Hospitality with the Tri Delts!

by Mindy Lockard on April 20, 2010

Last Saturday I was invited back to work with the Tri Delts and help them get ready for a very important week in the life and legacy of their Chapter, initiation week.  The great thing about the lessons for initiation week is that they aren’t just one hit wonders, they are lessons that the 115ish (give or take a bathroom break) will use well beyond their University life! 

Although we hit some big time manners such as conversation skills, eye contact, introductions and important conversation topics during the program, we kicked off the moring with them telling me what it means to be hospitable.  This is what they had to say…

  • Sacrificing your time and space to make your guest feel at home
  • Catering to the needs of others
  • Be respectful to anyone and everyone
  • Genuinely interested in what they are talking about
  • Be gracious
  • When people feel more at home and more comfortable you can generate a genuine experience which makes people aspire to be with you and makes you able to experience them for who they are
  • Making someone feel welcome
  • Not being awkward.
  • Being genuine
  • Listening and responding accordingly
  • Catering to their needs before your own
  • Keep your guest full (food) and quenched
  • People need to feel comfortable so they can be themselves
  • Be kind, respectful and generous to guests
  • smile
  • Make sure you’re hospitable to everyone no matter what

My goodness ladies, can you imagine if as women we cut through the crap (pardon my slang) and treated each other like this all of the time?  Oh what we could accomplish… I’m thinking big.  Like save the World Big!

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Jennifer 04.21.10 at 6:02 am

Sounds like a fabulous idea – here’s to being “kind, respectful and generous”. Way to go Mindy and Tri Delta women.

Mindy Lockard 04.21.10 at 6:08 am

Thank you Jen! These women give me hope for the future, our children’s future!

Lady 04.22.10 at 9:46 am

I remember attending our etiquette classes back when I was in the Delta Gamma house. I always enjoyed them! (Of course!) But what I held with me were manners and habits that I carried over soon after college as a new bride and even now as a mother!

Glad to hear your doing this, and wonderfully I may add!

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