SMILE, this is your greatest asset and weapon!

At Common Ground Etiquette our motto is: Building excellence in the community, and success in the marketplace. I am an etiquette & protocol, professional & personal development specialist and speaker with exceptional insight in business processes, tools, and concepts to help entrepreneurs, professionals, and small companies develop more effective strategies to grow their businesses or careers. My firm, COMMON GROUND ETIQUETTE, specializes in preparing and empowering via training, mentorship and sharing resources, that assist in achieving the highest potential in the professional and personal arenas.

We offer a plethora of etiquette, business etiquette, protocol, professional and personal development training. For Parents and Children: Seeing that we partner with parents for their children, we also partner with parents to help them achieve and build their parenting skills. We offer a Parenting Series to help you build your parenting skills. Some of the achievements you obtain are: an increase parental in your parental confidence; reduce your parental stress/anxiety; Improve your parenting skills and parent-child relations; reduce child behavior problems and improve child cooperation. Check our FB page for dates and location. We partner with parents as early as age three to make sure children understand in a fun but educational manner the importance of manners and social graces. We further engage them by utilizing all sorts of multi-media, including role-playing, music, power point presentations, video and by carrying out kindness projects. Family is very important so we are the only company in the area that provides “dining etiquette tutorials for the entire family” at home or a restaurant. Please take note that in many instances we become a complement to cotillion classes which are taught farther apart than our classes, and this way we strengthen these important lessons that will help our youth become mindful and successful. Once in College we reinforce real life business and social graces with hands-on training and real-life business coaches. For the Entrepreneur and Small Business: For business people, being it small business staff, management and execs, we carry a myriad of short and extended courses to assist in brushing up, building the in-house environment and also the skills and finesse of excelling at client relations. We also have excellent speakers that will delight and amaze your audience. Tea Parties for Every Occassion: We have a passion for tea parties, therefore, we “have been told” we throw the best tea parties in town for children and adults. Ask us for references and you will be amazed! Our menus are exquisite and our freshly baked scones are simply delish. We enjoy life and want to celebrate it so we have many options from where you can choose from, see below for some of them: �Exquisite Bridal Showers �Delightful Afternoon �High Noon �Breakfast at Tiffany’s �Savvy Mommy �History & Etiquette �Birthday �Theme Teas for Children �Young Ladies “Just Because” �Business �Tea Etiquette Tutorials �Fundraiser For Brides Only (F,B,O.) Yes we offer a variety of training in this area, as well as “day of” wedding coordination services. Lately we have been asked to perform “bridesmaids and grooms” tutorials just make sure the wedding party is all on the same page! Needless to say we have a list of local vendors that we can recommend anytime at no additional cost. Stay tuned for new classes that we continuously post on our page and at our website. Giving Back to the Community: At Common Ground Etiquette we are committed to build a community of excellence, therefore, we offer four complimentary events to give our two cents! Check our community calendar or our page for dates and locations. SE HABLA ESPAÑOL Once again our main focus is to make sure you, your family, or your employees represent themselves in the best possible way. If you have Spanish speaking family or employees and would like to receive training in their native tongue, we have designed great courses to make sure nothing gets lost in translation!

Mission: Our mission is to partner with entrepreneurs, small businesses, individuals and/or parents to build and develop successful and confident individuals with great social skills, self-confidence and manners.

Good morning, April is almost gone and guess what? It is #StressAwarenessMonth. I did not want this month to go by without sharing ways in which to reduce stress and also work on your #FinancialWellness. These tips were graciously provided by Jennie Morrow, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley.

Spending & Budgeting:
-Develop and follow a budget
-Be aware of your spending and find areas to cut back to help you save

-Pay yourself first
-Plan for unexpected events

Major Purchases:
-Avoid using a credit card, adjust your budget ahead of time

Your Credit:
-Protect Your Credit by making timely payments
-Request your annual credit report from the 3 major credit bureaus and report any discrepancy

Investment & Retirement:
-Invest & plan for retirement
-Take advantage of your employer's early retirement plan

Good morning! I practice #Gratitude every morning as I rise. Why? Because it’s impossible not to stay motivated throughout the day when you’re feeling positive and really focusing on it. Just pay special attention on how you are talking to yourself... #HaveAGreatSaturday

“Good manners are priceless.” Good manners should be seen as the “common ground” where we all can relate. It is also a “common language” that we should all learn how to speak. It seems people care less about protocol and civility... but if we all treat each other with respect and great communication there would be no war. Can't they get it? #Manners #GoldenRule #Respect

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Good morning! You can be shy, and be likeable. You can be an introvert and be likeable. You can be an extrovert and be likeable. But the key is that with effort and awareness, we can all be a little bit better at it. Here is where good manners will help you and open doors throughout your entire life. #TheLikeabilityFactor #ComeLearnWithUs

Nobody promised you a rose garden when you decided to go into business... sometimes things may not go the way intended, and when this happens you need to surround yourself by a solid group of professionals to advise and see you through the good and the not so good.
Be diligent when you choose who becomes part of that intimate circle of trust or advisory board. You want to make sure they are seasoned and refined enough to speak truth with honesty, respect and kindness. That their true intentions is to lift you up when situations fail, and are presto to offer counsel to remedy situations and turn them around in a favorable way.
Sadly, not everyone can fit this bill... it needs to be someone that besides possessing leadership skills is a class act and truly understands what soft skills are about. #BeDiligent

How are your kiddies behaving? This Summer we have amazing classes for ages 5-8. They will learn so much and also have the time of their lives. All the details are on the flyer. Call or Text if you have any questions.

