Not your grandmother’s etiquette

Hello and welcome to the Clise Etiquette blog, a place to discuss savvy and not so savvy decorum. Etiquette may sound like a stuffy or old fashioned topic, but it’s really just about making yourself and others more comfortable and successful by being respectful, kind and professional.

I am a business etiquette consultant, speaker, trainer, coach and columnist for the Puget Sound Business Journal . I share etiquette and protocol tips, stories and techniques that you can use to feel more confident, at ease and successful in the workplace and socially.

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Remember the holiday spirit

MP900285144[1]My favorite FedEx Kinkos store assistant was a bit grumpy about the holidays. He was not his usual cheerful and upbeat self. He explained that the company has been gearing up and talking about the holidays since July and he was looking forward to December 26 when all is calm, all is bright.

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Don’t forget the hostess gift

There is a funny Seinfeld episode where Elaine, George and Jerry are headed to a dinner party and Elaine mentions to Jerry that they need to stop and pick up a bottle of wine to bring as a hostess gift. George is perplexed by this and doesn’t understand why he should be expected to bring a gift to a party he’s been invited to. Elaine responds that “it’s rude otherwise.” George suggests bringing a bottle of Pepsi because he “doesn’t like wine.” If you feel as clueless as George about the tradition of hostess gifts don’t despair. Help is here. Continue reading “Don’t forget the hostess gift” »

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Cocktail party food and drink finesse

When mingling at parties and networking events, have you ever struggled with juggling a plate of food and a drink? When you have a plate in one hand and a glass in the other it prevents you from shaking hands and you usually can’t eat, at least not gracefully. Thankfully there are a few things you can do instead. Continue reading “Cocktail party food and drink finesse” »

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Four tips to make your holiday party mingling easier

Celebratory drinkThe holidays are here! Whether you’re attending the company holiday dinner or your neighbor’s cocktail party being ready for mingling with strangers or people you don’t know well will make the events much easier for you. Here are four tips to make your mingling stress-free. Continue reading “Four tips to make your holiday party mingling easier” »

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A fun way to share your gratitude

Thanksgiving feastDo you have the tradition of sharing what you’re thankful for at Thanksgiving? I’m usually the instigator of this practice in my family and they often groan and tease me for being so predictable. But, I don’t care because what I love most about Thanksgiving is taking the time to reflect on what we are grateful for in our lives.

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Raised pinky fingers, scone slicing and other tea faux pas

AfternoonTeaWith a Starbucks on every corner and American’s addiction to coffee, it’s hard to believe that at one time tea was the beverage of choice. Continue reading “Raised pinky fingers, scone slicing and other tea faux pas” »

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The “Yes, and…” principle

Photo courtesy of Comedy Sportz

Photo courtesy of Comedy Sportz

Have you ever been to a comedy improv show or tried improvisation? My husband and some friends and I went to Comedy Sportz recently and had a great time. I was reminded how difficult improvisation is. When it’s done well it looks easy, but having taken some improv lessons I know it’s not. You have to be a quick thinker, have a strong knowledge of pop culture and a good sense of humor. Continue reading “The “Yes, and…” principle” »

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Manners, etiquette, it’s all the same, right?

sistersPeople often describe etiquette as manners. The two are very closely linked, but they are different. I like to say that manners are the sister to etiquette. They belong in the same family but one is practical and the other is kind. Continue reading “Manners, etiquette, it’s all the same, right?” »



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Handling online bullies

13670431_mlDo you remember the school bully – the person who made your life miserable through their taunts, insults and meanness? Sadly, it seems bullies don’t just exist in childhood. There are adult bullies everywhere, and many of them hide behind their computer screen.

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Handshake alternatives for a germ-filled world

household cleaner with rubber gloves bucket and sponge..Today when I called my doctor to make an appointment for my annual exam the scheduler asked me several questions – “Have you been out of the country within the past 21 days?” “Have you been around anyone who has been out of the country within the past 21 days?” “Are you sick?” I knew immediately she was screening patients for possible exposure to Ebola.

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