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The Well Dressed Man – National Etiquette Week

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Mr. Aaron W. Jackson – Scarlet Instructor

On this very first day of National Etiquette Week 2016, what better way to kick off than by highlighting the well-dressed man? We are continually thankful for the male leadership that we have at Scarlet Communications, and also very thankful that they dress so exquisitely.

About a week  or so ago, my older cousin attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Either he was trying to taunt me (since I wasn’t going) or he really needed and wanted my input about his attire. Since we’re pretty much siblings, I’m gonna say that it was a mix of both.

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Mr. Justin Kimpson    –  Scarlet Instructor

We exchanged a number of texts back and forth about attire choices, which are minimal compared to what women have, especially for a Black Tie Event. Time and time again, we kept arriving back at a classic black tuxedo with a traditional black bow tie  and a vest. For some reason, this situation  stuck with me. I kept thinking about the fashion disparity among genders, and decided to dig in to see how disadvantaged men really were in the formal attire category.

After a bit of research, I’m still convinced that women have a lot more options, but men definitely have a great pool of options to choose from. From switching up the collars and cuffs to ensuring the detail of the cufflinks is considered, men have more options than you’d think. The question is, are these options known and more importantly, are men taking advantage?

From choices in suspenders, to bow ties,  to of course the fit itself, men really do have plenty to consider. From white tie to black tie optional, to pocket square choices to lapel options, there are tons of clothing options and accessories to compliment a man’s personal style.

Scarlet Says...  While women may seemingly have more attire options when it comes to formal wear, it isn’t the quantity of the items that should be considered, but instead the attention to detail of the items selected. There is certainly something magical about the simple, uncomplicated and effortless attire of a well-dressed man.

Until Next Time,

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Scarlet

 


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I Bet You Think This Weekends About You

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Hosting out-of-town guests can be exciting, but sometimes equally as anxiety inducing. So, it’s no surprise to me that this past weekend while hosting my dad and aunt, there was a bit of a mix of both emotions as I worked through what types of activities would ensue.

Both my aunt and my dad have visited me in the past, so it wasn’t a complete guessing game about what types of things they wanted to do, but yet, I still should have asked.

When people are way from home, it is my belief that making them feel as comfortable as possible will result in everyone’s experience being enjoyable, relaxing and filled with positive memories.So, I did just that. I also took the liberty of scheduling some things that I knew they would enjoy, including a game night, a few jazz related activities, plenty of food outings and even a surprise drop in visit from other family visiting the area over the weekend.

Now, for me, this amount of weekend activities seemed pretty appropriate. But, I quickly learned that for my dad and aunt, it was a bit too much. I am very much used to a weekend filled with hustle, bustle and more hustle. It’s common for me to fit in 100 million things into a weekend trip somewhere, but that’s just me. My aunt and dad were more than happy with one day time outing and a delicious meal of some sort every day. So, during one of the completely overfilled days, one of them said, “maybe we can just go back home after this”.

And then it clicked…

Scarlet Says… Just like the evolution, growth and change of almost everything else in our lives, even the Golden Rule itself has advanced. Let’s make it a point to embrace not doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, but instead, treating others how they want to be treated. The next time you host someone at your home or are entertaining out-of-town guests, just ask them, “what would you like to do with your time here”, then take it from there!

Until Next Time,

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Scarlet


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LOVE… is in the air

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b22e34ea-2d85-4c80-b248-f3a817217203What is it that you definitively LOVE? Is it traveling, shopping, cooking, your mate, FOOTBALL? If it’s football, today is definitely your day, since the NFL Draft kicks off this evening.
Speaking of football…while I was quickly shuffling from one plane to the next over the weekend, I saw a gentleman with this shirt on. Now, while I have my fair share of football knowledge and for the 5th straight year, Scarlet will be providing the Detroit Lions Rookies multi day etiquette training, I do not attest to being a football fanatic. So my first reaction to this shirt was an eye roll (in my mind).
Of course, I was walking alongside my husband who thought that the shirt was the absolutely best thing he had seen this year.
We are a household who listens to sports talk radio pretty much every day, even when the sport of choice (football) isn’t in season. So as you can imagine, we’re almost always on sports overload during every season of the year.
Now, let’s be clear. I knew EXACTLY what I was signing up for when marrying a sports aficionado a few years ago, so I keep most of my griping to myself. More importantly, when an eye roll starts to try to make an appearance, I remind myself that my husband isn’t the only one who has some borderline obsessive behavior, as it relates to thing things he enjoys doing. My love for cheese, deep house music and all things etiquette can sometimes border on obsessive as well. Despite this, I can say that there is a continual purposeful attempt to not over expose (or annoy) each other with our own individual likes, loves and obsessions. (READ MORE)...

