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Add Excitement to Your Thanksgiving Table

Whether you serve your Thanksgiving meal family style, buffet, or plated, there is room to add some pizzazz to the table and, therefore, the event.  People notice when you take the time to make something special.  It lifts their spirits and enlivens conversation, making your time together more enjoyable. Here are some simple ideas to […]
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Thanksgiving Manners Quiz

Test your Thanksgiving Manners with our True/False Etiquette Questions Below 1. As soon as you are seated at the table and have your food, you may begin eating. [toggle title="Answer" variation=""]FALSE[/toggle] 2. If someone asks for the salt, pass them both, the salt and the pepper. [toggle title="Answer" variation=""]TRUE[/toggle] 3. At the beginning of a sit-down, […]
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How to Make Hosting Thanksgiving Look Easy

Thanksgiving can be a joyful time with family and friends, or it can seem like you the host, have taken on too many responsibilities as the cook, server, and dishwasher. Whether having dinner with new in-laws, old friends, or close family members, there are certain tricks and tips that can make you look like a […]
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August Newsletter

You wouldn't know it by the temperature outside, but it's already time for fall. Here at The American School of Protocol we are excited about the opportunities and new advances we have made this year. As we get ready for crisper weather, we'd like to reflect on what we've accomplished and what the remaining part […]
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Rules of the Sand: How Not to Be a Beach Bummer

These poor manners and actions of some are shore to ruin a good beach day. Don't let this be you! The Negligent Neighbors . . .  Even though space on the beach can sometimes be tight, these annoying neighbors never notice that they spread out right on top of your towel.  There might be a […]
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6 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Etiquette

[one_fourth] [/one_fourth] [three_fourth_last] Smile. Flashing a smile can go a long way towards making someone else’s day brighter. Keep a mental reserve of your happiest, funniest moments that you can recall to put a smile on your face. [/three_fourth_last] [one_fourth] [/one_fourth] [three_fourth_last] Leave a place in better condition than you found it. Challenge yourself to improve […]
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Etiquette Enemies

Who are the enemies of etiquette today? Well, they are lurking everywhere and screaming for your attention. We have compiled a list of our top “Enemies of Etiquette” as we like to call them so that you can be on the lookout. The Enemy: Technology Children and parents alike are glued to their devices. Seeing […]
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12 Obnoxious Phrases We All Need to Stop Using

Whoever said “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” didn’t have a clue.  Words can hurt. Words can destroy. Words can be annoying. A lot of words that we say, text, and tweet just aren’t necessary and can get us into a lot of trouble – Just ask Roseanne […]
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Character Education – Who Is Responsible?

With school shootings, cyber bullying and teen suicide on the rise around our country, our youth need help.  The “do unto others” foundation of former generations seems to be lacking in today’s youth who have no focus on core ethical values.  Children should be learning these skills sets in school, but often times they are […]
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Etiquette Has Changed – Have You?

See how current your Etiquette IQ is with our True/False Questions Below 1. Elbows are sometimes permitted on the table. [toggle title="Answer" variation=""]TRUE[/toggle] 2. Proposing a toast can be done anytime during the meal. [toggle title="Answer" variation=""]FALSE[/toggle] 3. Political discussions should always be avoided during a meal. [toggle title="Answer" variation=""]FALSE[/toggle] 4. At a buffet, start […]
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Customs That Haven't Changed

While some customs from long ago have remained fixtures in our modern society, there are many that have faded into obscurity and for good reason. We have uncovered the explanations behind some of today’s common and strange customs that managed to stick around. The Handshake Dating back to Ancient Greece – a source of many […]
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We Need Etiquette Teachers More Than Ever

A recent article posted by The Conversation, an academic content website, listed 10 ways schools, parents, and communities can prevent school shootings now. Number one on their list to combat this major problem is for schools and communities to teach social and emotional skills. The article states that decrease in free play time and frequent […]
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