Elaine Swann: Hi! I am Elaine Swann with Everyday Style. Today, we are going to discuss polite ways to talk about money. Some of the various items we'll address today is money talk subjects that you should avoid. Now there are some things that are perfectly fine to talk about and we'll discuss that today as well.
We are going to go over what to do when it comes to minding your money talk manners. And how to do with those nosey questions when you are discussing money, all of us are kind of suffering right now, you may have to borrow money. So we'll go over some tips, on how to borrow during these tough economic times.
Now, before we get started, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I've been researching and teaching Etiquette for over 10 years now to individuals, businesses and organizations. It's my desire to help individuals in today's modern society, approach everything they with grace and style.
Now let's go into our subject here. In this particular segment, we're going to talk about some subjects that you should avoid. First of all, don't talk to individuals about their salaries or their raises. You really don't want to start any jealously issues especially at work if you are talking with someone about how much they make, and if you don't and you're networking, you really want to avoid discussing how much a person makes. It's not some thing that they generally want to share. We know that the housing crisis is really affecting a lot of people right now, but it's not a good idea to talk about the value of someone's home. That could be a really a sore spot with them. Another area, you should absolutely avoid is asking individuals how much they paid for personal item. For example, if someone just bought a brand new car, there is nothing wrong in complementing them on it, but just avoid asking them how much they've paid.
Now, we have talked items that we shouldn't talk about with people, but let's talk about some things that are okay to about with people that you don't know well.