Social etiquette is nothing more than following a set of rules, but it is an important set of Life skills. Social etiquette is knowing what is right to say and do in a social situation. While it can be difficult to know the kindest way to act at any given time, knowing the basics of social etiquette will steer you in the right direction and save you a lot of embarrassment at your next social role. So, let’s take a look at some of the basic social norms that must be adhered to:
1. Remember to remember the names. It is important to remember people’s names so that you can introduce them to other people and build relationships with new people early on. If you find it difficult to remember names, try associating a person you know with another person you know (or celebrity, sports figure, etc.) who has the same name.
2. Always use please and thank you. This is a basic rule of social etiquette that, sadly, many people have forgotten. When you say please and thank you, you are extending kindness to your host, your date, and the waiters who serve you while you are at a performance. Sending a thank you note to the host is another basic foundation of social etiquette.
3. Don’t gossip or speak ill of anyone at social events.. This includes ex-boyfriends or girlfriends, former bosses and colleagues, estranged friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and even your vet. There are several reasons for not putting people down in public. The world is really small and it is quite possible that the words you say about someone will be repeated to them at a later date. Second, badmouthing someone is not nice. Remember, someone at the event could be your next boyfriend, boss, or confidant. You don’t want to isolate yourself from others before they meet you.
4. Don’t be boastful. There is a time and a place to talk about your accomplishments, especially when someone asks you a question about them. While you should project confidence when talking about yourself, strive to strike a balance between asking other people questions and diverting attention from yourself.
5. Follow proper etiquette while dining. At any social event, it is important to focus on the guests, not the food. No matter how delicious the food may be, try to stay tuned for what others are saying and contribute to the conversation during the meal. This label is not only appropriate, but it will also prevent you from overeating. Of course, practice good etiquette at dinner by using the proper silverware, cleaning your mouth, taking small bites, chewing with your mouth closed and without burping after a meal. When it comes down to it, social etiquette is good common sense. But good common sense is very rare! So, if you want to be treated well at a social gathering, you need to be attentive to etiquette yourself. The good news is that the aforementioned points are not rocket science and can be easily practiced with conscious effort.
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