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Little Things Matter – HOLDING STEMWARE

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It’s National Etiquette Week! The goal is to raise social awareness in all areas of American life, and I’ll be sharing quick tips that align with this year’s theme: “Little Things Matter.” I hope you’ll follow along and share these posts that you’ll find throughout the week here, and on FacebookInstagram and Twitter!

On holding stemware:

The stem on glassware, while decorative, also has a greater purpose – it’s a handle, of sorts. Grasp the stem towards the bottom, between your thumb and forefinger. Your remaining fingers should rest along the base the glass. This will ensure no unsightly fingerprints on the glassware from errant grasping of the bowl, as well as maintaining the proper temperature of your wine or other beverage.

A more advanced grasp is to hold the base of the glass between your thumb and forefinger. Give it a try with your next glass of Rosé!

Little Things Matter – NAME TAG PLACEMENT

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It’s National Etiquette Week! The goal is to raise social awareness in all areas of American life, and I’ll be sharing quick tips that align with this year’s theme: “Little Things Matter.” I hope you’ll follow along and share these posts that you’ll find throughout the week here, and on FacebookInstagram and Twitter!

On name tag placement:

If right-handed, it’s easier to place name tags on the left, but they belong on your right side! Find a spot for it high and flat on your right shoulder to offer others the best view of your face and name during networking and social events. This name tag placement is ideal for those you greet, as you’ll be extending your right hand for handshakes. Remember: high and right = line of sight.

Note: Companies often require employees to wear ID badges on the left, for instant identification and security purposes. The left side is also where lapel pins should be worn – over your heart.

A HEALTHY HANDSHAKE

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It’s said that you should never judge a book by its cover. Considering that first impressions are made within 7 seconds of meeting someone, we’ll have to assume that judgment is being dished out rather often.  Parents typically seek me out because of things that are going on around the table with their children, however I begin each series of Charm events with the seven essential ingredients to make a great first impression. One of those ingredients: a proper handshake. I’ve felt quite a few handshake maladies from adults, as of late. So, I thought I’d share a few of the symptoms to look out for, as well as the common cure.

Diagnosis: Floppy Fish

Symptoms: Most often dished out by ladies, the limp posturing of the hand causes this form of handshake to feel more like grasping a dead fish than a person possessing confidence.

Diagnosis: Bone Crusher

Symptoms: A crunched knuckle handshake most often given by men, this action might elicit a look of discomfort on the face of its recipient, but always leaves an impression of aggression.

Diagnosis: The Glove (A.K.A. The Politician’s Handshake)

Symptoms: A sign of closeness, the recipient’s right hand or shoulder is cupped by the left hand of the opposite person during the handshake; a gesture reserved for a personal setting – never for business.

Treatment: A Proper Handshake

Dosage: Extending your right hand (thumb pointing up), connect the web between your index finger and thumb firmly with that of the other person’s hand. Shake, with an up and down motion, three to four times (elbow close to your body) and release. Repeat as necessary.

Do you have a healthy handshake? The best way to find out is by practicing with someone who will give an honest opinion. In this case, practice really does makes perfect, and will lead to great first impressions when interacting with people – beyond those seven seconds.

Be well,

Erika