Etiquette Friday – Being Polite & ThoughtfulBy Angela Marshall, 3rd Aug 2012
It’s Friday and the day I request you join me in my campaign for 2012 to change “Casual Friday” to “Etiquette Friday”, to get people and companies involved. If we consciously make an effort every Friday then hopefully it will become a habit every day. I challenge you to make one small change a week and by the end of the year let’s hope we have a more pleasant and positive society.
Being polite is all about being thoughtful and considerate to others and appreciating they make think and behave different to you, and for most of us that can be a challenge when in a different or unusual environment.
Having good manners and being polite go together. In different situations we require different standards of formality in what may be regarded as polite e.g. business lunch compared to lunch with the family, at a wedding or on holiday.
Be aware of your surroundings, the country and the people you are with, especially when travelling, and take note of their customs. For example I was recently in Canada and the wine and water glasses were on the left, whereas in the UK and Europe they are on the right. I had to be careful not to drink from the other person’s glass!
In the UK saying “Please” shows you are politely requesting something, by not using please you may well be regarded as rude and demanding.
In some countries people think nothing of barging past you or not standing in line, or as we Brits say “queuing.” We can show we disapprove without being rude or offensive and importantly stay calm.
Always try to stay calm, smile and try to be graceful and charming. It is always better to be nice and respectful to others even if they are not to you.
Music can help you to stay calm, such as:
Think of the song That’s what you get for being polite from the Jackson album.