Carey Sue Vega Blog http://careysuevega.com Helping you to Navigate the Professional and Social Seas of Life Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:00:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.11 Manner Monday®: The Scoop on Graduation Invitations and Announcements http://careysuevega.com/manner-monday-the-scoop-on-graduation-invitations-and-announcements/ http://careysuevega.com/manner-monday-the-scoop-on-graduation-invitations-and-announcements/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:00:27 +0000 http://careysuevega.com/?p=5229 May is knocking on our door which means our mailboxes will soon be filled with exciting news from the high school and college graduates in our lives.  I often get asked the question about the difference between graduation ‘invitations’ and ‘announcements’ so I thought I would break it down for you:

Q – “Graduation announcements –  Who should you send them to?  Only family; family and very close friends; people who have touched the student; everyone on your Christmas list; the dentist, doctor, orthodontist, teachers?  We definitely don’t want it to look like we’re fishing for gifts...”

A – In many cases, during a student’s road to graduation the “it takes a village” quote is all too familiar.  Many parents want to stand on the rooftop and shout it out…
– Wahoo!!!
– He’s graduating!!!
– Thank you for helping!!!

So let’s cover the options for sharing the good news:

Graduation Invitation:  This is an invitation to the actual graduation festivities.  Many schools have a strict limit on how many people may attend in support of each student.  This may determine your list for the “invitation” group.  If you want to have a party so more people can share in the celebration, you could host a graduation party and extend invitations to the other close friends and family who may have been left out of the ceremony itself.  As the recipient of an “invitation; if you are able to attend, a gift should be given to the graduate.  If you are not able to attend, you may still send a gift, but it is not required.

Graduation Announcements:  An announcement does not extend an invitation to an event; its sole purpose is to “announce” the news to whomever you think might be excited to know of the accomplishment.  Many people may have lost track of time and did not realize that Johnny is “already” a senior.  They would be excited to hear about this great stage in his life (and yours).  Those who receive announcements are not obligated to send a gift.  A hand-written note would be a great way to respond to the announcement, sharing your excitement for the achievement.  Of course, if the recipient of an announcement would like to send a small gift, they are welcome to do so.

With all of that being said.  Some parents will want to send announcements to everyone they know, others will choose to send them only to close friends.  I think the extent of the list will fluctuate for different families and situations.

And unfortunately, some people do send invitations and announcements as a ploy to receive gifts.  We can only hope that the invitation or announcement we receive was sent in the spirit of the occasion and respond accordingly.

Envelopes and Postage:  Thanks to all of the creative entrepreneurs out there who are keeping the stationery business alive, we’re seeing some pretty original and artistic announcements.  Which also means some atypical envelope sizes.  If you have an announcement that requires a unique envelope – make sure you check the postage requirements, more than likely you will need additional postage.  Click here for the link to the USPS postage calculator page.

Click to Tweet: Graduation Announcements or Invitations? And who gets what? #MannerMonday tackles the topic! http://bit.ly/GradInOrAnn

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And if you have a manners or etiquette question you’d like some help decoding – please, shoot me a message!  I’m happy to help!

Are you new to Manner Monday? I’d love for you to take a minute to learn more about why I started it. You can click here to read my very first post that tells all about it.

A quick announcement;   The Spring Special Registration is underway for next season and it saves $50 off tuition, or as much as $364 off for the three-year multi-season discount when registering by June 1!

Don’t forget to register now (and share the info with your friends so they can save $$$ too!):

5th-8th grades:
https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/registration/

9th-12th grades:
https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/passport-high-school-registration/

Thanks for reading!
Carey Sue

 


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The Spring Special early Registration for the 2018-2019 Season programs is open:

  • Save $50 by registering now for a single season by June 1.
  • Or save $364 by taking advantage of the Multi-Season Discount.

