By Randy | November 2, 2013
It never fails. I am in the grocery store parking lot and trying to back out, when someone from out of nowhere is suddenly in my rear view mirror and I am about to mow them down. Why are people so stupid? How hard is it to notice that the back up lights are shining on a car which means…duh, they are backing up? Then why keep walking behind said backing up car? Do you think you are transparent and can’t end up being a parking lot speed bump?
Here’s an idea: Lift up your head, take notice of your surroundings and then wait for the car to back up out of the parking space before you go barreling ahead to your own vehicle.
It’s easy. And you won’t get hurt.
By Randy | March 30, 2011
There’s no shortage of ways to irritate friends on Facebook. We’ll help you avoid the biggest etiquette pitfalls with these expert tips. Read more from this PC World article here…
By Randy | October 17, 2009
Autumn is a fascinating and powerful time of year. Many significant holidays take place between the summer and winter months. Our personal challenges can appear magnified during these events and celebrations can become incredibly stressful. [more]
By Randy | September 29, 2009
I live in fear of bikers and boarders on campus.
When I hear clack-clack clack-clack — the telltale sign of longboarders approaching from behind me — I tense up, waiting for them to hit me. It’s worse when a silent bicyclist passes me, mere inches away, and I start to consider what would have happened if I had leaned over just a little, if I had stepped around something, if I had made a theatrical [click here to read the rest of the post]
By Randy | September 14, 2009
You’ve just got to wonder what people use that gray matter in their heads for sometimes. Check out this story about the rude waiter and what he had printed on a family’s restaurant bill about their two year old daughter, Molly. Egads!
By Randy | July 27, 2009
Even idiots text. Ever see the car-crash videos from people who can’t drive and add texting to the trip? Kaboom!
Here are a few more rules to text by:
• Short and sweet.
• Text when you need me.
• Be clear. Text full words.
• Be careful of what you say about third parties. Texts may be passed on or read or posted by others.
• Be responsive but not rude. Texting should be done when you have the private time and space, not in meetings or while others are talking (like you do).
• Be mannerly. If you want to respond to a text, and you’re in a conversation with others, ask for permission. Join the revolution. As a nation, less than 75 percent are actively texting. But that’s a misleading number. More than 90 percent of kids text, while only 20 percent of people over 45 text. [read the entire text]
By Randy | July 20, 2009
Women wearing trousers? All right, if they have to. Men giving up ties? It had to come, perhaps. But abandoning the knife and fork as eating utensils? Is nothing sacred? [Read More]
By Randy | July 7, 2009
Here are five tell-tale traits of Smartphoniacs:
Do they take their smart phones with them when they get up from the table to go to the restroom — and do they take an awful lot of trips there?
Do you receive messages from them while you know they are driving (increasingly being banned in state after state), or at midnight on Saturday night?
Do they come up with excuses in the middle of a conversation to pull out their smart phone — something like “let me jot something you said down so I don’t forget it,” and then sneak a look at all their messages?
Are they suffering from sprained or elongated thumbs?
Do they openly use their smart phones in inappropriate places, such as first dates, at Rosh Hashanah or Christmas dinner, in hospital delivery rooms, or on job interviews?
If your “friend” fits four out of five of these, then he or she is a Smartphoniac. If he fits only two or three of them, he is just another typical user who stays connected on the street, in meetings and at the movies. (read the rest of this article here)
By Randy | July 2, 2009
Some folks need all the help they can get when it comes to good manners. From AppStore:
Etiquette Avenue is the address for the “operating rules” for today’s workplace and your business-related social events. On Etiquette Avenue, you will acquire the skills that you need in a competitive world. Whether it is correct introductions, how to hold a wine glass, or chair a meeting, we have you covered!
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By Randy | June 27, 2009
I thought this was an interesting post from the New York Times online:
To the Editor:
I am an executive coach who is working with professionals who are trying to either keep their jobs or find new jobs in this difficult economy. You made some interesting observations in “At Meetings, It’s Mind Your BlackBerry or Mind Your Manners” (front page, June 22).
The practice of using a BlackBerry or other electronic device in business meetings is part of a larger issue — the loss of politeness and manners in a 24/7 business environment.
I was told by a client, who is a former board member of a large cosmetics company and now a venture capitalist, that she had decided to refuse to help fellow alumni from her prestigious university. When I asked why, she explained how over an 18-month period, she had gone out of her way to help six alumni network into new jobs. In response to all her efforts, not a single one took the time to thank her.
This is a glaring example of how politeness and manners seem to have gone the way of the dinosaurs.
American businesspeople who forget common rules of courtesy and politeness can completely destroy a business relationship overseas. For instance, Japanese and Italian business cultures will not tolerate the rudeness that is unfortunately pervading the American workplace.
New York, June 24, 2009