Author: Melanie Warner Spencer

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…

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 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…

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…

You Schmooze You Lose?

Recently, a young colleague asked how to stay on top of networking and self-promotion without seeming like you’re trying to jump ship. He asked, for example, what if you want a current manager to write a LinkedIn review for you,…

The Art of Rescheduling Meetings

On occasion, we all have to reschedule business meetings. There are countless legitimate reasons to postpone or find a new date for a meeting, but the fact is, explanations don’t matter. While that may sound surprising coming from an etiquette…

A Harassment-Free Workplace

From celebrity chefs and journalists to Hollywood moguls and politicians, including even the highest office in the country, allegations of sexual harassment, misconduct, abuse and assault in the workplace have dominated the news both locally and nationally. These disheartening, shocking…

Becoming a Professional

During my senior year of high school, a local businessman visited to talk to us about job interviews and the professional workplace. He advised dressing appropriately and, “for the job you want; not the job you have.” He also discussed…