Should Kids Use Formal or First Names With Adults?

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That's What Women Are For - To Civilize Men

Corn is flying everywhere as my husband shoves a cob all the way into his you know you are literally eating that like a pig? I do not mean the old cliché, you are eating like a pig. I mean literally - like a hog - on a farm.My husband thinks this is hysterical and starts laughing causing the trajectory of the corn to actually reach my son and me....more

The Best Etiquette Tips for 3 Types of Business Meetings

As a CEO, I don’t run all of my meetings exactly the same and neither would I recommend doing that in the workplace. Some meetings I take the lead on. Others I don’t and one of the department managers takes the reins instead. And many meetings are a mix of shared leading effort alongside other partners. Regardless of who leads a meeting or how informal the setting is, it’s always a good idea to keep a few etiquette tips in mind when it comes to meetings of any kind, especially in the following three formats....more

Email Etiquette: Still Puzzling After All These Years

Though email has been around for a while, I still get numerous questions from business people and reporters about how to use it appropriately in the business world. Here are some of the more recent questions: 1. I see both e-mail and email. What is the correct spelling? ...more

Cell Phone Diarrhea

WHEN it's ACCEPTABLE to gab away on your cell phone in public.Pretty much never.Okaaaay, maybe emergencies like...*"Mom, you forgot me at soccer field again and I'm surrounded by rabid cheetahs."...more

The "It's All About Me" Generation

I can't take credit for that friend Mel used that when I was venting the other night.  Tuesday night was on my way to teach a class for graduate students about suturing.  The class was held in the evening, but its a university so there are undergrads milling all around of course.  I went to school at this university, so I'm familiar with it....more

How to Be Professional

What does it mean to be professional? That term is open to interpretation. When you're first out of school, however, you're not quite sure what to do. Here's a great list of 40 harsh realities and best practices to help you be more professional (or at least fake it) from Kim Z Dale on Listing Toward Forty. ...more
@30ishMom I wish everyone would post this in their offices.more

Healthy Tips To Survive The Holidays and Seasonal Travel

We have made it to the most wonderful time of the year! Or so they say. This time of year, for many, is that mad scramble to shop, fly or drive and be merry. We all spread ourselves a little too thin, grind our teeth in order to not make waves during a family gathering and do our best to dodge illness despite germy flights and malls. Well, below I've concoted my list of tips on how to keep up your immune system, lower your stress level and actually have a merry little holiday season. Easy healthy travel tips along with ways to keep the peace during this festive season!...more
@Bridget Magnus Ugh -- I've had a similar situation with a gate change at O'Hare that was simply ...more

Do Your Kids Know The Importance Of Manners?

This past weekend, both my step-son and step-daughter had friends stay over at our house for the night. I’ve always loved being the “kool-aid” house, where it’s always full of kids. I love hearing the giggles from the girls as they build tents on the catwalk overlooking our living room. And I love hearing the boys yelling at their video games as they try to keep from being eaten by zombies. A full house is perfect.But one of the things that I’m always amazed by is the difference in manners between our two guests....more

The Etiquette of Artichokes

Roasted Artichokes with Lemon Aioli...more