Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning of the Emily Post Institute answer your questions about etiquette in the 21st century. Awesome Etiquette guides listeners through everything from traditional etiquette quandaries to newly emerging issues in the modern world. Want to know more? Click.


Episode #110: Standing Up For Your Baby Name

October 17, 2016 · Duration: 44:31 · Play

You’ve been open about your quest to find the perfect baby name. A friend hears your tentative choice and sends you another list of names to consider. Is she being helpful, or is something else at play?

Episode #109: Mother/Son Political Polarization

October 10, 2016 · Duration: 56:41 · Play

A mother and son with opposing political views can work it out by agreeing not to discuss them. But what happens when the mother violates that agreement by posting her strident opinions on her son’s Facebook wall?

Episode #108: Dealing with Unwanted Advances

October 3, 2016 · Duration: 57:15 · Play

Let’s say you’re repeatedly hit on at a club or bar. You’re not interested, but you’re also not one to humiliate the prospective suitor. Your friends want you to be more aggressive. What’s the best way to say no?

Episode #107: Cat/Car Quandary

September 26, 2016 · Duration: 48:37 · Play

We need listener input on this one. A woman generously loans one of her parking spots to a neighbor, who then complains about the woman’s cat sitting on a car the neighbor is trying to sell. What to do?

Episode #105: Birthday Neglect, Family Tension

September 12, 2016 · Duration: 49:24 · Play

Your brother and his wife have a wonderful gift-giving tradition to celebrate your twin daughters’ birthday. But this year they forgot and didn’t even send a card. Should you respond in kind when their kids’ birthdays roll around?

Episode #103: Not Enough Cooks in the Kitchen

August 29, 2016 · Duration: 51:37 · Play

You’re used to dining out with friends, but then they invite you over for a home-cooked meal. You learn pretty early into the appetizers that they aren’t the most skilled in the kitchen. In fact, it’s pretty bad. Do you say anything to them?

Episode #102: Etiquette in Action!

August 22, 2016 · Duration: 44:55 · Play

Ever been floored by someone’s perfume/cologne/scent? What about at work, where you can’t get away? Dan and Lizzie go deep with a demonstration of their 5-step etiquette process when they help out a young woman in the above situation.

Episode #101: Consideration, Respect, and Honesty

August 15, 2016 · Duration: 49:36 · Play

Want to know how Lizzie and Dan come up with the answers to the variety of questions on the show? On this episode, they break down their process of applying consideration, respect, and honesty to situations in the world so you can do it yourself.

Episode #100: Episode 100!

August 8, 2016 · Duration: 56:43 · Play

On the centennial episode, Lizzie and Dan give the definitive answers to some classic etiquette topics – thank you notes, wedding gifts, dining settings and utensils, and dealing with other people’s bad etiquette.

Episode #98: Thank You Very Little

July 25, 2016 · Duration: 53:30 · Play

Someone has asked you to do them a big, last-minute favor to get them out of a major bind. You do your best, but instead of an enthusiastic thanks, you get criticism of the work you did. What do you say back?

Episode #97: I’ve Got the Next Round

July 18, 2016 · Duration: 42:21 · Play

You’ve got a friend who loves to be a part of the crowd. But you’ve noticed that whenever it’s their turn to buy the next round, they’ve suddenly had enough for the night, or have to go somewhere. Should you call them on it, or butt out?

Episode #96: The Clean Plate Club’s Only Member

July 11, 2016 · Duration: 48:14 · Play

You’re at a restaurant, and you’re the first person to finish your meal. Everyone else is still enjoying theirs and chatting. Should the server come and get your plate immediately, or wait for the rest of your party to finish?

Episode #95: Let’s Never Do This Again Sometime

July 4, 2016 · Duration: 43:55 · Play

You’re out with an acquaintance you don’t see very often. You suddenly hear yourself say “That was fun … we should do it again soon.” But you know you don’t mean it. Are you just following accepted social custom, or are you being rude and disingenuous?

Episode #94: Rent Asunder

June 27, 2016 · Duration: 51:26 · Play

The paint is still fresh on the walls, and some unpacked boxes are still sitting in the corner, but you are already getting the dreaded question: ‘Nice place … how much are you paying?’

Episode #93: You Are What You Eat

June 20, 2016 · Duration: 45:01 · Play

Eating with dietary restrictions can be tricky when you aren’t cooking for yourself. On the show this week, Lizzie and Dan tackle a range of questions about food choices.

Episode #91: Politically Impolite

June 6, 2016 · Duration: 45:41 · Play

A listener feels like they are being respectful when talking politics with a friend who supports the other side. But they feel that that respect isn’t being reciprocated. Can they keep having conversations, or will they blow up before November?

Episode #90: An Affair to Remember (and Boycott)

May 30, 2016 · Duration: 41:48 · Play

A listener’s brother is recently divorced due to his wife’s infidelity with a local restaurateur. She wants to boycott the man’s establishments when going out with friends, but also keep her brother’s secret. How can she stay true to family but not betray them to her friends?

Episode #88: A Prom-Posed Problem

May 16, 2016 · Duration: 36:13 · Play

A shy girl just prom-posed to a boy she likes. And he said yes! But then he finds out the prom is on the same night as his mother’s 50th birthday. What’s a boy to do?

Episode #87: When ‘Nice to Meet You’ Isn’t So Nice

May 9, 2016 · Duration: 44:12 · Play

A listener is an attorney whose job requires meeting people during very difficult times in their lives. Dan and Lizzie help with language on how to greet new clients in a way that doesn’t imply: You’re getting divorced. Will you be using cash or credit?

Episode #86: It’s Just How I Was Brought Up

May 2, 2016 · Duration: 43:45 · Play

A listener feels like she comes across as being judgmental and reprimanding to her friends when discussing the manners with which she was brought up. Lizzie and Dan talk through strategies on how to talk about your upbringing.