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Cold Season is at Hand. There is a Protocol to Being Sick

To Sneeze or Not to Sneeze!
While the timing and severity of cold and flu season vary across the country, people are affected by the common cold all year long

While you are protecting your own health, displaying proper etiquette when you aren’t feeling well shows that you are also considerate of the health of those around you. To avoid getting negative reactions from others for a sneeze, runny nose or a bad cough, we have gathered a few etiquette tips to help with allergies and the common cold: Sneeze into your left elbow, not your hand

– Avoid shaking hands with someone if you are sick or have allergies
– Wash and sanitize your hands frequently
– It is appropriate to stay home if needed
– Avoid sharing food, utensils, and glassware


Colds are very common and can happen at any given time, and any season. Be sure to be prepared and keep these tips in mind to avoid spreading germs. 
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Listen With Your Ears, Not With Your Mouth

A few days ago, while dining, I found myself in an awkward situation. I ran across a colleague, whom I hadn’t seen in a while. I was very excited and anxious to catch up on events that may have transpired since we last spoke or seen one another. Although I was elated to see this person, I was also on my way to the restroom when we encountered each other. No problem, I thought, I’d just explain that I would be right back and we could continue our catch-up. As it turned out, I couldn’t seem to quite get a word in. Not only was I bogged down by a flood of information, but my body language also wasn’t being read and I feared I wouldn’t be able to break off the barrage without appearing rude. It reminded me of an old saying…” we listen not to understand, but for the opportunity to speak again.”

This interaction prompted a very important message that we would like to share with our readers. We want to take verbal communications back to the basics, and use this opportunity as a moment to explore “The Art of Conversation.” Conversation is a skill; it’s a verbal “interaction” between parties. Although it seems to be a rather simple topic; one that I’m sure most of us feel we may be pretty good at, I’m sure we violate artful conversation techniques quite often. (more…)
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