Etiquette is something we all need to know. No, you are not forced to learn it, but you will need that sooner or later. For those who don’t know what is it, Etiquette is “the customary code of polite behavior in society or among member of a particular profession or group”. That means that knowing the etiquette might help you adapt to any society or a group.
The problem is that there are people who don’t even know the basic rules of following the etiquette, and when they find themselves in a situation where they need know, they just make mistakes.
We have gathered a list of 11 most essential rules of etiquette you need to know.
What To Do With All Those Forks And Spoons?
All you need to know is that the smallest fork is for salads and the rest you use from the outside in.
What is RSVP?
If you get a RSVP, that means that you need to respond with yes or no to the one who invited you in the first place. RSVP means “respondez s’il vous plait” (respond, if you please). If you don’t respond to the time frame indicated on the invitation, the event holders could have a lot of problems. That’s because they need to plan everything, and they can’t do that if they don’t have the correct number of guests.
This is something that is a basic human culture. You need to take care of your personal hygiene. But don’t do that in a public place. Do everything you need to do at home, and always wash your hands after using a bathroom or dealing with someone’s food.
Always Be On Time
Make sure you always get somewhere on time. If you are late, you disrespect the one who is waiting for you. If you keep doing that it won’t become cute! It will make others lose respect for you and could cost you friends, promotions, job, opportunities, etc. Don’t ever be late!
Make a Thank You Note
It is always good to write a “thank you note” after an interview, party, business meeting, etc. You can make it yourself, or by some in a gift shop. That shouldn’t be too formal. Make it with a touch of your own.
Using a Smartphone
Using a Smartphone while you are talking with someone, waiting in line, while in a restaurant, while driving or seating in a movie theater is rude. If it is an emergency, just kindly excuse yourself. But don’t just start texting or looking at your phone just to have something to do. It is disrespectful for anyone who is talking with you.
Eating in Public
Don’t eat with your mouth open and don’t speak while you are eating. Those are some basic rules which we all should comply. Eat as sloppy as you want, once you are alone or in your house.
Don’t Invite Yourself in Someone’s House!
You can’t just “pop in” to someone’s house uninvited. You can at least call them and ask them if they don’t have something planned. What if it’s some lazy day off, or they are sleeping or eating or if they are sick? I don’t care how close you are, or if that someone is your brother or sister, always call before you decide to visit.
Don’t Interrupt Someone in The Middle Of His/ Hers Sentence
If someone is talking, and you interrupt them that means that you don’t respect them or you are not interested in what they are talking about. It is rude. Don’t do that!
Hold The Door!!!
Holding a door for someone who is right behind you and about to enter or leave the room is a common courtesy. It would be rude of you to just let the door slam to his face. And don’t forget to say “thanks” if someone does that for you.
Say “Thank You”
This one is so simple that everyone seems to forget it. We have been taught these words since we were children, but it’s somehow too difficult to pronounce. “Please” and “Thank You”. Was that too difficult?