At the beginning of the year, allow me to wish you a wonderful and wonderful year 2018 full of good times and happiness with your family, friends, colleagues and clients. Because, as Leaf Van Boven, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, said: “We regularly find evidence that experiences make people happier than the material possessions they have invested in.” And that’s why investing in the “customer experience” always has invaluable, if not unforgettable benefits!
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So, while piles of files welcome you this January, your voicemail is full and 326 emails are just waiting to be opened, still try to prioritize the tradition of presenting your happy new year wishes. Now, given all the work that has accumulated, you may be wondering until when and to whom you can offer them and, why not, how to distinguish them from all other received by your interlocutors.
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To answer all these questions, you will find a wonderfully written article by Geneviève d’Angenstein, an etiquette specialist just like me, and director of the School of Courtesy and Protocol, in Paris. Apart from the wishes of “good health” that she suggests to offer with restraint, while in my opinion here in Quebec, with influenza epidemics, one cannot miss out on “good health” for anyone, she still very well summarized my thought in this sense…
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Until when can one present one’s vows? Who should they be addressed to? How to distinguish them from all other received by your interlocutor? Here are the answers from Geneviève d’Angenstein, director of the French School of Courtesy and Protocol, in Paris.
1. Deadline for sending January 31. To be on time, one can respond to wishes until January 31. Nevertheless, to present them, do not wait until the last minute, because your interlocutor would feel that this was a real chore for you. It is in good tone to get your pen out this week.
2. On paper, the message is stronger. “In an age of omnipresence of new technologies, if you want to give weight to a message today, it is with paper,” observes Geneviève d’Angenstein. That is, according to her, the traditional greeting card in the envelope will mark the minds more than the virtual greeting card received on a mailbox.
3. Happy New Year, Mr. Director! Do not wait to receive wishes from your parents, grandparents or your boss to answer them, because it’s up to you to take the initiative. “In the world of politeness, it is always the person to whom we owe the respect who receives the wishes first,” explains the expert in living skills.
4. Always a little handwritten word. Never send a card without putting your paw on it. “You always have to add a nice handwritten word, related to feelings, friendship, to personalize the wishes. The longer the text will be, the stronger the mark of affection, because it means that time has been devoted to it. We wish noble things, for example happiness and success,” she advises.
5. Money is taboo. “One should not tell his interlocutor that we hope he will make a lot of money in 2012. Our politeness comes from the Old Regime, where everything the money does not say,” she recalls.
Wishes for “good health”, themselves, must be done with delicacy. They only wish themselves to friends, family members or the elderly. “In some worldly settings, we don’t talk about health, because it affects the body, intimacy.”