Catasauqua Press

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Respectfully Yours: business cards

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I attend numerous networking events and I am presented with many business cards. In the moment, I find myself trying not to break eye contact and stare at the card. What should I do when someone hands me his or her business card? And what’s the proper way to present one?

Dear Reader, I want to start by giving you a little history on business card handling. Japanese protocol teaches us everything we know about business card protocol.

Respectfully Yours: Just say no

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I’m a busy working mom of three boys and I have a lot on my plate. When I am asked to do something beyond my already full schedule, I have a habit of saying “Yes” to everyone. I’m starting to feel burnt out and resentful. Is there a way to say “No” without sounding like a bad person?

Dear Reader,

The tiny little word “no” is often the most difficult one to say.

If you are worried about hurting someone’s feelings or causing conflict there are ways to say “no” so that you remain likable. There are guilt-free strategies for saying “no.”

Respectfully Yours: hotel tipping

Friday, April 6, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Our family plans on traveling more frequently this summer. I’m never sure how much and when to tip housekeeping, concierge, valet, etc. I would like to know the basic guidelines for tipping hotel staff.

Dear Reader,

Hotel tipping is one of those things that can confuse even the most experienced of travelers. The hospitality business model is built on showmanship and catering to you. When you arrive at a hotel, people immediately spring into action to make your stay more comfortable.

The Family Project: Sleepover advise

Friday, April 6, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Q. My seven-year-old was invited to sleep over at a friend’s house. I hardly know the family, and my son just met the boy this year in first grade. I don’t want to disappoint my son. He is so excited about the sleepover. But I am really worried. How do I approach this with the parents of his new friend and not sound like I am being snobbish or judgmental?

Respectfully Yours: gym etiquette

Friday, March 30, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

I recently joined a gym for the first time and am feeling very self-conscious. Are there gym etiquette rules that I should know so I don’t embarrass myself?

Dear Reader, Even at a gym, rules of etiquette should be followed. Sure, the social graces expected in a gym are a bit different from those expected at a formal dinner or wedding, but manners are important just the same.

Respectfully Yours: Baby visit

Friday, March 23, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Can you please share your advice on the etiquette of visiting a friend’s house after a new baby arrives? I was excited to visit the newborn and I am afraid I made things more stressful. Do you have any “ground rules” for visitors after the baby is born?

Dear Reader,

There are few things in life more heartwarming than meeting a newborn baby for the first time. But for the parents who have just had a baby, there are few things that are more stressful than too much company.

Respectfully Yours: grocery etiquette

Friday, March 16, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Trips to the grocery store can be downright exhausting and I have noticed that the grocery store checkout lane is a place where I encounter bad manners. What are your thoughts on grocery store etiquette?

Dear Reader,

The grocery store is fraught with inconveniences, but knowing how to navigate the grocery store will make your shopping experience a bit more pleasant.

Respectfully Yours: Good sports

Friday, March 9, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

My daughter is a very good soccer player. Therefore she is a target for the other team to take her out. Recently, she was head-butted and hurt by a player on the opposing team. The other player was clearly in the wrong and taken out of the game. A parent behind us quipped, “Well if she doesn’t want to get hurt she shouldn’t make herself a target.” Not wanting to make a scene, I said nothing but felt this parent’s comment should have been addressed.

Respectfully Yours

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I’m struggling with children’s birthday party etiquette. My daughter will be eight in March, and we are planning a party. This year, my daughter would like to invite children from school, which I think would be fun. How do we decide who to invite, the length of the party, and the best time to open gifts? I’d like to use this opportunity to teach my daughter how to be a gracious party host.

Dear Reader,

Respectfully Yours

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I am beginning a new semester in college and I often communicate with professors via email. Please explain the basics of email etiquette and how to format a proper email.

Dear Reader, The number of emails you send in your college career may seem endless. The way in which you communicate and present yourself when writing to your professors is extremely important. You should view how you communicate as a professional exchange.