Its one of the questions that Elizabeth Soos from Ausersmont School of Etiquette gets asked, why do we need etiquette?
We may be invited to a work lunch, or an afternoon tea at a hotel, or treated to dinner at a fine dining restaurant.
We may think about the appropriate clothing and grooming to turn up in, walking towards the table we then see, many pieces of cutlery! You may be thinking, do I use my fingers for afternoon tea! or Where do I sit….next to my CEO?
Some may argue that manners is out of style and belongs to the era of their grandparents.
Good manners 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. You have approximately 7 seconds after meeting someone. Using the proper etiquette will leave a positive 7 seconds of an elegant and handsome 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.
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