Have you ever met someone who was dressed in gym gear yet you could instantly tell that they’re classy anyway? That’s because being classy is a way of carrying yourself and how you treat others. That’s why it’s important to learn the basic rules of etiquette.
4 Etiquette Rules To Live By
It’s not possible to teach etiquette rules in a single post, but I do want to give you a starting point. Although I personally attended one of the last remaining world-class finishing schools, that came much later in my transformation, which you can learn about here. So, I started with the basics, just like you.
#1 – Practice Discretion
Keep your private life private. Don’t discuss how much money you make or, in no circumstances, ask how much the other person makes. The rules of conversation etiquette also dictate that you refrain from highly contentious topics, like religion and politics. And, please, avoid gossip at all costs!
#2 – “Please, Thank You, Excuse Me”
Or, as I like to think: the sacred trinity of proper manners. You would be surprised how often people forget to use these very important words. And I think that reflects how narcissistic and entitled society has become in many ways.
#3 – Be Aware Of Your Surroundings
That means paying attention to the dress code, excusing yourself to take a phone call outside if you have to, and not leaving a mess behind you. One of the best etiquette rules I can offer you is to research where you’re going beforehand and to prepare how you’ll navigate it.
#4 – Let The Little Things Go
If someone is short with you, you can just step away from the conversation. If you have a rude waiter or taxi driver, no need to get into a screaming match. You can still maintain very strong boundaries without stooping to a lower level. Sometimes walking away is the classiest thing you can do.
The 5 Most Important Table Etiquette Rules
Of course, no list would be complete without talking about dining etiquette rules. And, I know for many ladies, this can seem a little daunting at first. But, actually, with a little patience, you’ll master them in no time.
- Fold the napkin in half and put it onto your lap. Dab your mouth with the inner part so that stains are not visible.
- Cut the food on the plate rather than biting off a piece. Take small bites of food and chew with your mouth closed.
- Generally speaking, the order for using cutlery is from the outside in, and then the top.
- Take your cue from the host. If they’ve finished their meal, finish yours up as well. If you’re the host, you should tip generously.
- To let the waitstaff know you’re done, place your fork and knife diagonally from the 10 a.m. to the 4 p.m. positions on your plate.
I highly recommend you purchase a book or course that covers table etiquette rules in more detail, but even these 5 simple tips above will put you way ahead on the elegance scale than most.
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