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Shmanners

Join husband Travis McElroy and wife Teresa McElroy every Friday and they'll improve your etiquette week by week! Perplexed by thank you notes? Baffled by black tie? Dismayed by dinner parties? Worry no more, Shmanners has your answers!

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Jane Austen

Hello Internet! We're back and we sure did miss you last week! This time, we have a very special biography episode. You may have recognized the name? Plus, some bonus Regency period etiquette. Enjoy and be sure to share!

41mins

31 Jul 2017

Rank #1

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Table Manners

Ah, table manners! What a mystery! Sure, we're all taught not to chew with our mouths full and stuff like that, but what is with all the forks? Who is supposed to talk to whom? How do we pass the dishes? When do we start eating? As host, what are my responsibilities? Is there a right way to get a waiter's attention? Perhaps most important: ELBOWS ON THE TABLE?! All this along with the history of table manners, place setting basics and how table manners might just make you healthier! If you enjoy the episode, be sure to pass it on!

53mins

29 Jan 2016

Rank #2

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Christmas Trees

Hello Internet! This episode is all about CHRISTMAS TREES! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!

41mins

21 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Dale Carnegie/How To Win Friends and Influence People

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about DALE CARNEGIE and his incredibly popular book HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE! Enjoy and be sure to share with your friends!

46mins

24 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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Mistletoe

Hello Internet! This week we discus the mythology, history and etiquette of MISTLETOE! Enjoy and be sure to share!

35mins

7 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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Beer: Ales

Hello Internet! This week is all about BEER and specifically ALES! We'll take you through the history and the different types! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!

48mins

2 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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Conversation

Sorry to interrupt, but we thought you might like to find out a little bit about conversational etiquette! The world of small talk can be a terrifying and dangerous place! How do you even begin to talk to someone at a business conference? What about all those swear words I keep hearing about?! Yes, with body language, eye contact and word choice to worry about, why does anyone ever talk to anyone at all?! Because you have to to get by in the world, that's why! So come with us and let's walk through the ins and out of conversation together!

42mins

5 Feb 2016

Rank #7

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Neckwear

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about NECKWEAR! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!

41mins

22 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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Ask Shmanners

Hello Internet! Thanks for baring with us as we travel and recover being sick! In this episode, we answer a whole bunch of your questions! What do you do when your friend is a bad tipper? What's the best practices for asking someone to write a letter of recommendation? What do you do when passing someone in the hallway? Answers to these and more! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!

47mins

27 May 2017

Rank #9

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Charcuterie and Cheese Boards (Part 1)

Hello Internet and welcome to PART ONE of our series on CHARCUTERIE AND CHEESE BOARDS! Please enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!

36mins

4 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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First Dates

Hello Internet! Listen, I know we haven't known each other all that long, but would you do us the honor of joining us in this episode? It's all about FIRST DATES! Who pays? What do you talk about? What do you do if it's a disaster? How do you ask for a second date?! Answers to these questions and MORE! Plus, you are going to learn all about the history of dating! Don't worry, this one is on us! We insist! Enjoy and remember to share!

56mins

10 Feb 2017

Rank #11

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Public Displays of Affection

Hello Internet! This week is all about PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION! When, where and what is appropriate? Is it ok in front of your family? All these answers and more! Plus, hear us rant about platonic male affection! What fun!

49mins

6 Nov 2017

Rank #12

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Tattoos

Hello Internet! This week, we're talking tattoos! A little bit about the history, but mostly we focus on the modern dos and donts! How to work with your artist on the design. Do you tip? How do you stop people from touching your tattoos? Do you have to explain WHY you got your tattoo to everyone who asks? Answers to these and even more of your questions! Enjoy and please share!

1hr 2mins

12 May 2017

Rank #13

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Dating (LGBTQIA+ Edition)

Hello Internet! We are so excited to bring you a very special episode: DATING (LGBTQIA+ EDITION)! We had a whole bunch of amazing guests on this one! We're joined by Riley Silverman, Mikey Neumann, James Arthur and Tybee Diskin! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!

1hr 11mins

27 Jun 2018

Rank #14

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Thanksgiving

Hello Internet! American THANKSGIVING is almost upon us and we imagine you have quite a few concerns and questions! What do you talk about? What should you bring? Should you help clean up? How did this whole thing get started? Bonus question, what's the deal with those Macy's parade balloons? We have answers to these questions and more! Enjoy and be sure to share!

55mins

18 Nov 2016

Rank #15

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Cleaning House

This week is all about CLEANING HOUSE! Enjoy and be sure to share with friends!

47mins

26 Mar 2018

Rank #16

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Handwriting

Hello Internet! This week is all about HANDWRITING! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!

40mins

8 Jun 2019

Rank #17

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Make-Up

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about MAKE-UP! Enjoy and be sure to tell your friends!

53mins

6 Mar 2019

Rank #18

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Chivalry

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about CHIVALRY! What is it? When did it start? Is it dead? Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!

33mins

19 Mar 2020

Rank #19

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Drive-Thrus

Hello Internet! This week we are discussing DRIVE-THRU etiquette! Enjoy and be sure to share with your friends!

49mins

15 Aug 2018

Rank #20