I get asked why do we need etiquette and what really are it's benefits?.....especially in this modern era?
Some may argue that manners is out of style and belongs to the era of their grandparents. Etiquette is never out of trend. It does evolve over time and adapts to suit our lives today. Etiquette is a set of guidelines for politeness and respect. It shows others, what we would like to be shown, in return. Etiquette is a set of rules that creates positive behaviours, socially and professionally. It reflects our cultural values, ethical mores and rules to the family we are from and people and friends we surround ourselves in.
It assists us to show respect and consideration, it awards us confidence and provides security in that, we have behaved appropriately in a given situation therefore making us comfortable. It can protect the feelings of others rather than highlighting their mistakes.
Etiquette emphasises communication, pushing down barriers instead of building them. Within the workplace it will enhance your skills, deeming you capable and perceived as a true professional. It will leave others with a good first impression.
Today we are so busy, many miss being taught etiquette. Etiquette does not just happen. It takes practice. The practice starts privately, within the walls of home, bringing it out and using on our workplace, family and friends and then to those you may not know. It will soon become second nature and an admired quality.
Here are 9 benefits of etiquette
1. As described by Pier Forni, Professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. "The rules of good manners are the traffic lights of human interaction,” Forni said. “They make it so that we don’t crash into one another in everyday behaviour."
2. Displaying etiquette helps with unity, respect and dignity.
3. Assists in building strong relationships.
4. Understanding etiquette can aid people to avoid negative situations.
5. Encourages cross cultural awareness.
6. It provides positive impact on people around you.
7. Builds confidence and self esteem and awareness.
8. Emily Post, an American author, said "good manners reflect something from inside - an innate sense of consideration for others and respect for self."
9. Etiquette is a guide to managing social and professional connections.
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