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Acknowledgment

ac·knowl·edg·ment 1. Acceptance of the truth or existence of something. synonyms: acceptance, recognition, admission, concession, confession 2. The action of expressing or displaying gratitude or appreciation for something. synonyms: thanks, […]

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Holiday House Guests: What NOT To Do

Many of you are heading to visit friends and family over the holidays. If you want your hosts to be happy twice – one when you arrive and once when you leave, be sure to follow this advice. You won’t have to worry about being invited back…..which for some of you, might be the goal!

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Why I Want To Be Santa

Even as a mid-lifer, I think about my answer for the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I want to be Santa. And here’s why:

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The Power of Simplicity

It was a simple gesture, but one with appreciable effect.

As I riffled through my snail-mail, a handwritten envelope caught my eye. I smiled a big smile and read a simple “thank you” card from an individual who attended a recent civility workshop I conducted. I met him for the first time that evening of the workshop. His message was simple: “I enjoyed the class very much. You do a great presentation. Thanks again.” That’s a picture of the card that brought a huge smile to my face. The card I placed on my kitchen counter and I smile each time I see it.

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Secrets of Being A Warm and Welcoming Host

Warm and welcoming. If I could pick two words that are my personal mantra for how I want to be thought of as a host, these are the ones. Warm and welcoming. I am not a gourmet cook. I am not lavish or extravagant. I only strive and humbly hope to be warm and welcoming; making each guest that enters our home feel that I am happy and grateful to be spending time with them.

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5 Simple Tricks for Remembering Names

Why is it that something so simple is such a challenge? We struggle with it even more as we “age gracefully.” We all know someone who is fantastic with remembering names and we’re impressed. What’s their secret? It’s easier than you think.

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Did My Tattoos Cost Me A Job?

A modern day issue – especially with the younger crowd: visible tattoos and body piercings. Some we see. Some we don’t. Regardless of the class I’m teaching or the audience – assuming a minimum age of 15 – the question comes up: What about tattoos and piercing? My response. It depends.

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Inconsiderate Inconspicuous Invitations

Have you ever been part of a conversation that resembles this one?
Friend: Hey – What are you doing Friday night?
With thoughts of an invitation for a couples dinner at a hip new restaurant or a fun girls night out, you reply:
Nothing. Why? What’s going on?
Friend: Excellent! My husband and I are going out to dinner with a few other couples and we’d love to drop the kids off at your house to play with your kids while we go out (OR We need someone to walk the new puppy OR a designated driver OR a chauffeur for kids OR…).
Dumbfounded You : Uh. Uh. Uh.

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Cubicle Courtesies

Remember your first college roommate experience? Living in close quarters with someone other than a family member. Perhaps a complete stranger. Sharing a bathroom. Restraining yourself from eating all their homemade chocolate chip cookies. Not partying with friends in the room until the wee hours of the morning. Respecting the invisible boundaries that must be formed for a positive and peaceful experience. Fast forward to post college years and the work place, where so many of these invisible boundaries and acts of respect still need to exist -especially in today’s cubicle-driven workspace. But sometimes they don’t. Because…..

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5 Ways to Absolutely Ruin A Thank You Note

Show of hands…..How many of you still write the old fashion thank you note and mail it via snail mail? Me too, me too! There’s still something very special about […]

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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!