If your boss invites you to lunch, flawless dining etiquette is essential.  Whether you’re just starting out at the company or are a seasoned employee, meal time with the boss is a time to impress. In fact, the meal itself is secondary to the protocol and etiquette for business dining. Consider the event an extension of… Read More


You may have just stashed the Halloween decorations…but, holiday dinner parties are just around the corner. Whether the party is in the home of your boss,  friends, or  neighbors, you will set yourself apart as a gracious and thoughtful guest if you follow these holiday dinner party etiquette tips: 8 Holiday Dinner Party Etiquette Tips… Read More


A lovely tray of oysters on the half shell was beautifully presented to our table as an appetizer on my recent birthday dinner at the spectacular Summit Club in Tulsa.  As an etiquette expert, I want to always feel I know what’s correct for any situation. But, I will admit… I committed a  faux pas… Read More


In the world of tipping…from the dog groomer to the pizza delivery person to the massage therapist…what’s the appropriate compensation? Diversity Woman Magazine tackled this topic in their summer 2015 issue, and I was honored to be the etiquette consultant they contacted for advice. Here are nine tipping dos and don’ts to help you navigate… Read More


Pie is my favorite dessert… there’s coconut cream, Key Lime, pecan, Dutch apple, Door County cherry, chocolate, lemon with mile-high meringue, banana cream,  mincemeat sour cream, pumpkin…and the list goes on. Pie became the iconic American dessert in the 1940s. Research by Crisco and the American Pie Council reveals that when asked what dessert Americans… Read More


Hot tea etiquette is important in business and social settings. We’ve come a long way from the straight-laced Victorian tea times when afternoon tea was first established (and even the post-Edwardian period…think Downton Abbey). Today, indulging in a cup of afternoon tea is not just for social settings among friends in your home.  Business professionals… Read More


Whether you’re 25 or 55, it’s important to polish your Valentine date etiquette, especially if it’s a first date…or it’s been a while since you’ve dated. Don’t let poor manners and social faux pas turn what could be a fairy tale event into an evening of foibles and lament. Here are eight ways to polish… Read More


Woman at business lunch.

At a business lunch, the focus should be on the client—not on a trail of ‘special sauce’ that escapes down the front of your shirt from an oversized burger. Two words: embarrassing, unprofessional. The best practice is to avoid ordering anything that would fall into the category of messy, awkward, hard-to-eat, or unpredictable. The benefit:… Read More