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How to Be a Gentleman | Formal Dining Etiquette

Have you ever gone to an event or a really nice restaurant and been freaked-out about the vast array of place settings in front of you? Aaron Marino of alpha m. presents a crash course in formal place setting dining etiquette.

He first presents a formal place setting. Next, he discusses a less formal place setting that is more common. Generally these place settings are used with meals with 'courses'. Dine like a civilized gentleman.

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Social Media Profile Series | Tip #3 Vague Posts -
February 12, 2013
Have you ever posted a vague status update? You sprinkle a bit of info out there but not enough. Aaron Marino of alpha m. says there are better ways of getting attention. Take a stand and make a pact to not encourage vague-booking. A rule-of-thumb is: if you have something to say, post it. Write enough that the reader knows exactly what you are thinking. Then move on... Read More»
The Importance of a Handshake -
January 31, 2013
For centuries, the handshake has been a social custom practiced by men and women of all status that signifies a mutual respect for one another in both business and social arenas. Although the handshake's origin in unknown, we do know it's been used as a nonverbal form of communication in the past, much the same way it's used today. Socially, the handshake was, and still is, used to greet one anothRead More»
Making a Good First Impression  -
January 29, 2013
Making a good first impression is absolutely priceless and should never be underestimated, regardless of the situation or circumstance. The opportunity of meeting someone new presents unlimited possibilities, and for that reason, should be valued and handled accordingly. However, meeting new people, whether socially or professionally, can be a bit stressful and anxiety provoking; particularly if tRead More»
Getting a Bartender's Attention  -
January 18, 2013
Alpha's caught up in the moment at the hottest club in the city. But the bar is intimidating. Aaron Marino of alpha m. gives tips to get the bartender's attention. Show up at the bar before the crowd. Make sure you tip well on your 1st round of drinks. Don't yell at the bartender or server. Be ready with your order when they approach you. Don't order elaborate drinks. Be prepared and ready to paRead More»

Improve Speaking Skills | Communicate with Confidence -
January 17, 2013
Being well spoken is a critical aspect of being an effective communicator. Aaron Marino of alpha m. goes over three specific tips to improve speaking skills. Filler words make you sound unsure, not confident, unprofessional, and dumb  - um, like, you know what I'm sayin'. Have someone point-out every time you use a filler word. After awhile you'll start correcting yourself, and eventually you'llRead More»
"I Will Take That Bad Idea for $1,000, Alpha" | Facebook Debates -
January 2, 2013
Alpha's playing a version of the game Jeopardy with you. "What is debating people on Facebook?" Aaron Marino of alpha m. wonders if these debaters think they are going to win something. The debaters only make themselves frustrated, look like an ass, and piss people off. He discusses what he observed on Facebook regarding a debate about gun control. The thread got personal and nobody won. Debating Read More»
Party Etiquette | Never Show Up Empty Handed -
December 5, 2012
What are you doing here? Crazy coincidence! Alpha thought it's a perfect time to talk about party etiquette. Be aware that you should never show up empty handed. You should show appreciation and gratitude. Aaron Marino of alpha m. typically brings a bottle wine. It's nice and appreciated. If you want to take it a step further, put the bottle in to a gift bag or a Pier 1 wine bottle outfit. A plantRead More»
Congratulations on Your Pregnancy! | Never Assume She's Pregnant  -
November 19, 2012
About six years ago, Aaron Marino of alpha m. congratulated a friend for being pregnant. BUT she was not pregnant! She had just got chubby. From this one instance, Aaron never assumes or asks that a woman is pregnant. Currently, Aaron is 99% sure that the barista at Starbucks is pregnant. Instead of asking if she's pregnant, he asks her, "What's new?" She doesn't say anything about a pregnancy. GeRead More»
How and Who to Tip on a Trip | Tipping While Traveling -
November 14, 2012
This video covers times and people who you need to tip on a trip. Be a good tipper to set yourself apart. Plus you will get better service through your trip. Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses how much you should be tipping: After a taxi ride ($2 -3 depending on length of the ride) Baggage handlers ($5 minimum) Bellmen ($5) Room service servers (20%). Read More»

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