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Archive for January, 2010

Welcome to my blog!  Here you will find etiquette tips from me, as well as many of my etiquette consultant peers, trainers and top leaders in the industry like Diane GottsmanJacqueline WhitmorePeggy NewfieldDiane Diehl, and many more . 

For openers, here are a few personal and professional facts about me:

I have owned my own DJ/Karaoke business, Jonnie Fox Rocks,  since 1991, which grew out of my love of singing. You can hear a few songs from my CD  if you’re bored. While I had a wonderfully successful and exciting career in the industry, I truly wanted to do something else in the next phase of my life and all I knew, is that it had to be something, like singing, by which I would be impassioned .  I truly love “all things etiquette”, whether it’s honoring our country’s flag, attending a theatrical performance, dining in elegance or simply holding a door for someone.  The truth is….there is etiquette for just about everything…and that doesn’t mean a “hard and fast rule”, rather, there may simply be a “better, more polite, or appropriate way”. 

While my interest in etiquette travels all the way back to the 1970′s when I did my high school term paper on the subject, my desire to teach etiquette came to me in an “aha moment” in early 2010.  It was then that I made the entrepreneurial leap to open The Magnolia School of Etiquette and Protocol.  While developing my own curriculum, working on my website and teaching children’s etiquette in local schools, I chose to expand on my “life-skills” of the subject by attending and graduating from the prestigious American School of Protocol in Atlanta, GA.

I have been blessed with so many wonderful clients including children, teens and young adults who attend my classes, events and seminars and who graciously refer their family and friends to me.   Please check out many of our photo albums of students and events on our Facebook page.

I am married to a wonderful and supportive husband and receive my greatest pleasure in being the mother of our one and only child, a son who is 13-1/2 (as he would say) at this writing. Like most moms, I stay busy playing chauffeur, keeping up with basketball, golf, and school activities, but mostly, just being the best mom I can be throughout each age of development…definitely known as “continuing education”!

I also love to cook and entertain.  As I was born and raised in New Orleans, I enjoy the reminscent bouquets and tastes of some of my favorite Big Easy recipes, like Jambalaya, Shrimp Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, and Muffalettas. 

In closing, I am delighted to welcome guest bloggers in the etiquette and associated fields so please, feel free to contact me if you would like to contribute and to all readers, remember, etiquette is NOT about snobbery and class warfare, it is about making others feel comfortable and how comfortable you are with your “character, confidence and credibility”.