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Many experts and writers try to be too serious and display all their knowledge all at once.

11 Simple Rules of Excellent Houseguest Etiquette

They forget that they need to be entertaining as well. Interview shows are thoughtful and substantive, but if what you say doesn't entertain listeners on some level--make them laugh, make them cry, get them fired up or angry and excited or motivated--they're not going to stick around. Spoken word content is consumed differently than articles, magazines, websites, etc. Radio consumption is active, but if it doesn't meet my needs right now I will punch to something else. Serve up your content in digestible, easy to understand morsels.

Think three steps, or five habits, or four tips Chunking is also a great way to help the host establish a nice flow. Say you will describe three steps to starting a business. Say, "First of all, put together a business plan By signaling that you will chunk your information it creates a nice framework for the audience and provides room for the host to create a natural give-and-take.

Radio listeners generally go with what is familiar and comfortable.

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I'm a familiar voice. But if a guest talks non-stop for an extended period, the listener might move on to something more familiar. Respond to questions with statements like, "That's a great question If possible learn a little about the host and fit that knowledge into the conversation. Say, "I saw the story you posted on Facebook and it reminds me Occasionally reference the listeners. Say something like, "Austin, as your listeners know one of the toughest start-up challenges is finding capital. Hill was still in his first year of doing Monday through Friday talk radio in Wink Martindale game show host and DJ had just released his autobiography.

Jump to navigation. You who come are my guests, and all my guests are welcomed with open arms to be part of our family for the days you stay, and several of our guests end up staying a day extra! As a host, what I first look at is your profile, if it looks good, with a picture, I'll be much more inclined to accept a request from you. I expect you to ask about anything you are unsure about, sine my profile might not give you all answers, better to ask up front then be unsure later. We have a good talk, give them a tour and offer them the run of the house.

If they want to spend time by themselves more power to them. What upsets me is when we get a request and then if something comes up they don't bother to contact us. I truly understand that sometimes things change, but with free WiFi available almost everywhere how hard would it be to just send an email? We have met some great people throughout the time we have hosted people, so a few bad people wont ruin it for us. Thanks for the note. I've never encountered a bad host or a bad guest. Hopefully that'll continue until I'm done with all this.

At 74, I've only a few years of touring left.

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Excellent article! I never thought about sending thank you post cards.

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Thank you for such a great idea. I bought tickets. I like clarifying my host preferences and respecting them. I am kind, courteous and respectful generous with my time, interested in knowing and doing mutually interesting things with others. I am flexible, curious and interested in active listening to people about their lives, community, experiences etc. I feel happy when I can share the cost, help cook meals and do chores around the house i. Ideally I like to get on the road by 8am and start getting ready for bed by 10pm.

I like to get to know other people by biking together, sharing meals, sightseeing, sharing stories about our lives and expressing my gratitude with words and deeds. I am an advocate, actively involved in non-profit organizations and the City of Boston staff who's work to transform Boston a safer and welcoming community for cyclist. Although I can appreciate if hosts want to fullfill all possible and impossible wishes of a guest, I finally was fed up with all the varied desires and demands of guests. Therefore I decided to mention my expectations and limitations in my account. Since that time I only get requests of cyclists that fit in.

Everybody now knows what I like and don't like.

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They know what to expect. No disappointments anymore at both sides. Maybe less inviting to stay over and eat for free, but very clear. Here they are: --request at least 2 days before arrival. My planning is tight. No exceptions. I have my daily work.

The price of your visit: telling your adventures and enjoy our get together. I liked Peter's Post, as above, I notice he is a long term member, as we are here. It;s interesting he chooses a " dot point" Profile as I do , which is so much easier to comprehend than the usual " Lonely Hearts" style Profiles so many Members provide. They may NOT be truly "Lonely Hearts" but they use the same style as a dating forum, rambling on about themselves I have to say, not all long term members are so thoughtful in their presentations, but it's always good to see Common Sense as opposed to " walk all over me" Sentimentality.

Make a formal statement and be sure to ask how to obtain a copy of the police report. I have been unable to post negative feedback about a guest on this site until I go through a convoluted process of obtaining A report from the freedom of information office. Meanwhile a person who behaved in an appalling manner is being hosted nearby by An unsuspecting host.

Fully agree with all comments made in the article. You would think it is all common sense but after my experience the past few days, it clearly isn't.

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It would be helpful if more people were able and willing to leave feedback when the experience is not positive. There seems to be a wee bit of curmudgeonliness sneaking in to some of these posts. I, for one, don't expect, or even particularly want, a gift from my guests. I never sensed this expectation from my hosts either.

We give freely and are given to freely hopefully. I don't expect them to entertain me either. The reason I host is because I've been in the situation of the guest, and I know how much I enjoyed getting free accomodation at the end of a hard day. I see some suggestions of an etiquette protocol. Given the infinitesimal proportion of "problem guests" this seems to be a solution without a problem. The suggestion featured a "no discussion of religion or politics".

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I'm fairly sure that adults can talk about these topics without being insensitive. The intrusion of "rules" into human interaction is infantilising and risks formalising a relationship which should be informal and relaxed. I have had good experiences with guests - apart from the fact that they all seem to arrive in August for some reason! The only bad experience was guests who told me they would arrive at 7 pm which is fine, except that they were over-ambitious in planning their journey and actually arrived after 10 pm. Not only that, but having told me they were happy to camp on my lawn they said on arrival that as it was dark, could I make up a bed for them in the house, which I did.

However the experience left a bad taste in the mouth. If they had told me what their plans had been for that day, I would have told them they were being over-ambitious. So I have now changed my profile to ask guests for a realistic assessment of their arrival time, and to tell me where they will be arriving from. I would also like to comment on the suggestion that guests should not talk about politics. I think this is nonsense. Here in Scotland we find that visitors always want to ask us about the Independence Referendum in - and we are more than happy to talk about this.

The same applies to Brexit. I am very happy to tell people how I voted, and share my views on the crazy adventure the UK is now embarking upon. Guests expect this level of discussion. If you are within two to three weeks of your intended arrival date, communicate often with your potential host. Do not leave them hanging. If they have indicated they will be cooking, definitely remember they are spending money and time out of their pocket and life to host you.

Do not disrespect them by opting out one or two days before your date of arrival.

If I cancelled on you the day before, you would be angry. Treat your host better than you would like to be treated. My way of travel by bike means freedom to choose. I would rather be cooking myself than having to think about a host cooking or whatever.. Changing weather, lacking power or simply interesting people or landscape would be more important than meeting a hosts expectations.