TIPS TO SWEAR BY: James O'Connor, president of the Cuss Control Academy, is bringing his tongue-taming techniques to corporate America.
The Northbrook, Ill.-based organization recently began offering seminars to curb cursing at the office in response to a deluge of complaints from employees about profane colleagues.
The classes, which run between $1,500 and $2,500, remind potty-mouthed people that swearing damages others and fosters negativity.
To cut down on cursing, students learn to use alternatives to traditional four-letter words -- like "f-f-f-forget it" -- and are advised to practice being patient, make their points politely and think before they speak.
INTERVIEWER BLUNDERS: Some campus recruiters seeking newly minted graduates don't make the grade when it comes to interviewing techniques.
A study of 170 graduates-to-be by New York-based Hanigan Consulting Group showed that many of them were subjected to tasteless and even improper questions.
Prospective hires said they fielded such tactless queries as: How many girlfriends do you have? Are you single? What will your boyfriend think of you working long hours? What is your political party affiliation? What are your plans for a family? Guess my nationality?
Interviewers sometimes ask such misguided questions to appear cool and show that they relate to young people, said Maury Hanigan, president of the company.
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