5th-8th grade programs, Click here

Passport (9th-12th Grade) Program, Click Here

Word of Mouth is the best compliment you can give.  Do you know of some who may be interested in our programs (Manner Monday tips, the Online Course, or Classes), please share our information with them.  Here is the best link to share with them, it covers everything in a nutshell:  http://careysuevega.com/

Business Etiquette Training and other Workshops…
Would you like to schedule a workshop or presentation? I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs and would love to work with your organization, Click Here to access the Business Section of the website.  Or please call or email for more information, 405-721-1467 or CareySue@CareySueVega.com
Here are just a few of the workshop topics:

  • Etiquette and the Generations – understanding ‘those guys’
  • Creating a Great Customer Service Experience
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism – The Strategy of Luncheon and Networking Events
  • ‘Dude You’re Rude!’ – Interoffice civility awareness and team building
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress:  Building your Wardrobe for a Blockbuster Career
  • Trade Show Booth Training: What does your Trade Show Curb Appeal say about your company?

 

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Manner Monday®: Engagement Party Rules http://careysuevega.com/manner-monday-engagement-party-rules/ http://careysuevega.com/manner-monday-engagement-party-rules/#respond Mon, 02 Apr 2018 14:30:27 +0000 http://careysuevega.com/?p=5225 I’m super excited to share … Ellie Finn, a contributing writer with Martha Stewart Weddings, reached out to me a couple of months ago asking for my thoughts to help as she prepared an article on Engagement Party Etiquette.  Well, she emailed me the other day to say the story is live!  Yeah!

You may not personally be planning to get engaged, but I bet you know someone who is and I’d be thrilled if you’d share the story with them.  And, I’d be thrilled if you took a minute to read.  Thanks so much for your continued support in my journey to make manners fun and accessible to all… helping everyone to feel more comfortable and confident along the way!

Click here for the story:  “An Etiquette Expert on the Engagement Party Rules You Need to Know”

And if you have a manners or etiquette question you’d like some help decoding – please, shoot me a message!  I’m happy to help!

Are you new to Manner Monday? I’d love for you to take a minute to learn more about why I started it. You can click here to read my very first post that tells all about it.

A quick announcement;   The Spring Special Registration is underway for next season and it saves $50 off tuition, or as much as $364 off for the three-year multi-season discount when registering by June 1!

Don’t forget to register now (and share the info with your friends so they can save $$$ too!):

5th-8th grades:
https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/registration/

9th-12th grades:
https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/passport-high-school-registration/

Thanks for reading!
Carey Sue

 


Etc….

The Spring Special early Registration for the 2018-2019 Season programs is open:

  • Save $50 by registering now for a single season by June 1.
  • Or save $364 by taking advantage of the Multi-Season Discount.

5th-8th grade programs, Click here

Passport (9th-12th Grade) Program, Click Here

Word of Mouth is the best compliment you can give.  Do you know of some who may be interested in our programs (Manner Monday tips, the Online Course, or Classes), please share our information with them.  Here is the best link to share with them, it covers everything in a nutshell:  http://careysuevega.com/

Business Etiquette Training and other Workshops Would you like to schedule a workshop or presentation? I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs and would love to work with your organization, Click Here to access the Business Section of the website.  Or please call or email for more information, 405-721-1467 or CareySue@CareySueVega.com Here are just a few of the workshop topics:

  • Etiquette and the Generations – understanding ‘those guys’
  • Creating a Great Customer Service Experience
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism – Navigating Lunch and Networking Events
  • ‘Dude You’re Rude!’ Interoffice civility awareness and team building
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress
  • Trade Show Booth Training

 

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Manner Monday®: Blowing your nose at the table? “What Would George Say?” http://careysuevega.com/manner-monday-blowing-your-nose-at-the-table-what-would-george-say/ http://careysuevega.com/manner-monday-blowing-your-nose-at-the-table-what-would-george-say/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:29:01 +0000 http://careysuevega.com/?p=5210 Happy Presidents Day!  Thanks for the great response to “What Would George Say” from last week!  When providing corporate level training, this question usually always comes up at some point – it’s not just the 5th graders 🙂 so I thought I’d share another rule from George Washington’s 110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation which he penned at the ripe age of 16 (yes, 16). It highlights another one of his ‘archaic’ rules and shows how it’s still REALLY relevant in today’s modern world.

