Posts Tagged ‘manners’
By Angela Marshall, 28th Nov 2012
Keeping Shoes Clean
Over the last month we have had lots of rain in the UK and from seeing on the news the United States have also suffered with horrendous storms. It means that we often need to change our shoes for walking outside particularly when walking through muddy areas.
During wet weather or during snowy winter weather it is important to take extra care that our shoes are kept in good condition.
- Good repair – ensure you shoes are in good repair, this includes wellies. Worn rubber soles can cause you to slip in wet or icy weather.
- Polishing shoes not only keeps them clean but provides a protective layer that repels water and dirt, keeping your leather shoes impeccably clean and presentable.
- Suede shoes – waterproof when new to prevent suede and nubuck from becoming damaged. Use a soft bristled brush or a suede bar to lightly lift away dirt. However, avoid wearing them in very wet weather.
- Casual, Sport or Walking shoes – these days often they are suitable to be cleaned in the washing machine. Check label when you purchase them.
- Shoe trees – to keep shoes in shape use shoe trees and when damp use newspaper.
- Spare kit – keep a shoe cleaning kit in the office to ensure your shoes are kept in supreme condition.
- Salt Stains – during the snow you may find your shoes have salt stains. Use equal parts white vinegar and water and dampening a small cloth. Then use the cloth to scrub the stained area.
Smelly or Stinky shoes
To avoid bad odour put baking soda into your shoes every night when you take them off. In the morning, take the shoes outside and clap the soles together to get rid of excess powder. Alternatively, use odour-controlling insoles or put your shoes in a sealable plastic bag and put them in the freezer overnight. The cold should kill any fungus or bacteria causing the odour. Always avoid wearing the same shoes two days in a row.
Looking after shoes enables them to last longer and shoes clean and in good condition form part of your personal grooming routine. People notice your shoes!
Picture Credits: http://www.clarks.co.uk/
It is becoming recognised that we need to be more conventional and conservative in our values and that grooming and good social etiquette are the key to being successful.
Networking – In the United States, the British afternoon tea has become a fashionable way to meet and greet people and create relationships either for business or personal reasons. It is also becoming more popular in London. I certainly enjoy meeting prospective clients, clients and friends for a chat for afternoon tea Sofitel in St James, who have a great selection of teas accompanied by Pariesiennes pastries (especially the cup cakes). It is one for my favourite and for a less extravagant tea there is also City Inn Westminster who make some great scones.
It is a wonderful way to introduce yourself to people in a stylish and elegant way and it gives you a great opportunity to give a good image and show your social graces and good manners.
By Angela Marshall, 28th Jun 2009
The school summer break is nearly upon us, why not over the summer holidays make the most of the time to remind or teach your children good manners and social skills. They may not appreciate it at the time, but it is one of those things that they will thank you for later in life. The sooner you teach your children, the easier it will be for them as they get older. Good manners do not come by themselves, they need to be taught. Also, not all children find it easy to make new friends yet encouraging them whilst they are young will help them in later life. These skills will give them confidence when dining with strangers and generally mixing with new people. You never know it may refresh and improve your own manners at the same time!
Letter writing has made a comeback, with thank-you letters and handwritten notes replacing emails and texts. Encourage your children to send postcards to grandparents, relatives or friends. It will encourage them to use their imagination for essays and perhaps be a start to being a future author!
Check out further information and ideas on social-skills-for-children
When attending a meeting you should stand when a senior manager or top executive enters the room. Then wait until they offer their hand and when shaking hands ensure you always have a firm grip (although don’t squeeze). And look directly in the eye when greeting them.
Remember: Always be conscious that your mannerisms reflect on your professionalism and that of your companies.
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By Angela Marshall, 17th Apr 2009
The other morning I turned on the television, whilst changing to go out, and Trisha Goddard on Five programme was on. This is not something I would normally watch, however it was about etiquette and they had on some women who they were going to change from ladettes to ladies, so I thought I should watch it. I was amazed, in fact shocked, to hear that a few of the women go to Asda in their pyjamas because they are too lazy to change; one in her dressing gown with nothing else on. Three were sent off with some experts and were taught how to have better posture, speak more politely and how to use a cup and saucer. It had not struck me before that people use mugs all the time. The comments the women said after the session included how much more confident they felt and how much greater self-esteem they had.
The next day I had a business meeting in City Inn Hotel, Westminster and all the people were having cups of coffee and tea in cups and saucers.
For me, this is another example why we find “Etiquette & Manners” an important session in Appearance Management corporate workshops and why we also offer it in our personal consultations.
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"I am in the third phase of my life and having been a successful image consultant for 18 years, I now enjoy the freedom of blogging about life in general, especially fashion, grooming, etiquette and manners."