Wedding Tip: If you are having an Interfaith ceremony help guests who may be unfamiliar with traditions of another faith by describing all aspects of the ceremony as well as any religious requirements or restrictions in the wedding program and also include these on your wedding website. #WeddingEtiquette

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Where are you networking today? Feel free to comment below your networking events. We 💗 #Networking and building relationships!

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CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor

That feel-good feeling of a proud parent is comparable🤗 Makes me feel good because these are our future leaders. Enjoy!

When middle schoolers arrived at a skate park, a 13-year-old was caught on tape showing his true character, leaving a bystander “shocked.”

This isn’t a story about teens misbehaving -- it’s about the kindness that emerges when least expected

Are you done with #SpringCleaning? Not so quick... Did you clean your computer files as well? How about those apps on your phone? I will be Live on Wednesday, April 24th at 3:30 PM with some tips for your digital spring cleaning and sharing some a great tool to keep you and your family safe from Identity Theft. #StayTuned

It seems some Medical and Dental Practices are finally getting it! Success at these practices is measured by the whole office encounter which includes treatment and the total patient experience. That is one of the ways in which we can help.


Are you on Alignable? Check our page and services at 2 local business owners recommend COMMON GROUND ETIQUETTE. Visit this page to learn about the business and what locals in Ashburn have to say.

#WeddingEtiquette dictates that the bride and groom are expected to write #ThankYou notes for each shower gift received even if the guests we're thanked in person. #ComingSoon Free Wedding Planning Workshop! Send us a PM if you'd like to be on out list.

Did you know that an ounce of friendliness will open some doors to communication at the office? Let's start with a smile as we walk in and a brief greeting. #TipOfTheDay #ChooseToBeNice

We hope you had an amazing #SpringBreak, now it's time to get real 😉 We raise our OJ's wishing you a fantastic week!

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Happy Earth Day! Today we encourage you to visit and learn about the world's largest environmental movement and what you can do to make every day Earth Day. Visit the official Earth Day site to learn about the world’s largest environmental movement and what you can do to make every day Earth Day. Together, we can end pollution, fight climate change, reforest the planet, build sustainable communities, green our schools, educate, advocate and take actio...

Did you know we will be LIVE at next Saturday's The Women of Loudoun County's Lifestyle and Summer Camps Event from 11 AM to 3 PM. Bring the entire family, there will be something for everybody, as there will be door prizes every 30 minutes! And the best part, it is FREE! Come say hello to us and select a memento to take home. #MUSTATTEND

Got #Teens? Do they need help with their dining skills? We have a class for that. Ages 13-17! Limited seating, so RSVP Now🙋‍♀️

#TableManners and #DiningClasses for Ages 5 to 8 and also 9-12! Check them out and RSVP. Limited seats available. Your children will learn in two classes what they need to learn to navigate the table, set the table and what to talk about at the table 😉 #EtiquetteClasses #MannersClasses


Have you taken a peek at our Pinterest Boards? Check them out at Common Ground Etiquette building excellence in the community and success in the marketplace!

Next Saturday we will be at the Loudoun Lifestyle Expo 2019 at Play To Win Athletic Center - PAC from 11 AM to 3 PM and hope you come by and say hello. We'll be sharing our Summer classes and you may participate in winning a #TeaParty for 4! Bring the entire family, there will be activities for all and especially door prizes every 30 minutes! See you there next week 😉👋🙋‍♀️

Got #Teens? Perhaps they need a little help with their manners, boundaries, life skills? There's a class coming up in #Ashburn for them. Check the details on the flyer. Feel free to send us a PM if you have any questions.

Happy Easter FB Family 🐣


Big shoutout to Loudoun County Public Library for this initiative! #YouRock Folks please take advantage of this🙋🏻‍♀️

Loudoun County Public Library let cardholders with outstanding fines at its nine libraries pay them off with food instead, and in one week, it collected 15,500 pounds of food.

Loudoun County Government

If you live in #Loudoun County you cannot miss this 👇🏼

#Loudoun County will be featured in a national television program that reaches more than 50 million households in the United States. Details here:

Smile 😁 It' #Friyay!

