Following basic etiquette rules are a necessary part of everyday life and you should know that it is not meant only for the aristocrats of society. Following etiquette rules will not only help you mind your manners, but also improve your person.
When To Start Eating
If you’re seated at a table with eight or fewer guests, there is a need for you to wait until everyone is served and for the hostess to begin eating before you dig in. At a long banquet table, it’s OK to start when several people are seated and served.
The Things You Should Keep Off Your Table
All items not having to do with food (and decoration) should remain off the table. These items include keys, clutch bags, sunglasses, and especially phones.
When To Text
If you’re in a situation where you’d excuse yourself to go to the bathroom, you should also excuse yourself before reaching for your phone.
When You’re Not Drinking Wine
Don’t make a big deal of saying you don’t drink. Simply place your fingertips on the rim of the glass and say “Not today, thanks.” Doing this implies that you are not judgemental of those who wish to imbibe.
Talking On Speakerphone
Don’t use a speakerphone unless you are alone or in your office and holding a meeting that’s being attended by someone remotely. Alert the person you’re speaking with that others are present, close the door, and definitely don’t be a chatterbox while you talk.
Opening The Door For Someone Else
It doesn’t matter the gender of either. Anyone that is first at the door should hold the door for those coming behind.
Basic Airport Etiquette
The minute you are on board, stow your stuff and get out of the aisle quickly. When claiming your baggage, don’t crowd the carousel. Step forward only when you see your bag.
Basic Email Etiquette
If all you have to say in your email reply is “Thanks!” refrain from sending it. By doing so, you’d only be clogging the inbox of the recipient.
Basic Cell Phone Etiquette
When talking to someone in person, don’t glance down at your cell phone to see who’s trying to reach you.