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Funeral Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jan 10, 2017

Last weekend, we said a sad goodbye to my Grandfather and were able to celebrate his 88 wond
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Job Interview Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Sep 23, 2016

1) Mirror the interviewer- Dress like you have their job, copy their body language, posture, pace and tone of voice if appropriate (unless they tal
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10 Business Relationship Tips

Posted by Liz Taylor on Sep 03, 2016

#10) RSVP as quickly as possible.

#9) Say thank you twice: Once at the end of your meeting and twice over a hand written thank you note.<
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Top Etiquette Tips

Posted by Liz Taylor on Apr 29, 2016

1.)    Avoid political discussions. It’s not worth losing a friend or client over. Also, please note that Fa
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Quitting your Job?

Posted by Liz Taylor on Mar 04, 2016

Many of us create deep relationships at work and saying goodbye to a significant chapter in your life is tough. W
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Business Professional Email Advice

Posted by Liz Taylor on Feb 17, 2016

1.)    Avoid fancy fonts, multiple colors and patterned backgrounds. They make emails harder to read and aren
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Super Bowl Party Quick Tips

Posted by Liz Taylor on Feb 03, 2016

Tip #1: If hosting a party, provide two separate rooms if possible.
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Toasting Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Dec 04, 2015

If you have special plans or parties to attend in 2015 that will require toasting, here are six tips to remember:
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Holiday Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Dec 01, 2015

 

Thanksgiving through the New Year is my favorite time of year. I love seeing the magic of Christmas th
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Etiquette Quick Tips

Posted by Liz Taylor on Oct 29, 2015

1.)    If someone is doing you a favor and offering to meet with you at a specific location, agree to the location rather than offering another
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Kowalski's Excellence

Posted by Liz Taylor on Oct 13, 2015

Little things in life make me excited such as the new Kowalski’s grocery store in Excelsior.

I went to the spectacular store with my two
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First Impression Management

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jul 28, 2015

Did you know that first impressions are formed in as little as 5 seconds?  Creating a memorable and positive imp
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7 Etiquette Quick Tips

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jul 27, 2015

1.)    Irregardless is not a word.

2.)    Avoid saying, “no problem” after someone thank
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IM Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on May 27, 2015

IM’ing is a great tool for fast communication. It helps foster productivity and fabulous teamwork if used corre
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Independence Day

Posted by Liz Taylor on May 27, 2015

Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Read more...

Autism Awareness Tips

Posted by Liz Taylor on May 26, 2015

One of my closest girlfriends has a beautiful boy who was diagnosed with autism when he was a toddler. She’s become an incredible advocate for Au
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Job Interview Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Apr 23, 2015

In our resume saturated market, you’ve got to outshine your competition and set yourself apart. Keep the following five interview tips in mind to
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Wine Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Mar 27, 2015

I enjoy and appreciate wine. One of my favorite ways to spend weekend evenings is over a bottle of wine and enjoying the company of great friends.
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6 Quick Cell Phone Tips

Posted by Liz Taylor on Mar 02, 2015

1.)    Avoid checking your phone in public.   

2.)    If you are walking into a meeting, c
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Elevator Pitch 101

Posted by Liz Taylor on Feb 18, 2015

To create a favorable first impression, every professional should have an elevator pitch nailed down. Confidence and swagger are key in the deliver
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Grief and Condolences

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jan 29, 2015

My friend’s husband passed away a couple of years ago with cancer (he was in his twenties) and it has devastated her life. I recently interviewed
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How's Your Visual Resume?

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jan 07, 2015

As we begin an exciting New Year and think about all we want to accomplish and achieve in our 2015 business lives
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New Year's Eve Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Dec 19, 2014

New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite nights of the year. It’s a time to reflect accomplishments, celebrations and even heartaches or failures.
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Holiday Tipping Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Dec 10, 2014

I’ve received several emails this week regarding “how much to tip” throughout the holiday season.

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Thanksgiving Etiquette Tips for Guests

Posted by Liz Taylor on Nov 26, 2014

Lucky for me, my mom insists on making a huge Thanksgiving dinner every year. I am very grateful to get out of ho
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Trick or Treat!

Posted by Liz Taylor on Oct 28, 2014

Before “Trick or Treating”, please keep the following tips in mind:

Kids:

Don’t make fun of other people’s
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Etiquette Quick Tips

Posted by Liz Taylor on Oct 15, 2014

1.)    Avoid “reply all”. Unless 100% of the recipients will find your information useful, only reply dire
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8 Business Meeting Tips

Posted by Liz Taylor on Sep 29, 2014

I was recently hired by a firm who expressed complete frustration over the lack of manners during business meetin
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Messy Kids at Restaurants

Posted by Liz Taylor on Sep 18, 2014

I give major kudos to any mother with toddlers who regularly lunches with others- particularly if the other party
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Can I Wear White After Labor Day?

