Resolve to Audit Your Personal Brand

Resolve to Audit Your Personal Brand

Visit a Starbucks anywhere in the world, and you will encounter a familiar experience: friendly, knowledgeable baristas who serve made to order cups of coffee in recognizable green and white cups. Starbucks’ memorable brand builds trust with customers and keeps them coming back, even though they often pay a bit more for their favorite beverage.

Companies spend millions to create and promote compelling brands that effectively communicate who they are and what they offer. Every company has a brand—and so do you. Whether you know it or not, everything you wear, say, and do—both online and offline—defines your brand. So, what exactly are you promoting? Are you branded for success or failure?Continue reading

10 Skills Every Child Should Possess

10 Skills Every Child Should Possess

Children are often encouraged to “put on their best manners” when a guest comes to their home or when they go to an important event — as though “putting on” their best manners was like putting on a special outfit they might wear. The real goal should be to have manners become a part of them. But who should teach children to be civil and well-mannered?

Importance of Parenting
A parent is the most important teacher in a child’s life. Children learn what behavior and manners are important based on what they see and hear at home. Those lessons are daily and lasting. Continue reading

Tips for Being a Delightful Host and Guest

Tips for Being a Delightful Host and Guest

It is an honor to be invited into a person’s home. The moment you enter the front door you are ushered into the place where they live, love, celebrate, and surround themselves with things that bring them joy. This intimate experience cannot be duplicated in the finest restaurant or beautiful hotel. Home is designed to be a sacred place and a quick few reminders can help everyone enjoy the experience.Continue reading

Trick or Treat Etiquette

Trick or Treat Etiquette

Yes, there is etiquette for everything, including Trick or Treating! Here are 13 quick reminders for all Trick or Treaters:

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Be a Woman of Influence

Be a Woman of Influence

John Adams, the second president of the United States, said: “From all that I had read of history and government of human life and manners, I had drawn this conclusion, that the manners of women were the most infallible barometer to ascertain the degree of morality and virtue of a nation.” —Dee Jepsen, Women Beyond Equal Rights (Waco: Word, 1984), quoted in James Robinson, Attack on the Family (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1981), 33.

The role of women in society cannot be filled by any other. Women uniquely influence the family and the community. Typically, they still manage the home, provide the meals, select the clothing, chauffeur the children, volunteer at school, church, clubs—the list is almost endless. Over ninety percent of women also work a part- or full-time job.Continue reading