Rule #90 “Being set at meat scratch not neither spit, cough, or blow your nose, except there’s a necessity for it.”

In other words:  Sometimes it happens and a bodily function accidentally slips up on you in the presence of others.  If you’re at the dinner table, do your best to cover your mouth with your napkin and not draw attention to it and politely say ‘excuse me’ to your neighbor who may have heard you; at some point, I’m sure it has happened to them and they completely understand.

If you feel a sneeze coming on and are not able to make a quick enough getaway: sneeze into your shoulder, turning your head and body away from your neighbor.  Make sure to catch the sneeze in your shoulder so you don’t share it with the table behind you.

If the bodily function is something completely within your control, such as blowing your nose, excuse yourself to the restroom where you can take care of things privately.  You tablemates will be eternally grateful.

I wonder if George knew how hip his ‘rules’ would still be today?!?!

Do you know someone who would enjoy this post?  If so, please share it and encourage them to sign up to receive Manner Monday?  I would appreciate it!

If you’re new to Manner Monday, I’d love for you to take a minute to learn more about why I started it. You can click here to read my very first post that tells all about it.

A quick announcement;  the Early Bird Registration is underway for next season and it saves $100 off tuition, or as much as $364 off for the three-year multi-season discount when registering by March 1!

Don’t forget to register now (and share the info with your friends so they can save $$$ too!):

5th-8th grades:
https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/registration/

9th-12th grades:
https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/passport-high-school-registration/

Thanks for reading!
Carey Sue

 


Etc….

Early Bird Registration for the 2018-2019 Season programs is open:

  • Save $100 by registering now for a single season by March 1.
  • Or save $364 by taking advantage of the Multi-Season Discount.

5th-8th grade programs, Click here

Passport (9th-12th Grade) Program, Click Here

Word of Mouth is the best compliment you can give.  Do you know of some who may be interested in our programs (Manner Monday tips, the Online Course, or Classes), please share our information with them.  Here is the best link to share with them, it covers everything in a nutshell:  http://careysuevega.com/

Business Etiquette Training and other Workshops Would you like to schedule a workshop or presentation? I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs and would love to work with your organization, Click Here to access the Business Section of the website.  Or please call or email for more information, 405-721-1467 or CareySue@CareySueVega.com Here are just a few of the workshop topics:

  • Etiquette and the Generations – understanding ‘those guys’
  • Creating a Great Customer Service Experience
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism – Navigating Lunch and Networking Events
  • ‘Dude You’re Rude!’ Interoffice civility awareness and team building
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress
  • Trade Show Booth Training

 

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Manner Monday: Early Bird info and “What Would George Say?” http://careysuevega.com/manner-monday-early-bird-info-and-what-would-george-say/ http://careysuevega.com/manner-monday-early-bird-info-and-what-would-george-say/#respond Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:00:44 +0000 http://careysuevega.com/?p=5201 A quick announcement;  the Early Bird Registration is underway for next season and it saves $100 off tuition, or as much as $364 off for the three-year multi-season discount when registering by March 1!

Don’t forget to register now (and share the info with your friends so they can save $$$ too!):

5th-8th grades:
https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/registration/

9th-12th grades:
https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/passport-high-school-registration/

Now, back to Manner Monday 🙂

In honor of President’s Day next week … I’m sharing two of our favorite rules from “What would George Say?”

I’ve always been intrigued with the fact that George Washington, at the age of 16, penned 110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.  I’m not sure about you… but at age 16, I was more concerned with cute clothes, cars and boys.  Yes, some of his “rules” seem quite funny in today’s fast-paced world, but others… well, they are still pretty spot-on!

For example, #18:  Read no Letters, Books, or Papers in Company but when there is a Necessity for the doing of it you must ask leave: come not near the Books or Writings of Another so as to read them unless desired or give your opinion of them unasked also look not nigh when another is writing a Letter.