Posted by Liz Taylor on Aug 28, 2014

Labor Day commemorates the end of our amazing Minnesota summer; although, the calendar tries to tell us a differe
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Poor First Impressions

Posted by Liz Taylor on Aug 20, 2014

1. You have a weak handshake.Read more...

Wedding Etiquette for Guests

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jul 31, 2014

Here are ten quick tips to make sure you are labeled a special wedding guest:

1.)    RSVP promptly.

2.)    Send a gift from t
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Digital Wedding Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jul 28, 2014

Smartphone usage is becoming quite popular at weddings. Over 80% of people use their phone to take pictures and videos during a wedding and quickly
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Wedding Etiquette for the Couple

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jul 27, 2014

I went to Barbie and Ken’s wedding last weekend in Napa Valley. The ceremony and reception were held at the spectacular Auberge du Soleil. We wer
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Red, White and Blue

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jul 01, 2014

Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Br
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Communication Faux Pas

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jun 20, 2014

1.)    When you make a phone call, state your first and last name along with your company. Not everyone will k
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LinkedIn Tips for Success

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jun 16, 2014

1.)    Develop legitimate connections. Take the time to write a short, personalized note to the person express
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Prayer Etiquette in Business

Posted by Liz Taylor on May 27, 2014

I was recently asked in a seminar if it’s appropriate to say grace at a business meal. There is a time and plac
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Generational Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on May 15, 2014

I get many questions about the different generations that work together in today’s business
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10 Email Tips

Posted by Liz Taylor on Apr 30, 2014

1.)    Avoid fancy fonts, multiple colors and patterned backgrounds.

2.)    Use italics and bold fonts sparingly- if at all.


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7 Tips From Your Stylist

Posted by Liz Taylor on Apr 15, 2014

1.)    If I’m running late, I am doing the best I can to get to you.

2.)    You running la
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Voicemail Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Mar 26, 2014

If you are like me and need to actively prospect for business, voicemails are a necessary part of the process. A good voicemail should be like a cl
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Text Messaging Tips

Posted by Liz Taylor on Mar 26, 2014

Text Messaging has been on my mind ever since the recent news broke about Malaysia Airlines flight 370. Their CEO said at a press conference that t
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Stay Relevant to Keep your Customers

Posted by Liz Taylor on Feb 27, 2014

I've had the pleasure of being an advisor for a class act company for eight ye
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Create the Best Impression

Posted by Liz Taylor on Feb 27, 2014

Whether you are meeting with a devoted client, prospective customer or on a first interview, keep the following tips in mind to create a positive i
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Super Bowl Party Quick Tips

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jan 30, 2014

Tip #1: If hosting a party, provide two separate rooms if pos
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Personal Space Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jan 21, 2014

Have you ever attended a networking event and noticed the person whom you were talking with repeatedly leaned away from you? Many invaders aren’t
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Christmas Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Dec 18, 2013

10. Be willing to share host duties. If you’ve been hosting for years and continue to turn down offers to let o
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Disability Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Nov 26, 2013

Did you know that one out of every five individuals (49 million Americans) have a disability? Read more...

Thanksgiving Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Nov 15, 2013

Lucky for me, my mom insists on making a huge Thanksgiving dinner every year. I am very grateful to get out of hosting as Thanksgiving is a dauntin
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Trick or Treat!

Posted by Liz Taylor on Oct 31, 2013

Before “Trick or Treating”, please keep the following tips in mind:

 Kids:

Don’t make fun of other people
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10 Tips for a Respectful Workplace

Posted by Liz Taylor on Oct 29, 2013
  1. Arrive on time or better yet, five minutes early for all meetings.
  2. Give praise publicly and criticism privately.
  3. Monitor
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Question of the Day

Posted by Liz Taylor on Sep 30, 2013

Question of the Day: Do I have to invite coworkers to my wedding?

