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hand washing
Winter is cold and flu season.  It is impossible to avoid contact with everyone who may have a cough or cold. 
Practicing good etiquette can help us stay healthy and prevent the spread of germs.
Here are some tips to help keep bugs at bay.

Wash your hands
All defense starts with soap and water.  Washing your hands frequently is your best ally against contracting bugs.
Prepare a kit

When cold season starts, prepare a kit. Keep one in your desk and one in your car. Include tissues, hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes, and throat lozenges.  Being prepared with these essentials will make your fight easier.
Stop touching your face

Germs travel into our bodies through our mucous membranes. Learning to keep your hands away from your face, mouth and eyes is an effective way to stop the spread of germs.
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Always Cover

Always  cover your mouth and nose, when you sneeze or cough. Cough or blow directly into a tissue. Never cough or sneeze into your bare hands. Always have tissue.

Don't put used tissue in your pocket or purse. Germs are still present. Always put in a wastebasket. Or keep a plastic bag in your purse and place them there.  Never reuse used tissue.
The Elbow

If you do not have tissue available, then your elbow is where you should direct coughs or sneezes. Germs cannot survive on fabric. Being prepared with tissue means this will never happen.
Disinfect regularly

Your cell phone, desk, door knobs, and the computer keyboard are all hot beds for germs. Use disinfectant wipes to keep your devices and surfaces clean.
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Social media

Being distracted by a phone call, text, or game is no excuse to suspend the rules of courtesy. Always cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.

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Shaking hands when you have a cold is discouraged.  There are times however when it is impossible to avoid.  Use hand sanitizer frequently.  If you are visibly ill, coughing, blowing, and complaining about your state, the best etiquette would be for you to remain home.

The final tip is to use good judgement. If you are ill, respect the public and your colleagues. Stay home.

Trusted Recommendation
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Detroit recently partnered with Five Star School of Etiquette for a retreat geared towards middle and high school young men.  Wisetta is extremely engaging and passionate about her work.  What I really liked is her lack of "stuffiness" about "etiquette".  She made social skill building relevant and fun for the participants.  I am planning a follow-up I will not hesitate to work with Five Star School of Etiquette. 
J. Gant, CEO and President of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit

Super Bowl Etiquette
Super Bowl
Super Bowl 50 promises to be one for the record books.  As a native of North Carolina, I am undoubtedly a Panthers fan.  Super bowl gatherings are a lot of fun. They are also a lot of work for the host.  Follow these guidelines to make you a super guest.
Your Ticket
If you need to RSVP, do so as soon as possible. The host needs to know how many to expect. Please no extra guests, if you have not spoken to your host prior to event.
Arrive on time. The host wants to enjoy the game as well. Watch the crowd.  Don't overstay your welcome.
Greet the other guests as soon as you arrive. Introduce yourself to others that you may not know. Include who you are to the host when introducing yourself.
Snack Bar
Don't go empty handed. Anything easy to eat is always welcomed at a super bowl gathering. Make sure it's hot or cold and that you include serving utensils.  Be careful of alcohol consumption. You don't want to get ejected.
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No tasting off the buffet table. Place the food you want on a plate. This includes dips and sauces. Double-dipping is cause for a flag.
Crowd Control
The Super bowl is a worldwide event. It has more viewers than any other sporting event.You don't have to like football to enjoy the festivities. Be respectful of opposing teams and don't let on that you are bored.

TV Monitor
Don't touch the remote.  One fake move and you may create television havoc.  Let the host control the entertainment center.  Don't block the view. 
Banned Item
Don't bring your pet.  Super bowl parties are loud boisterous affairs.  Unless it is a Pet Super Bowl, leave yours at home.  Don't even ask.

Final Whistle
Nothing can be more daunting than the debris from a party. Spend ten minutes helping the host collect empties. Don't forget that thank you note.  

Have a super time.  Go Panthers!!!

Tip of the Month 
"Never tuck your napkin in your collar or place it across your chest. Your napkin has one place, on your lap."

Our etiquette classes can help you improve your workplace etiquette, guide your children in learning good manners, and help you refresh your etiquette skills for formal events. We can also customize a program to your unique needs.


Wisetta  Dolsey
Call to book an appointment - 248-238-1993

Five Star School of Etiquette
 wisetta@michiganmanners.com  |  http://www.MichiganManners.com


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