Upgrading Your Manners…It Will Pay Off For You!


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So… with the start of Spring (finally!) we thought it might be a good opportunity to conduct some Spring Cleaning in manners department. A refresher on some important modern manners , well it’s perfect timing!

Spring is the time when the Mother Nature rejuvenates herself…so why shouldn’t we?! Let’s start clearing out those closets of misfit manners and Spring into acting and behaving in a more professional and mindful way. In the world of business, it’s not always what you do but how you do it. With one small gesture you can impress, insult, appear cultured and educated, or simply reduce your credibility .

Here are some mannerly actions that will increase your E.Q. (Etiquette Quotient), increasing your confidence and marketability in the world!

Be on time…

Be on time and prepared….what that means in business affairs is 10-15 minutes early and google some pertinent information about the event or speaker. What can happen if you arrive early?

  1. You may get some face time with decision makers, who are typically early.
  2. You can take the time to find the best positioning for you in the meeting space.
  3. You can offer to help – offering assistance may convey your ability to collaborate, which may differentiate you from your peers.

See what this professional hockey player’s lack of timeliness has cost him… Pro Hockey player suspended for lateness

Dining Do’s and Don’ts…

Master the art of dining. It is not about eating with your mouth open or belching at the table…though those infractions are important, there is a much deeper nuance to a business meal, particularly if you want to make the right impression  More than 65% of all business is conducted during a meal of some sort. So sorting out best practices is important. So ask yourself…

  1. When do I RSVP?
  2. Where do I put my napkin when I stand?
  3. How to order or should I order a bottle of wine?
  4. When do I start that business conversation?

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Learn more about Dining Etiquette with MMI.


Mindful usage of electronic devices/electronic communication. Many an opportunity has been won or lost based on how we communicate. In this 4G world the lines have gotten more challenging to navigate. So knowing how and when to communicate is critical in maximizing success. Do you know how to communicate between the multitudes of generations in the workplace ? Here are some tips:

    1. Learning how a company or client prefers to communicate is the first thing. So ask how you should be communicating, you don’t want to be texting when picking up the phone would be more appropriate .
    2. Knowing when an email has become misinterpreted and knowing what to do about it.
    3. Respecting the people around you when using your electronic devices. It’s rare to talk to a person without your phone buzzing at least once. So who is most important? That person in front of you or your electronic device buzzing in your pocket?  Brain Interrupted   

Personal space in a public place…

Being mindful of your surroundings and personal space. I am amazed the amount of people who actually take phone calls in a public restroom or in a cubicle space amongst 20 other cubicle spaces.

  1. Remember to use your indoor voice when speaking on the phone or with other colleagues in a confined space.
  2. The office refrigerator should not be considered your personal space…it is communal so treat it that way by clearing out your contributions on a daily basis. Don’t take what is not yours or you may get this note in return.

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Do you want more advice on how to improve your E.Q.? Contact us… we will make your Etiquette Spring Cleaning a more pleasurable and profitable task!

Lisa and Demetria

Co-Founders – Mother, May I

May I Rush Others Because I am Running Late?

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When was the last time you were late? If you can recall this answer quickly, you can find comfort that you are not alone…This Huffington Post article takes a look at the psychological reasons behind people who are late most of the time.

Today, due to all our GPS devices and location apps, people are showing up late more often. It seems that technology enables many of us to be late, and somehow this is “Okay”.
What is the definition of being late? Mother, May I emphasizes that the modern on time is “being between 7-15 minutes early” Anything under 7 minutes defines being late. Why do you think that is?

  • If you arrive too close to “Go time” it offers the appearance that you are not prepared
  • You could inconvenience others by your “fashionably late” arrival
  • You are probably missing opportunities to connect with others or even relax yourself


It makes sense…if you ever found yourself sprinting through an airport, you can understand that the energy spent running could have been better spent sitting and smiling. We are heading into the holiday travel season. When you are late, you are rude. Don’t be rude. Be on time for your holiday events and your holiday travels.

Blogging about time…this past weekend, many of us turned back our clocks one hour. This practice was initiated by our nation to conserve energy. Read about the history of Daylight Savings Time.

So if you are feeling behind, well we will cut you some slack this week.

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Want to learn how to be on time and see how that can benefit you or your organization? Contact us at info@mothermayimanners.com. Don’t delay!
Please share with us your worst “I can’t believe I was late” story…we can learn from each other about being on time.

Demetria and Lisa
Co-Founders – Mother, May I