Monday, August 7, 2017

Are you “THAT GUY” in the airport?

With summer travel still in high gear, you, or most likely someone you know, needs a gentle reminder on their airport etiquette. There is always that traveler who is in group 8 but camped out at the gate from the moment they started boarding. Or, the one who waited in the security line for 25 minutes and they STILL don’t have their photo ID out when they get to the front of the line. 

Whether you are traveling for pleasure or for business, your manners (should) travel with you.  Take this quiz and find out if you are “that guy” at the airport before your next flight!

Question 1:  Do you put your feet up in the waiting area?
Yes or No

Question 2: Do you save an unnecessary amount of seats before boarding?
Yes or No

Question 3: Do you bring a full course meal onto the plane? (Even worse if it is something that has a strong odor like tuna)
Yes or No

Question 4: Do you crowd around the gate excessively before your boarding zone?
Yes or No

Question 5: Do you talk extremely loud on your cell phone in the terminal and tarmac?
 Yes or No

Question 6: Do you take too long and are unprepared going through security?
Yes or No  

Did you answer yes to 3 or more of these questions? Most likely you are “that guy” in the airport- the one we all dread.
We are all just one of the thousands of travelers trying to get to our final destination. Technically difficulties will occur, delays and unexpected turbulence per say, so remembering that the airport doesn’t “revolve around you” and your needs, will take your airport etiquette to the #NextLevel!
Grab a good book or download one to your Kindle before leaving your house, find a snack and lean back in (one seat of course) and enjoy the airport hustle and the non-stop people watching!! J
Catch flights not dirty stares and murmured words from unhappy travelers!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

#1: Finding a balance between summer casual while still being professional. Good dress = Good Business Etiquette
Accessories Edition
By: Guest Blogger Eliza Cann

Coming from someone who loves all things fashion and style, finding the balance between staying professional and expressing myself through accessories, can sometimes be tricky. As much as I want to bring my studded, fridge, crossover bag and my new tassel earning to the office runway, accessorizing the professional way is something less talked about, however, just as important.  Just as what you wear on your body matters, what you carry, walk in and throw around your neck makes a statement- (and not always a positive one.)

Of course, your business has its own dress code. I mean Hey, you might be able to wear sweats and last nights’ makeup to the office and it’s no big deal (hashtag goals) but some of us aren’t that lucky. So, for the rest of us, finding a way to express our style and personality while still maintaining a professional aura is the ultimate #goal. Here are some tips and tricks to picking out the perfect AND appropriate business accessories!

Bags: Rule of thumb for bags: Stick with neutrals. LESS IS MORE. A plain black, white and tan tote bag is going to be your best option for the office. Yes, sometimes two bags might be required, one for work and one for personal items such as makeup and a lunch, however, stray away from plastic grocery bags, old shopping bags and graphic totes (like the “Disneyland free bag with purchase,” that can stay at homeJ )

Earrings: Minimal but dainty. Studs, Diamonds (if we were all that lucky,) Pearls and other small stones, even earrings with a little bit of a “dangle” are appropriate. In addition, hoops that aren’t too large and too distracting. The last thing you want is to be sitting in a meeting and your boss be focused on your jewels and not your brain. Side note: Avoid Costume Jewelry!

Shoes can be tricky. As heels are appropriate to wear in the office, you have to be careful and aware of the type of heel you are wearing. Be mindful of height. Again, stay near the neutral and soft colors, nonetheless, if you are looking for a pop of color with your footwear, go with as minimal other “bling” as possible. Red pumps, greys and even light blues can look professional and stylish if done correctly.  

Still want to learn more? Purchase a copy of #NextLevelManners by Rachel Isgar on Amazon today!

Friday, June 16, 2017


So you’ve got your business degree in hand and you’re heading to Silicon Valley, or Silicon Beach or NYC or Chicago…but the one thing that so many CEO’s think millennials don’t have in the other hand is a social aptitude. You may be a social media sultan, but when it comes to social graces you are merely one of the “smallfolk.” (reference Game of Thrones - taking this out - this note is for you millennials will know it – it means peasants) In the old days it was simply called manners. It went a long way then, and it still goes a long way now.

You may have the next great idea, but if you’re impolite and annoying to people how will they ever know.

Etiquette expert Dr. Rachel Isgar’s latest book  #NEXT LEVEL MANNERS – Business Etiquette For Millennials  states “As a #Millennial you can argue that others don’t have good manners, and you don’t need them either. You can argue that it is a new type of workplace, more casual and with a go-with-the-flow attitude. You can argue all you want . . . while watching your career success stall and your personal brand head downhill.”

So take a page out of Isgar’s book and try a new approach that is as old as a page out of Sir Walter Raleigh’s novel “Kenilworth.” You remember him; he was the dashing gentleman who impressed his queen by throwing his cloak over the muddy puddle for her to pass. “Queen Elizabeth looked at the young man, who accompanied this act of devoted courtesy with a profound reverence.”

Okay so we’re not saying you have to take off your new Nike jacket and throw it in a puddle to curry favor with your boss or co-workers, but let’s face there are annoying things that you do, you know it!

1. Put Your Electronics Away & Communicate Politely Face To Face

Do you really have to check your phone 157 times per day? Yup, that’s what you’re doing – according to Michelle Klein, Head of Marketing for North America at Facebook.

Isgar’s number one tip: “The first thing to recognize is that in order to next level your success, you need not just to communicate online but also face-to-face. And when you do communicate face-to-face, you will need to put your electronic devices down and fully engage with the person or people with you.

So you didn’t get your Nike jacket dirty throwing it over the puddle, but do you really have to wear that to work out in and to work…corporate managers complain that many millennials think every day is casual Friday.

