Etiquette Friday- Olympic Athletes & Helpers with MannersBy Angela Marshall, 19th 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.
Watching the Olympics has been so exciting and when the athletes have been interviewed they have all been polite, engaging and natural. They have all been great ambassadors for their country as well as to themselves, whether they were being interviewed before their event or afterwards.
The general public have also been happy and engaging with one another. The Olympic helpers were advised in their training to smile and this has encouraged everyone else to smile. What a difference a smile can make. A smile cost nothing and creates a happy atmosphere, shows a sign of goodwill and is the best antidote to trouble.
People have been to talking to strangers as they know they all have something in common, the Olympics. Communicating face to face improves our interpersonal skills and hopefully this will encourage people to do this more rather than via email, text or twitter. I also hope it will encourage people to talk and find out more about other people then increases our knowledge and, in turn helps us generally in life.
So remember “Give a smile away, a smile cost nothing but enriches those you give it to as well as yourself”.
Picture credit: http://www.uclan.ac.uk/news/olympic_fever.php