Take the same phrase and insert “technology device”, aka “cell phone”…wow.  If only President Washington were around today, do you think his jaw might drop and his teeth would chatter at the lack of “Civility and Decent Behavior” we keep “in Company and Conversation”?

Or how about Rule #7:  Put not off your Cloths in the presence of others, nor go out your Chamber half Dressed.

I hear so many mothers of young girls talking about shopping and how they try to find clothes that are “age-appropriate”.  It seems as though the fashion industry, media, and advertisers forget that little girls are still little girls and are encouraging them to come out of their ‘chambers half dressed’.  I know what many parents are saying; and if he were alive today… I wonder, “What would George say?”

Do you know someone who would enjoy this post?  If so, please share it and encourage them to sign up to receive Manner Monday?  I would appreciate it!

If you’re new to Manner Monday, I’d love for you to take a minute to learn more about why I started it. You can click here to read my very first post that tells all about it.

Thanks for reading!
Carey Sue

 


Etc….

Early Bird Registration for the 2018-2019 Season programs is open:

  • Save $100 by registering now for a single season by March 1.
  • Or save $364 by taking advantage of the Multi-Season Discount.

5th-8th grade programs, Click here

Passport (9th-12th Grade) Program, Click Here

Word of Mouth is the best compliment you can give.  Do you know of some who may be interested in our programs (Manner Monday tips, the Online Course, or Classes), please share our information with them.  Here is the best link to share with them, it covers everything in a nutshell:  http://careysuevega.com/

Business Etiquette Training and other Workshops Would you like to schedule a workshop or presentation? I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs and would love to work with your organization, Click Here to access the Business Section of the website.  Or please call or email for more information, 405-721-1467 or CareySue@CareySueVega.com Here are just a few of the workshop topics:

  • Etiquette and the Generations – understanding ‘those guys’
  • Creating a Great Customer Service Experience
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism – Navigating Lunch and Networking Events
  • ‘Dude You’re Rude!’ Interoffice civility awareness and team building
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress
  • Trade Show Booth Training

 

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Manner Monday®: Don’t let a ‘celebrity’ determine your path http://careysuevega.com/manner-monday-dont-let-a-celebrity-determine-your-path-3/ http://careysuevega.com/manner-monday-dont-let-a-celebrity-determine-your-path-3/#respond Mon, 29 Jan 2018 14:00:21 +0000 http://careysuevega.com/?p=4893 The long-standing tradition of “Groundhog Day” is upon us once again.  Every year, on Feb. 2, we anxiously await Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction… If he does not see his shadow, we can celebrate with an early spring; if he does see his shadow, we will endure six more weeks of winter weather. This custom has turned into something fun and entertaining; we’re all waiting to hear what Phil has to ‘say’ so we can plan for the next 6 weeks.

I love how we’re watching someone else’s (a groundhog in this case) every move allowing his actions to determine our path.  Does it really matter if Phil sees his shadow or not?  It’s kind of like paying attention to what other people do or say and making plans for our future based on their words or actions.  I try to remind myself, don’t rely on the human ‘Punxsutawney Phil’s’ (celebrities, or the ‘popular people’) of this world, I need to mind my own business and get on with what I need to do… don’t let someone else’s prediction (the current trend or hot thing) determine your path for the next 6 weeks… or 6 years.  Do what’s best, and what’s right, now.

Click to Tweet:  As we await Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction, be careful not to let a ‘celebrity’ determine your path! #MannerMonday http://bit.ly/Grndhg

Do you have a ‘manner’ or question you would like to see covered in a post? Feel free to send me your thoughts, I would love to hear from you. My goal is to help you to feel more comfortable and confident with social and professional skills.

Do you know someone who would enjoy this post?  If so, please share it and encourage them to sign up to receive Manner Monday?  I would appreciate it!

If you’re new to Manner Monday, I’d love for you to take a minute to learn more about why I started it. You can click here to read my very first post that tells all about it.

Thanks for reading!
Carey Sue

 


In other news….

Early Bird Registration for the 2018-2019 Season 5-8th grade programs is open, Click here to register.

