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The worst manners in history may have been displayed by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. He and 168 soldiers invited Inca emperor Atahuallpa to meet with him in the Andean town of Cajamarca on Nov. 16, 1532. Despite being surrounded by 80,000 experienced Incan warriors, seven thousand Incas were hacked or shot to death, and Atahuallpa was taken as a hostage. Former social secretary for the Embassy of Austria Ingeborg Wagner Kolodney would not have approved. In her seminar, “Tools for Life,” Kolodney shares her knowledge of the power of etiquette in various social situations, including meetings. For example, she would surely have explained to Pizarro that once he had been paid the largest ransom in history—2900 cubic feet of gold—the correct thing to do would have been to set Atahuallpa free. Pizarro killed him. Don’t make this kind of faux pas—learn etiquette from the expert at 6:30 p.m. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. $75. For reservations call (202) 237-5202. (Janet Hopf)