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: If I have dated someone for short time when should I give a gift?
Nancy Mitchell: I advised like to recommend people don t rush into gift giving when they are starting to date someone. The early stages of dating are to getting to know someone and spending time together and finding out if you do want two spent more time together.
Gifts can sometimes gets in the way so, put it off office long ship possibly can in the first week or months of getting to know somebody start checking that man. What will they like? Do they like music? Do they like sports, Do they travel, Do they cook, Do they love anything that s related to their job, Do they have pets, Do they have children whatever think about collecting these information so, that when opportunity arises when gift is appropriate you will be able to personalize that gift because the information you have collected about that person.
Lets say though that you have just started to have to date someone and an important how a day comes up or birthday comes up don t overdue it. You cannot buy someone affections or their love or even their respect by giving a gift.
So, choose very, very cautiously and don t overdue it.