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Conducting business or a job interview over a meal? Always let your host order first, taking your ordering cues from them. If they order a salad, don’t order the chateaubriand.

Etiquette Training at Your Leisure

Welcome to Sharon’s podcast, Minding Your Manners.

Here you will find lessons on how to become more polished and professional that you will be able to access at your convenience. If you have a question you would like to have addressed on one of Sharon’s podcasts, please send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Prepare for the Next Office Get-together

Prepare for the Next Office Get-together. Everything from hostess gifts to handshakes is covered in this Holiday Party etiquette podcast.

How to Handle the Death of a Business Associate

How to Handle the Death of a Business Associate. Sharon equips you to react in a sensitive manner to the death of a business associate, co-worker or a co-worker’s loved one.

How to Make Professional Business Introductions

How to Make Professional Business Introductions. Learn to introduce business associates with poise and professionalism.

Networking Best Practices Do you know how to tactfully break in and out of on-going conversations?

Networking Best Practices Do you know how to tactfully break in and out of on-going conversations? Let Sharon equip you to tactfully join a conversation at your next networking event.

Are Etiquette Rules Different in Social and Business Settings?

Are Etiquette Rules Different in Social and Business Settings? Should men treat women the same way in the board room and at the club? Sharon shares insights on appropriate business and social behavior

Tips for Remembering Names

Tips for Remembering Names. Repetition is the key to remember the name of a co-worker or business associate. Listen to Etiquette Expert Sharon Hill’s tips on remembering a name.

Is Gum Chewing Inappropriate?

Is Gum Chewing Inappropriate? There are times gum chewing is appropriate behavior, and times it definitely is not. Learn the difference and sharpen your etiquette tools, listen now.

Don’t Be an Ugly Duckling! Learn How to Make Great First Impressions

Don't be an ugly duckling! Sharon Hill can help you become an expert at making amazing first impressions with her interactive business etiquette training sessions, presentations, podcasts, and books.

Quick Tip: How to Properly Treat Your Wait Staff

Listen in as Sharon tells you how you should treat your wait staff.

Quick Tip: Passing the Salt (and Pepper)

Passing the salt on its own? For shame! Listen in to learn proper etiquette protocol for passing table seasoning.

Quick Tip: Thanking a Dinner Host

Ever wonder what the proper way to thank a dinner host is? Listen in to this podcast as Sharon explains the one essential step to showing your gratitude and professionalism.

Quick Tip: Keeping the Tablecloth Clean

Make a good impression on your dinner partners by not making one on the tablecloth. Listen in for some tips on how to keep it clean.

Quick Tip: What to Do if You Get Food Stuck in Your Teeth

So you're dining out with friends or business associates, and you realize you've got food stuck in your teeth. What do you do now? Listen in to find out.

Quick Tip: How to Let Your Server Know You’re Finished with Your Meal

In this quick tip, Sharon reveals the secret of signaling to your server that you've finished your meal.

Quick Tip: What Not to Do with Your Sorbet

Often, upscale dining establishments will provide you with sorbet as a pallet cleanser. Listen in to learn how not to commit an etiquette no-no when you're served this treat.

Quick Tip: How to Wear Your Name Tag

Where should you pin that name tag when you're at a networking function? Listen in to find out which side and how high.

Quick Tip: What to Do if You Forget Someone’s Name

Ever call someone by the wrong name in a formal conversation? It happens to the best of us. Here's how to remedy that little faux pas - and make sure it doesn't happen again.

Quick Tip: Addressing an Older Person

How should you address someone older than you in a formal conversation? Listen in to find out what's acceptable and what isn't in the world of professional name calling.

Quick Tip: Using a Napkin to Signal Your Server

Ever find yourself fearing for your half finished meal when you have to briefly leave the table? Fear no more! In this quick tip, Sharon will educate you on the proper protocol for using your napkin to signal to your waiter or waitress that you aren't done yet.

Quick Tip: Soup Eating Etiquette

Gentlemen: unsure about the proper way to keep that tie from interfering during a formal meal? In this quick tip, Sharon tells you how to properly avoid wearing your soup.

Quick Tip: Scheduling Business Meetings

How can you get the most productivity out of your business meetings? Listen in to learn the best practices for effective scheduling.

