Etiquette Tip of the Week: Hot tip on cups
October 8th, 2013
If you have a coffee cup or tea cup, do not loop your finger through the handle. The proper way to hold it is to pinch the handle between your thumb and fingers. If it is a heavier mug, go ahead and loop your fingers through the handle, in order to keep it upright.
“Do I hold my pinkie out?” some will ask. No, unless you are making a “pinkie swear,” which as we all know from childhood is the highest of all unbreakable oaths.
“Pinkie out” was historically a European tradition. The first teacups which came from China had no handles. Europeans held these cups by the brim between thumb and middle finger and the pinkie naturally went out for balance. Handles were added to teacups in the 18th century. Today, an extended pinkie just looks a little silly.
Culture and Manners Institute
Procter & Gamble -The Research your Future in Science Seminar – Deadline March 14, 2014
October 4th, 2013
P&G’s R&D organization is hosting a seminar in the summer of 2014. Through hands-on involvement and a variety of tours and presentations, seminar participants will learn what it is like to work as an R&D Researcher at P&G as they explore all areas of R&D within P&G. P&G Researchers have unique and challenging careers supporting a wide range of cutting-edge research. During the seminar, full-time P&G Researchers will showcase various work areas, providing exposure to analytical labs, product formulation, process design and scale-up, products research, packaging, etc., to increase your understanding of Researcher career opportunities in science at P&G. As a participant, you will be placed in the fast-lane with the opportunity to interview for a 2015 P&G Researcher Summer Internship prior to any other intern recruiting.
The Research your Future in Science Seminar is targeted to diverse college students in a science or engineering technology related major that are finishing their first year or second year of a Bachelor’s degree program. However, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
All travel and accommodations will be paid by P&G for those selected to attend.
Online applications will be accepted year-round, but must be received by March 14, 2014 to be considered for the 2014 Research your Future in Science Seminar. All applicants will be contacted in spring/summer 2014 as to their status.
P&G is seeking students with:
• Proven/exhibited leadership on or off campus.
• Ability to solve problems.
• Ability to engage and work in a diverse working environment
For further information contact: Heather Ferguson | Senior R&D Recruiting Specialist | NA Talent Supply | The Procter & Gamble Company | 2 P&G Plaza, Cincinnati, OH 45202 | (513.945.7546 | email@example.com
Etiquette Tip of the Week: Makes you want to scream…
October 2nd, 2013
What happens if, during your business lunch, a child at the next table starts screaming out of control? As the child’s volume is increasing, you feel your blood pressure increasing. Stop and think before you react.
If you want to really mortify and embarrass the business person with whom you are dining, you can:
- Wonder out loud so the child’s handlers can hear, “Why don’t they take that kid out of here?!”
- Stare angrily at the child and parent. You know, send a message.
Wondering out loud is the worst. And an angry stare is not a suitable way to communicate. (Unless it’s your own offspring — and even that can be futile. I know a Marine with a stare that could make Marines cry, that had no effect whatsoever on his four year-old daughter.)
If you are the host of the business lunch (meaning you did the inviting), ask the wait staff to re-seat you away from the noisy disturbance, which might also be a loud cell phone talker or a group of people laughing like hyenas.
If you are the guest — especially if you are an interview candidate — you can do one of two things:
- Do nothing. This shows you are patient and not easily distracted.
- Treat it like the elephant in the room that it is and make it part of your conversation: express sympathy for the person trying to comfort the child (especially if you have kids), make a light joke about it. (“I wonder what that child ordered for lunch?” or “He must be a Giants fan.”) or segue (“That reminds me to tell you about my experience marketing to parents with young children…”)
Be merciful to the parent with the screaming child. We were all babies once. We all entered this world screaming. Hopefully we won’t go out that way.
Culture and Manners Institute
Real Life UMaine: Professional Dress
September 24th, 2013
Here are some more great examples of professional dress from
UMaine Student Government leaders.
from left to right
Major: Financial Economics
Position on Senate: Senator, Executive Budgetary Committee
Campus Involvement: Sigma Phi Epsilon, SPIFFY
Major: Political Science, Honors College
Position on Senate: Senator, President’s Cabinet
Campus Involvement: All Maine Women, Dirigo Tour Guide, Student Ambassador
Position on Senate: Senator
Campus Involvement: Sigma Phi Epsilon, Bioengineering Club, Intramural Soccer