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Face Front or Back? Theater Etiquette

To Face or Not: The Great Theater Squeeze I’m sure you all know that proper theater etiquette dictates that you should arrive on time, turn-off or silence your cell phone and […]

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Graduation Graces

This blog post was originally published two years ago, but due to a recent awesome question asked by a friend, I’m sharing it again. “If I receive a graduation announcement, […]

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Why You’re Annoying Your Friends

You may be annoying your friends without even knowing it….and it’s by including them. If you haven’t already met my friend Mr. Reply-All in an earlier blog post, then please […]

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Tips and Tricks To Use When You Forget A Name

“I always have trouble remembering three things: faces, names and – I can’t remember what the third thing is.” ~ Fred Allen People love to hear their names. Not in […]

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Do You Close the Loop?

I recently read The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change by Adam Braun. The book chronicles Braun’s own amazing journey of starting Pencils of Promise (PoP), a non-profit that has build over 200 schools around the world. What inspired me to purchase the book was the thirty mantras that Braun uses as his chapter titles, including:

Do the small things that make others feel big
Asking for permission is asking for denial
Walk with a purpose
Focus on on person in every room
There is only one chance to make a first impression
You can not fake authenticity

The chapter I found intriguing was Learn to close the loop.

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Handshakes, Hugs and Smooches: How Do You Greet?

The tricky and delicate contemporary issue of workplace greetings. Sometimes they occur in a strictly business setting. Other times it’s more of a social business setting – like a luncheon or networking event.

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The Cost of Adults Living Life On-Line

You know them. Every moment is documented through Facebook posts and Instagram pictures. Every thought is shared via Twitter. They’ve “checked-in” at each dining spot. I recently began to think about how people live their life on-line after a friend called. She was distraught. A large group of her immediate neighbors had gathered for a special celebration. She saw pictures and posts of all the fun on Facebook. Problem was, she wasn’t invited.

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Raising Kids To Be Conversationalists

My FAVORITE part of our Valentine dinner is the conversation around the table. We’re all together. No one is running out the door and everyone stays around the table until dessert is gone. But its not just at Valentine’s Day when I appreciate conversation with my kids. It’s always. We know as adults that certain kids are natural conversationalist. You put them in any group of people and they make connections. But for the majority of our young people (and a lot of adults too), becoming a great conversationalist takes practice. Lots of practice, growing out of the often awkward stages of youth and being comfortable in your own skin. It takes confidence. And practice. Practice. Practice. This practice really needs to take place at home. Here are a few resources to support you as you give your child the gift of gab. Make sure you read all the way through. I saved the best for last.

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First Impressions and Social Media

If I say “first impression”  what comes to mind?  Dress, handshake, personal grooming, posture and self-introduction?  We can probably agree that the first impression you make can be significant to […]

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Are You Interesting Enough? Probably Not.

There’s a new disease in town! Or should it be classified as a condition? What about social syndrome? Disorder? What exactly is the difference between disease, disorder, syndrome and condition? […]

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Nothing's Finer Than A Fine Young Diner

Use these table manners tips to turn your child into a delightful diner!  Read Kelly’s article as featured in Eastern Home and Travel Magazine.

fine young diner article

Pack Your Manners

Traveling with kids? Read Kelly’s article as published in Eastern Home & Travel

Networking Etiquette: What Do You Know?

Thank you to Team Network for having me as their guest speaker at their Netfast in Rockville, MD. Click on the link to watch our netiquette discussion.

Team Network Netfast

Manners Schmanners! Read Kelly’s Interview in FindIt Frederick!