Karene A. Putney

In the past, societal elites invested in various educational avenues such as charm schools, boarding schools, military schools, debutante societies, and etiquette training. They understood that advantages arose not only from being well-educated but also from being well-mannered. I am Karene A. Putney, a certified etiquette instructor and CEO of Etiquette Etiquette Business Consulting Group. Our mission is to equip you and your team with the tools for formal and proper introductions. Our program imparts robust social skills and protocol training, catering to individuals and organizations seeking to elevate their presence and expand globally. Why wait for opportunities to knock when you can skillfully open doors with good manners and confidence?

“A strong impression can unlock doors that even the best education may not.”
~Karene A. Putney

Karene A. Putney is a motivational speaker, registered with The National Speakers Association, NSA–DC Speaker Academy as well as certified business etiquette instructor and consultant in intercultural etiquette and protocol. A graduate of the Protocol School of Washington®, she specialized in Intercultural Etiquette and Protocol Training. The Protocol School of Washington® is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training [ACCET], an institution officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Karene A. Putney launched Etiquette Etiquette in 2019. For more information, visit www.eettq.com, and please feel free to email [email protected] or call (866) 556-5290.

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Business Etiquette Presence

In the realm of business etiquette, specific rules stand firm and should not be disregarded. While some may seem like common sense, it's surprising how easy it is to make mistakes inadvertently. Despite the rise of a more casual startup culture in recent years, characterized by open floor plans, unconventional office furniture, and relaxed dress codes, the perception that business etiquette is outdated is premature.

Implicit professional and social conduct rules persist in many companies, even within the evolving landscape of the modern workplace.


  • Introduce others
  • Handwritten Thank You notes
  • Eye Contact
  • Remembering Names
  • Business Card Protocol
  • Interrupting
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Dining Etiquette for Business Professionals

Conducting business over meals is a great way to build business relationships. Meals make for a more casual atmosphere compared to offices and are therefore more conducive for a relaxed discussion. However, there are still rules that must be applied when dining at the table. We will discuss some of the etiquette rules when dining with business associates such as understanding place setting, etiquette rules while eating, and ways to avoid sticky situations.


  • Host and Guest Duties
  • American, Continental styles of eating
  • Napkin Etiquette
  • Body language at the table
  • Seating Etiquette
  • Handling Accidents
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Youth Etiquette

When most parents think about teaching manners, they envision telling a preschooler to say 'please' and 'thank you.' But, good manners goes far beyond those words and it's important to make sure you're teaching your child good manners into the teen years.

Unfortunately, in the digital age, many teens aren't learning basic social skills, like cellphone etiquette. And there are many manners teens often forget even though they've learned them in the past. Sometimes, teens go through phases where they want to look cool and manners go out the window. At other times, they get a little sloppy and forget to be polite.

Raising a kind and caring teen who uses good manners could be very beneficial to their future. Teens with good manners will command more respect, which could help them socially and academically.


  • Apologize
  • Eye contact
  • Shake hands
  • Basic hygiene
  • Dressing
  • Appropriate language

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