It didn't come from stone tablets, but these Ten Commandments for Good
Manners should be written in stone...rules to live by include
"Thou Shalt Not Be Arrogant and Loud" and "Thou Shalt Not Embarrass
Others." This etiquette primer includes being true to yourself, and being a calming, happy influence
in stressful situations.
Someone said it takes 15 seconds to make a first impression and
the rest of your life to undo it. Puts the pressure on doesn't
it? Sure there's a courtesy crisis. The Kansas City Business Journal offers the "Rule
for projecting a positive first impression: the first 12 words you
speak, the first 12 steps you take, and more valuable pointers.
People tend to equate a lack of etiquette with a lack of care and
self-control necessary to be good at what you do. Etiquette is
about presenting yourself with the kind of polish that shows you can
be taken seriously. So here's an insightful,
etiquette plan that's must reading for giving yourself the etiquette advantage.
Yikes, so who's not afraid of public speaking. But wait... when
you think about it, the rules for better discourse can actually apply to
in almost any social situation. So sprinkle an interview or
other occasion or gathering with these helpful suggestions.
In any economy, good manners might make the difference in a job interview
or business encounter. While your pulse is racing and your palms perspire,
remembering the basics of how to do a good interview can tip the scales in
your favor. Check out these pointers for job interview etiquette.
Here are even more ways to mind your manners during your
job interview - commonsense pointers on winning over your interviewer.
Value of a firm handshake? Priceless, at a job interview. And these days, you need all the career and job interview advice
you can get including interview etiquette and manners that can make you a
standout. A firm handshake helps make a good first impression, and strength,
duration, eye contact and the quality of your
handshake can tell others a lot about you.
Are you a dead fish? In the business world, knowing how to shake hands
can set you apart from the competition and help convey
confidence. University of Iowa business professor Greg Stewart
confirms that a firm, solid handshake is an important part of a successful job
interview, but a dead fish can end the interview before it even begins.
It is generally considered rude to reject a handshake, regardless
of culture. Here are a few simple tips should help you avoid "handshake
It's said that Dale Carnegie stated that "85% of our success comes from possessing people
skills", so it seems there's really a lot a stake for brushing up on
good manners. And these days, when rudeness can overtake just about any social situation,
maybe these 6 rules for communicating with others with some tact and
displomacy can help avoid a rude
More on the gentle art of handling an introduction -- after all,
if you're confident in your people skills and the proper way to
demonstrate respect when you introduce someone, you'll establish a positive
presence and leave
a memorable impression.
Good Housekeeping’s Peggy Post accepts etiquette questions online and selected questions may be answered
in her Etiquette for Today column. "Rude" is a four-letter
word and here
are some effective comebacks for the ill-mannered.
Good table manners can make a favorable
impression in business situations and are key to professional success.
Everything counts: napkin use, ordering, use of silverware, the way you
chew, even what you do when you're finished eating. Here's a good
starting point - Fordham University's helpful dining etiquette primer that is a must read for eating with good manners and the
Nervous about being
at a dinner table and trying to impress the boss, a new romance,
or your significant other's family? You can be able to get through
it with poise and grace if you know the secrets and pitfalls of American
Job interviews are stressful enough, and
now you're going to be interviewed over lunch or dinner. Be calm.
Here are some tips on interview etiquette
so you can be confident and graceful - even with a knife and
Put your best fork forward.
Actually make that your knife, fork and spoon....these tips on utensil etiquette help
you make sense of utensil do's and don'ts.
Chivalry isn't dead and neither are good manners. Welcome to this little "refresher" on tipping, talking and tableware -
25 etiquette tips
to remind us of proper etiquette in everyday life as well as special occasions.
What can you eat with your fingers besides cookies and
corn-on-the-cob? CuisineNet has the answers.
What's the proper way to eat cherries, bananas, berries? Finger
food, maybe yes, maybe no...this site covers the potentially
embarrassing and doing the right thing with finger food.
Burping and slurping, touching your hair and cleaning your teeth
at the table -- just 4 of the 20 etiquette situations offered for
international students in table
manners at a typical evening meal. Actually, Whether we're
visitors or we live in the USA, we could all use a
little brushing up on the basics.
do you serve from the left, and when do you serve from the
right? And what's the rule of thumb for serving order? A few
pointers on serving etiquette to help you become an instant whiz.
For a nostalgic look
at old-time good table manners, here are the time proven basics for
good manners at the table.
How do you deal with the etiquette of intercultural menu planning?
Check these help tips and taboo table offerings when culturally
diverse dietary restrictions apply when serving Jews, Muslims,
Hindus and others.
Got grizzle? Or
do you do with that fish bone in your mouth? Or that olive pit? And how do we please pass the
salt? Oh, the pitfalls...Once again, it's CuisineNet to the
The art of toasting is a rare one, indeed. But, if you're
scheduled to be on the spot and make a toast, here's a list of top
eight tips for making a
memorable toast from the student newspaper of the Harvard
Business School Community.
Sure, toasts aren't part of our daily lives, but here are helpful techniques for
make a toast speech, with good suggestions, tips and even warnings.