It’s perfectly acceptable not to invite anyone from the office. But man
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Grieving Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Aug 30, 2013

It’s often hard to know what to say or do when someone you care about is grieving.You can show interest and concern, express encouragement, or of
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Continental vs. American Dining Style

Posted by Liz Taylor on Aug 23, 2013

I recently taught a dining etiquette class where an attendee wanted to discuss the difference between American and Continental style eating. I am a
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Beach Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jul 26, 2013

A recent survey found the biggest beach violations to be: urinating in the water (53% of people surveyed admitted to doing this - gross!), litterin
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Quick Tips

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jul 12, 2013

1.)    If you need to leave the table at a business meal, just say "excuse me." There's no need to state where you're going.

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Office Technology Pointers

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jun 14, 2013

Many people are upset over today’s rude use of cell phone, email and other office technology behaviors. After conducting a study surveying major
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12 Networking Tips

Posted by Liz Taylor on May 29, 2013

I was recently invited to speak at the Minnesota Society of CPA’s convention and was very impressed with the group of attendees. Part of my proje
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Guest Duties at a Business Meal

Posted by Liz Taylor on May 01, 2013

If you want to wow your host at the next business meal, follow these quick tips:

  1. Wait for your host in the lobby, not at the table.
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Newborn Baby Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Apr 10, 2013

I recently brought my newborn daughter, Brooklyn, home from the hospital. She came a month ea
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Body Language Details

Posted by Liz Taylor on Feb 26, 2013

Do you sometimes feel that people read you incorrectly? Body Language plays a vital role in business and it’s important you’re aware of the det
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Top Ten Etiquette Quick Tips

Posted by Liz Taylor on Feb 08, 2013
  • Post a professional head shot photo on your LinkedIn profile. The image should be clear and a picture of only you (leave your significant ot
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Break Room Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jan 20, 2013

Working in an office can pose many challenges, particularly in the break room. While it is not always simple, keep in mind these ten office break r
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Flu Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jan 08, 2013

Is the flu currently traveling around your office? In the United States, 5-20%
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Holiday Season Tips

Posted by Liz Taylor on Dec 17, 2012

Many of my clients are hosting their holiday party at some point over the next few weekends. Please keep the following tips in mind:

1.) 
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Holiday Tipping Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Dec 16, 2012

My client wrote me an email this morning asking:

"Where do I draw the gift line?  School teacher, piano teacher, mail carrier, garbage
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Etiquette Tips for Online Meetings

Posted by Liz Taylor on Nov 20, 2012

If you conduct meetings through webinars, speakerphone or any other online program, please consider the following tips:

  1. Plan an agen
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5 Tips to Please the Boss

Posted by Liz Taylor on Oct 30, 2012

Over the years, I’ve asked the leaders of my client companies to tell me who their best employees are and why. Most leaders admit their outstandi
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How to Accept a Compliment

Posted by Liz Taylor on Oct 22, 2012

Many people have a hard time accepting praise. We are all worthy of compliments but often feel ourselves gettin
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Election Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Sep 23, 2012

Recently, I’ve read several shocking comments, remarks and opinions from my social network regarding heated thoughts on our countries upcoming el
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The Art of a Thank You Letter

Posted by Liz Taylor on Sep 10, 2012

There are countless studies and stories of people who lost a job to a counterpart because the other person took the time to write a handwritten let
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The Art of a Thank You Letter

Posted by Liz Taylor on Sep 10, 2012

There are countless studies and stories of people who lost a job to a counterpart because the other person took the time to write a handwritten let
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The Art of a Thank You Letter

Posted by Liz Taylor on Sep 10, 2012

There are countless studies and stories of people who lost a job to a counterpart because the other person took the time to write a handwritten let
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Top 10 Dining Etiquette Tips

Posted by Liz Taylor on Aug 22, 2012

The most important thing you can do at a business meal is make your guests feel as comfortable as possible and have confidence in your dining etiqu
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Elevator Etiquette Tips

Posted by Liz Taylor on Aug 08, 2012

I recently witnessed an uncomfortable situation. I was entering the bank of elevators in my office building on a Tuesday morning and ended up getti
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Anniversary Gift Ideas

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jul 18, 2012

I celebrated my third wedding anniversary this month with my best friend, Sam.
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Convention Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jul 04, 2012

Most of us have experienced a convention where we’ve witnessed a colleague act inappropriately. Whether that person drank too much, flirted with
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Afternoon Tea Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jun 15, 2012

I traveled to London last weekend to get an authentic feel for afternoon tea and the etiquette involved with th
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Negotiating Your Salary

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jun 04, 2012

A copywriter reached out to me last week seeking advice for an upcoming article
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13 Tips for Everyday Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on May 17, 2012

I had an interview with our local paper today and was asked to come up with several tips to avoid committing etiquette faux pas. Here’s what made
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Children's Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on May 09, 2012