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It’s The End of March – Are You Mad?

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I hate to break the news to you, but we’ve already seen 1/4th of this year pass us by! It is the absolutely last day of March and some of you may be wondering, when am I going to find the time to do all of those amazing things that I had on my list of resolutions?!?!

Well, just like we recycle and remix music, past fashion trends, movies and TV shows, we have the pleasure of doing the same thing as it relates to our personal growth and goals.

In January, we placed a strong focus on Goal Setting and in February, we followed it up with Staying Focused. If you’ve found yourself struggling to determine where your time went, what you’ve truly accomplished this year or what your next steps should be, don’t look too far or too hard because the help that you need is just a few lines up highlighted in blue and conveniently underlined.

We spend so much time trying to figure things out or work on ourselves that often times, the answers are right in front of us. If you are trying to focus on professional development for yourself, you have an arsenal of information at your fingertips via the internet. You probably also have a slew of books on your book shelf that you’ve been meaning to visit (or revisit) at some point in your life. You also likely have a network of friends, family acquaintances who are skilled in something that you want to be proficient in…(READ MORE)


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1% to Empty – Are You On Cell Phone Life Support?

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ImageWhen your cell phone gets low on battery life, you likely go into recovery mode, trying to locate an outlet and get back to a safe amount of power – which is usually somewhere above 20%. As the need to be continuously connected grows, we’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon – customers asking restaurant servers and bartenders to aid in providing power to their cell phone as they sit at the bar or eat a meal.

Now, let’s be honest, even we’ve engaged in such an ask, but like everything else, there is protocol for this…

Scarlet Says…If you need to ask your server or bartender to help you by plugging your cell phone into an outlet, limit the amount of times that you ask them to “check” or return your phone to you for you to check. Just let the phone be undisturbed for a substantial amount of time, allowing you to get enough charge to then charge it on your own later. Remember to silence your phone while it is in their possession. No one wants to hear unrelenting buzzing or some inappropriate ring tone over and over again. Additionally, don’t forget this small, (yet, clearly important) deed, when the bill comes. Could you tip a little more to show your appreciation for asking for this additional assistance?

Happy Dining and Charging!

Until Next Time,

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Calling All Wedding Crashers!

Wedding Crashers 1The time of year has come! It’s wedding season time! With all of this love, joy and wedding bliss in the air, I want to take the time to remind you of important wedding etiquette that will keep you and the happy couple, happy.

So, as you make plans about who your date will be, what you’ll wear and what you plan to fill up on at the open bar, take a moment and take the wedding oath.

  1. I will not ask for an invitation to a wedding, no matter how badly I want to attend.
  2. I will not show up to a wedding with an extra guest, child or super important friend that I didn not RSVP for, no matter how important I think this person is.
  3. I will RSVP on time for the wedding and in the manner that was identified. (not by text just because I know the couple so well.)
  4. I will not show up late for the ceremony just because I think that all weddings start late.
  5. I will not wear an excessively flashy or revealing outfit in an effort to make this day about me and not the couple.
  6. I will not spend the entire ceremony with my phone high in the air recording footage and taking pictures that I will probably not look at again.
  7. I will not spend the entire reception clinking the side of my glass in an attempt to get the couple to kiss all night long.
  8. I will not ask the DJ to play hustle and line dance music all night long.
  9. I will not abuse the open bar by drinking much more than I can handle and embarrassing myself (and my date).
  10. I will not (under any circumstances) grab the microphone and give a toast that I was not asked to give.

