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Keep conversations light and not about work.

Even if you’re dreading your office holiday party, you still have to go. Here’s your survival guide

You don't have to stay for the entire office holiday, but you also shouldn't skip it. Here's your office party survival guide.

An NPR host who’s interviewed thousands of people over 45 years has the only icebreaker you’ll ever need, and it’s just 4 words

Etiquette experts recommend avoiding asking someone "What do you do?" NPR's Terry Gross has a better way to start conversations.

The 15-year-old book Microsoft’s CEO asked his execs to read says the best way to handle a boring conversation is to interrupt as soon as you ca...

Interrupting people may seem impolite, but it's the best way to inject life into a boring conversation.
Don't bring a different dish than what you said you'd bring.

13 things you should never do on Thanksgiving

From serving cranberry sauce from a can to talking about how much your diet is ruined, here are 13 of the worst things you can do on Thanksgiving.

I grew up in Munich — here are my top tips for tackling Oktoberfest like a local

The best tips to experience Oktoberfest like a local. From toasting with "prost!" when you drink to sharing a table. These tips will help navigate the world's biggest beer fest like a pro.
Sylvester Schneider, behind the bar of his German restaurant Zum Schneider, teaches us the art of pouring beer.

How to pour beer like a German

Pouring beer is an art. Here's how to pour a beer according to a German expert pourer and drinker of beer.

There’s a less painful way to make small talk than asking ‘What do you do?’

If making small talk is painfully awkward for you, it might be because you're asking the wrong questions. For example, the question "What do you do?" can be too intimate of a question for some people. A better version of the question is "What keeps you busy?"
Our parents never had to worry about etiquette rules around smartphones.

15 difficult etiquette questions your parents never had to ask

Etiquette standards for previous generations look very different than today's. Modern etiquette questions center around technology and acceptable behavior for using devices. According to experts, there are at least 15 etiquette questions your parents never had to ask.
A Lucky Air crew member dressed as Spiderman (3rd R) during an onboard Halloween celebration sits next to passengers during a flight from Kunming to Shenzhen, in Kunming, October 31, 2014.

These are the 10 most hated people on a plane

These are people you want to avoid on a plane. A recent survey by AirlineRatings.com found that people are most annoyed with fellow passengers who smell bad. Other irritating passenger types include out of control children and those who bring too many carry-on bags.
Here's how to apologize if you said something offensive at work.

How to apologize if you accidentally said something at work that’s racist, sexist, or offensive

Microaggressions are unconscious expressions of racism or sexism. It's important to know how to apologize if you've made a microaggressive comment in the workplace. The most important thing to know when saying sorry: Apologize for your actions, not for the other person feeling offended.