Good morning! Yes, we know, we know, sometimes it can be hard to bite our tongue and stay polite, but it pays to keep things civil. 😉 #TheImportanceOfManners

Have you registered your 9-12 yet? #MannersAndEtiquette classes for #Tweens in #Ashburn

Blown Up By Terrorists Twice | Glenn Sandford | Speaker Slam

...But the idea of jumping just terrified me. So I crawled, I crawled 1 inch at a time. My 1st inch, was making my bed... All I wanted to do was stay wrapped around on my sheets and hide away from the world... The next – let’s go to the gym. And then another inch, and then another. But each inch made me feel I had some self control, that I had some self-respect. You see, when you put those inches as individually seen, they seem small and insignificant. When you come by them to you they’re at they are absolutely transformational. Each inch gave me some self-respect. Each inch gave me self-control. And when you feel you have some control, you can actually come out of hiding and seek the help that you need. Even your redemption or try to overcome. You see it was because of this game of inches that I realized that I had a choice, I could either be the victim, and continue to hide; or to be a survivor and move forward. And to realize that my experiences do not need to define me... by this game of inches I realized that by one small decision you could truly transform your life.

I can guarantee that someone in this room, right here, right now is hiding from something or someone. What is the first inch you can do right now to get out of those shadows?

For 30 years, Glenn built a successful career while balancing the demands of being a pro AFL footballer. In 2012 he took a well-deserved vacation and his lif...

Goldie Taylor

Never talk without respect, be the judge, nor speak without kindness, should you have to eat your words... #JustSayin 🤷🏻‍♂️


Even though you were selected to work based on your skills and experience... knowing the right things to say and do can make your workday a whole lot easier. #GotManners #BusinessEtiquette

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Let it be known that we are all in for sharing videos that uplift individuals, families and businesses that are doing a great job out there. Today we have a very touching video that we seldom see in real life. If you have had an experience of this sort or now of one please share in the comments. Enjoy!

Little boy made a surprise gift for his Stepdad...

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Yes, that’s how we are feeling too🤗 Celebrating life and enjoying it too! We hope this adds a spring to your step this Monday morning.

FRIDAY FEELING: This 96-year-old grandma dancing at a family wedding is how we're all feeling today

Have you signed up your 5-8 year old yet? This week receive 10% Off from entire registration. #Manners101 #Ashburn

What a great way to become inspired after seeing Tiger Woods’ comeback! His first win in a major competition since 2008 and after all his failures, he fought hard and here we are his 15th🤗 So if you are feeling down take note, be strategic and #NeverGiveUp!

Good morning, it's #Monday so let's bring your "A" Game to this week. Have great one from all of us at COMMON GROUND ETIQUETTE!

Happy Sunday FB Fam! Tomorrow #KindnessRocks Paint Night is on. This is a FREE Event. Just come on out and lets paint together.
Anytime between: 6 - 8:30 PM
Where: Ridgetop Coffee in Sterling, VA
What I Supply: Everything Except the Rocks
What You should bring: Rocks to paint or share
See you mañana 😉

Humankind Stories

Good morning 🤗 Lets focus on the positive always! #BeKind

He stepped off the bus to the best birthday party of his life.

Hey FB Fam, Join Us and LEGALSHIELD at The Women of Loudoun County Annual Business Expo on April 27th at Play To Win Athletic Center - PAC with over 80 local businesses! This year there is a section for #LoudounSummerCampFair, among dozens of family-friendly businesses in a new kids area with fun activities for all ages 🤗
Enjoy some great networking, shopping, door prizes, mobile escape room, face painting, henna, massages, beauty demos, princesses and MUCH MORE.
Oh and the first 50 attendees will enjoy an AWESOME swag bag💗

Jimmie Jayes

Important news 🙋🏻‍♀️ #MeetUp #WeWork

***Meetup Purchased by WeWork***

Did you see the news?? Meetup was just purchased by WeWork... with a plan to go from 35M members to 1,000,000,000 members.

What does this mean to you? One billion prospects. Literally.

Want to know how to tap into the Meetup platform and position yourself ahead of the Meetup wave... so you can attract "your perfect prospect" and recruit like crazy?

I've put together a free training for you that will walk you through how to create a Meetup funnel that brings you prospects. I'll also show you how to add a tonne of value to every single person who attends your Meetup... and how to ONLY talk to the ones who are open to your offer!

Click below to register. Even if you have never used meetup before, I'll get you up and running.

Southern Living

Just so you know... Easter 🐣 is coming and there is still great life left in those old silk ties your hubby doesn’t wear anymore or you can buy at a thrift store🤗 Check the wonderful Easter eggs you can make💗

Old silk ties are the secret to the prettiest patterned Easter eggs. Get the instructions from Better Homes & Gardens here:


Share some love with your grandparents 🤗 Raise your hand if you love(d) your grandparents!
#Love #Grandparents #Family #AffextiinDisplay 💗

Show your grandparents some love!💕(via The Daily Heartbeat)

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