YES! Wedding season is upon us and we want you to enjoy, but Scarlet Says, enjoy weddings responsibly by taking the oath.

Until next time,

Scarlet


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No Gravity + Bad Etiquette = ??

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Travel Etiquette1Today, Scarlet takes this show on the road!  We’ll be in Georgia for the next few days, but the destination may not be the highlight. The process of getting to the destination is what we are more interested in. We always witness some of the most challenging and interesting etiquette encounters while traveling. Let’s see what treats gravity cooks up for us today…


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Top 10 Etiquette Tips for Young Professionals

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  1. First impressions count: We all have our bad days, but limiting how they affect your attitude and appearance is best. You are often remembered for the rest of your life by your initial presentation. Look your best, offer a free smile and present the best possible version of you, every time.
  2. Tact always wins: We all get a little frustrated and perhaps even worked up sometimes, but tact ALWAYS wins. Take a breathe. Walk away. Spend a moment alone. Do whatever it takes to always remain graceful and exude tact.
  3. Respect your social network: Employers, associates, friends, colleges, colleagues and pretty much everyone else checks your social networking pages and they likely have searched for you in search engines like, Google, Bing and Yahoo. Is your online presence acceptable?
  4. Be grateful: Did you get a gift lately or did someone do something nice for you? Thank them by first verbally saying thank you, then by sending them a hand written thank you note. (Emailed thank you notes are ok, but hand-written notes and cards are magic.)
  5. Mind your body language: There is so much than can be said without saying a word. Your posture, your eye contact, folded arms or excessive leaning can communicate vibes that you are not truly trying to communicate.  Be mindful of what you are saying…without saying anything.
  6. Names…Repeat, Repeat, Repeat: If you are a human, you likely are amongst your other fellow humans in struggling to remember names. While mastering the art of names takes a while, the best way to begin the journey is to repeat their names as much as possible throughout a conversation. Everyone wants to feel special and the most simple way to make someone feel special is to know, utilize and respect their name.
  7. To eat or not to eat: Interviews and meetings occur in so many different formats and venues. At some point, you will have to conduct an interview or a meeting over a meal. Generally speaking, interviews and meetings over meals are not designed for you to have the meal of your life. They are a convenience factor because you have to eat and so does your meeting counterpart. They also offer an opportunity for your counterpart to see how you conduct yourself outside of an office environment. Three quick tips for dining over meals are: don’t order the most expensive thing on the menu, prepare to pay your part of the meal or the entire meal if you called the meeting and limit your alcohol intake.
  8. Some things are a given now: As a young professional, there are now things that should go without saying. A few things include: always turn off your cell phone or silence it in professional or business settings,  learn how to shake hands the right way; no bone crushers or wet rag shakes and respect others time by always being on time, but preferably arriving early.
  9. Sneak texts: It’s incredibly obvious when you are disengaged in a situation and more engaged in texting instead. Save your reputation, respect the presence of others and spend a little more time with humans versus your electronic communication pal (your phone).
  10. Dress the part. If you are invited somewhere and a dress code is indicated, respect it and adhere to it. If you are unsure of the dress code, always dress up versus dressing down.

Until Next Time,

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Sunday Funday

So, Sunday is the day that most of us look forward to a bit of downtime. Laundry…a big dinner…and some extra tv might be on your plate.

Around 7:00 p.m., perhaps you get a little tense thinking about all of the things that you should have gotten around to doing that you just didn’t earlier in the week. Was this because of the “P” word…PROCRASTINATION?

Procrastination will ruin your downtime, because while you should be relaxing with your feet up on a Sunday night, you may be worried about how you will get all of last week’s work done this week. Your procrastination might even be hindering others. Was there something that you were supposed to report out on or provide someone else, but because of the “P” word, you won’t do it in time? Well, that’s more than ruining your Sunday, that’s possibly ruining someone else’s week.

Scarlet Says…On Sunday evening’s, you deserve to rest. Get your share of relaxation, by eliminating procrastination and enjoying your downtime.

Until next time….

–Scarlet


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