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121: Regret-Free Money Lending

A really good friend has emotionally confided that she is in financial difficulty. You decide to lend her some money, expecting she'll use it to pay some bills. She happily lets you know she's bought holiday gifts instead. What should your reaction be?

Duration: 01:03:56

Making Amends for Over-Imbibing

At a recent pre-holiday weekend gathering with friends, you had too much to drink and spoke and behaved in a manner you regret. How do you own up to your mistake? Should you make a blanket apology or apologize individually? And how should you word your apology?

Duration: 01:01:27

118: Family Guest Gluttony

You love to entertain family and friends and you are generous to a fault. But there's one family member in particular who always succeeds in eating and drinking you out of house and home and is offended by hints to curb his appetite. When is it time to throw politeness out the window and put a stop to this outrageous behavior?

Duration: 01:05:35

117: Good First Impression Gifting

This Christmas, you’re flying halfway across the country to meet your boyfriend’s family for the first time. What gift(s) can you bring to take on the plane or send beforehand that will say ‘thank you for having me’ and make a good first impression? And should you also buy them a Christmas gift or gifts?

Duration: 01:07:10

Awesome Etiquette for November 28, 2016

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Duration: 01:02:26

Episode #115: Kick Out Your Guests

The holidays are the biggest party season of the year. You and your fiance love to throw them, but lately, there’s been a problem; guests who overstay their welcome. What are some subtle and not-so-subtle hints to let your guests know the party is over?

Duration: 00:54:25

114: Vegan Thanksgiving Strife

Your staunchly vegan auntie maybe went a little too far in her righteous response to your Thanksgiving invitation. How do you ease tensions while maintaining your right to eat meat on Turkey Day?

Duration: 01:01:25

111: Handshake Anxiety

Germophobes may be anxious about shaking hands, especially during the cold and flu season. Is there ever a polite way to deny a handshake?

Duration: 00:49:07

110: Standing Up For Your Baby Name

You’ve been open about your quest to find the perfect baby name. A friend hears your tentative choice and sends you another list of names to consider. Is she being helpful, or is something else at play?

Duration: 00:47:06

108: Dealing with Unwanted Advances

Let’s say you’re repeatedly hit on at a club or bar. You’re not interested, but you’re also not one to humiliate the prospective suitor. Your friends want you to be more aggressive. What’s the best way to say no?

Duration: 00:59:34

107: Cat/Car Quandary

We need listener input on this one. A woman generously loans one of her parking spots to a neighbor, who then complains about the woman’s cat sitting on a car the neighbor is trying to sell. What to do?

Duration: 00:51:20

106: Accidental Breastfeeding Overexposure

An exhausted, multi-tasking mom greets her nice, new neighbors at the door while breastfeeding her baby, and doesn’t realize it until after they’ve left. Should she apologize, or just let it go?

Duration: 00:48:15

105: Birthday Neglect, Family Tension

Your brother and his wife have a wonderful gift-giving tradition to celebrate your twin daughters’ birthday. But this year they forgot and didn’t even send a card. Should you respond in kind when their kids’ birthdays roll around?

Duration: 00:54:17

105: Divorce Drama at the Annual Campout

Handling divorce drama at your annual campout, resolution on the "too much perfume at the office" issue, and more.

Duration: 00:48:37

103: Not Enough Cooks in the Kitchen

You’re used to dining out with friends, but then they invite you over for a home-cooked meal. You learn pretty early into the appetizers that they aren’t the most skilled in the kitchen. In fact, it’s pretty bad. Do you say anything to them?

Duration: 00:54:22

102: Etiquette in Action!

Ever been floored by someone’s perfume/cologne/scent? What about at work, where you can’t get away? Dan and Lizzie go deep with a demonstration of their 5-step etiquette process when they help out a young woman in the above situation.

Duration: 00:49:07

101: Consideration, Respect, and Honesty

Want to know how Lizzie and Dan come up with the answers to the variety of questions on the show? On this episode, they break down their process of applying consideration, respect, and honesty to situations in the world so you can do it yourself.

Duration: 00:53:11

100: Episode 100!

On the centennial episode, Lizzie and Dan give the definitive answers to some classic etiquette topics – thank you notes, wedding gifts, dining settings and utensils, and dealing with other people’s bad etiquette.

Duration: 00:59:08

99: More Like the Friendship Episode Than an Episode of Friends

Friendship! Lizzie and Dan talk all about it with questions like this: Friends are telling lies about another friend…so what’s an appropriate response?

Duration: 00:59:07

98: Thank You Very Little

Someone has asked you to do them a big, last-minute favor to get them out of a major bind. You do your best, but instead of an enthusiastic thanks, you get criticism of the work you did. What do you say back?

Duration: 00:57:43

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