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Here is what is being written about Margery Sinclair.
first impressions
March 2013 Margery Sinclair was one of three authors for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists new e-Guide. See pages 11-13 to learn how a great smile improves your first impressions on a date and a job interview.
Holiday Mistakes
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This is Margery's advice on how to avoid the three most common holiday mistakes, written by Michael Meidenbauer of ShorewoodNow.com on December 18, 2012.
Holiday Etiquette
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This is Margery's guide to holiday etiquette with onmilwaukee.com, published December 12, 2012.
Dinner Table Manners
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Here's an article on Margery's work with Shorewood's "Shop, Stop and Restore" on Saturday, December 8, 2012 (article with Jenny Heyden was posted December 6).
Good Manners
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This is Margery's appearance on Morning Blend with Tiffany Ogle and Molly Fay on WTMJ-TV, the NBC affiliate in Milwaukee. This interview originally aired July 15, 2010.
Travel the World with One Piece of Carry-on Luggage
Eating Attractively in 2015
Blend Extra: Speed Etiquette
Social etiquette has a place at dinner table
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This article appeared in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on February 22, 2005.
Social etiquette has a place at dinner table

By KAREN HERZOG
kherzog@journalsentinel.com

Table manners aren't child's play. But children who don't learn to wait their turn for the potatoes or to chew with their mouth closed may face challenges later in life - especially in their careers.

"The No. 1 reason people lose a job is they don't play well with others," said Mary Spencer, director of placement at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Three times a year, the school offers etiquette and interpersonal skill workshops for engineering students who are preparing for job interviews. Lunch or dinner often is part of job interviews. The prospective employer is attuned to not only what the candidate says, but how he or she handles details of dinner - from selecting menu items to finessing conversation, Spencer said. That's because technical job skills aren't all that matter, especially if the job will involve entertaining clients over dinner.

“Table manners are considered shorthand for other aspects of etiquette," said Margery Sinclair of Glendale, who teaches etiquette classes for both children and business clients. "If table manners are fine, the rest of their social skills are considered good as well. Etiquette refers to all of the rules governing behavior. Manners refers to one's personal behavior." If children develop good manners, they grow up with respect and consideration for others, Sinclair said, and tend to have more friends. "Children who grow up with a knowledge of etiquette have a lifelong advantage." Sinclair has a favorite quote from "Miss Manners" Judith Martin: "Sloppy eating habits have probably ruined more relationships than evil hearts." Stressing table manners from childhood through adulthood sounds a bit old-fashioned, but it's part of the lifelong pursuit of happiness, according to both those who teach etiquette and the professionals who validate its importance. Spencer said MSOE started offering its workshops on etiquette after getting feedback from business owners and students about skills that needed honing, such as "what to wear to an interview and how to handle dinner."

"Students ate pizza and hamburgers for four years and all of the sudden, they were confronted with multiple forks and questions such as, 'Who orders, can I order a drink, do you crush the crackers for soup, which fork do I use first, and can I eat the flower on my plate?' " Spencer said.

Initially, MSOE had to do "a lot of selling" to get students who prided themselves on technical job skills to attend etiquette workshops, Spencer said. But turnout has been strong at the workshops taught by outside professionals. Donna Panko, owner of Professional Skill Builders consulting in Chicago, has taught some of the MSOE workshops, which cover general business etiquette and image building.

"Students ate pizza and hamburgers for four years and all of the sudden, they were confronted with multiple forks and questions such as, 'Who orders, can I order a drink, do you crush the crackers for soup, which fork do I use first, and can I eat the flower on my plate?' " Spencer said.

Initially, MSOE had to do "a lot of selling" to get students who prided themselves on technical job skills to attend etiquette workshops, Spencer said. But turnout has been strong at the workshops taught by outside professionals. Donna Panko, owner of Professional Skill Builders consulting in Chicago, has taught some of the MSOE workshops, which cover general business etiquette and image building.

The Lost Art of Writing 'Thank You' Notes
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This article appeared in The Business Journal on December 5, 2003.
Writing thank you notes is a skill that should have been mastered by high school graduation. But it's never too late to review.
Q. How soon after receiving the favor, gift, or hospitality should you send the thank you note?
A. Be prompt, and send it in less than one week. The same day is perfect; the next day is fine. Three or four days later is acceptable; five is OK. Six days? You're pushing it. Seven days is the maximum. You don't want to start with the excuse, "Sorry I haven't written sooner, but..."
Q. What is the best way to start writing a thank you note?
A. Start with the word "you"--as in, "You were so kind to...". That's an improvement over the grade-school formula of, "Thank you for the..."
Q. Does it have to be handwritten?
A. Yes. That shows that you actually wrote it yourself. If you think your handwriting is unacceptable, write more slowly. Use a pen, not a pencil. Keep a dictionary handy for correct spelling. Writing thank you notes is easier if you already have appropriate note careds available. They don't have to say "Thank you" on the front. In fact, it's better if they don't because then the same cards can be used for notes of congratulations and condolences.
Q. How long should a thank you note be?
A. It only has to be three to five sentences. You can write more if you want, but then it becomes a thank you letter. Three sentences are sufficient. The best notes are short, sincere, and specific.
Q. By now, almost everyone knows to send a thank you note after a job interview, but how many people actually do it?
A. It only has to be three to five sentences. You can write more if you want, but then it becomes a thank you letter. Three sentences are sufficient. The best notes are short, sincere, and specific.
Q. How long should a thank you note be?
A. It only has to be three to five sentences. You can write more if you want, but then it becomes a thank you letter. Three sentences are sufficient. The best notes are short, sincere, and specific.

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