Etiquette 101

Etiquette: System of rules and conventions that regulate social and professional behaviour.

The Golden Rule still applies for good etiquette in all situations for all genders: Treat others as you would have them treat you. Good posture, a pleasant facial expression and appropriate eye contact will help to make a good first impression and contribute to a positive interaction with others. Having good manners is always in style.

Etiquette tips:

1. Hold the door — whether male or female, hold open a door you have just passed through for the person behind you.

2. Say please and thank you — to waiters, flight attendants, store clerks, cab drivers — the little things go a long way.

3. Keep food or drink, briefcases or files in your left hand — keep your right hand free for handshakes.

4. Always try to make eye contact and offer a warm smile — in every situation, this sets people at ease.

Each society has its own distinct etiquette, and various cultures within a society also have their own rules and social norms. Treating people as respectfully as you know how, using common sense will help avoid most perilous etiquette related situations in any culture. Always remember the Golden Rule “Treat others as you would have them treat you” Matthew 7:12

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