  • Save $100 by registering now for a single season.
  • Or save $364 by taking advantage of the Multi-Season Discount.

Passport (9-12th Grade) Program
Our High School events have begun!

  • Click Here to access more information and to access the Passport (9-12th Grade) Program registration online.

Word of Mouth is the best compliment you can give.  Do you know of some who may be interested in our programs (Manner Monday tips, the Online Course, or Classes), please share our information with them.  Here is the best link to share with them, it covers everything in a nutshell:  http://careysuevega.com/

Business Etiquette Training and other Workshops Would you like to schedule a workshop or presentation? I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs and would love to work with your organization, Click Here to access the Business Section of the website.  Or please call or email for more information, 405-721-1467 or CareySue@CareySueVega.com Here are just a few of the workshop topics:

  • Etiquette and the Generations – understanding ‘those guys’
  • Creating a Great Customer Service Experience
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism – Navigating Lunch and Networking Events
  • ‘Dude You’re Rude!’ Interoffice civility awareness and team building
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress
  • Trade Show Booth Training

 

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Manner Monday®: Merry Christmas! http://careysuevega.com/manner-monday-merry-christmas-2/ http://careysuevega.com/manner-monday-merry-christmas-2/#respond Mon, 25 Dec 2017 14:00:41 +0000 http://careysuevega.com/?p=5183 Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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As you get ready to spend time with family and friends this Christmas, we know deep down that the best present we can give them is the gift of our presence. I know it sounds cliché, but think about it… we all know it’s true (speaking to myself here). When is the last time you had a really good conversation with someone – without the interruption of a ping taking your attention away to something else?

Yes, I love my technology and I am thankful for it on a daily basis as it gives me the flexibility to be anentrepreneur, wife, and mom.   Working with youth, I’m seeing first hand the social skills hardships that technology is creating for our kiddos. With the ability to “hide” behind our technology, more and more young adults are experiencing anxiety over attending social functions and interacting face-to-face.  When teaching teens polite conversation skills and how to successfully start and maintain a comfortable conversation with someone new, I find myself stressing the importance of how truly successful people will be those who can TALK and be SOCIAL with other people.

So during this busy and stressful Holiday season, I bet you can agree, that no matter how much money you spend:

  • Your Significant Other wants your Presence
  • Your Child(ren) want your Presence
  • Your family members want your Presence
  • Your friends want your Presence

As much as we all think we HAVE to check our email, we HAVE to check our social media accounts… do we really (again – speaking to myself here!)? If you’re ‘addicted’ to checking your phone, then you may need to leave it in your car. Will the world stop if we turn the technology off for a few hours at a time and focus on good old-fashioned face-time? We know the answer. And yes, our work will still be waiting for us after the break, but we can dig into it then.

Don’t miss another family get-together because you’re lost in your phone. It can wait.

Your family wants uninterrupted time with you – the best present money can buy!

…I don’t know about you, but I look forward to unplugging a bit and having some good old-fashioned family face time!!!

Do you know someone who would enjoy this post?  If so, please share it with them and encourage them to sign up to receive Manner Monday?  I would appreciate it!  And if you’re new to Manner Monday, I’d love for you to take a minute to learn more about why I started it. You can click here to read my very first post that tells all about it.

Do you have a ‘manner’ or question you would like to see covered in a post?  Feel free to send me your thoughts, I would love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading!
Carey Sue


In other news….

Word of Mouth is the best compliment you can give.  Do you know of some who may be interested in our programs (Manner Monday tips, the Online Course, or Classes), please share our information with them.  Here is the best link to share with them, it covers everything in a nutshell:  http://careysuevega.com/

Registration for the Passport (9-12th Grade) Program is open:  Click Here to access more information and to access the Passport (9-12th Grade) Program registration online.

