According to, 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:

  • Social.
  • Professional.
  • Family.


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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