Upscale Dining Etiquette

You are always being watched, so learn how not to make a faux pas when dining in a fine establishment.

Interview with Richard Brown

Once again, Sharon shares her etiquette tips on the Richard Brown Radio Show. The Richard Brown Show is a weekly radio show where they discuss, explore and change issues that are affecting the African American community.

Quick Tip: How to Give Host/Hostess Gifts

When is it appropriate to give a gift if you are visiting someone? Listen in to learn more about giving gifts at dinner parties and events.

Quick Tip: Eating at Networking Events

If there are endless buffets at a networking event, what should you do? Listen in to learn a quick tip on eating at networking events.

Quick Tip: Cutting Your Food

Have you ever been at a party and looked around at other people's plates before cutting into your steak? In this tip, Sharon advises on the proper way to cut your food at the dinner table.

Quick Tip: Shaking Hands

How do you feel when you shake hands with someone who has a wet hand? Listen in to learn how you can avoid this turn off when you shake hands with someone.

Quick Tip: Cell Phones at a Formal Meal

What should you do if you are expecting an important phone call at a formal event? Sharon Hill advises on what to do with your cell phone at formal meals so you do not disturb other people.

How to Present Your Business Card

This tip gives you a brief overview about how to present your business cards to people when you meet them. Listen in to learn more about making a great first impression.

Quick Tip: Eating with Bread at the Dinner Table

What should you do if you are about to finish eating your dinner and there are only a few peas left on the plate? Listen in to find out about how etiquette trainer Sharon Hill clears her plate in an appropriate manner.

Quick Tip: Using the 80/20 Rule at Networking Events

Here is a etiquette tip about networking events. How do you get people to like you based on a first impression? Use the 80/20 rule.

Quick Tip: Interacting with People at Networking Events

Here is a etiquette tip about networking events. How much time should you spend with people at these events? Listen in to learn more.

How to Give and Receive Business Cards

Have you ever wondered what you should and should not do when giving and receiving business cards? First impressions are everything and business cards can make or break that first impression.

Sharon A. Hill Interview on Mayilyn’s Cafe Society Radio Show_Part 2

Sharon A. Hill goes on radio show, Marilyn's Cafe Society, to talk about her company and work as an Etiquette Expert. Marilyn's Cafe Society is broadcast out of Joliet, Illinois.

Sharon A. Hill Interview on Mayilyn’s Cafe Society Radio Show_Part 1

Sharon A. Hill goes on radio show, Marilyn's Cafe Society, to talk about her company and work as an Etiquette Expert. Marilyn's Cafe Society is broadcast out of Joliet, Illinois.

Interviewing Over a Meal

Did you know that many CEOs and hiring managers are conducting interviews over a meal? This is often done to see how a potential candidate performs in these situations. The following tips could help you win the job you are seeking.

Dinner Party Etiquette

Be poised and professional whether dining at a dinner party or a restaurant... remember that there is no waiter to serve you at someone's home, so the rules will change. Learn the rules of dinner party etiquette.

Proper Buffet Etiquette

Have you ever wondered if the person in front of you in the buffet line was behaving properly? After listening to this podcast, you will know the ins and outs of how to act when dining at a buffet.

Proper Telephone Etiquette

Every conversation you have is an opportunity for you to show how polished you are… even on the telephone. Learn how to make a positive first impression on your next phone call with the tips in this podcast.

Executing A Professional Handshake

Have you ever had someone shake your hand in a way that made you uncomfortable? This podcast will help you deal with those situations and will give you tips to keep your handshakes polished and professional.

Making Tactful Introductions

Have you ever had to introduce someone, but you couldn't remember his or her name? What do you do when this happens? Sharon Hill International presents key tips to help you feel confident while making introductions.

Creating Small Talk

Meeting new people isn't always easy. In fact, introducing yourself to a stranger can be quite daunting for some people. This podcast will help you discover how to instigate small talk, so you appear polished and professional.

Making an Impact with Your Email Etiquette

Sending emails has become so common place that many of us have forgotten that there is a modicum of decorum to be followed. How do your emails compare?

The Subtleties of Eye Contact

One of the most important aspects of communicating professionally is knowing how to maintain proper eye contact. But what do you do if the person to whom you are speaking can't seem to keep his or her eyes on you during your conversation?


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