Business Etiquette Training and other Workshops Would you like to schedule a workshop or presentation? I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs and would love to work with your organization, Click Here to access the Business Section of the website.  Or please call or email for more information, 405-721-1467 or CareySue@CareySueVega.com Here are just a few of the workshop topics:

  • Etiquette and the Generations – understanding ‘those guys’
  • Creating a Great Customer Service Experience
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism – Navigating Lunch and Networking Events
  • Dude You’re Rude! Interoffice civility awareness and team building
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress
  • Trade Show Booth Training
  • and much more

 

 

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Manner Monday®: Christmas Etiquette Q&A http://careysuevega.com/manner-monday-christmas-etiquette-qa/ http://careysuevega.com/manner-monday-christmas-etiquette-qa/#respond Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:07:45 +0000 http://careysuevega.com/?p=5179 If you live in Oklahoma, you know what an amazing icon Linda Cavanaugh is!  It’s been an honor to work with her over the past few years.  She was always a pro and always made me (and my son) feel welcome.  We will miss her smiling face on the news but wish her much happiness as she enjoys her much deserved time with family and friends.

It was fun to join her during her last week on the air to answer some viewer questions about the Holidays.

(yikes… nice face below :-/ )

Merry Christmas!

Do you know someone who would enjoy this post?  If so, please share it with them and encourage them to sign up to receive Manner Monday?  I would appreciate it!  And if you’re new to Manner Monday, I’d love for you to take a minute to learn more about why I started it. You can click here to read my very first post that tells all about it.

Do you have a ‘manner’ or question you would like to see covered in a post?  Feel free to send me your thoughts, I would love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading!
Carey Sue


In other news….

Word of Mouth is the best compliment you can give.  Do you know of some who may be interested in our programs (Manner Monday tips, the Online Course, or Classes), please share our information with them.  Here is the best link to share with them, it covers everything in a nutshell:  http://careysuevega.com/

Registration for the Passport (9-12th Grade) Program is open:  Click Here to access more information and to access the Passport (9-12th Grade) Program registration online.

Business Etiquette Training and other Workshops Would you like to schedule a workshop or presentation? I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs and would love to work with your organization, Click Here to access the Business Section of the website.  Or please call or email for more information, 405-721-1467 or CareySue@CareySueVega.com Here are just a few of the workshop topics:

  • Etiquette and the Generations – understanding ‘those guys’
  • Creating a Great Customer Service Experience
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism – Navigating Lunch and Networking Events
  • Dude You’re Rude! Interoffice civility awareness and team building
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress
  • Trade Show Booth Training
  • and much more

 

 

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Manner Monday®: Celebrating the Season and helping local families in need http://careysuevega.com/manner-monday-celebrating-the-season-and-helping-local-families-in-need/ http://careysuevega.com/manner-monday-celebrating-the-season-and-helping-local-families-in-need/#respond Mon, 04 Dec 2017 17:48:26 +0000 http://careysuevega.com/?p=5168 Yesterday we hosted our sons 8th annual Christmas Party.  When he was 3, we were cleaning up after our ‘big people’ Christmas Party and he said, “I want to have a Christmas Party!”  My response, “of course, you do – and why didn’t I think of that!?!?”.  He’s been hosting it ever since and it’s turned into a fun tradition.

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A few years ago, we met a new friend Caleb from his baseball team.  Caleb and his parents started a local charity to help supply diapers to families in need.  I had no idea – child abuse is more likely to occur due to non-stop crying from continually wearing soiled diapers.  For a few years now, we’ve asked guests to bring diapers to donate to Caleb’s Cause Foundation.  We’re super excited to report, for his party this year, over 1,000 diapers were collected and will serve over 50 kiddos in need!  We love how these boys are getting the opportunity to help others.

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If you would like to help Caleb’s Cause provide diapers to families in need, you can do so by making a financial donation via their website, or you can request for a diaper drive box to be dropped off at your business.  Or, instead of gifts for a birthday party this year – ask for diapers!  Please don’t hesitate to call or email me if you have questions about getting involved!

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Merry Christmas!

Do you know someone who would enjoy this post?  If so, please share it with them and encourage them to sign up to receive Manner Monday?  I would appreciate it!  And if you’re new to Manner Monday, I’d love for you to take a minute to learn more about why I started it. You can click here to read my very first post that tells all about it.

