Salisbury Press

Friday, May 25, 2018

Respectfully Yours: Men’s office attire

Friday, May 18, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I recently read your column on summer office attire for women. Could you please give ideas for men’s attire for the summer season at the office?

Dear Reader, The summer months are here and the warm weather doesn’t immediately imply casual. There is no excuse for looking lazy. You merely need to adapt to the season.

Every workplace has different dress code policies. No matter the temperature, it is always important to look professional and appropriate.

Respectfully Yours: graduation

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Our son is graduating from high school in May. Between the announcements, ceremony, and party, I am overwhelmed. When do you send graduation announcements and when should party invitations be sent?

Dear Reader, High school graduation is an important milestone in a teenager’s life. Here are some tips to help you navigate high school graduation etiquette.

Respectfully Yours: office attire

Friday, May 4, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, With summer approaching, I could use suggestions regarding appropriate summer attire for work. I would like to put away the dark pants and wear some dresses. How can I update my office wardrobe while taking care to not overdo it?

Dear Reader,

It’s important to strike a balance between comfortable and appropriate when it comes to work attire.

The first thing you’ll want to do is consult dress code of the company. Businesses have a variety of policies regarding summer office attire.

Respectfully Yours: best man speech

Friday, April 27, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I’m the best man in my older brother’s wedding this summer. I am expected to give the toast and I am not comfortable talking in front of a big crowd of people. Do you have any tips for making a solid speech?

Dear Reader,

Being asked to offer a toast at a wedding is an honor and the best man’s toast is as close to non-optional as it gets.

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.