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    Perfecting the Art of the Compliment
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    Delivering Criticism Smoothly
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    Gracious Greetings Between Cultures
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    How to Handle Introductions Gracefully
    How to Handle Introductions Gracefully People wince inwardly when you mispronounce their names. It is a serious breach of business etiquette. If you don't know the correct pronunciation of someone's name, ask! If you are still in doubt, ask ap...
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    Business Rules for Meeting and Greeting
    Business Rules for Meeting and Greeting Very definite rules apply to the various aspects of meeting and greeting people in the corporate culture. Your mother was right when she gave you that advice about first impressions. Standing Mind Your ...
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    Business Rules for Meeting and Greeting
    Business Rules for Meeting and Greeting Very definite rules apply to the various aspects of meeting and greeting people in the corporate culture. Your mother was right when she gave you that advice about first impressions. Standing Mind Your ...
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    The ABCs of School Etiquette
    The ABCs of School Etiquette Mind Your P's and Q's If somebody drops her books and papers in the corridor, it is not geeky to stop and help, especially when everybody is hustling to get to the next class. Also, if you are going through a door an...
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    Teaching Children the Art of Correspondence
    Teaching Children the Art of Correspondence Children who write notes and letters give a great deal of pleasure and have a better chance of experiencing the pleasure of receiving correspondence in return. More important, they grow up imbued with ...
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    Table Manners for Kids and Parents
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    Table Manners: Frequently Asked Questions
    Table Manners: Frequently Asked Questions Whenever I talk with children about table manners, they are full of questions. Some are delightful, some are difficult, and all are unfailingly interesting. Here are some of the most common questions: ...
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    Handling Introductions Properly
    Handling Introductions Properly Remember how much you hated it when Aunt Myrtle kissed you? It doesn't hurt to let your child know that you hated it, too, but that you put up with it. Tell your youngster that the best strategy in handling this s...
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    Kids' Interacting with Adults
    Kids' Interacting with Adults Kids and adults sometimes think of each other as alien species. This situation is tougher on kids than it is on adults because adults are bigger and know more. Both, however, tend to be a little uncomfortable when t...
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    Table Manners: Frequently Asked Questions
    Table Manners: Frequently Asked Questions Whenever I talk with children about table manners, they are full of questions. Some are delightful, some are difficult, and all are unfailingly interesting. Here are some of the most common questions: ...
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    The Trick to Toasting
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