I recently taught a children’s etiquette class to an energetic group of eleme
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Pinterest Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Apr 06, 2012

People are running to Pinterest for many ideas on decor, recipes, party ideas and more. Many
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Facebook Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Apr 01, 2012

I was speaking with a client this morning about the importance of privacy around various comm
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Flu Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Mar 01, 2012

I was on a flight home from Houston a few days ago and sat next to a man who was coughing and
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Soup Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Feb 10, 2012

One of my favorite parts of going to lunch on a cold winter day in Minneapolis is to indulge in a bowl of hot soup. If you also crave soup and want
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Dress for Success

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jan 19, 2012

Every year, I meet with several sales organizations that want to discuss workplace image. Executives feel a lack of professionalism within their te
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Toasting Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Dec 21, 2011

I am honored and thrilled to be the Matron of Honor at my sister’s wedding on New Year’s
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Holiday Card Etiquette Tip

Posted by Liz Taylor on Nov 28, 2011

I celebrated Thanksgiving at my parent’s house this year and we had such a nice time looking at my mom’s stack of holiday cards from 2010. My m
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Do I send a thank you note for a hostess gift?

Posted by Liz Taylor on Nov 02, 2011

I recently was asked a great etiquette question and thought it was worth sharing:

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Email Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Sep 20, 2011

How many emails do you receive a day? How many of those emails come from people that you only really know via email?

Most of us have jobs
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Airplane Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Sep 15, 2011

Etiquette in the Air

It’s very common that many of us have clients or family across th
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14 Tips for the Golf Course

Posted by Liz Taylor on Aug 12, 2011

If you’re a golfer you already know that August is a prime time to hit the course. Whether
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Pet-iquette Tips

Posted by Liz Taylor on Aug 02, 2011

This blog post is a sizeable shift from my usual blogs but something happened over the weekend that I want to share
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Cell Phone Courtesy Month

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jul 11, 2011

Did you know that July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month?  Over 91% of Americans use cell pho
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4th of July Etiquette Tips

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jun 28, 2011

With less than a week to go until the 4th of July (one of my all-time favorite hol
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Creating the Best First Impression

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jun 01, 2011

Did you know that first impressions are formed in as little as 5 seconds?  We want to arm yo
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How to be the Perfect Guest

Posted by Liz Taylor on May 12, 2011

Visiting Friends or Family This Summer?

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Wediquette- What would Kate do?

Posted by Liz Taylor on Apr 22, 2011

Okay, Okay – so we might not all be future modern-day royalty, like Kate Midd
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International Travel in Asia

Posted by Liz Taylor on Mar 26, 2011

A former client of mine called me this morning wanting some quick tips on his upcomin
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Details, Details

Posted by Liz Taylor on Feb 22, 2011

I recently met with an executive who was hiring me to speak with 80 of his team members on business etiquette. My typical process is to take the cl
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Mobile Phone Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jan 21, 2011

6 quick mobile phone tips...

1) Avoid checking your phone in public.

2) If you are walking into a meeting, consider leaving your p
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Office Faux Pas

Posted by Liz Taylor on Jan 03, 2011

Office Faux Pas - It’s easy to get extremely comfortable around your coworkers. After all, you spend 40 hours a week with one another. Please r
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Holiday Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor on Dec 10, 2010

Each year, the holidays find people stressing out over what to tip and how to handle difficult situations. I hope this blog helps answer tricky q
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Testimonials

“How refreshing and timely. From the texting generation to the baby boomers—the art of etiquette is sadly disappearing. Whether you just need a touch-up or a full immersion, Liz, is the person to teach you the skills to appear confident, elegant and professional in any business situation. Her energetic and engaging style will make this one of the most enjoyable seminars you have ever taken! Liz is awesome!”

—Chuck Bokar, Principal, Design Resource Center

“Absolutely superb! Liz has an amazing knack for presenting her concepts in a thought-provoking and clear style. Her ideas and suggestions would enhance anyone's ability to bridge the gap between business and etiquette. She clearly has a deep understanding of not only the topic, but the thought processes that go into creating better interpersonal relationships out of socially awkward situations. I highly recommend her and her coursework...she will help your business!”

—Brad Guck, District Manager, Administaff

“Liz, Thank you so much for coming to Indianapolis to help us grow our skills as professionals and as people. Your presentation helped us address issues with grace, candor, sensitivity – as well as fun! You were fabulous!”

—Betsy Hamlett, Director of Sales for Kenra, Ltd.

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