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Entertaining at Home: Courteous Host and Gracious Guest

It’s that time of the year when we will start planning our dinner parties at home with friends, family and colleagues. Do you know what it means to be a courteous host? Do you know what it means to be a gracious guest? Courteous Host Protocol Always greet guests at the door and make them feel

How to Make an Entrance and Own the Room: Your Guide to Mingling with Ease and Grace at Social Functions

By Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick   Whether you are attending a social function for purely personal reasons, or a social business function for professional reasons, knowing how to mingle with ease and grace with others is an important life skill. It is also an essential executive skill.   Would you like to feel more comfortable attending social

Top 10 Business Etiquette Tips for New College Graduates

By: Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick  The greatest danger for most of us lies not is setting our aim too high and falling short; but is setting our aim too low, and reaching it. – Michelangelo 1. Know the proper protocol for making introductions, and introducing yourself. 2. Shake hands with a firm grip, direct eye contact, and good

The Ten Commandments of Success

   THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF SUCCESS Adapted from Charles M. Schwab “Success is not final, failure not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”   -Winston Churchill  1. Word Hard: Hard work is the best investment a person can make. 2. Study Hard: Knowledge enables a person to work more intelligently and effectively. 3. Have Initiative: Ruts often deepen into graves. 4. Love Your Work: Then you will find pleasure in mastering it. 5.Be Exact: Slipshod methods bring slipshod results. 6.Have the Spirit of Conquest: Thus you can successfully battle and overcome difficulties. 7.Cultivate Personality: Personality is to a person what perfume is to the flower. 8.Help and Share with Others: The real test of business greatness lies in giving opportunity to others. 9.Be Democratic: Unless you feel right toward others, you can never be a successful leader. 10. In All Things Do Your Best: The person who has done his best has done everything. The person who has done less than his best has done nothing.  “ I am a success today

Formal Business Meeting Protocol

By: Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick For junior staff members, formal business meetings at your office are a great opportunity for you to make a good impression. When you conduct yourself in a professional manner, it will be noticed by your boss and senior management. Then, when the time comes for deciding who should be promoted, and who

10 Tips to Avoid Umbrella Rage

By: Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick It’s another rainy week in New York City, so I thought it might be a good idea to give everyone a gentle reminder of the rules of the sidewalk when carrying an umbrella. 10 Tips to Avoid Umbrella Rage: Carry an umbrella that’s appropriate for your size—one that you can manage. If

Ten Body Language Tips to Show You Care on Valentine’s Day

By: Alyson Murphy Body language is a fundamental part of courtship. In fact, 80 percent of what we say is nonverbal. If you would like to attract a mate or convince your significant other that you really care this Valentine’s Day, we recommend you try the following top 10 flirting signals. Smile. It makes you

Make It a Memorable Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day is a nationally-celebrated holiday that many people associate with love, romance and gifts.  According to the National Restaurant Association, seventy million Americans will celebrate their romance at a restaurant. Previous research by the association shows that Valentine’s Day is the second most popular holiday to dine out, after Mother’s Day. When it comes

The Etiquette School of New York’s Guide for Tipping and Gifting this Holiday Season

Tipping and Gifting Guidelines for the Holiday Season The holiday season is the traditional time of the year to remember all the people who have made our lives more pleasant throughout the year, and without whom we would not have such a nice life, says Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick, Founder and Director of The Etiquette School of New

Corporate Holiday Party Etiquette

How to Make an Entrance at the Corporate Holiday Party and 10 Dos and Do Nots to Keep in Mind                                                                                          The corporate holiday party is the perfect opportunity for you to make a positive impression on the executives in your company you have not yet met; and to reinforce your co-workers’ positive impression of

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