Top 5 Simple, But Important Etiquette Tips

Having etiquette in all aspects of your life is important as it helps you in social interactions, shows that you behave in a respectful way and are thinking of others around you. The tips below just skim the surface of etiquette, but are a good starting point to improve your etiquette.

Etiquette is defined as:

“The set of rules or customs that control accepted behaviour in particular social groups or social situations.”

The Cambridge Dictionary


1. Say “Thank You”

Manners is always in fashion. I believe manners is so important, as it shows you have gratitude, respect yourself and respect others around you.

Additionally it helps improve your interaction with people, simply by saying, “Please”, “Thank you”, “Excuse me” etc are small ways to show you have decent manners.

However, manners doesn’t stop there, you can show you have manners physically for example, opening a door for someone with their hands full.

2. Punctuality

Being on time to work, school, appointments, events etc. is super important in life because it shows that you’re organised and dependable.

It enables you to be more efficient and plan ahead, and it also shows you have respect for yourself and the people waiting for you. Punctuality will reduce your stress levels and increase your self discipline.

If you are running behind time to an appointment or lunch with a friend, it is good etiquette to make sure you let them know you’re going to be late.

3. Manners When Eating

There are many types of things you can do to improve your dining etiquette if you don’t already do these things. The tips on good dining etiquette written below shows you have good table manners, additionally, it makes a good impression.

  •  Chewing with your mouth closed and quietly
  • Eating slowly and taking small bites
  • Using the correct cutlery
  • Don’t slurp your drink or soup
  • Don’t talk with your mouth full
  • Sitting up straight while eating
  • Keeping your chin over your plate
4. Make Eye Contact

Making eye contact with people while you’re talking to them, or while they’re talking to you is extremely important. It is the most important type of non verbal communication.

It shows you’re actually listening to what they’re saying, that you’re being attentive and showing you have respect for the person talking to you/or the person you’re talking to. In turn, you will have that person develop respect for you.

Using little eye contact will hinder the conversation, can be a sign of disrespect and can send mixed messages to the person.

5. Don’t Gossip

There can be a lot of negative consequences of gossiping about people. It can hurt the person you’re talking about, you can lose trust in people and it projects your insecurities.

Gossiping, making up rumours about people, or sharing personal and private information about another person is not proper etiquette.

Instead, talk about past and current events, travel, recommendations, books, your goals etc. These types of topics instead of gossiping, will project much more positivity into your conversations.  People will want to talk to you and be around you more. Be kind.

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