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How to Be a Gentleman

How to Be a Gentleman   “I love an old school gentleman. Picking me up for dates, sending flowers, holding the door open. I love it all.” –Mollie King   Nothing is more attractive to others than a gentleman or gentlemanly behavior. And nothing is more flattering to a date than being with a man

Polished Soft Skills Win Friends and Jobs

Are you as successful as you would like to be in your personal and professional life? If the answer is “no,” you might want to evaluate your soft skills. Soft skills refer to a cluster of personal attitudes and social graces that make someone a good friend, date, and employee; someone compatible to be around–at

10 Tips for Enjoyable Meals Out with Children During the Holidays

The holidays are a time when families like to go out for dinner to celebrate. The following tips will help make your time out with your children an enjoyable and memorable occasion: 1. Brief your children prior to going out. Let them know that it is a special occasion and that they will be expected to be

Ace the School Interview!

Private School/College Interview Tips By Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick   Get plenty of sleep the night before; and eat something before you go to the interview.   Dress nicely, neatly, and appropriately for the interview–more formal than you would if you were going to a class at school.   Make sure that you are well groomed with

Back to School Social Skills: Your Guide to a Successful New School Year

    It’s a new school year! It’s a new beginning! It’s your chance to make it your best year ever! It’s universally-accepted fact that young people who possess good social skills are more considerate, confident and successful in their lives; and they get along better with their friends, teachers, and family. How you conduct

Houseguest Etiquette: Guidelines for Being a Considerate Guest and Thoughtful Host

By Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick Some of my fondest memories of summers past include having houseguests. Perhaps it is because my friends have lovely manners, and my husband and I enjoy making their stays memorable. I do know, however, this is not the experience many have had, or remember about having houseguests, which is why I thought it necessary

Social Etiquette & Self-Presentation Questionnaire

You never get a second chance to make a first impression! The first impression you make is based upon three key factors: Your appearance, your attitude, and your actions. How do you measure up? Are you triple-A rated? Answer true or false to the following statements. 1. In business or social situations, it is always correct

10 Tips to Broaden Your Cultural Intelligence and International Protocol Skills

By: Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick  “In a shrinking world with ever increasing competition, Americans are finding they need to know more about other cultures to survive both at home and abroad.”                                                                           - Brooks Peterson, author of ”Cultural Intelligence.”                           By now it should be evident that no nation on earth can thrive in the twenty-first century without being

A Gentleman’s Guide to Being a Polished Host and Gracious Guest this Summer

By Patricia Napier-Fitpzatrick  How to Be a Polished Host Do dress for the occasion. Just because you are entertaining your friends and colleagues  in your home, doesn’t mean you don’t have to change your shirt or put on a fresh pair of shorts or slacks. Let your guests know what the attire will be for

Golf Etiquette: A Professional’s Guide

Introduction By Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick “Women—or men, for that matter—who are not golfing are choosing to neglect one of the most powerful business and career-development tools there is,” declares Hillary Bruggen, a former head of global marketing at KPMG. To play or not to play? I highly recommend it. Golf is still the key to reaching

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