Do you have a ‘manner’ or question you would like to see covered in a post?  Feel free to send me your thoughts, I would love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading!
Carey Sue


In other news….

Word of Mouth is the best compliment you can give.  Do you know of some who may be interested in our programs (Manner Monday tips, the Online Course, or Classes), please share our information with them.  Here is the best link to share with them, it covers everything in a nutshell:  http://careysuevega.com/

Registration for the Passport (9-12th Grade) Program is open:  Click Here to access more information and to access the Passport (9-12th Grade) Program registration online.

Business Etiquette Training and other Workshops Would you like to schedule a workshop or presentation? I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs and would love to work with your organization, Click Here to access the Business Section of the website.  Or please call or email for more information, 405-721-1467 or CareySue@CareySueVega.com Here are just a few of the workshop topics:

  • Etiquette and the Generations – understanding ‘those guys’
  • Creating a Great Customer Service Experience
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism – Navigating Lunch and Networking Events
  • Dude You’re Rude! Interoffice civility awareness and team building
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress
  • Trade Show Booth Training
  • and much more

 

 

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I’m super excited to be quoted in the Women’s Health December issue!!! If you have a hard copy of the magazine, the article begins on page 79, the Life + Love series talks about dealing with families and challenges during the upcoming holiday season, “Yes, They’re Judging You”, with tips on navigating the conversations and conflicts.

If you don’t have the hard copy, you can access the online version here;  “Yes, They’re Judging You”.

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Do you know someone who would enjoy this post?  If so, please share it with them and encourage them to sign up to receive Manner Monday?  I would appreciate it!  And if you’re new to Manner Monday, I’d love for you to take a minute to learn more about why I started it. You can click here to read my very first post that tells all about it.

Do you have a ‘manner’ or question you would like to see covered in a post?  Feel free to send me your thoughts, I would love to hear from you.

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Thanks for reading!
Carey Sue


In other news….

Word of Mouth is the best compliment you can give.  Do you know of some who may be interested in our programs (Manner Monday tips, the Online Course, or Classes), please share our information with them.  Here is the best link to share with them, it covers everything in a nutshell:  http://careysuevega.com/

Registration for the Passport (9-12th Grade) Program is open:  Click Here to access more information and to access the Passport (9-12th Grade) Program registration online.

Business Etiquette Training and other Workshops Would you like to schedule a workshop or presentation? I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs and would love to work with your organization, Click Here to access the Business Section of the website.  Or please call or email for more information, 405-721-1467 or CareySue@CareySueVega.com Here are just a few of the workshop topics:

  • Etiquette and the Generations – understanding ‘those guys’
  • Creating a Great Customer Service Experience
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism – Navigating Lunch and Networking Events
  • Dude You’re Rude! Interoffice civility awareness and team building
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress
  • Trade Show Booth Training
  • and much more

 

 

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Manner Monday®: Thanksgiving Tips to survive the Holiday http://careysuevega.com/manner-monday-thanksgiving-tips-to-survive-the-holiday/ http://careysuevega.com/manner-monday-thanksgiving-tips-to-survive-the-holiday/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:00:03 +0000 http://careysuevega.com/?p=4103 With the Holidays fast approaching, many people will be sitting down to ‘break bread’ with a number of extended family members.  Oftentimes, this includes ‘unfamiliar’ family members.  Not too many of us actually enjoy that awkward moment of ‘what am I going to say’ or being stuck in an uncomfortable moment when the conversation isn’t flowing as freely as we would like for it to.  Spend some time now (or on that long car ride) with your immediate family to work on ‘comfortable conversation’ starters – so hopefully you won’t be stuck in an ‘uncomfortable conversation’.

If you’re hosting this year, here are some helpful tips to make sure things go as smooth as possible when it comes to creating comfortable conversation opportunities:

Assigned Seating:  It helps to take the guess work out of where everyone will sit and you’re also able to corral “Uncle Tom” between you and your sister… who will be able to help you keep him in check.

