, and I want to make a good impression at both.  One is a cocktail party for a client after work at an upscale hotel, in one of their ballrooms.  The other is a holiday party at my boss’ home.  My problem is that I am never sure what to wear.  Please...

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