Manners Matter with Mrs. Rosemary McBee

On Thursday, Sep. 6, 2018, Mrs. Rosemary McBee hosted the CASC Scholars for her annual ‘Manners Matter’ etiquette seminar in the Costner-Balentine Ballroom on the Poteau campus.

Mandy Roberts, Executive Director of the CASC Development Foundation, introduced Mrs. McBee to the scholars with a warm introduction and noted the importance of manners in the professional setting. Roberts concluded her introduction by informing the students of the long-standing tradition of the scholars participating in this seminar.

Mrs. McBee began the seminar by explaining the magnitude of first impressions and established the value in a quality handshake. “Remember please and thank you,” Mrs. McBee said, “they truly are the magic words.”

Mrs. McBee went on to offer ‘tips and tricks’ to the students for how to set yourself apart when making new connections; the proper way to conduct introductions; and the etiquette of business cards in the professional setting.

Mrs. McBee’s highlights ranged from ‘Small Talk Savvy,” “Finessing the Business Meal,” “Duties of the Host and Guest,” to the proper etiquette of “Wedding Toasts.”

She then transitioned into the proper etiquette for sending and receiving ‘thank you’ notes, while also commenting on the importance of the gesture.

“The power of positive thinking and thanking never goes out of style,” Mrs. McBee said.

She emphasized the importance of notes being written in black or blue ink, be hand-written, and not contain any mistakes. It’s important to stay brief, but genuine; doing so sets you apart and gives you a competitive edge.

Mrs. McBee concluded with a quote from Maya Angelo — people will forget what you said and they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.




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