Table Setting Tips:  If you’re tasked with setting the table, check out this previous post with details to make it fun and easy!

Place Cards:  You can use something as simple as a piece of card stock, or you can do something fun such as a pinecone with the persons name tied to it with construction paper or ribbon.  You can also do something a bit more special such as a mini picture frame with your guest’s name, or photo, in it that they can take home with them as cherished memento.  If you have a little one, have them get in on the place card task; they love being included and can add an artistic touch that everyone will appreciate.

Conversation starters:  Another benefit of place cards, you can place a question on each place card that helps to get the conversation going.  Planting questions is a fabulous way to get the family talking and to share stories from ‘days gone by’ and create wonderful family memories you will treasure for a lifetime.

Here are some sample questions:

  • Ask an ‘older’ relative (grandparent, aunt, uncle or friend) what they remember about:
    • the invention of ‘cell phones’ and what did it look like?
    • What were their telephone ‘rules’ in the house before cell phones?
    • Before text and email, how did they send correspondence to friends and family. Did they have a ‘pen pal’?
    • Landline phones that were attached to the wall via a cord Party lines.
  •  Tell us about your favorite childhood Thanksgiving memory.
  • What was life like before Cell Phones and DVRs?
  • What are you most thankful for this year?
  • What is your most memorable school picture?
  • What special childhood memory do you have of a family member who is no longer with us?
  • What luxuries do you take for granted and why are you thankful for them?
  • Which teacher were you most grateful for?
  • What is your favorite memory from grade school?
  • How did you meet?  Tell us about your first date.  (This is a great one for the Grandparents.)
  • What family recipe reminds you of something special?
  • Tell about a time when you were reminded “it’s better to give than receive”.
  • Thinking of the pilgrims and their adventure, what do you think it would be like to leave everyone and everything behind and move to a new country…without a job secured?
  • What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken in your life?
  • What do you appreciate most about the person on your right?

As people are answering their questions, think of saying things such as “tell us more” instead of cutting them short to share your version or answer.

Turn the TV off and leave your cell phone at the front door (or in the car).  Take this time to focus on good old-fashioned ‘face-time’!

Click to Tweet:  Thanksgiving is a time to turn off the technology and focus on good old-fashioned ‘face-time’! #MannerMonday http://bit.ly/thxgvgtips

And if you’re hosting and a little stressed about the details, here are more tips on Planning the Perfectly Imperfect Party.

What are your tricks to keeping the conversation comfortable at your Thanksgiving table?  Please leave a comment below to share your tips and stories.

Happy Thanksgiving!  … and may the conversation be comfortable!

Do you know someone who would enjoy this post?  If so, please share it with them and encourage them to sign up to receive Manner Monday?  I would appreciate it!  And if you’re new to Manner Monday, I’d love for you to take a minute to learn more about why I started it. You can click here to read my very first post that tells all about it.

Do you have a ‘manner’ or question you would like to see covered in a post?  Feel free to send me your thoughts, I would love to hear from you.

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Thanks for reading!
Carey Sue


In other news….

Word of Mouth is the best compliment you can give.  Do you know of some who may be interested in our programs (Manner Monday tips, the Online Course, or Classes), please share our information with them.  Here is the best link to share with them, it covers everything in a nutshell:  http://careysuevega.com/

Registration for the Passport (9-12th Grade) Program is open:  Click Here to access more information and to access the Passport (9-12th Grade) Program registration online.

Business Etiquette Training and other Workshops Would you like to schedule a workshop or presentation? I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs and would love to work with your organization, Click Here to access the Business Section of the website.  Or please call or email for more information, 405-721-1467 or CareySue@CareySueVega.com Here are just a few of the workshop topics:

  • Etiquette and the Generations – understanding ‘those guys’
  • Creating a Great Customer Service Experience
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism – Navigating Lunch and Networking Events
  • Dude You’re Rude! Interoffice civility awareness and team building
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress
  • Trade Show Booth Training
  • and much more

 

 

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