According to OxfordDictionaries.com, etiquette is “The customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular profession or group.”
Proper etiquette can mean the difference between succeeding and failing in multiple aspects of life including, but not limited to:
Good etiquette can be displayed in numerous ways. Here are a few examples of actions that you can take to display proper etiquette:
- Respect people’s space.
- Respect people’s belongings.
- Allow others to speak while refraining from interrupting.
- Respect people’s time by being on time for plans.
- Use polite words such as “Please,” “Thank you,” and “You’re welcome.”
- Refrain from name-calling.
- Keep your mouth closed when you’re chewing.
- Refrain from cell phone use in inappropriate situations, which may include while watching movies or eating a meal with others.
- Always clean up after yourself. It’s not someone else’s job to take care of your mess.
- Make appropriate eye contact during conversations.
- Give and receive compliments.
- Avoid gossip. People may wonder what you’re saying behind their backs, too.
- Hold doors open for people.
- If you’re attending a party, show up with a gift or something to share, such as an appetizer platter or a beverage.
- When out with others, always pay your fair share.
- Avoid putting others down.
- Self-promotion is okay, but be sure to also offer others encouragement and praise.
- If you make a mistake or hurt someone’s feelings, own up to it and apologize.
- Dress appropriately for your environment.
- If you’re in an enclosed, public environment, such as at work, opt for consuming foods with mild odors.
- If you’re going to be around other people, opt for perfumes/colognes that are mild-scented.
- Greet people appropriately.
- Always give credit where credit is due.
- If someone is angry and yelling, control your emotions and refuse to partake in the yelling.
- Introduce yourself by name, both in-person and on the phone (unless you know the person well).
- Use people’s names when conversing with them.
- Be kind and respectful to those who are serving or assisting you.
- When speaking, use appropriate volume and/or tone of voice.
- If you know people at a social event, and someone else is new, introduce the new person to others in the group and help them make connections.
- Show appreciation to those in your life who deserve it.
- If you have guests, offer them food and/or drink.
- RSVP! If you’ve been invited to an event, respond in a timely manner to let the host know whether or not you will be attending so he or she knows for how many people to plan.
- Show common courtesy in everyday situations!
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