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10 Mistakes We Don’t Even Know We’re Making | Golden Rules Gal

Thomas Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. We all strive to be polite and practice common courtesy. However, sometimes we make mistakes, and often unconsciously. Paying attention to these 10 blunders will help you be socially successful. Wiping Your Nose with Your Napkin. That’s what a handkerchief, tissue, or the restroom…

Virtual Connections: What To Expect Before, During, and After A Career Fair | Golden Rules Gal

What To Expect Virtual career fairs are just like traditional ones; the only difference is that it’s held virtually on an interactive platform. Your online presence will be different because you meet in a chat room as an individual or group. The pandemic has changed the way we communicate. Overnight, a handshake became a weapon,…

The Covid Chronicles – 9 Ways Life Will Change For Religious Institutions | Golden Rules Gal

Millions of Americans embrace worship as an essential part of life;  This is what it means to be a community of faith. But as we have been aware since Easter Sunday, a congregation of people also presents a risk for increasing the spread of Coronavirus.  Safety is everyone’s first concern, not only for congregants but…

The Covid Chronicles: 19 Ways Life Has Changed Since Covid-19 | Golden Rules Gal

1. Flexibility: Our new world will require flexibility.  It’s not the time to make judgement calls about the behavior of others.  Focus on your own behavior, which is what counts. 2. Schools and Workplace: Both have implemented tele-schooling and tele-working. 3. Grocery Shopping: New guidelines:  from one-way aisles to employees disinfecting carts, and the obvious of keeping a…

The Covid Chronicles: In Employees We Trust – How To Safely Dine Out | Golden Rules Gal

New dining etiquette rules will require trust, flexibility and patience because they are new and unfamiliar.  Our stepping out moment has finally come, yet many people are apprehensive about dining out because home has been their safe place for so long.  Further, we cannot always count on other people to do what they’re supposed to;…

The Covid Chronicles: 10 Ways Your Hotel Stay May Look Different | Golden Rules Gal

Mobile check-in: Think hotel apps for a contactless check-in process. Buffets: Goodbye buffets, hello room service.  The same goes for mini bars and grab and go dining. Bellhop:  Less will be more when it comes to luggage as bellhop services will be eliminated.  Common Areas: They will have social distancing markers for crowd control, and…

Covid Chronicles: 10 Ways Your Health Club Will Look Different | Golden Rules Gal

Check In:  There will be controlled measures such as screening, disinfectant protocols and plenty of hand sanitizer. Weights:  Staff will be required to wear gloves and masks, but it’s not a bad idea for members.  Weights are so often touched that it will be impossible to do a thorough cleaning between reps. Group classes:  They…

Pandemiquette: 10 Things To Look For In Restaurant Service | Golden Rules Gal

Check-In.  It’s fun to be spontaneous.  Restaurants are now operating at limited capacity, so make a reservation otherwise your wait time might be indefinite. Plus, chances are you’ll be asked to wait outside until the table is ready. Condiments. Bye, bye condiments of any kind.  If you see salt and pepper, unwrapped straws, or anything…

Pandemiquette: Congratulations Class of Covid-19 – How To Survive As A 2020 College Graduate | Golden Rules Gal

Pomp And Unusual Circumstance Two months ago your future was bright. Graduation and a career were on the horizon.  Now the path you forge will look different.  Since March, you’ve had ample practice in patience, flexibility and learning to adapt.  Now comes the hard part:  what is next? Remote Graduation It’s a year that you…

Pandemiquette: How To Social Distance While Dining Out | Golden Rules Gal

Covid-19 has changed the landscape of our lives.  We aren’t quite sure what dining will look like except that we will once again be around others.  While it’s impossible to isolate at a restaurant, congregating in groups will be a thing of the past. Social entertainment may make people apprehensive, especially for those who have…

Pandemiquette: How To Social Distance on Airplanes | Golden Rules Gal

Never in my wildest dreams (and I dream a lot), could I have imagined a world with masks and other personal protective equipment. When my 2009 book “A Traveler’s Passport To Etiquette” was published, life had changed since 9/11, but this pandemic has drastically changed our daily lives and routines. Today marks nine weeks of…

Pandemiquette: Loss In The Time of A Pandemic | Golden Rules Gal

Mourning Six Feet Apart “The wound is the place where the light enters you“ – Rumi If you have quarantine fatigue, welcome to the club. Spring has always been my least favorite season and this pandemic only confirms it. Our new normal even affects the healing process.  While death will become all of us, this…

Pandemiquette: Quarantine Shaming – The New Social Norm | Golden Rules Gal

Never Engage Or There Could Be Rage When it comes to the shaming of others who are not following shelter in place guidelines, the big question is - Is quarantine shaming working as a social detriment?  Used effectively, if it discourages others from bad behavior then by default it becomes a social norm. When behavior…

Pandemiquette: Covid-19 Gratuity Guidelines | Golden Rules Gal

The service industry in the United States has been hard hit by the Coronavirus.  Many restaurants and bars have closed their doors. The ones that are open for take-out have limited menus which means limited staffing.    Waiters aren’t paid high wages and they rely on tips. If a service is offered, even during hard…

Reverse Commute Etiquette Tips | Golden Rules Gal

Reverse commute etiquette: This is my home office. You no longer have to worry about calling in sick.  As businesses take precautions to limit the spread of Covid-19, employees are being asked to work from home.   The challenge now is how to work around other family members.  The location may have changed, but the rules…

5 Ways to Make a Good First Impression | Golden Rules Gal

Disneyland.  There’s nothing in the world like this theme park, and it always makes the best first impression. Making a good first impression with clients, colleagues, and acquaintances is key. In all encounters with others, showing a genuine interest in the other person is the best way to make a good first impression. Don’t forget what basic…

A Journey Back in Time: An Orient Express Diary | Golden Rules Gal

“The impossible cannot have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.” ― Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express  One year ago this month we traveled on the Orient Express from London to Venice. Cocktails in Bar Car 3674 toasting the "Guilty 12."  All Aboard Queen Victoria. Victoria’s Secret. Victoria Station. Nestled in the…

Royal Rules | Golden Rules Gal

(My home stay mom Hazel, my home stay brother Steve, and granddaughter Courtney) If you think living like a royal is easy, think again.  Being part of The Firm requires a lifetime commitment to rules and more rules.  Could you do it? I have asked myself that question time and time again just in case…