The term Social Etiquette refers to a normative acceptable behavior within a particular society, profession or group. Each one of us is expected to follow certain behavioral norms in order to harmoniously co-exist. Niceties make the atmosphere amicable. Social Etiquette are numerous in types,inclusive of Conversational etiquette, Business etiquette, Dining etiquette, Wedding etiquette, Sanitary etiquette, so on and so forth. Each kind of etiquette has its own GOLDEN RULES.
- Attempt to choose a common subject of talk rather than bombarding the other person with the talk of your own interest.
- Always carefully listen first and speak later. Being a good listener is essential for a amiable conversation.
- Avoid unnecessary interruptions such as speaking on a call while talking to somebody in person, fidgeting, etc.
- Try not to sidetrack. Do not waste the other person’s valuable time on explaining unnecessary details.
- Maintain a friendly eye contact with the person whom you are conversing with.
- Avoid counter questioning the speaker’s talk.
- While at a workplace always try to use people’s names while greeting or talking to them. Also, make sure that you spell their names appropriately.
- Show courtesy and respect towards all colleagues irrespective of their designations.
- Avoid making your fellow workers or clients wait for you. Sincerely apologize for any delay caused.
- Keep a crucial check on your verbal communication. Do not crack inappropriate puns or use offensive statements/words.
- Handshakes are universal formal gestures. Let the subordinate shake hands with you first. If, he/she does not, you may offer a firm and confident handshake.
- Avoid placing your personal items on the table on which the food will be served.
- If dining with an employer, stay clear of ordering dishes which you have not tried before.
- Maintain a proper posture while having your meal.
- Be aware of the usage of different cutlery.
- Do not begin eating unless everybody on the table has been served.
- Avoid messy eating and chew with your mouth closed in order to maintain hygiene.
- Attempt to Go Dutch (share the expenses). If, the meal has been hosted by the other person, always remember to express gratitude and thank them.
- Patiently wait outside if there is a queue outside a washroom (at the theater, airport, restaurants,etc).
- Maintain the necessary hygiene norms and leave the restroom clean once you are done.
- Avoid chattering inside a restroom. Keeping other waiting outside is unacceptable.
- If there are guests arriving at your home, stock your restroom with the crucial hygiene products. People may find it embarrassing to ask for it.
- Politely ask the restroom attendent to clean up the public washroom in case if you find it unclean.
- Never skip washing your hands with a disinfectant liquid or soap after you are done using the washroom.
Good manners always reflect a sense of consideration and respect for the people in the world we live in. Putting yourself before others shows dignity and has got to do nothing with subservience. Small individual efforts in following the essential etiquette will help take humanity towards different horizons. This will help promote kindness, respect and care across the globe.