TOO MUCH HUMILITY CAN BE A VICE

Carry any virtue to an extreme and you come pretty near getting a vice. Humility is one of the finest of the Christian virtues but when humility is carried to an obtrusive extreme, when it becomes self assertive it loses its essential quality and becomes, if not a vice, at least an annoying fault. This … Continue reading TOO MUCH HUMILITY CAN BE A VICE

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ARGUING AND CRITICIZING IN PUBLIC: AN ANECDOTE

ARGUING AND CRITICIZING IN PUBLIC: AN ANECDOTE

“I don’t want to accept that invitation,” a friend of mine said to me one morning recently, when the postman brought her a week end invitation as we sat together on her porch. “Why not? I thought they had a lovely big house.” “They have, but the last time we went there, X found so … Continue reading ARGUING AND CRITICIZING IN PUBLIC: AN ANECDOTE

EXAMPLES OF LOW BREEDING

Did you ever watch a group of young people chattering to each other while some older person sat silent in their midst, almost as much ignored as if he or she were invisible? It is a sight I see every once in a while and it always fills me with a combination of sadness and … Continue reading EXAMPLES OF LOW BREEDING

HOW TO START A CONVERSATION

HOW TO START A CONVERSATION

Starting conversations with strangers can be stressful and difficult, especially for introverts. So, it is very important to have a few conversation starters prepared for any situation you may find yourself in. Conversation starters are actually more important than conversation topics. They are the topics that smoothly lead you to conversation topics. You don't want … Continue reading HOW TO START A CONVERSATION

HOW TO CONVERSE: 9 DON'TS

HOW TO CONVERSE: 9 DON’TS

Starting and maintaining a great conversation can be difficult. There are so many rules to remember. So, in this post, we will be narrowing down some quick don'ts for you. 1.. Do not yell or speak too loud. If you see people wince when you raise your voice or look at you from the across … Continue reading HOW TO CONVERSE: 9 DON’TS

THE ART OF CONVERSATION

To converse well requires more than mere information, knowledge, or a facility of expression. There must also be sound judgment and a good heart, for without these all other triumphs are hollow and delusive. Our conversation should be agreeable to others. The subject of it should be appropriate to the time, place, and company. We … Continue reading THE ART OF CONVERSATION

HOW TO BECOME A GREAT CONVERSATIONALIST: 8 TIPS

"There is no conversation so graceful, so varied, so sparkling, as that of an intellectual and cultivated woman. Excellence in this particular is, indeed, one of the attributes of the sex, and should be cultivated by every gentlewoman who aspires to please in general society." - George Routledge Ever met a well-dressed woman you took … Continue reading HOW TO BECOME A GREAT CONVERSATIONALIST: 8 TIPS

CONVERSATION ETIQUETTE: WHEN TO INTERRUPT

"Do not interrupt people while they are speaking" is a rule you will see in just about every etiquette book. However, contrary to many etiquette books, we at Balissande Finishing School, say there are exceptions to this rule. As a matter of fact, we will go so far to say that the right interruptions can … Continue reading CONVERSATION ETIQUETTE: WHEN TO INTERRUPT

CONVERSATION ETIQUETTE: 26 RULES TO FOLLOW

"There is no conversation so graceful, so varied, so sparkling, as that of an intellectual and cultivated woman." - George Routledge Starting and maintaining a great conversation can be a difficult thing. It certainly causes many anxiety. There are just so many aspects involved - from having enough knowledge to having enough self-control. So, we … Continue reading CONVERSATION ETIQUETTE: 26 RULES TO FOLLOW