Author: Melanie Warner Spencer

Summer School

  By the time you read this, National Business Etiquette Week — June 2 through June 8 — will be in full swing. While it’s difficult to confirm, my research indicates that The Protocol School of Washington started the weeklong…

Holy Ground

  Hotel Peter & Paul opened in the fall of 2018 to much chatter in the hospitality community, as well as the travel, foodie and trend-spotting communities. Each group followed the four-year restoration of the Marigny neighborhood church and rectory…

Highly Recommended

  It’s recommendation letter and reference season. That’s what I call the time of year when soon-to-be college graduates are cranking job searches up to full speed or, for those seeking additional education and training, submitting those last-minute scholarship and…

Riding the Third Wave

  It seems like ancient history now, but as early as five years ago, connoisseurs of second- and third-wave coffee had scant few choices in New Orleans. Which is odd considering that in the 19th and 20th centuries, New Orleans…

Anger Management

  Most of the time, especially at work, I keep my temper in check and prefer laughing and joking to ranting and raging. But, we all have those moments when our moods or certain situations get the best of us…

Team Effort

The glass-walled conference room has a privacy screen with images from throughout JazzFest’s history. JazzFest posters and photos are extensively employed throughout the space.   The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is celebrating 50 years this month, and while…

Many Thanks

  Think gratitude doesn’t matter in an  interview? Think again. Almost 70 percent of hiring managers and recruiters said that receiving a thank-you note from a job applicant after an interview impacted their decision-making process, according to a 2017 survey…

Acing It

  Until February, passionate Greater New Orleans-area golfers committed to the game had to travel to Houston, Nashville or Atlanta to reach the nearest Club Champion, premium clubfitter, builder and retailer. Now, players need only drive to Metairie for their…

Talk is Cheap

  One of those universal concepts that both religious and non-religious people can agree on is that gossip is bad. Most (though I believe it’s all) religious traditions outright condemn the act. For example, in a 2013 homily, Pope Francis…

What’s Cookin’?

  On January 8, the non-profit New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) flung open the front doors to welcome its first crop of culinary students. The 90,000-square-foot, five-story, state-of-the-art facility, designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, is comprised of several buildings connected…

High Five

  In 2018, I spoke about everything from how etiquette can combat harassment in the workplace and foster authentic leadership, to attire (general and when working out at work), the art of rescheduling meetings, networking and navigating conferences and even…

Reading Rainbow

  Orange, blue and yellow butterfly sculptures dangle overhead, providing even more color among the blue, green and orange accent walls at the new, 10,500-square-foot Jefferson Parish River Ridge Library in Harahan. The state-of-the-art library features multiple meeting and study…

Home Away from Home

  There are few, if any, situations more stressful for families than having a child sick in the hospital. The good news is that families outside of New Orleans with children receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital New Orleans now have…

Pants on Fire

  My first newspaper job was as the assistant editor at a small community paper in a suburb just outside of Austin, Texas. Not long after I started, my boss hired a new ad sales representative. The rep (we’ll call…

The Real Deal

Melanie Warner Spencer is editor of New Orleans Bride and New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles and managing editor of Louisiana Life and Acadiana Profile. Spencer’s ever-expanding library of etiquette books is rivaled only by her ever-ready stash of blank thank-you…

Inspired Design

The design team exposed and refinished the original arched windows in the older building and created informal study or meeting areas.   For the team and stakeholders behind the newly dedicated Mussafer Hall at Tulane University, success was literally the…

Poised for Success

Melanie Warner Spencer is editor of New Orleans Bride and New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles and managing editor of Louisiana Life and Acadiana Profile. Spencer’s ever-expanding library of etiquette books is rivaled only by her ever-ready stash of blank thank-you…

Conference Confidence

Melanie Warner Spencer is editor of New Orleans Bride and New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles and managing editor of Louisiana Life and Acadiana Profile. Spencer’s ever-expanding library of etiquette books is rivaled only by her ever-ready stash of blank thank-you…

Work It

Melanie Warner Spencer is editor of New Orleans Bride and New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles and managing editor of Louisiana Life and Acadiana Profile. Spencer’s ever-expanding library of etiquette books is rivaled only by her ever-ready stash of blank thank-you…

Welcome Home

A portrait of Gertrude Gardner hangs in the newly restored, circa-1871 offices of Gardner Realtors. The building began as newspaper offices in Carrollton. Entering Gardner Realtors’ newly renovated offices on Maple Street, you’ll see a decidedly residential space. A cream-colored…

Work Wardrobe Woes

There was a time when dressing for the office was a no-brainer. From the early 20th-century to the late 1970s, men donned a suit and tie and women switched between dresses, skirts with coordinating blouses and, toward the later end…

Sharing is Caring

Apart from the sadistic types, most supervisors and managers would list taking corrective action as one of their least favorite tasks. At best it is awkward and at worst, volatile. However, there are a few things you can do to…