Manners and Other Matters

Louise Percy

Do you find modern social and business etiquette dilemmas challenging, would you like to live your life with an elegant style, communicating confidently and entertaining with flair?

Please join me, Louise Percy, every two weeks, as I discuss these topics, answer your questions and chat with fellow experts about the arts, fashion, jewellery, home décor, entertaining, travel and more.

Regarded as an expert in my field for 32 years, I aim to inspire you in every episode to embrace etiquette and elegance as a positive personality choice. Offering real life examples, questions and opinions, you won’t want to miss an episode!

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Episodes

18. Ask Louise: Social Etiquette Dilemmas
Jun 12 2024
18. Ask Louise: Social Etiquette Dilemmas
How can you politely decline an invitation without hurting someone's feelings?In this special episode, I address some of your most common social etiquette dilemmas. From gracefully declining invitations to handling unsolicited advice, I provide practical tips and thoughtful solutions to navigate these tricky situations with confidence and poise.This episode is packed with real-life scenarios and actionable advice, ensuring you leave with a deeper understanding of how to maintain grace in various social settings.Join me as I share my expertise and answer your questions, helping you to enhance your social skills and etiquette. Don't miss out on the chance to improve your social interactions and become a more confident and considerate communicator.I'd love to hear your thoughts and questions for future segments. Connect with me on Instagram @PercyInstitute and join the conversation with "Ask Louise." Share your comments and let's enhance our social grace together!Show notes: https://thepercyinstitute.com/episode18/ Resources and links:The Percy Institute website: https://thepercyinstitute.com/The Elegance Club Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thepercyinstituteThe Percy Institute Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thepercyinstitute/The Percy Institute Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThePercyInstituteLouise Percy LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/louise-percy-01866510/Music by Josep Monter Martinez via Pixabay
17. Smooth Sailing: Contemporary Cruise Etiquette
May 29 2024
17. Smooth Sailing: Contemporary Cruise Etiquette
Are you ready to master the art of cruise etiquette? Join me as I share essential tips and insights from my extensive cruising experience. You'll learn how to navigate the social nuances on board, whether you're on a massive ship with thousands of passengers or a small, intimate vessel.In this episode, you'll gain practical advice on everything from making timely bookings and understanding visa requirements to packing efficiently and respecting personal space. I'll also discuss the joys and challenges of solo cruising, offering strategies to help you make meaningful connections and enjoy your voyage to the fullest.Tune in to discover how to handle dining etiquette, dress codes, and the importance of punctuality during excursions. This episode is packed with tips to enhance your cruising experience, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey.What has been your most memorable cruise experience? Let’s connect on Instagram at @PercyInstitute and share your stories!Resources and links:Show notes: https://thepercyinstitute.com/episode17/ The Percy Institute website: https://thepercyinstitute.com/The Elegance Club Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thepercyinstituteThe Percy Institute Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thepercyinstitute/The Percy Institute Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThePercyInstituteLouise Percy LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/louise-percy-01866510/Music by Josep Monter Martinez via Pixabay
7. Holiday Entertaining - Tips for Hosting with Elegance
Jan 10 2024
7. Holiday Entertaining - Tips for Hosting with Elegance
In this episode, we explore the intricacies of hosting guests during the holiday season, sharing insights on creating an elegant and memorable experience.As someone who values meticulous preparation, I find joy in readying guest rooms to make visitors feel genuinely welcomed. Knowing my guests' preferences, from favourite flowers to bath toiletries, adds a personal touch that enhances their stay. Preparation, I believe, is key – a sentiment encapsulated in the Percy Institute's five P's: "Prior preparation prevents poor performance.Elegance, to me, is an attitude reflected in every detail, be it decor choices or menu planning. I discuss the importance of striking a balance between tradition and personal style, offering practical tips on handling unexpected situations with poise and graciousness. Entertaining is an art that requires organisation, simplicity, and, above all, being oneself. Resources and links:·        Show notes: https://thepercyinstitute.com/episode-7-holiday-entertaining/·        The Percy Institute website: https://thepercyinstitute.com/·        The Elegance Club Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thepercyinstitute·        The Percy Institute Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thepercyinstitute/·        The Percy Institute Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThePercyInstitute·        Louise Percy LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/louise-percy-01866510/·        Music by Josep Monter Martinez via Pixabay
