Respect and Manners are our common bonds as civilized people. Please see www.janpolk.com
for information on Respect Awards for children, teenagers, and adults. This project is sponsored by artist Jan Polk.
1. Etiquette has a visual component. People notice your clothes first (now that you have removed the ring from your eyebrow). Whether it is your personal appearance or a table setting, making the effort to be attractive is a compliment to others.
2. At a cocktail party, keep your right hand free and dry for shaking hands. Have appetizers first, then a drink; it's not smart to drink alcohol on an empty stomach. Stand between the buffet and the door for maximum visibility.
3. Work the room. Don't stand in one place and definitely don't have a conversation at the buffet. Talk with new people, not just the ones you already know. Look for the person standing alone and talk to him or her first.
4. Afternoon Tea is as useful for business as it is in social life. It doesn't have to cut into personal time, interrupt business hours, or involve alcohol. After a 45-minute tea, you can return to the office energized. It's also good for networking.
5. High Tea may sound fancier, but it is a working class tradition that is served after 5 p.m., includes heartier food, and replaces supper. Afternoon Tea is served between 3-5 p.m., with small sandwiches (crusts trimmed), and decorative cakes. You still get a full dinner later.