Making multi-cultural toasts? Here's some awesome,
invaluable help with saying "cheers"
in different countries.
If the words "black tie" cause panic in your otherwise
rational brain, or panic sets in with someone you know, relax. The Black Tie Guide
offers a primer on black tie etiquette
and formal dress codes
- so no excuse for faux pas or transgressions.
You, too, can be cool as a cucumber and handle
canapes and cocktails with panache
at any cocktail party. Just mastering a few simple
assure you won't feel like a dork with the wrong fork.
No compilation of good table manners and dining etiquette would be
complete without a history
of eating utensils in the West -- a brief timeline from CuisineNet
Diner's Digest. May I have a split spoon please?
will get you where you want to go faster than a speeding BMW,”
says etiquette educator Dorothea Johnson. Etiquette books and seminars,
protocol consultants, educational institutions are beginning to
graces for students of all ages. Be sure to take the
"regal or rude" test, too.
Job interviews by phone can be terrifying to some job seekers, so
it's important to prepare for a successful phone contact. Here are some phone
interview etiquette tips that can help when you're applying for
To gift or not to gift -- the office gift-giving dilemma. Office or business gift etiquette has many different
facets - gifts of a personal nature, gag gifts, homemade gifts, boss gifts, co-worker gifts, and international gift giving protocols figure into the mix.
are tips to sort it all out and make the impression you really want to give.
You may think you have a great office gift idea, but think again.
Some business related gifts can be really bad office
gift etiquette. Here are some tips to avoid inappropriate or controversial gifts in a work environment or
At the gym, much like any other venue -- highways, movies, stores,
you're bound to bump into the etiquette-challenged.
There are grunters, slammers, equipment hogs, cellphone abusers, and other
Washington Running Report has come up with some gym etiquette
for those working out in a shared space - regardless of the size of the fitness
More gym etiquette discussing sweat, B.O., mirrors, music, cardio
times, grunting (our personal favorite), dropping weights (another
favorite), and more right
Holy treadmills, here's more on how to behave
well at the gym, get along with fellow exercisers, and enjoy
Are you a frequent traveler? Make your reservation for
of Seat Backs and Elbow Room.
Here are more essentials of airport etiquette with tips on
packing, carry-ons, and airport security etiquette for those who
are tired of flying
the unfriendly skies.
Airlines, airports, airplanes can be a horrendous experience.
Motley Fool says some common courtesy and air travel
etiquette to change our attitudes could make being at high altitudes
If you plan
to travel for business (or pleasure), Executive Planet offers a
wealth of verbal and non-verbal travel etiquette tips to help
you get through your visit to any one of 49 countries, and
that includes respectful forms of address, business
attire, and tuning in to cultural psyches and nuances.
Quick, name a country you're traveling to - chances are once you see this
awesome tipping etiquette guide, you'll express your appreciation properly for services received on any continent. From Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, here's their
Etiquette 101: Tipping Guide.
While traveling, it's often more important than ever to tip people who
provide services for you. But the most common tipping blunder that travelers make is not to tip at all. We can put a stop to that with thie guide to
tipping etiquette for travelers from MSNBC.
The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law in July 1990 and with it came a mandate to end discrimination against individuals with disabilities. While the law protects people with disabilities, it does not automatically educate the public on
the correct way to interact with people with disabilities. What would you do when faced with someone with a paralyzed or missing right arm?
The Huffington Post has an insightful, informative piece on disability
etiquette featuring sound disability etiquette advice for us all.
In order to enhance opportunities for
persons with disabilities, the City of San Antonio, Texas Department
of Public Works Disability Access Office has prepared a 2011
etiquette means not using words with negative connotations. As our society is learning to welcome people with disabilities into mainstream as productive
individuals, you can be a part of that process and that includes using more affirmative, more positive words with dignity.
To more respectfully communicate with people with disabilities, here's a
Disability Etiquette guide
with a Glossary of Acceptable Terms.
Respect for and friendly knowledge about your neighbor's faith
expressions and beliefs help prevent tension and boost harmonious
community life: this interfaith
from Better Homes and Gardens, Manners of Faith, is an insightful piece on religious ceremony
etiquette - especially for kids.
In a world filled with cultural diversity, cross-cultural funeral rites
still embrace some universals that have remained consistent in funeral
services: for instance, announcing the death, care of the deceased, a method
of disposition, a possible ceremony or ritual, and some form of
memorialization. Here are inter-faith and cross-cultural funeral customs.
When planning or attending a wake or funeral service for
different religions, funeral etiquette can help overcome some of the awkwardness when not
knowing how to act or what to say in on an uncomfortable topic. These
guidelines may help with expressions of sympathy.
When mourning the
death of someone and wishing to honor their memory, the wake, funeral or other mourning ritual may be
unfamiliar, but involves certain rules of funeral etiquette.
From sending condolences and what to say, to allowing children to
express their grief at a funeral, these suggestions may be of
some help to you.
The Emily Post Institute offers answers to
bereavement questions for times of loss and grieving.
These funeral etiquette guidelines cover Christian and Jewish funerals and traditions
to help you know what to expect and what to do.
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