5. The Art of Stylish Gifting with Christine Simmonds
Dec 13 2023
5. The Art of Stylish Gifting with Christine Simmonds
In this episode, I have the pleasure of chatting with my dear friend, Christine Simmonds, a woman of refined taste and a wonderfully global perspective on style. Christine's life has been a fascinating journey of creativity and multicultural experiences. Having worked internationally, including as a senior manager for Christian Dior in Indonesia, Christine shares insights into her creative process and how her travels have shaped her sense of style.  The episode unfolds into a discussion about the art of gift-giving, where Christine's meticulous approach to wrapping presents becomes a canvas for cultural awareness and sustainability. As we explore her unique gift-wrapping techniques, it becomes evident that for Christine, each gift is a personal story, a connection woven with threads of empathy and consideration. Join me in this episode, where elegance is shown to be not just a style but an attitude, and every gift an expression of thoughtfulness and understanding. SHOW NOTES: See the recipe for Christine's Cheese Biscuits : https://thepercyinstitute.com/episode-5-the-art-of-stylish-gifting-with-christine-simmonds/Resources and links:The Percy Institute website: https://thepercyinstitute.com/The Elegance Club Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thepercyinstituteThe Percy Institute Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thepercyinstitute/The Percy Institute Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThePercyInstituteLouise Percy LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/louise-percy-01866510/Music by Josep Monter Martinez via Pixabay
4. Happy Holidays with Blended Families:  Manners Matter!
Nov 29 2023
4. Happy Holidays with Blended Families: Manners Matter!
In this enlightening episode, I delve into the intricate dynamics and essential etiquette surrounding blended families during the upcoming holiday season. Drawing from my own personal experience, I share invaluable insights and practical advice acquired from navigating the challenges that arise when celebrating holidays within a blended family.  Through respect, consideration, and kindness, I unveil the keys to successful communication in such emotionally charged times, emphasising the importance of extending these principles to both adults and children.  Discover the art of creating inclusivity, managing scheduling complexities, and fostering new traditions, while maintaining a balance between respecting individual choices and building meaningful connections within the blended family structure.  Join me on this journey of elegance and refinement as we explore the transformative power of etiquette and manners in creating a joyous and harmonious holiday season for all involved. SHOW NOTES: https://thepercyinstitute.com/episode-4-blended-families-and-the-holiday-season-manners-matter/Resources and links:The Percy Institute website: https://thepercyinstitute.com/The Elegance Club Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thepercyinstituteThe Percy Institute Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thepercyinstitute/The Percy Institute Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThePercyInstituteLouise Percy LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/louise-percy-01866510/Music by Josep Monter Martinez via Pixabay
3. The Art of Networking: Etiquette and Manners for Success
Nov 15 2023
3. The Art of Networking: Etiquette and Manners for Success
Welcome to episode 3 of "Manners and Other Matters," where I delve into the nuances of networking skills and conversation etiquette, perfectly timed for the year-end office parties and festive gatherings. I'm here to provide you with invaluable tips on general etiquette, from forms of address to introductions, to help you navigate even the most challenging social situations. In our closing segment, I'll present the ten commandments of outstanding business etiquette, with a focus on networking. These principles are essential for representing your personal brand or organisation with grace and confidence. You can find the Ten Commandments of Excellent Business Networking Etiquette here: https://thepercyinstitute.com/blog/ Join me to refine your preparation, introductions, and social interactions, ensuring you leave a positive, lasting impression at every event. Master the art of business etiquette and enhance your personal and professional relationships in just one insightful episode.Resources and links:Show notes: https://thepercyinstitute.com/the-art-of-networking/The Percy Institute website: https://thepercyinstitute.com/The Elegance Club Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thepercyinstituteThe Percy Institute Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thepercyinstitute/The Percy Institute Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThePercyInstituteLouise Percy LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/louise-percy-01866510/Music by Josep Monter Martinez via Pixabay