Etiquette Friday – The Rewards of Being PoliteBy Angela Marshall, 20th Jul 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.
When we are polite to people it shows respect, care and consideration for others and it is always more socially acceptable and people like it. It benefits us communally as it builds better interaction between people and encourages good relationships including with family and friends.
In business it will help to improve relationships with clients, colleagues and bosses and it doesn’t matter what level people are, treating everyone with courtesy and thoughtfulness goes a long way.
Good manners may not be used as much as they used to be, but it will never go out of style, so practice having good manners. It can only help you in the long run and it will always be appreciated.
Good manners get noticed particularly at social events, people may not comment, but you will get noticed in a positive way and remembered, and people will enjoy your company a lot more.
Well mannered people usually have qualities of thoughtfulness and consideration and are more likely to be well liked by others as a result.
Reminders of basic manners
- Saying “please” and “thank you”
- Listening when people are talking, avoiding interrupting
- Avoid monopolizing conversations
- Consider other people’s feelings; treat others as you wish to be treated
- Avoid raising your voice or using poor language to anyone
- Say “excuse me, please” when you need to pass someone
- Apologise when you make a mistake, knock someone accidently or interrupt a conversation
We should take time to practice basic good etiquette and manners and show our appreciation to others when they are polite and respectful to us. If we lead by example it will teach young people to practice good manners at school, home, work and in public. This will help them in the future as well as now and it will help them to be more successful in life.
We can all make mistakes but the key thing is to apologise and remember to avoid doing it again.
Start today on “Etiquette Friday”; it will develop into a good habit!