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Author: Maralyn D. Hill

Global Etiquette: Enjoyable Conversations

What’s acceptable conversation around the globe varies somewhat, but the common courtesies seem to remain. I’ll try to include as many as possible. Many of us know those who appear to be the life of the party, but are they really? Or do they seem to be taking center stage and becoming bores? Others have a tremendous fear of speaking up because they don’t think they have something interesting to say. Hopefully, we will have some hints that will help both categories. A good conversation consists of an equal amount of give and take from the parties involved, allowing...

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Global Etiquette – Cell Phone Usage

In today’s world, cell phones have become more and more prevalent. They provide many benefits but also include some challenges and aggravations. I think most of us are taken in by the convenience and do not think about the difficulties they cause unless they affect us. July was National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, an event founded by author and etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore in 2002 with the intent of making mobile phone users more respectful of their surroundings. To avoid offending others, Whitmore offered the following advice in honor of National Cell Phone Courtesy Month: Be all there: When...

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Global Etiquette: E-Mail

Before e-mail, there was book after book providing the proper protocol for business letters, personal letters, notes, congratulations and just about everything imaginable. In general, people followed the etiquette guidelines they learned in school. The higher the degree, the more formal some of the guidelines became. With the speed and ease of the Internet, many have gotten careless, think etiquette doesn’t matter and simply don’t think about it. Well, it does matter; it represents you and more important, your company. Often we have been in a rush and don’t proof read what we are e-mailing and we make mistakes....

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Tayo Ishola – Eido Swimwear With Style

Tayo Ishola, a Nigerian born fashion model who always had a desire to create and be creative, did not start out designing swimwear. Her start was with public speaking, acting in school plays, and leading cultural dance groups from the age of six. When Tayo turned fourteen, she accepted an offer to work under her uncle, who was the creative director of a menswear line. For two months, she had the opportunity to work as an apprentice alongside her uncle’s tailors at his design studio. This enabled her to gain firsthand knowledge she would not trade for anything. Shortly...

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Cammy Davis, Mixed-Media Artist Extraordinaire

Cammy Davis came to my attention as a result of my being a guest on her show, “Art on the Airwaves.” As you read Cammy’s interview, you will see that in addition to being a well-respected mixed-media artist who is inspired by nature, she has developed two other skills necessary for success: a good business plan for herself and a path that helps others in her field achieve success. I’ve found that individuals who bring that combination together do quite well. She exhibits her work in solo and group exhibitions in galleries throughout Oregon and has her “artistic maps”...

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Global Etiquette – International Dining

Any country you are visiting may have extremely different dining etiquette rules than those you are used to. On the other hand, they may be similar. The key is to be prepared. You may find yourself sitting on the floor, eating with your hands, or trying exotic food. To avoid too many shocks and surprises, take some time to discover the dining etiquette rules that are common at your destination. Be sure to be humble and respectful when you make a mistake. There is a lot to learn and it helps to keep a little notebook as you go...

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Corporate Executive Chef Timothy Connan Keller, a Northwest Gem

When I was fortunate enough to meet Chef Tim Keller for the first time was Fall of 2008 in Ashland, Oregon. Tim was the Executive Chef at the Carriage House. As an appetizer that evening, we tried his onion rings that were dipped in a polenta batter and fried fast, hot and crispy, yet sweet inside. They were served with his tamarind catsup on the side, which was just the right combination of spices. The next day, we interviewed him and it was like a stand up comedy act. Then we got to see him in action preparing duck...

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Michael Cervin, Featured Journalist

Michael Cervin and I met in 2009 while attending a conference. We have since been on several press trips and conferences and have served together on a board. So, interviewing Michael is more like interviewing a longtime business friend than a new acquaintance. He’s an accomplished author and wine writer, diligent about getting his thoughts down while they are fresh, working out, and having fun. Maralyn: How did you discover your love of wine, which led to travel? Michael: Curiously, I discovered my love of wine when I moved to Santa Barbara and ended up working weekends at a...

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Julian Chang’s New 2015 Resort Collection Dresses

Julian Chang has outdone himself again with his 2015 resort collection of dresses. His feather light poly-blend sheer fabric makes an ideal beach cover up and transitions flawlessly from day to evening. Personally, I liked last year’s line, but this year’s line-up is better than ever. Julian has managed to offer something for every figure, from flowing caftans to fitted bodice with flowing bottom gowns. The short dresses are sassy and long dresses classy. I especially like the introduction of lace and beading to the collection this year. The cover-ups are so stylish, they may just make it to...

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The Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix

By Norman E. Hill and Maralyn D. Hill Often, when a destination includes the word “mountain,” we think of a hideaway tucked far and up into the hills, with a steep ascending access road. This is not the case with The Farm at South Mountain, which hosted a lunch and tour we recently attended. Located a little south of Southern Road and 32nd Street in Phoenix, the Farm packs fascinating variety into its ten acres. It includes three unique restaurants, botanical and succulent nursery markets, massage and yoga facilities, farmers market produce and photographer services. Across time, there have...

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Global Business Etiquette: Dress Matters

The phrase, “You only have one chance to make a first impression,” is still as accurate as when it was originally said. It has been around so long, I could not find out to whom to attribute the advice. In any case, John T. Molloy, author of the best-selling books Dress for Success in the ‘70s, and then The Woman’s Dress For Success Book brought the subject to light and would agree. There have been a handful of books written on the subject, most recently Molly Gotham’s Dress for Success: A Step-by-Step Guide to Looking Polished and Professional at...

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Iconic Santorini, Loving Caves

Caves have always been interesting to me, but I can’t say I have ever had a desire to spend too much time in them, let alone sleep in one. That has all changed since experiencing the Iconic Santorini, located in the picturesque village of Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece. I knew this five-star distinctive boutique cave hotel had to be good. After all, in 2014, it was awarded the following: Travel Award 2014 Winner Greece’s Leading Boutique Hotel; Certificate of Excellence Travel Award; The Smith Hotel Awards, Top Ten in the World; and Tatler 101 Best Hotels in the World –...

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