2. Looking Great Is Good

#Next Level Manners - “Most of your first impression is based on appearance, and a big part of this is based on how you dress and groom. In general, don’t dress to the lowest common denominator in your workplace, a.k.a. the worst-dressed person in the office. In­stead, dress to the level of the promotion you want.”

In Westeros “the Higher Mysteries” (another Game of Thrones reference) may be a thing of the past but magic does still exist in our world.

3. Magic Words Work

I have found none of us likes other people putting words in our mouths . . . but there are some words that you don’t want to resist. They can work magic and next level your personal branding in amazing ways. Here they are:
• Please.
• Thank you.
• You’re welcome.
• Excuse me.

It’s a quick one-hour read and it just may take you to the Next Level in your career. Pick up a copy of Rachel Isgar’s #Next Level Manners – Business Etiquette For Millennial at

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Thank You Cards


            If you have been invited to a holiday party or get-together, it is important to show your gratitude for the invitation by sending a thank you note, or a thank you email or text at a minimum (or you could always call!)
            There are tons of inexpensive and beautiful cards you can find at Target, Amazon, and Hallmark. Stock up on thank you notes for every occasion for around $5, ranging from birthdays, weddings, parties, and holidays. They last for a long time, and are a great investment for future outings!
            You only need 2 lines to write on the note, but it goes a long way. It shows that you care about the invitation given from the host, and you appreciated the party they threw. Some people stop giving gifts for holidays when they are repeatedly not thanked, because they do not feel appreciated for throwing a party.
          Just think about it this way, if you were on the other end, you would like to be acknowledged for your celebration, and have your guests be grateful to enjoy it with you. It only takes a few seconds to do it, and you were always taught to say “please” and “thank you” so don’t forget to thank your host.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Holiday Place Settings and Decorations


             Ever stressing about what kind of table place settings you need for your holiday dinner? How fancy do you need to be? Are you trying to impress your in-laws or parents? Or your friends and coworkers?
            China is beautiful but not necessary in my opinion. China usually is passed down as an heirloom or we’ll register for china if we are getting married, but the formality of the meal is completely up to the host. Beautiful knock off disposal china place settings can be purchased at Costco, Smart and Final, or Party City. Table settings can range from one plate for the main course and one plate for dessert, to multiple plates and courses.
            Decorations are where you can have fun. Name holders for seating makes the feel of the meal more formal, and personally, I like to let people choose where they sit. Sites like Pinterest show amazing table layout arrangements from simple to advanced. If you would like to get the kids involved, you can have them help out with the decorations, maybe making holiday crafts for the occasion, or helping set up the table. This gives you a chance to teach the young ones about place settings and what the different utensils are used for.
            Putting flowers or holiday themed decorations on the table give a very fun and festive look. Candles are great if young children are not present, and make sure you don’t over decorate, you gotta leave room for the food you will place on the table!
            When hosting a holiday dinner, the table place settings will set the mood of the formality of the event. Opt for whatever makes you happy, whatever is easier for you to manage, and don’t stress yourself out! Holiday dinners are for getting to come together with your family and friends and celebrate the holiday season with those you love.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Gifting and (Re)Gifting With Family and Friends at the Holidays

          What do you do when you’re put in an awkward position, by receiving a gift from your friend that you remember giving them for their birthday the year before? Clearly they didn’t like what you gave them, and decided to give it to someone else to get it off of their hands. But that person is you. Should you say something? Or keep it to yourself?
            If I were faced in this kind of situation, I would just say “Thank you” and move on. It isn’t worth the trouble of causing tension or guilt, sometimes your friends might not like what you give them as gifts, just as you might not like everything you receive as a gift either.
            In order to avoid gifting mishaps, like someone giving you a gift and you have nothing in return, set up parameters with family and friends so everyone is on a level field. You don’t want to be the one to show up to the holiday party unprepared as you receive more gifts than you gifted out to others. In doing this, you can set up a dollar amount that is appropriate for the “level” of relationship you have with that person. For example, you would typically spend more money on a gift for your mother than a co-worker, just because of the level of closeness you have with a family member over a friend.
            To mix things up a bit even more, a Secret Santa or gift exchange could a fun way to gift someone an awesome gift, without the pressure of them knowing it is you. Trying to find out who is buying you a present is part of the fun!
         When there are too many people to shop for, always prioritize the children. If you have to skip the adults, they will understand, but the little ones get so much joy out of opening presents, no matter the size or money spent. So pick up a little something for the kids in your family, and watch their eyes light up with excitement. It’s a great feeling knowing the kids are grateful they have someone like you in their lives.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Setting Good Behavior Examples For Kids at the Holidays


           Your behavior in front of children and teenagers, either your own or not, has an impact on their expectations on their own behavior, especially during the holidays. Whether it be being grateful during Thanksgiving, or respectful to your family during Christmas or Hanukkah, kids are always watching to see how adults act so they can see how they are supposed to act.
            Holidays are supposed to be for celebration and good times, as soon as you’ve downed a few drinks at your sister’s house, the stories of the good ‘ole days come flowing out. Your kids will hear about how your sister was a daredevil who skipped classes, and how your brother dropped out of college, and how you were always the best at everything you did compared to your friends.
            This is going to teach kids a bad example, and that just because mom and dad or aunt and uncle did it, that it’s okay. You want to be fun loving, but keep it between the adults to reminisce on your crazy college days. Or wait until the kids are out of the room to complain about the gifts, or the venue, or the food. Any negative attitudes are just a downer on the fun, and it shows your kids how to act inappropriately in a holiday setting.

*Citation: Barbara Greenberg, “What Are You Teaching Your Teen About Holiday Behavior?” Huffington Post, February 19, 2013.