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Memorable Family Vacations

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted 04.24.2013 | Parents
Jodi R. R. Smith

From theme parks where dreams come to life to amusement parks that take your breath away, spending quality family time together has the potential for being quite taxing. Here are some polite suggestions for making your vacation memorable... in a positive way.

Louder Than Words

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted 10.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Jodi R. R. Smith

A few weeks ago my Aunt Leona passed away. Her life is a testament to something I teach in my professional protocol seminars. Life is about actions. In both your personal and your professional lives, others make decisions about you based upon your observable behaviors.

May, the Month of Moms & Mentors

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted 07.10.2012 | Small Business
Jodi R. R. Smith

May is upon us, and with Mother's Day quickly approaching, it is the perfect time to reflect on how our mothers -- and other mentoring figures -- have helped shape our lives.

Leap Day Allows for More Mannerly Ways

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted 04.29.2012 | Home
Jodi R. R. Smith

This is a Leap Year and therefore we have been granted an entire extra day to add civility back into our busy lives. How will you spend your 16 extra waking hours?

12 New Year's Resolutions Toward a Politer You

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted 04.02.2012 | Home
Jodi R. R. Smith

If you are finding your New Year's resolutions elusive, why not opt for some easily obtainable ones instead? In honor of 2012, here are 12 New Year's resolutions towards a better, and more polite, you.

Polite Resolutions

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jodi R. R. Smith

Yes, it is brave and noble to set (and stick with) long term New Years' resolutions. It is also admirable to include some moderate and easily achievable goals.

Back to School, Moving Up

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jodi R. R. Smith

September means back to school for many families, but for those of you in the working world I have a quick quiz. Think fast, True or False: ...

Gracious Good-Byes - Career Transitions

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jodi R. R. Smith

With Mr. Steven Slater's Hollywood exit from the JetBlue flight, we at Mannersmith thought it might be time to remind gentlepeople everywhere there is...

Golden Recruiting Rules

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jodi R. R. Smith

They say you never forget your first time. My first job requisition posting as a brand new human resources representative was back in the days when n...

Dating -- Do's and Don'ts

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jodi R. R. Smith

While I do not have the magic formula for finding the love of your life, I do have ten tips to get you started.

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy: Holiday Cards Galore

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jodi R. R. Smith

There is nothing like a well written holiday letter. There are few things as painful as a poorly written holiday letter. As you reflect over the past year and compose your own, here are some guidelines to consider.

Perfectly Polite While Working-out

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jodi R. R. Smith

This month's Mannersmith Monthly was written by our office fitness fanatic, Mannersmith Consultant, Marianne Cohen. January is here and the start of ...

Cough, Sneeze, Oink!

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jodi R. R. Smith

While we would all like to think the world would stop if we were unable to be in the office for the day, this is just not the case. Better to stay home and get well then to be the cause of a local outbreak.

Customer Service Made Simple

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jodi R. R. Smith

The marketing adage is that a happy customer may tell one or two of their friends. But an unhappy customer tells, on average, 11 others.

Top Twelve Tips to Saving Time in 2009

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jodi R. R. Smith

As you prepare for the new year, here are some tips to help you work smarter, not harder in 2009.

Traveling Home for the Holidays

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jodi R. R. Smith

While traveling over the past few months, I have had my toothbrush case opened and toothbrush carefully inspected. As if I would use it again after those dirty gloves had touched the bristles!