Margery Sinclair  Margery Sinclair
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Margery Sinclair

     Here are some etiquette tips from Margery's book, "A Year of Good Manners" which includes the "respect series" paintings from artist Jan Polk's  "Great American Flower Collection."
     Respect and Manners are our common bonds as civilized people. Please see for information on Respect Awards for children, teenagers, and adults. This project is sponsored by artist Jan Polk.

December, 2014

1. Boundaries are needed everywhere, and this includes the middle seat on airplanes. The person stuck in the middle seat gets to use both arm rests (small compensation). The people in the window and aisle seats should keep their elbows on their sides of the shared area rests.

2. Tact is the pleasant side of truth. Being blatantly blunt can be truthful, but it also hurts other people's feelings. People with tact have less to retract. 

3. Definitely attend the office holiday party. You can leave early, but be sure to arrive on time. Greet the boss. This event is a chance for face time with not just your boss, but also your boss' boss. Dress professionally; you are still at work. Cleavage is not in good taste at an office party.

4. Too much alcohol affects your image, judgment and behavior. Neither co-workers nor clients should see you tipsy and silly. Limit yourself to one alcoholic drink at an office party, or have nonalcoholic beverages. Self-control is necessary; Monday morning is coming.

5. Send a thank you note to the boss the next day. If other people in the office organized the party, include praise for them. It will filter down. A prompt, handwritten thank you note will separate you from the barbarians. Everyone likes to be appreciated.

Good manners are good business