Nancy MitchellNancy R. Mitchell is an established protocol and etiquette consultant and advisor with more than 30 years of experience in the field. Currently, she is an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University, where she developed and teaches protocol courses to Event Management Certificate Program students in the School of Business and Public Management, and at Stratford University, Falls Church, VA. She serves also as protocol and special events consultant to the Library of Congress, the world’s largest library and cultural center. For 23 years, Mitchell was Director of Special Events and Public Programs at the Library of Congress where she and her staff were responsible for planning and managing over 400 events each year. She coordinated the institution’s major special events, visits of heads of state and other foreign dignitaries, fundraising galas, conferences and meetings. As the Library’s chief protocol advisor, she served as liaison to the White House, U.S Department of State, the Congress, the Supreme Court and other government agencies, foreign embassies, academia and corporations. Mitchell owns The Etiquette Advocate, Inc., a firm providing etiquette and protocol training to corporations, universities, embassies, government agencies, non-profit organizations and individuals. She is the etiquette consultant to Engaged! magazine, has been featured on Good Morning America, Fox 5 News, WTOP Radio and National Public Radio, and is quoted on matters of etiquette and protocol by the New York Times, Washington Business Journal, and the Washington Post. She is a co-owner of the firm, Protocol Partners-Washington Center for Protocol, Inc., and is a member of the Protocol and Diplomacy International Protocol Officers Association and the Women Business Owners of Montgomery Country (MD).
Host: What are some appropriate gifts for someone whom I have dated for a short period of time?
Nancy Mitchell: Try not to choose a gift that is too intimate. You would not gift somebody clothing, you would not give jewelry don t give long stem Red roses that says I love you for miracle or some one whom you are trying to get to know. Choose very carefully. Go with a gift is related to and interest that you have noticed they have invite him to dinner, invite him to a concert, a ball game say you have tickets to something. In the early stages of dating don t surprise somebody, don t throw a big surprise party, don t show up that you adore with something you just don t know that person well enough to know that the surprise is going to go over in the wedding if you planned it.
So, planned to have said which is like to go out dinner I know your birthday is coming up you have restaurant. You both can convene to try that might be the night to go to something that a little bit more special but don t take the person to that restaurant in the town that everybody knows where everyone gets engaged with that restaurant. Backpedal a little, make it a little bit less formal remember in your mind the relationship may be moving a little bit more quickly than it is in the mind of your partner. So, choose accordingly, gifts cards are fine you personalize it by saying something very nice in the note. I don t know what your favorite clothing store is yet, I hope use this card and get something that you really like. If showing that you care about them, you observed their occasion you have given a gift but you are not pushing to far ahead. Do try to choose something though that shows you have picked up the signals that they do like travel they do like to cook. They are interested in history or classical music or whatever and then choose accordingly.