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I am happy to answer any questions about social or corporate etiquette as well as questions regarding international protocol. It is important to practice civility. It is contagious.

Experience in the area

I am certified by the Protocol School of Washington as a consultant for corporate etiquette and international protocol. I have been entertaining and giving advise on entertaining for over 40 years.


Weekly column in Telegraph Journal


Graduate of Protocol School of Washington

What do you like about this subject?

I have always been interested in having fun with other people. Civility and respect go a long way in accomplishing this. I have studied this for many years and find that politeness makes for a gentler world.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I am actually interested in the origins of these traditions. I hope to learn how to help other people appreciate this as well. Learning about other cultures is fascinating.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

When passing condiments or vegetable dishes or bread baskets around the table, do so in a counter clockwise direction.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Remember to show respect to those who serve you. That respect will be returned many times over. The reverse is absolutely true too.

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John12/24/16101010Thanks for the explanation!
John 12/06/16101010Thanks, Jay!
Jo09/20/161010I didn't say he was was helpful .....
brianne07/19/16101010i totally agree. we can celebrate her .....
john04/08/16101010Of course, you've been very helpful! Thanks! .....

Recent Answers from Jay Remer

2016-09-20 How to write a condolence letter in an awkward situation:

Dear Jo,  I understand your hesitation. Make no reference to the relationship between the deceased and your acquaintance. Just acknowledge her helpfulness to your family and extend your condolences. Keep

2016-07-18 birthday party etiquette:

Dear Brianne,  I would resist going down that road personally. I do not know your family's dynamics, however. Traditionally, this would be unheard of, but today's world is far more relaxed. Why not give

2016-02-14 Proper way to respond:

Dear Alicia,  You have every right to use whichever vet you want. I am a dog fancier and have been most of my life. I would no more entrust an animal into the care of a vet without interviewing him or

2016-01-23 Beta Male Handshake:

Both 'alpha' and 'beta' handshakes are to be avoided. A proper handshake between any two people should always be neutral. There are plenty of ways of showing respect with humility for both parties remaining

2016-01-16 Gravy boats:

Dear Kisa,  Thanks for asking this great question. First of all, do not worry about dimensions. Gravy boats can vary in size and they all pretty much work tyhe same. There is somewhat of a personal preference


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