Hotsteppers.com.ng presents to you Etiquette: customary code of polite behaviour in the public
Etiquette is the set of conventional rules of personal behaviour in polite society, usually in the form of an ethical code that delineates the expected and accepted social behaviours that accord with the conventions and norms observed by a society, a social class, or a social group. Wikipedia
Etiquette is not just about which fork to use. It’s showing respect for yourself and everyone else in your little corner of the planet.
20 simple Etiquettes.
Here are simple approaches to share more graciousness and less saltiness this year.
Offer Up Your Seat
If you’re in perfectly good health, offer your seat to anyone who is either in poor health or pregnant. Make commuting easier for those who need it.
Let Your Waiter Come to You
Never yell or wave your hand at a waiter while dining. Make their job easier by being patient, or politely get their attention when they pass by.
Knock Before You Enter
No one likes to be barged in on.
Make Sure to Tip
Tipping is essential for certain employees to make a decent income. Make sure to leave a tip as a token of your gratitude whenever possible, even services you might not think of, like a haircut or dog grooming.
Know Your Audience
Be aware of who’s around before engaging in hot topics.
Say “Excuse Me”
It’s the polite thing to do when you bump into someone. Even if you’re not really the one to blame, why not just avoid conflict and brush off the situation?
Say “Please” and “Thank You”
Especially to those closest to you.
At the cashier. The bank teller. Your co-worker. Even if he or she doesn’t smile back.
Hold the Door for the Person Behind You
And if someone holds the door for you, always say “thank you”!
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Step Outside to Answer Phone Calls
Sometimes you have to take the call—but is it always that important? Besides, it’s not so fun to hear your conversation when we’re trapped behind you in line.
Give People a Pass
Cranky salesperson? Nasty driver? You have no idea what’s going on with that person right now: Did her dog die? Did he just get bad health news? You don’t have to reward ugly behaviour with your own nastiness, which only perpetuates the cycle.
Look At the Person Who Is Speaking to You
Seriously. Look up from your smartphone!
Cough or Sneeze Into Your Elbow
This year’s flu season is brutal—make sure you’re doing what you can to avoid spreading germs.
Handwrite Thank-You Notes
He or she took the time to send the gift; take the time to show you care.
We’re all busy, so please stop making people wait for you.
Shake Hands Firmly
Stand and make eye contact when you do it.
Dress for the Occasion
Know how to rock it for the club or dress modestly for a funeral. And please wear your Pyjamas at home, not to the grocery store!
Ask Before Bringing a Guest
Or your kids. Or your pet. Don’t assume they’re automatically invited, no matter how well you know your host or hostess.