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Social Etiquette

Social Etiquette

As social beings, it is really important for us to behave in appropriate ways. Etiquette refers to guidelines which control the way a responsible individual should behave in the society. Etiquette is a culture of speech, common courtesy, neat appearance and control over your behaviour. Etiquette is essential for an everlasting first impression and the way you interact with your superiors, parents, fellow workers, friends speak a lot about your personality and up-bringing. No one would feel like talking to a person who does not know how to speak or behave in the society.

Etiquette is a code of behaviour that delineates expectations for social behaviour according to contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class, or group. Let us look at a couple of social etiquette to imbibe;

When you are in a conversion with other people be polite.  Learn to use "please, thank you, welcome, sorry " etc. wherever necessary.

In case you interrupt someone by mistake, apologise and request him or her to complete their conversation.

Smile, at the cashier, security guards, the bank teller, your co-worker. Even if he or she does not smile back.

Look at the person who is speaking to you, keep your phone down for a while. Eye contact with whom is speaking is a sign of respect for the person's views.

Learn people's names, make the effort.

Put away your phones during meals.

Be on time, either to work or an event. Let us lose the "African time" mentality.

The golden rule when using a perfume is moderation, do not overdo it.

Whoever you are - whether a company director, student, elderly person, when you enter a room you should be the first person to greet everyone.

Do not use people's first names without permission first.

Work emails can be sent anytime, but business texts should be restricted to one hour before the start of the workday to two hours after it ends.

Keep personal conversations and arguments off social media sites.

Put your phone away when you're socializing with others

Always bring a gift as a guest in someone's home

Stand when greeting someone who is joining your group

Make eye contact and greet everyone at the beginning of an interaction

If you say, I invite you, that means you pay. You may say, Lets go to a restaurant, and in this case, everyone pays for themselves.

Never pay a visit without a calling first.

If youre walking along with someone and your companion greets a person you dont know, you should also greet them.

Watch your manners when you make use of the cell phone. Being loud on the phone is a lot of disturbance to those around you. You are more likely to cause some distractions or disrupt other peoples concentration.

While you are at a dinner party, its advisable to leave your phone on silent mode or put the cell phone off. Its better to respond to urgent calls by text rather than excusing yourself too often to pick calls.

Perhaps you come in late to a meeting, class or any other gathering. It is more honorable to find a seat behind where you wont be causing some distractions rather than trying to fit into your favorite position.

What other social Etiquette do you know about, let us know in the comment section.

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  1. Anonymous 2019-09-04 12:12:01

    Give up your sits for the elderly in a public bus.

    Anonymous 2019-09-04 12:11:15

    Do not talk with food in your mouth.