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Friday, November 22, 2019

Respectfully Yours: During holidays, the gift is to the giver

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I was embarrassed and caught off-guard during the holidays last year. I received a gift I was not expecting and did not have one to give in return. What should you do when someone buys you a gift and you don’t have a gift for the person?

Dear Reader,

Chances are that the gift-giver just wanted to treat you to something nice without expectations attached.

Naturally, it’s awkward and uncomfortable when you are on the receiving end and you didn’t buy the person anything.

Respectfully Yours: Park emotions waiting for parking spot

Friday, November 15, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

During the holidays, things get fairly crowded and looking for a parking space is difficult. There are times people appear to be leaving but sit in their cars. Is there a polite way to ask another driver in this situation if they will be leaving the spot?

Dear Reader,

It tries our patience to wait for someone to leave a parking spot the person is taking his or her sweet time.

Respectfully Yours: How to be gracious Thanksgiving dinner host

Friday, November 8, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

This year, I host my first Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends. I have my recipes and menu ready, but I am not sure what other details I should consider. Can you please provide tips for being a gracious host?

Dear Reader,

Thanksgiving is one of the biggest family holidays of the year and it can be daunting whether it’s your first time hosting or your 20th time.

Respectfully Yours: Rudeness to server

Friday, November 1, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I have a friend who is rude to the servers whenever we eat out for dinner. I end up trying to counter the rudeness by going over the top to be polite. How should you deal with a friend who is rude to restaurant wait staff?

Dear Reader,

People can and will be disrespectful to any number of people for any number of reasons. One of the times where this occurs the most is in restaurants. Customers are paying not only for the food they eat but also for the experience.

Respectfully Yours: Thanksgiving guest

Friday, October 25, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

This year I will not be able to travel home for Thanksgiving. A friend nearby was kind and has extended an invitation to have Thanksgiving dinner. What are some tips to be a good guest?

Dear Reader,

When Thanksgiving involves being a guest at someone else’s banquet, there are things you can do to be an exceptional guest and help out your host.

Respectfully Yours: Phone call response

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

There are days that I am very busy and find it impossible to stop and take the time to take a phone call. Is it bad manners to respond to a phone call with a text message?

Dear Reader,

Sometimes you just don’t have time to answer the phone.

You could be driving a vehicle, having dinner with your family, or maybe you just don’t want to talk.

In such a connected world today, keeping your phone manners on point and respectful can be tricky.

Modern-day courtesy suggests you return any message via the same medium in which it was sent.

Respectfully Yours: Checkout tirade

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

While shopping last week I had an uncomfortable experience at the checkout counter. The line was long. A customer behind me was loudly expressing disapproval. How should I respond to a stranger’s rude and impatient behavior?

Dear Reader,

We all have to wait at times, taking our turns and being courteous. But I suppose someone didn’t get the memo. There’s a chance the impatient stranger had a lot on his or her mind and may have been trying to multitask through their day. The frustration built and you became an unlucky witness.

Respectfully Yours: Tweeting well

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I finally took the plunge and opened a Twitter account. Can you recommend Twitter etiquette for beginners?

Dear Reader,

Getting accustomed to Twitter can be difficult. It can appear to be a baffling and overwhelming social media platform.

As a new Twitter user, you would benefit greatly by learning the decorum of the Twitter community. It’s not as difficult as you may think. It’s a delicate balance of being social and genuine.

Respectfully Yours: formal table setting

Friday, September 27, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I have an important formal dining event coming up and I’m getting flustered thinking about it. I often get overwhelmed when I see a formal place setting. I need a few dining etiquette tips so I do not embarrass myself.

Dear Reader, Dining etiquette standards have relaxed a great deal in recent decades.

However, there still are certain dining guidelines that will be useful when you want to make a good impression.