Monday, July 28, 2008

It's nice to be important but more important to be nice...

Growing up, my mom impressed upon me how important good manners and courtesy are-- no matter where you are in life.

But if you're like me, you can always use a refresher course. That's why I loved the summer edition of the "Communications Cocktail" from Frause reminding us that "Courtesy Rules!"

Who better than public relations professionals to set the bar on courtesy and gracious living?

Among other refreshing tidbits, Bob Frause shares some helpful Web sites to help you brush up on your table etiquette:
  • What's Cooking In America
  • Dining Etiquette for the Fast Food Generation
  • Eating Etiquette

  • I learned one of my favorite personal etiquette tips from Attorney General Rob McKenna who has attended just few Rotary lunches and charity auction dinners. Who hasn't been at a table where someone selects the wrong bread plate and by the time the bread basket makes it around the table there's an odd man out with a roll in one hand and a bread plate across the table? Rob taught me an easy way to always remember where the bread plate and drinking glass go.

    Simply touch your index fingers to your thumbs on each hand and leave the rest of the fingers straight. Your right hand will form a "d" to remind you your drinking glass goes to the right of your place setting. Your left hand will form a "b" to remind you your bread plate is on the left. Now you can always start your table off in the right direction!

    Don't say I never taught you anything...

    1 comment:

    THE FRAUSE BLOG said...

    Thank you for blogging on our Communications Cocktail! As an intern at Frause and a member of PRSSA, etiquette is very important and crucial to networking in public relations.

    Recently, the PRSSA chapter at the University of Oregon held an etiquette dinner for college students to practice table manners. It was a great success!

    Be sure to check out the Frause Blog !